Getting Certified

What type of certifications do you offer?

NETA offers Group Exercise and Personal Trainer certification.

Is NETA accredited by the NCCA?

NETA’s Personal Trainer Certification and Group Exercise Certifications are accredited by NCCA (National Commission for Certifying Agencies). See Accreditation for more details.

What specialty certifications does NETA offer?

Pilates Mat, Yoga, Pilates Reformer, Kettlebell, Indoor Cycling, Wellness Coach, Barre, Senior Fitness, and Sculpt Yoga.

How long are the NETA certifications valid?

Each certification is valid for two years.

Can I get certified without going to a workshop?

Yes, NETA has test only options for Group Exercise and Personal Trainer Certification.

How much is the Group Fitness test only certification?

$239. The price does not include cost of the recommended NETA Fitness Professional’s Manual.

How do I Register for the Test Only option?

Registering through NETA to take your certification exam at any of 500 Comira testing centers nationwide is quick and simple.

  1. Find a Comira Testing Center location by clicking here, type in your zip code, distance, and then click “Locate a Test Center”.
  2. Select National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA), then choose Group Exercise Instructor, Personal Trainer, or Wellness Coach Certification and click “Submit.”
  3. Select the Comira Testing Center most convenient for you and call NETA at 1-800-237-6242 to register. (Online registration is not available for test-only options).

Once you’ve registered for the test, NETA will upload your approval to Comira within 24 hours. You will have one year from the date you registered to schedule and take your exam. NETA will send a confirmation letter to you via USPS mail. You must bring this letter with you to the testing center along with photo identification. The confirmation letter includes Comira’s phone number (1-800-947-4228), so you can call Comira to schedule the date, time, and location of your exam.

Your exam results will be provided to you on site immediately following the exam. If a passing score is attained and you have satisfied the prerequisites*, then NETA will mail your official certification directly to you.

*Group Exercise instructors must hold valid adult CPR certification, and Personal Trainers must hold valid adult CPR and AED certification. NETA only accepts CPR/AED certifications that include a hands-on skills assessment. Mail, fax (1-763-545-2524), or email (neta@netafit.org) a copy of your current adult CPR/AED card (front and back) or certificate to NETA prior to your examination date. Wellness Coaches must hold (1) a current NCCA-accredited health or fitness certification, or (2) a bachelor’s degree or higher in a health or fitness-related field, or (3) credentials as an allied health professional. Submit documentation (e.g., copy of certification, degree, or other credentials) fulfilling the prerequisite to NETA prior to your examination date.

  • Group Exercise Instructor Certification Test: $239
  • Personal Trainer Certification Test: $349
  • Wellness Coach Test: $329
How much is the Personal Trainer test only certification?

$349. The price does not include the cost of the NETA Fitness Professional’s Manual.

How do I earn a Pilates Specialty Certification?

Or attend a Pilates certificate workshop and earn a certification.

  1. Purchase and complete NETA’s Intro to Teaching Pilates home study program
  2. Obtain 15 CECs. See Earn a Pilates Specialty Certification (PDF) for more details.
  3. Provide proof of completion to NETA.
Can I use ACE, AFAA, or NASM credits toward the renewal of my NETA certification?

Yes. NETA will accept continuing education credits/units (CECs/CEUs) that have been pre-approved by ACE, AFAA, or NASM. Upon completion of an approved continuing education activity (e.g., workshop, home study, webinar, conference), you should receive a certificate of completion indicating the number of CECs/CEUs awarded, the provider organization(s), the date of completion, the name of the workshop, course, or activity, and the name of the participant (you). Submit a copy of each certificate of completion with your completed NETA Renewal Application.

Can I petition college courses?

Yes, the course must be exercise, fitness or health related. Courses, such as Self Defense, Biology or Chemistry are not valid courses to petition. CPR First Aid, and lifeguard courses are not valid CEC courses. It is a $15 petition fee for each course submitted. A course transcript along with a course agenda and contact hours are needed for review.

Do I need a prior fitness related certification or commensurate course work in the exercise sciences to be able to take the Yoga and Pilates 2-Day workshops?

No. Current fitness related certification or commensurate course work in the exercise sciences is only a recommendation to attend the workshops.

Can I still attend the Personal Trainer or Group Exercise Certification Review Workshop if I don’t have current CPR/AED certification?

Yes, you can still attend either the Personal Trainer or Group Exercise Instructor review workshop and take the exam. If you pass the exam, your certification will be held until you provide NETA with documentation of valid and current CPR/AED (Personal Trainers) or CPR (Group Exercise Instructors) certification. Once documentation of CPR/AED is received, your official NETA certification will be mailed via USPS.

Will NETA help me find a job once I am certified?

Although NETA does not currently offer placement services, potential employers can search our database of instructors.

Can I take the Specialty Certifications just for CECs and not take the exam?

Yes, everyone in attendance receives a certificate of completion.

Do you have age requirements for your certifications?

Candidates must be at least 18 years old, or have a high school diploma or GED. Candidates who are younger than 18 years of age, yet have earned a high school diploma or GED, must complete a NETA-CB Minor Waiver and Permission Form in order to sit for NETA-CB certification exam.

What forms of payment does NETA accept?

NETA accepts payment via Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. NETA will also accept a check or money order enclosed with your order mailed to: NETA, 12800 Industrial Park Blvd., Suite 220, Minneapolis, MN 55441–3929.

What if something comes up and I can’t make it to the workshop?

Registrants not attending a scheduled workshop will be issued a Tuition Credit Voucher (TCV) valid for one year from the date of the workshop. A refund will not be issued for absence from a live workshop. The TCV may be used to register for a future NETA workshop in your area. A $49.00 re-registration fee* will apply. Alternately, the absent participant may apply the TCV toward registration for the “Test Only” option for the Group Exercise Instructor, Personal Trainer, or Wellness Coach certification exam administered at a Comira Test Center. A $89.00 registration fee* will apply.

*Note: Effective January 1, 2017, the re-registration fee following absence from a live NETA workshop occurring after January 1, 2017 will increase to $49.00, and the re-registration fee for absent registrants selecting the “Test-Only” option will increase to $89.00.

Can I get a re-print of my certificate?

Re-prints are available for $15.00 for certifications and $5 for CEC workshops. You may order this over the phone with a Visa, MasterCard or Discover, or through the mail with a check or money order.

How much time should I allow to prepare for the exam?

It depends on your education and experience. NETA recommends 30-45 days in advance.

What factors will influence how I perform on the exam?

Your performance will be influenced by your preparation, education, knowledge and experience, as well as your ability to take a multiple choice exam. Keep in mind that while specific and careful preparation will significantly increase the probability that you will perform well, it does not guarantee a passing score.

Can I see a copy of my exam?

To maintain the integrity and security of the NETA exams, exam questions, answer sheets, answers or other source materials will not be released to candidates under any circumstances.

If I have more than one NETA certification, how do I keep multiple certifications current?

Each certification has its own expiration date. You will need to have 20 credits within both 2-year periods for Group Exercise, Personal Trainer, and Wellness Coach. Credits will overlap and credits earned will go towards both certifications. 10 credits are required for Pilates, Yoga, Pilates Reformer, Kettlebell, Senior Fitness, Barre Indoor Cycling, and Sculpt Yoga.

How many questions are on the Group Exercise certification exam?

The Group Exercise certification exam includes 120 multiple-choice questions, of which 100 questions are scored and 20 questions are ‘experimental’. The experimental questions are being pre-tested to evaluate performance and validity before they are introduced on future exams as scored questions. The experimental questions are randomly placed throughout the exam so candidates are blinded as to which are among the 100 scored and the 20 experimental questions. Responses to experimental questions does NOT impact the score or pass/fail status of a candidate’s exam. Candidates must correctly answer a minimum of 73% of the 100 scored questions in order to earn NETA’s Group Exercise certification.

Candidates are allowed 2 hours (i.e., 120 minutes) to complete the exam.

How many questions are on the Personal Trainer certification exam?

The Personal Trainer certification exam includes 120 multiple-choice questions, of which 100 questions are scored and 20 questions are ‘experimental’. The experimental questions are being pre-tested to evaluate performance and validity before they are introduced on future exams as scored questions. The experimental questions are randomly placed throughout the exam so candidates are blinded as to which are among the 100 scored and the 20 experimental questions. Responses to experimental questions do NOT impact the score or pass/fail status of a candidate’s exam. For Personal Trainer exams administered on or before September 14, 2016, candidates must correctly answer a minimum of 70% of the 100 scored questions in order to earn NETA’s Personal Trainer certification. For Personal Trainer exams administered on or after September 15, 2016, candidates must correctly answer a minimum of 72% of the 100 scored questions in order to earn NETA’s Personal Trainer certification.

Candidates are allowed 2 hours (i.e., 120 minutes) to complete the exam.

How many questions are on the Wellness Coach certification exam?

The Wellness Coach certification exam includes 100 multiple-choice questions. Candidates must correctly answer a minimum of 72% of the 100 scored questions in order to earn NETA’s Wellness Coach certification.

Candidates are allowed 2 hours (i.e., 120 minutes) to complete the exam.

Do I receive an student outline for attending a CEC workshop?

All CEC student outlines (participant guides) will be sent in electronic form via registration confirmation so please ensure that we have an updated email address on file for you.


Keeping Your Certification Current

How do I renew my certification?

Approximately 3–4 months prior to your expiration date, NETA will mail a renewal notice to the address listed in our database. (Please notify us of any updates to your address to insure receipt of current information.) Fill out the renewal form, include copies of a minimum of 20 CECs earned within the 2 year period, a copy of your CPR card, and a renewal fee.

Can I renew my NETA certification early?

NETA will only accept completed Renewal Applications received less than 90 days before the designated expiration date. Renewal Applications will not be accepted more than 90 days before the designated expiration date. Upon renewal, the new expiration date is established as two years from the previous expiration date, not the date the Renewal Application was received or processed.

Do you have to be a certified Instructor to take the CEC workshops?

No. Anyone can enroll in the workshops, but credits will only be applied to current certifications.

If the CECs are not ACE or AFAA, what do I do?

Complete and return a petition application. There is a $15 petition fee for each course being petitioned.

Can I get all my credits through home study or just workshops?

You can get all your credits through home study courses, workshops, or a combination of both.

Once my certification expires do the CECs taken during my 6-month grace period count towards recertification?

Yes, CECs taken during your grace period will count towards your renewal.

What is considered NETA CECs?

Anything purchased through NETA is considered NETA CECs. Conventions/Expos offering NETA CECs do not count as NETA CECs. They must be directly purchased through NETA to count.


How to Get CEC’s

See the CEC and Home Study pages.


Ordering from NETA

You can order apparel, music, videos, and home study materials securely online by going to the NETA Store.

Please review our Cancellation and Refund Policy for details on cancellations, returns, group discounts, fees, and more.

How long does it take to receive my books/merchandise?

Orders placed M-F will be shipped the same day or following day, depending on time of order. Orders placed over the weekend will be shipped the following Monday. Please allow 4-7 days for delivery.


NETA Workshop Q&A’s

What if I am not ready to take the exam?

If a workshop participant decides they are not ready to take the Group Exercise Instructor, Personal Trainer, or Wellness Coach Specialty certification exam, then they may postpone the exam until a later date.

The participant has three options to re–schedule the exam to a later date:

  1. They may re–register to attend the entire certification review workshop once again and take the exam at the conclusion of the workshop. There is a $49.00 re-registration fee* for this option.
  2. They may re–register for another certification review workshop, opt not to attend the entire workshop, but simply arrive on Saturday (for Group Exercise) or Sunday (for Personal Trainer or Wellness Coach) to take the exam with the rest of the workshop participants. If they select this option, please inform the NETA Customer Service Representative who is assisting with the re–register so they can provide the appropriate arrival time and instructions. There is a $49.00 re–registration fee* for this option.
  3. They may re–register to take the computer–based version of the exam at a Comira Testing Center. Comira has hundreds of testing centers across the U.S. To locate a testing center near you, visit NETA’s website under “Certifications” and “Test Only Options.” There is a $89.00 re–registration fee* for this option, which includes the test center fee.

For each of these options, the participant must call NETA’s office at 1–800–237–6242 to re–register for the exam.

*Note: Effective January 1, 2017, the re-registration fee following absence from a live NETA workshop occurring after January 1, 2017 will increase to $49.00, and the re-registration fee for absent registrants selecting the “Test-Only” option will increase to $89.00.

What if I fail the GEI, PT, or WC certification exam?

Effective January 1, 2016, candidates who do not successfully pass the NETA-CB Group Exercise Instructor, Personal Trainer, or Wellness Coach certification exam are eligible to retake the exam for a period of one year following the initial attempt. A mandatory 30-day wait period must elapse from the most recent exam attempt before the candidate is eligible to retake the exam. Candidates are limited to a maximum of three (3) attempts (initial attempt plus two retakes) per 12-month period.

A $99.00 registration fee must be paid for each retake attempt for the Group Exercise Instructor, Personal Trainer, or Wellness Coach certification examination.

If the candidate does not retake the exam within one year of the initial attempt, then the candidate must initiate the entire application and registration process, and standard first-time examination fees apply.

The candidate must call NETA’s office at 1–800–237–6242 to register to retake an exam.

Do I need to be CPR, AED, and First Aid certified?

Effective January 1, 2016, new and renewing Personal Trainer certificants must hold current CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED) certification from a recognized provider (e.g., ARC, AHA, ASHI, NSC) including a hands–on practical skills assessment. New and renewing Group Exercise Instructor certificants must hold current CPR certification from a recognized provider (e.g., ARC, AHA, ASHI, NSC) including a hands–on practical skills assessment.

NETA does NOT require Personal Trainers or Group Exercise Instructors to hold First Aid certification. However, many employers do require First Aid as a condition of employment. Therefore, NETA highly recommends that NETA–certified professionals consider obtaining a recognized First Aid certification.

What if I don’t have my CPR/AED card or certificate?

If you pass the certification exam, your certification will be held until you provide NETA with documentation of valid and current CPR/AED (Personal Trainers) or CPR (Group Exercise Instructors) certification. Once documentation of CPR/AED is received, your official NETA certification will be mailed via the USPS.

Once you obtain the required safety certification(s), send a copy of your certification card (front and back) or your certificate to NETA via:

Mail:
NETA
12800 Industrial Park BLVD STE 220, Minneapolis, MN 55441–3929
Fax: 763–545–2524

Please include your name, NETA customer ID#, city and state of the workshop attended, and date of the certification exam.

What if I have not completed the Wellness Coach prerequisite?

In addition to earning a passing score on the exam, to receive your Wellness Coach Specialty certificate you must have also fulfilled the prerequisite that requires candidates to hold (1) a current NCCA–accredited health or fitness certification, or (2) equivalent education (e.g., bachelor’s degree or higher in a health or fitness–related field), or (3) credentials as an allied health professional. The complete list of credentials fulfilling this prerequisite may be viewed on NETA’s website.

If you have not completed or provided NETA with documentation that you have fulfilled the prerequisite, then your certificate will be held until you provide NETA with appropriate documentation indicating that you have satisfied the prerequisite. Once documentation (e.g., copy of NCCA-accredited certification, degree, or other credential) is received by NETA, your official certificate will be mailed via the USPS.

Send documentation of prerequisite to NETA via:

Mail:
NETA
12800 Industrial Park BLVD STE 220, Minneapolis, MN 55441–3929
Fax: 763–545–2524

Please include your name, NETA customer ID#, city and state of the workshop attended, and date of the certification exam.

When will I get the results of my exam?

Please allow up to 30 days to receive the results of your Personal Trainer, Group Exercise Instructor, or Wellness Coach Specialty certification exam. NETA’s office staff will make every effort to process your exam results as quickly as possible. Your results will be mailed via the USPS First Class Mail. In accordance with NETA’s privacy policy, we cannot disclose exam scores through email, fax, or telephone.

How many CECs do I need to renew my NETA certification?

All of NETA’s Certifications and Specialty Certificates are valid for two (2) years from the date of issue.

To renew the Group Exercise Instructor, Personal Trainer, or Wellness Coach certification you must earn twenty (20) continuing education credits (CECs) after the date your certification was issued and before the expiration date. To renew a Specialty Certificate (i.e., Indoor Group Cycle, Kettlebell, Yoga, Pilates) you must earn ten (10) CECs between the date of issue and the date of expiration.

To renew your certification, complete the appropriate Renewal Application and send with documentation of CECs earned, copy of current CPR/AED (for Personal Trainers) or CPR (for Group Exercise Instructors) card or certification, and the appropriate renewal fee to NETA via:

Mail:
NETA
12800 Industrial Park BLVD STE 220, Minneapolis, MN 55441–3929
Fax: 763–545–2524

Please visit NETA’s website for additional information regarding the certification renewal process and to download a copy of the Recertification Handbook.

Can I use these CECs to renew this certification?

No. The continuing education credits (CECs) granted for completion of NETA’s Group Exercise Instructor, Personal Trainer, or Wellness Coach Specialty certification review workshops, whether attended prior to or after the initial date of certification, cannot be applied toward the renewal of the same certification. For example, the six (6) NETA CECs granted for attending the Group Exercise Instructor certification review workshop are not applicable toward the renewal of the Group Exercise Instructor certification. Similarly, the fourteen (14) NETA CECs granted for attending the Personal Trainer certification review workshop are not applicable toward the renewal of the Personal Trainer certification. Likewise with regard to the fourteen (14) NETA CECs earned for attending the Wellness Coach Specialty certification review workshop.

However, you may use these CECs toward the renewal of a different NETA certification that you attained prior to earning the CECs for attending this workshop.

Taking the PT/GX Certification Exam at a later date or re–taking the exam:

If a workshop participant decides to postpone the PT or GX exam until a later date, OR if a workshop participant attempts and fails the PT or GX exam, they can choose any of the following 3 options:

You have 3 options & must call 1–800–237–6242 to register:

  1. You can register for another certification workshop, attend the entire workshop again, and then take the exam at the conclusion of the workshop.
  2. You can register for another certification workshop, opt not to attend the workshop, but simply arrive on Sunday to take the exam with the rest of the group. If you plan on selecting this option please tell the NETA Customer Service Rep who is helping you register so they can provide you with the appropriate arrive time and instructions.
  3. You can register to complete the exam at a Comira Testing Center. Comira has hundreds of testing centers across the U.S. You can locate a testing center by visiting our website, under CERTIFICATIONS. There is a link to the Comira Testing Centers. Click on the link, then type in your zip code to find the testing center nearest to you. You get to pick the location, date, and time when you want to take your exam.

Fees:

Option One:
Re–Register for Exam — $25.00
Re–Take Exam — $99.00

Option Two:
Re–Register for Exam — $25.00
Re–Take Exam — $99.00

Option Three:
Re–Register for Exam — $79.00
Re–Take Exam — $99.00


Miscellaneous Questions

What does NETA stand for?

National Exercise Trainers Association

How do we get workshops scheduled in our area?

To host a workshop, contact Amara at 1-800-237-6242 ext 4727, or click on Host a Workshop for information.

What type of dress should I wear to workshops?

Workout attire, exercise clothing, and exercise shoes.

What is Comira?

Comira (CATS Test Center) provides end-to-end testing services for licensing, certification, assessment, and educational testing programs. NETA’s computer-based Group Exercise Instructor, Personal Trainer, and Wellness Coach certification exams are administered at Comira Test Centers located throughout the United States.

Does NETA accept online CPR/AED certification courses?

Effective January 1, 2016, NETA will only accept CPR/AED certifications that include a live hands-on practical skills assessment. Although many providers do deliver some elements of CPR/AED certification courses online, recognized courses must include a hands-on practical skills assessment in order to earn CPR/AED certification. Recommended CPR/AED certification providers include, but are not limited to:

− American Heart Association — www.CPR-ECC.org
− American Red Cross — www.RedCross.org
− American Safety & Health Institute — www.hsi.com
− National Safety Council — www.nsc.org

How do I receive my test results for Personal Trainer, Group Exercise, or Wellness Coach exams?

Personal Trainer, Group Exercise, or Wellness Coach exam results can take up to 30 days to receive by USPS First Class Mail. Results cannot be emailed, faxed, or given over the phone.

How can I submit my NETA Home Study answer sheet?

You can submit your answer sheet by mail, fax, or on-line. Instructions for each will be detailed within each home study. Results will be mailed within 7 days of completion.