National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA)

Certified Group Exercise Instructor


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

Renewal Period: 2 years

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.

Certified Group Exercise Instructor

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    medium

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

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

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

Exam Requirements (View Details)

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

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 2 years

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

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA)

12800 Industrial Park Blvd
Suite 220
Minneapolis, MN  55441

Phone: (800) 237-6242

Fax: (763) 545-2524
Email: neta@netafit.org

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).

Written Exam

  • 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%)

Exam Preparation Resources

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 section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

RECERTIFICATION

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.

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.

In Demand

This certification is considered in demand. The U.S. Department of Labor sponsored CareerOneStop's analysis indicates the certification is frequently mentioned in online job postings.

COOL Bucks

See your installation Education Service Officer for credential exam information and coordinating instructions.

COOL Summary

Click to go to the COOL Summary page for this MOC.

Some

Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%) and is eligible for CA under the CA MOS/ASI Related Option

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

CA Eligible

This certification is eligible for CA under the CA Civilian Occupation Related Option.

Promotion Points

This certification has been approved for promotion points.

Click for more information.

Star

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 improves the MOS technical proficiency.

Skill Level

The Skill Level reflects the level, based on MOS training and/or experience, the Soldier should be the most prepared to successfully earn the credential. See the Table Legend for details about each level.

Navy Bucks

Credential voucher or reimbursement for credential exam, re-certification, or maintenance fee has been approved for payment through the Navy's Credential Program Office. To get a voucher request form, click Menu at the top of any page, then click "2 Complete Voucher and Apply" under Credentialing Steps.

CG Bucks

Coming Soon - Coast Guard policy regarding service member eligibility requirements to participate in the Voluntary Credentialing Program is under review with a projected release date of January 2020.

Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted E1 through E4

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E5 through E6

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E7 and Above

Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted “A” School through E5

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E6 through E7

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E8 and Above

GI Bill®

Reimbursement for exam fees has been approved for payment through the GI Bill. Click for external link to GI Bill licensing and certification information.

Note: GI Bill approval data is updated quarterly. For the latest information, visit the WEAMS Licenses/Certifications Search page. Make sure to select "Both" in the LAC Category Type drop-down before searching.

Click here for more information.

ANSI

This credential has been accredited by ANSI. Click for external link to the ANSI web site.

Click here for more information.

ICAC

This credential has been accredited by ICAC. Click for external link to the ICAC web site.

Click here for more information.

ABSNC

This credential has been accredited by ABSNC. Click for external link to the ABSNC web site.

Click here for more information.

NCCA

This credentialing program has been accredited by NCCA. Click for external link to the NCCA web site.

Click here for more information.

IAS

This credential has been accredited by IAS. Click for external link to the IAS web site.

Click here for more information.

Low

May be difficult to attain: minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

High

Highly attainable: mimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

MOS is Military Occupational Specialty
ASI is Additional Skill Identifier
WOMOS is Warrant Officer Military Occupational Specialty
AOC is Area Of Concentration Officer

Army e-learning

State-of-the art Computer Based Training available for free to the Army Workforce. Click for more information.

Click here for more information.

NKO e-learning

Credential preparation courses are provided at no cost through Navy e-Learning. Click for external link to the Navy Knowledge Online (NKO) web site, then select the “Navy e-Learning” link within the “Learning” tab to proceed to Navy e-Learning.

Bright Outlook – new job opportunities are very likely in the future for this job

Registered Apprenticeship

An apprenticeship program is registered with the U.S. Department of Labor. Go to the Apprenticeship Finder and enter career path or location to find apprenticeship opportunities.

Click here for External link to: My Next Move for Veterans - Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors
Click here for External link to: My Next Move salary info for Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors

Bright Outlook – new job opportunities are very likely in the future for this job

Click here for external link to: My Next Move for Veterans State Map for Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors

This is an official U.S. Army website
Updated: December 03, 2019
Top