NETA's Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Certifications are accredited by the NCCA (National Commission for Certifying Agencies). NETA is one of only two certifying agencies in the fitness industry that offers NCCA accredited Group Exercise Instructor certification (NETA-CGEI) and Personal Trainer certification (NETA-CPT) programs.
Who and what is NCCA (National Commission for Certifying Agencies)?
The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) is the accreditation body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE). ICE, established in 1977, is the leader in setting quality standards for credentialing organizations. Through its annual conference, regional seminars, and publications, ICE serves its membership as a clearinghouse for information on the latest trends and issues of concern to practitioners and organizations focused on certification, licensure, and human resource development. Certification programs may apply and be accredited by the NCCA if they demonstrate compliance with each of the 21, rigorous accreditation standards. The standards are designed to assure that the certifying agency can accurately and fairly measure a certificant’s professional competence through standardized testing.
What are the goals of accreditation?
The answer is two-fold:
- One critical goal of accreditation is to provide the general public with reasonable assurance that the personal trainer they employ is deemed competent and professional by a reputable, accredited, certifying organization.
- “Whereas, given the increasing importance of personal training in health, fitness and sports clubs, IHRSA recommends that, beginning January 1, 2006, member clubs hire personal trainers holding at least one current certification from a certifying organization/agency that has begun third-party accreditation of its certification procedures and protocols from an independent, experienced, and nationally recognized accrediting body.
Furthermore, given the twenty-six year history of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) (formerly known as the National Organization for Competency Assurance) as an organization dedicated to establishing quality standards for certifying agencies, IHRSA has identified the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the accreditation body of ICE, as being an acceptable accrediting organization.
IHRSA will recognize other, equivalent accrediting organizations contingent upon their status as an established accreditation body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and/or the United States Department of Education for the purposes of providing independent, third-party accreditation.”
Why should I take a NETA exam versus other certification exams? As mentioned earlier, NETA is committed to providing the public with a superior product. Over the past 35 years NETA has provided over 130,000 fitness professionals with hands-on training, individualized attention, superior customer service and well designed certification exams. NETA has been the industry leader in training fitness professionals how to teach safe and effective exercise at our nationwide workshops. Now is the opportunity for all Fitness Certification Agencies to provide certification exams that are statistically valid and psychometrically sound. NETA is committed to that end.
What does NCCA accreditation standard mean to me as a fitness professional?
- Accreditation of a credentialing organization by the NCCA is the standard for a large majority of well-respected allied health care professionals and others professions (e.g., nursing, nutrition, athletic training, etc.).
- By earning an NCCA-accredited certification, fitness professionals demonstrate that they are qualified to take a legitimate place on the healthcare continuum based on what is usual and customary for healthcare and other professionals which is critical for developing an appropriate level of professional recognition which should also positively impact compensation levels for fitness professionals.
NETA is an education and training organization for fitness professionals. NETA is dedicated to offering cost effective certification programs and continuing education that teach concepts and theories of health and fitness. We emphasize practical application of these concepts as they relate to fitness leadership. We believe it is important to offer education, hands-on training and certification to all who are interested and in this way help improve the quality of fitness instruction to the public.
COALITION FOR THE REGISTRATION OF EXERCISE PROFESSIONALS (CREP)
In support of industry efforts to advance the fitness profession, NETA is proud to be a member of the newly-formed Coalition for the Registration of Exercise Professionals (CREP). As a nonprofit, 501(c)(6) organization, CREP advocates for health and fitness professionals who hold current NCCA-accredited certifications on issues that pertain to regulation; access and scope of work; seeking recognition as a health provider; and maintaining the United States Registry of Exercise Professionals (USREPS), an internationally recognized registry of exercise professionals who hold NCCA-accredited certifications in the United States. Exercise professionals who maintain NETA’s NCCA-accredited Personal Trainer and/or Group Exercise Instructor certification(s) are included on the U.S. Registry. For more information about the Coalition or USREPS, visit www.USreps.org.