Group Fitness and Personal Training Certification RenewalRenew Online
Updated May 21, 2020 – In consideration of the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent cancellations of live CPR/AED courses throughout the U.S., NETA will temporarily accept online CPR/AED certifications completed between March 15, 2020 and July 31, 2020. This exception applies only to NETA certifications that are currently within the 180-day reinstatement grace period, or are due for renewal on or before August 31, 2020. Beginning on August 1, 2020, NETA will resume the standard CPR/AED requirement, which mandates completion of a CPR/AED course including a live hands-on practical skills evaluation. For those who complete an online only CPR/AED course during this time, NETA strongly recommends completion of a CPR/AED course including a live hands-on practical skills evaluation as soon as possible. If you have questions, please contact NETA’s Director of Certification at 1-800-237-6242 Ext. 4726.
During this time, NETA recommends a Provisional Certification course with the American Red Cross. Participants are able to complete the online learning portion of the course now and receive a Provisional Certification, which may be submitted to NETA with a Certification Renewal Application. Then within 90 days, complete the in-person skills check with a Red Cross Instructor. After the skills check has been successfully completed, the participant will receive an official American Red Cross certificate for the class taken, which can then be submitted to NETA in order to update the Provisional CPR/AED Certification. For more information, please visit: https://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/coronavirus-information/provisional-certification. In addition, the ARC has we recently enacted a free, online-only 120 day certification extension course. This enables a certificate holder to extend any base level certifications that expire between March 1st – June 30th that were acquired through instructor-led or blended learning classes taught in the community, full service, or AP/LTP channels. For more information please visit: https://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/coronavirus-information/120-day-certification-extension-course
For American Heart Association certifications expiring beginning in March 2020, the AHA certification will be valid for 120 days beyond the recommended renewal date. For more information regarding the AHA’s interim guidance on certification extensions during the COVID-19 outbreak, please visit: https://cpr.heart.org/en/resources/coronavirus-covid19-resources-for-cpr-training.
The Health & Safety Institute (HSI) is recommending the expiration period of a legitimately issued American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) certification card (and other HSI brand certifications) be extended 120 days from the designated expiration date. For more information regarding the HSI/ASHI COVID-19 reauthorization and certification cards, please visit: https://emergencycare.hsi.com/covid-19-resources
NETA’s Group Exercise Instructor and Personal Trainer certifications are valid for two years from the date of issue. To renew your certification(s), you must complete twenty** (20) continuing education credits (CECs) between the date your certification was issued and the designated expiration. Six of the 20 CECs must be obtained from NETA workshops or NETA home study courses. Certificants are provided with a 180-day reinstatement grace period if the certification is allowed to lapse past the designated expiration date; however, a late renewal fee applies (see below). Please note, the official status of your certification is “expired” during this grace period. If your certification is not renewed by the end of the 180-day grace period, then you must retake and pass the certification exam to reinstate your credential.
NETA automatically accepts CECs that are NETA, ACE, NASM, or AFAA approved. ACE CECs and NASM CEUs are preceded by a decimal point such that 0.1 ACE CEC or 0.1 NASM CEU is equivalent to 1.0 NETA CEC. 1.0 AFAA CEC is equivalent to 1.0 NETA CEC. Health- or fitness-related college/university courses for which a grade of “C” or higher was earned and completed within your recertification period will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis for CEC approval by submitting a completed Petition Application, required documentation (e.g., course syllabus college/university transcript), and a $25.00 petition fee for each course. All NETA courses provide CECs. If you accumulate more than the required twenty (20) CECs, extra credits are not applicable towards a future recertification period.
NETA continuing education credits (CECs) will only be awarded for continuing education activities that cover subject matter within the scope of practice for an exercise professional (e.g., group exercise instructor, personal trainer) and are relevant to the practice analysis/role delineation for NETA’s Group Exercise Instructor or Personal Trainer certification exam. Examples of topics that will not be awarded NETA CECs include, but are not limited to: kinesio taping, diagnosing, massage therapy, counseling, hypnosis, chiropractic or physical therapy techniques (e.g., ultrasound, manual tissue/joint manipulation, acupuncture), and medically oriented dietary interventions.
To ensure you maintain your certification in good standing, please complete your Renewal Online or mail your completed Renewal Application, documentation of CECs earned, and renewal fee two months prior to your expiration date. Send all of the renewal information in one packet. Never send forms singularly. If your mailing address has changed, or if you receive duplicate brochures at the same address, please call NETA at 1 (800) 237-6242 to update your customer record.
Certification Renewal Procedure:
Totaling no less than twenty (20) CECs from accepted providers (NETA, ACE, NASM, AFAA, or petition-approved courses). Six (6) of the 20 CECs must be earned from NETA workshops or home study courses. (Please do NOT send originals).
NETA will only accept CPR/AED certifications that include a live hands–on practical skills assessment.
For more information about acceptable CPR/AED certifications, please see NETA’s CPR/AED Certification Provider Reference Guide.
NETA accepts checks, money orders, and Visa, Master Card, American Express, or Discover.
- Postmarked prior to expiration date: $65.00
- Postmarked 1–90 days past expiration: $80.00
- Postmarked 91–180 days past expiration: $95.00
If the 180-day reinstatement grace period lapses, then you must retake and pass the certification exam to once again earn the certification.
Mail applications to:
12800 Industrial Park Blvd Ste 220
Minneapolis, MN 55441
Fax applications to: 1(763)545-2524 (for credit card payments only)
Incomplete applications will be returned to sender. Please allow 30 days to receive your new certificate.