How to Become A Group Exercise Instructor


Created for those interested primarily in leading exercise in a group setting, NETA’s Group Exercise Instructor Certification is one of only two in America that have earned NCCA accreditation. Our curriculum is continuously updated to keep you on the cutting edge of the fitness industry, promote safe and effective teaching strategies, and help you develop the critical skills required to become an effective group exercise instructor.

Our interactive study program takes you step-by-step through everything you need to become an effective instructor. You will gain the knowledge to create amazing classes for your clients.


Topics

  • Anatomy, Kinesiology, Physiology, and Nutrition
  • Cuing, Choreography, Communication, and Music Skills
  • Components of Physical Activity and Fitness

Obtaining a NETA Group Exercise Instructor certification demonstrates to potential employers your commitment to the profession and is valid for two years from the date of issue.

If you need help through the study process NETA knowledgeable staff are always available to help by phone or email.


Three Options

Option 1: Self Study + Live Workshop

More than just self-study! NETA provides a live exam preparation workshop presented by an experienced NETA educator. Prepare on your own using NETA’s recommended study materials*, and then attend NETA’s 1-Day live Group Exercise Instructor Certification Review Workshop featuring interactive lectures, demonstrations and hands-on applications that help you develop the technical knowledge and leadership skills to become an effective and successful group exercise instructor.

The review workshop provides an excellent opportunity to put the final touches on your exam preparations and to interact with one of NETA’s well-qualified national presenters. Includes the written certification exam administered by an independent proctor. To successfully prepare, NETA recommends that candidates devote an appropriate amount of time (e.g., at least 30-45 days) and effort to self-directed study prior to attending the workshop or attempting the examination.

  • Fees

    Early Bird**: $249
    Standard: $299

    FEES INCLUDE WORKSHOP AND PROCTORED CERTIFICATION EXAM. STUDY MATERIALS SOLD SEPARETLY. **EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT IF YOU REGISTER AT LEAST 30 DAYS PRIOR TO WORKSHOP.
  • Times

    Check–in: 7:45am
    Workshop: 8:00am – 5:00*pm

    *End time may vary depending on class size.

    Credits (CECs): 6 NETA*

    *THE 6 NETA CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS (CECS) GRANTED FOR ATTENDANCE AT THE LIVE GROUP EXERCISE INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION REVIEW WORKSHOP CANNOT BE APPLIED TOWARD THE RENEWAL OF NETA’S GROUP EXERCISE INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION. THESE CECS MAY ONLY BE APPLIED TOWARD THE RENEWAL OF OTHER NETA CERTIFICATIONS HELD PRIOR TO ATTENDING THIS WORKSHOP.

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Option 2: Self-Study + Computer-Based Exam

Prepare on your own using NETA’s recommended study materials*, and then schedule the computer-based certification exam at one of more than 500 Comira Testing Centers conveniently located throughout the United States. To successfully prepare, NETA recommends that candidates devote an appropriate amount of time (e.g., at least 30-45 days) and effort to self-directed study prior to attempting the examination.

  • Fee

    $239

    FEE INCLUDES REGISTRATION FOR COMPUTER-BASED CERTIFICATION EXAM. STUDY MATERIALS SOLD SEPARETLY.

Locate a Testing Center

or Call NETA to register: 1.800.237.6242

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Option 3: Self Study + Live Webinar — Computer Based Exam

The Group Exercise Instructor webinar features interactive lectures with a live person that help you develop the technical knowledge and leadership skills to become an effective and successful group exercise instructor. After completing the webinar you can schedule the computer-based "Test Only" option and complete your exam at any of more than 500 Comira Testing Centers across the United States.

  • Fee

    $239

    FEE INCLUDES REGISTRATION FOR REVIEW WEBINAR AND COMPUTER-BASED CERTIFICATION EXAM. STUDY MATERIALS SOLD SEPARETLY.
  • Time:

    *Webinars will be approximately 3 hours in length
  • Credits (CECs): 3 NETA*

    *THE 3 NETA CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS (CECS) GRANTED FOR PARTICIPATING IN THE GROUP EXERCISE INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION REVIEW WEBINAR CANNOT BE APPLIED TOWARD THE RENEWAL OF NETA’S GROUP EXERCISE INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION. THESE CECS MAY ONLY BE APPLIED TOWARD THE RENEWAL OF OTHER NETA CERTIFICATIONS HELD PRIOR TO ATTENDING THIS WORKSHOP.

Live Webinar Schedule

Call NETA to register: 1.800.237.6242

NETA certifications require preparation and study prior to taking the exam. If you are registering for a Group Exercise Certification we strongly recommend that you purchase the NETA Fitness Professionals Manual (Item# 135) and the Fitness Professional's Workbook for Group Exercise Instructors (Item #26).


NETA does not require one to attend a workshop or to purchase NETA study materials to be eligible to take the Group Exercise Instructor Certification exams. Workshop end times may vary depending on class size. Proof of current adult CPR is required for Group Exercise Instructor Certification. Please refer to the Exam Candidate Handbook found on NETA's website for more information. NETA's Group Exercise Instructor Certification is valid for 2 years from the date of issue.

Recommended Materials

NETA certifications require preparation and study prior to taking the exam. If you are registering for a Group Exercise Certification we strongly recommend that you purchase the NETA Fitness Professionals Manual (Item# 135) and the Fitness Professional's Workbook for Group Exercise Instructors (Item #26).

NETA’s The Fitness Professional’s Manual, 4th Edition

Developed to prepare you for Group Exercise Instructor certification, this new and improved manual includes 25 comprehensive chapters and over 350 pages on topics including Exercise Science (e.g., anatomy, kinesiology, biomechanics, exercise physiology), Principles of Nutrition and Weight Management, Group Exercise Class Design, Fundamentals of Group Exercise Instruction, Communication Skills, Behavioral Change, Special Populations, and Legal Considerations. Each chapter concludes with review questions to test your knowledge. Highly recommend that candidates study the manual for at least 45 days in advance of the certification exam.

Item #135: $59Order from the NETA Store

NETA’s The Fitness Professional’s Workbook
For Group Fitness Instructors

More than 100 practical activities including the Group Exercise Instructor Practice Test ($10 value), labeling, matching, fill-in-the-blank and math problems – all designed to help you master the material in The Fitness Professional's Manual. This is an excellent tool to prepare you for the review workshop and certification exam.

Item #26: $29Order from the NETA Store

Practical Skill DVD

The group exercise practical skills DVD is intended to provide comprehensive information on the design and implementation of all major components (music, cuing, choreography development, and class design) of a group exercise class.

Item #152: $29Order from the NETA Store


Special Packages

Basic Group Exercise Instructor Study Package

This package includes the following products and will be shipped to you directly.

  • The Fitness Professional's Manual, 4th ed.
  • The Fitness Professional's Workbook for Group Exercise Instructors

Item #171: $79.00 — Order from the NETA Store

Premier Group Exercise Instructor Study Package

This package includes the following products and will be shipped to you directly.

  • The Fitness Professional's Manual, 4th Ed.
  • The Fitness Professional's Workbook for Group Exercise Instructors
  • Practical Skills for Group Exercise DVD
  • Education Department Support (1-800-237-6242 or neta@netafit.org)
  • Voucher for $10.00 Your First NETA CEC Course

Item #173: $99.00 — Order from the NETA Store


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