Congratulations—you’re thinking about obtaining your Personal Trainer Certification! It’s an exciting and in-demand field that you’re sure to enjoy. However, if you’ve started to research how to get started with this process, you likely know that choosing a partner to start your career and credentials with can be confusing. With dozens of organizations and websites all offering various forms of personal training certification programs, how do you know what personal trainer certificate is most respected? How do you know the certificate you receive will allow you to land the job or clients you want? Let’s take a look at what differentiates programs and how you can ensure the certificate you earn is accepted and sought after by fitness employers and potential clients.
Without a doubt, the single most important factor to consider when selecting a respected personal trainer certificate program is whether the program is accredited by a reputable certifying agency. NETA’s personal trainer certification program is one of only ten programs in the U.S. to be accredited by National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). In addition, NETA is one of only three certifying agencies in the fitness industry that offers both NCCA accredited Group Exercise Instructor certification (NETA-CGEI) and Personal Trainer certification (NETA-CPT) programs. As a fitness professional this is important for two reasons. First NCCA accreditation is considered as one of the gold standards by a large majority of the wellness industry and well-respected allied health-care professionals, making those with this accreditation desirable as potential hires. In addition by earning an NCCA-accredited certification, fitness professionals demonstrate their commitment to the profession and dedication to education and training, often developing a higher level of professional recognition, and ultimately a positive impact on their compensation.
A History of Excellence
When determining what personal trainer certificate is most respected, another important factor to consider is the history of the organization. How long has the certifying entity been operating? Lesser-known programs may not be recognized or as universally accepted by potential employers. Founded in 1977, NETA is a well-known and widely respected leader in the health and fitness industry. Over the course of nearly four decades (longer than virtually all other certifying bodies in the fitness industry), NETA has provided career education, training and certification to more than 130,000 fitness professionals and our credentials are now recognized by over 18,000 fitness facilities nationwide.
A Program that Helps You Be Successful
In addition to considering credentials when choosing a respected personal trainer certificate, another vitally important factor to weigh is the overall success rate of individuals who complete the program. The principal difference between NETA and other certifying organizations is that we provide live, hands-on exam preparation workshops presented by our own well-qualified instructors, not just self-study like many organizations. NETA also schedules over 1,150 continuing education and specialty certification workshops every year all across the U.S., more than any fitness certification company. On top of that NETA offers over 125 home study courses, making it convenient and easy to continue your education and to maintain your professional certification. NETA is one of the most flexible organizations accepting continuing education credits from many other organizations and is a continuing education provider for other major certifying organizations. Our dedicated staff is passionate about fitness and ready to help you throughout a successful career!
“I recently took three classes through NETA at the YMCA in Appleton WI. I have been a NETA certified Personal Trainer for about 4 years now. As usual, I was totally enthralled with the information that was provided by the instructors. Jon and Darci where not only very knowledgeable about the info they were providing, they also delivered it with a substantial amount of passion and excitement. They kept the classes interesting by adding their own personal experiences and were very helpful with any questions we had regarding proper technique or protocol. I would strongly urge anybody who was interested in becoming a Personal Trainer to check out what NETA has to offer. They are an industry leader for a reason!” – M.S.B.
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NETA is proud to be one of the most-respected names in Personal Training Certification, as well as many other fitness specialty certifications. Start your career with us and you’ll quickly see why so many come back to NETA time and again for all their certification needs.Get Your Personal Trainer Certification