Our History

Founded in 1977 by Michael Wollman, the National Exercise Trainer Association (NETA) is a non-profit organization and recognized leader in the health and fitness industry. Originally introduced as the National Dance-Exercise Instructors Training Association (NDEITA), the organization officially changed its name in 2004 to reflect the comprehensive scope of the professional programs we offer. Over the course nearly four decades, 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.

Today, NETA’s Group Exercise Instructor and Personal Trainer certifications are both accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). In fact, NETA is proud to be one of just three organizations that have earned NCCA-accreditation for its Group Exercise Instructor certification. This recognition is just another example of our continuing commitment to advance the professional potential of every client and the fitness industry as a whole.

Our Vision

…is to help our society achieve optimal health facilitated by access to and guidance from a network of well-qualified fitness professionals.

Our Mission

…is to support and inspire the development of well-qualified fitness professionals through the delivery of high-quality educational programs incorporating evidence-based research and practical application. We are committed to guiding fitness professionals throughout their careers by offering affordable, accessible educational opportunities.