National Credential
Credential: Certified Group Exercise Instructor  In-Demand resource  GI Bill resource  NCCA resource
Credentialing Agency: National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA)

National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA), Certified Group Exercise Instructor is an entry-level credential for individuals interested in leading exercise in a group setting. The Group Exercise Instructors are fitness professionals who promote enhanced health and increased fitness. Group Fitness Instructors apply knowledge and skill to facilitate positive health and fitness outcomes among diverse populations using a variety of class formats and exercise modalities. There is no prior fitness related experience, training or certification that is required to complete the Certified Group Exercise Instructor certification exam process. Training is available, but not required to take the written exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 2 years

Certified Group Exercise Instructor

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted Soldier Common Core MOS some          

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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Certified Group Exercise Instructor

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite: CPR Certified (Adult)
  • Experience
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 2 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA)
12800 Industrial Park Blvd
Suite 220
Minneapolis, MN  55441
Phone: (800) 237-6242
Fax: (763) 545-2524

Certified Group Exercise Instructor

Candidates must meet one of the following requirements: 

  • Attend a one day exam preparation workshop and gain insight into the basics of teaching group exercise. Exam administered at the end of the workshop.
  • Register with NETA for the "Test Only" option. (There are 500 Comira Testing Centers all across the US).
  • View a Group Exercise Instructor webinar with interactive lectures. Candidates may then complete the exam at a Comira testing center.

The Certified Group Exercise Instructor credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidates must be at least 18 years of age. Candidates who do not meet the minimum 18 years of age requirement, and wish to sit for the NETA-CB Certification Exam must complete a NETA-CB Minor Waiver and Permission Form.
  • Candidates must hold valid adult CPR certification from a recognized provider (e.g., ARC, AHA, ASHI, NSC).

Certified Group Exercise Instructor

  • Group Fitness Class Development and Design (32%)
    • Design a group fitness class specific to the achievement of a desired health or fitness outcome (13%)
    • Select appropriate equipment, music, and movements consistent with the class format and objectives. (10%)
    • Develop appropriate modifications to accommodate various abilities, fitness levels, special populations, and medical considerations. (9%)
  • Implementation of Group Fitness Class (35%)
    • Instruct safe and effective movement. (11%)
    • Educate class participants regarding appropriate exercise intensity and methods to monitor intensity. (8%)
    • Lead class participants using effective cueing techniques and musicality. (9%)
    • Observe class participants to identify and correct improper exercise techniques. (7%)
  • Engagement and Leadership of Group Fitness Participants (20%)
    • Facilitate a welcoming and inclusive exercise environment. (6%)
    • Apply motivational strategies to promote class participation and exercise adherence. (4%)
    • Engage class participants utilizing effective communication skills to establish rapport and group cohesiveness. (5%)
    • Educate class participants with regard to fitness and principles of healthy living. (5%)
  • Professional Responsibilities and Conduct (13%)
    • Adhere to industry guidelines to protect the interest of participants and to minimize risk exposures. (4%)
    • Prepare for and respond to medical emergencies. (5%)
    • Engage in professional development though appropriate continued education. (4%)

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Group Exercise Instructor examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Certified Group Exercise Instructor

Renewal Period: 2 years

The Certified Group Exercise Instructor credential has the following recertification information:

  • To renew the Certified Group Exercise Instructor credential, certification holders must complete a minimum of twenty (20) NETA-CB approved continuing education credits (CECs) between the certification date of issue and the designated expiration date. Additional information can be found in the NETA Recertification Handbook.

Certified Group Exercise Instructor

Additional considerations for the Certified Group Exercise Instructor include:

  • It is recommended that candidates dedicate an appropriate amount of time and effort preparing for the examination utilizing appropriate up-to-date resources containing subject matter consistent with the exam content outline (i.e., Job Task Analysis, Role Delineation) for the NETA-CB credential being pursued. NETA strongly recommends a minimum of 30 to 45 days of self-guided study prior to a NETA-CB certification exam. The amount of time necessary to prepare for a NETA-CB exam varies based on the educational background and professional experience of the exam candidate.