Group Fitness and Personal Training Certification RenewalRenew Online
Updated July 16, 2020 – In consideration of the COVID-19 outbreak and suspension of live CPR/AED classes throughout the U.S., NETA will temporarily accept online CPR/AED certifications completed between March 15, 2020 and September 30, 2020. This exception applies only to NETA certifications that are due for renewal on or before September 30, 2020, are currently within the 180-day reinstatement grace period, or initial Group Exercise Instructor or Personal Trainer certifications earned between March 15, 2020 and September 30, 2020. Beginning October 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, whether completed in-person or via remote skills verification with a qualified and authorized instructor. 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.
The American Red Cross has discontinued both the 120-day certification extension and the Provisional Certification that were previously available during the COVID-19 pandemic. The ARC does provide some helpful COVID-19 Guidance Resources on their website. Please contact the ARC directly with questions regarding CPR/AED certifications issued by the ARC.
The American Heart Association is providing 120-day extensions for CPR/AED certifications with recommended renewal dates between March 2020 and June 2020. Effective July 1, 2020, the AHA has resumed normal timelines for CPR/AED certification renewal. For more information, please see the AHA’s Updated: Interim Guidance on Card Extensions during COVID-19 Outbreak.
The Health & Safety Institute (HSI) is providing a 120-day extension of legitimately issued American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) certification cards (and other HSI brand certifications) due to expire between April 2020 and August 2020. On August 1, 2020, HSI will return to the normal authorization and certification periods. For more information, please see the HSI’s COVID-19 Update: Reauthorization and Certification Cards.
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.