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.

NEW!

Premier Plus Personal Trainer Study Package

Preparing for NETA’s distinguished NCCA accredited certification is now more convenient and stress-free. Learn at your own pace utilizing NETA’s user friendly online prep modules.

Premier Plus Package includes:

  • Personal Trainer Certification Exam*
  • Personal Trainer Online Review Modulues
  • The Fitness Professional’s Manual, 5th ed.
  • The Fitness Professional’s Workbook for Personal Trainers & Practice Exam
  • Education Department Support
  • Voucher for $10.00 Your First NETA CEC Course

*NETA’s Personal Trainer certification exam is administered at secure PSI Testing Centers conveniently located throughout the United States.

Special $399

(promo code PT090117)


Fee

Item#120: $499 (Regular Price)

Locate a Testing Center


Two Options

Option 1: Self-Study + 2-Day Live Review 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 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. 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, 14 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 PSI 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).


NETA does not require one to attend a workshop or to purchase NETA study materials to be eligible to take the Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor Certification exams. Workshop end times may vary depending on class size. Proof of current Adult CPR/AED is required for Personal Trainer Certification. Please refer to the Exam Candidate Handbook found on NETA’s website for more information. NETA’s Personal Trainer 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 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, 5th Edition

The Fitness Professional’s Manual is the primary resource recommended for candidates preparing for NETA’s Personal Trainer certification exam. The updated fifth edition includes 27 comprehensive chapters and over 380 pages covering topics including relationship-building and communication, theories of behavior change, exercise science, nutrition and weight management, preparticipation screening, health and fitness assessments, guidelines for exercise program design, exercise programming for special populations and medical conditions, and legal considerations. Each chapter concludes with review questions to test your knowledge.

Item #135: $59



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: $29

 

Personal Trainer Online Review Modules

Prepare for NETA’s NCCA-accredited Personal Trainer certification exam using NETA’s new online prep modules. NETA’s Personal Trainer Certification Online Review consists of six modules. Module one presents communication skills and behavior change. Module two covers the exercise sciences. Module three includes nutrition and weight management. Module four reviews health screening and fitness assessment. Module five covers physical activity and exercise program design. The final module presents exercises considerations for special populations, emergency response, and legal considerations. NETA’s online review modules compliment The Fitness Professional’s Manual and serve as an excellent resource for those who are serious about becoming a well-qualified and certified personal trainer.

Item # 124 — $189.00

 



Special Packages

Basic Personal Trainer Study Package

The Basic Study Package includes:

  • The Fitness Professional’s Manual, 5th edition
  • The Fitness Professional’s Workbook for Personal Trainers
  • 50-Question Personal Trainer Practice Exam

Item #170: $79



Premier Personal Trainer Study Package

The Premier Package includes:

  • The Fitness Professional’s Manual, 5th edition
  • The Fitness Professional’s Workbook for Personal Trainers
  • 50-Question Personal Trainer Practice Exam
  • Personal Trainer Online Review Modules
  • Education Department Support
  • Voucher for $10.00 off your first NETA continuing education course

Item #172: $199



 Premier Plus Personal Trainer Study Package

The Premier Plus Package includes:

  • Everything included in the Premier Package, plus…
  • Registration for the Personal Trainer Certification Exam*

Item #120: $499

*NETA’s Personal Trainer certification exam is administered at secure PSI Testing Centers conveniently located throughout the United States.



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