How to Become A Personal Trainer


NETA certification can be an important step in establishing credibility and earning respect as a qualified exercise professional and our NCCA-accredited Personal Trainer Certification is among the best in the industry. Developed for those who plan to work with apparently healthy individuals, our curriculum is updated continuously according to the latest research and techniques to help you challenge, guide, support and motivate your clients.

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Topics:

  • Exercise Science (Anatomy, Exercise Physiology, Kinesiology, Biomechanics)
  • Health & Fitness Assessments
  • Exercise Programming for Healthy Adults
  • Principles of Nutrition & Weight Management
  • Dynamics of Communication & Behavioral Change

Obtaining a NETA Personal Training certification demonstrates to potential employers your commitment to the profession and is valid for two years from the date of issue. Personal Trainer certificants must hold current adult CPR and AED certification from a recognized provider including a hands-on practical skills assessment.


Two Options

Option 1: Self-Study + 2-Day Live Review Workshop

Prepare on your own using NETA’s recommended study materials*, and then attend NETA’s 2-Day Personal Trainer Certification Review Workshop featuring 14 hours of interactive lectures, discussion, and hands-on activities. 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 at conclusion of workshop. 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.

  • Fee*

    Early Bird**: $399
    Standard: $449

    *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

    Day One (Saturday): Check–in: 7:45am, Workshop: 8:00am – 5:00*pm

    Day Two (Sunday): 8:00am-4:00*pm

    *End time may vary depending on class size.
  • Credits

    14 NETA*, 1.4 ACE, 15 AFAA, 1.4 NASM

    *THE 14 NETA CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS (CECS) GRANTED FOR ATTENDANCE AT THE LIVE PERSONAL TRAINER CERTIFICATION REVIEW WORKSHOP CANNOT BE APPLIED TOWARD THE RENEWAL OF NETA’S PERSONAL TRAINER 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*

    $349

    *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

NETA certifications require preparation and study prior to taking the exam. If you are registering for a Personal Trainer Certification we strongly recommend that you purchase the NETA Fitness Professionals Manual (Item# 135) and the Fitness Professional's Workbook for Personal Trainers (Item #16).

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Recommended Materials

NETA certifications require preparation and study prior to taking the exam. If you are registering for a Personal Trainer Certification we strongly recommend that you purchase the NETA Fitness Professionals Manual (Item# 135) and the Fitness Professional's Workbook for Personal Trainers (Item #16).

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

Developed to prepare you for Personal Trainer 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, Health Screening and Fitness Assessment, Exercise Program Design, 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 Personal Trainers

More than 100 practical activities including the Personal Trainer 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 Personal Trainer review workshop and certification exam.

Item #16: $29Order from the NETA Store

NETA’s Online Exercise Science Modules

Designed to guide you through a review of the fundamental exercise sciences, these modules feature nearly 300 slides encompassing the four key subject areas of Anatomy, Kinesiology, Biomechanics and Exercise Physiology. Each section concludes with an interactive quiz providing immediate feedback regarding your success.

Item #124: $149Order from the NETA Store


Special Packages

Basic Personal Trainer 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 Personal Trainers
    Item #170: $79.00 — Order from the NETA Store

Premier Personal Trainer 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 Personal Trainers
  • Education Department (1-800-237-6242/neta@netafit.org) Support
  • Voucher for $10.00 Your First NETA CEC Course

This package also includes the following online module:


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