National Credential
Credential: Certified Personal Trainer (NETA-CPT)  GI Bill resource  NCCA resource
Credentialing Agency: National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA)

The National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA), Certified Personal Trainer (CPT-NETA) is an entry-level health and fitness credential for individuals wishing to assure stakeholders (such as potential employers or consumers) of their competency as an exercise professional. The exam requires candidates demonstrate general knowledge in various skill areas to reflect such competency such as: exercise science, health and fitness assessments, exercising programming for healthy adults, principals of nutrition and weight management, and dynamic of communication and behavioral change. CPTs work in the fitness training industry to help clients get active and stay healthy. Candidates must take a written exam.

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

Renewal Period: 2 years

Certified Personal Trainer (NETA-CPT)

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 13B Cannon Crewmember MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 13M Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS)/High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HiMARS) Crewmember MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted Soldier Common Core MOS some          
Enlisted P5 Master Fitness Trainer ASI most          

Army Table Legend


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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This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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A detailed analysis comparing the credential requirements to the military occupation has been completed. Click on the gap analysis icon to view the analysis page.

Certified Personal Trainer (NETA-CPT)

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: Hold a current CPR and AED Certification
  • Experience
  • Education: High School Diploma/GED
  • 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
Email: neta@netafit.org

Certified Personal Trainer (NETA-CPT)

Candidates must hold a current CPR and AED Certification

Candidates must be at least 18 years old, or hold a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) diploma. Candidates younger than 18 years of age, who have earned a high school or GED diploma, must complete a NETA-CB Minor Waiver and Permission Form in order to sit for NETA-CB certification exam.

The Certified Personal Trainer (NETA-CPT) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidates must sign and submit a compliance statement with exam application stating that they will abide by the examination policies listed in the NETA Candidate Handbook.

Certified Personal Trainer (NETA-CPT)

  • Initial Client Intake and Assessment (20%)
  • Initial Program Design (15%)
  • Program Implementation (15%)
  • Reassessment (15%)
  • Ethics and Professional Issues (15%)
  • Communication, Rapport, and Client Relationship (20%)

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Personal Trainer (NETA-CPT) 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 Personal Trainer (NETA-CPT)

Renewal Period: 2 years

The Certified Personal Trainer (NETA-CPT) credential has the following recertification information:

  • The CPT-NETA is valid for two years. Certification holders must earn a minimum of 20 CEUs and pay a recertification fee. CPR/AED certification must also be kept current.

    Additional information can be found on the NETA-CB Recertification Handbook.