What do you think about NESTA certification?
by Pamela Gervais
Do you know anything about the personal trainer certification from NESTA (National Exercise & Sports Training Association)? This organization offers
a basic CD ROM course which includes the price of the certification test for almost the same price as the ACSM test alone. I would like some feed back from people who have completed this type of program and whether or not they were prepared adequately for the test. (The CD ROM format seems like it might be more organized than my doing this myself with three texts and review books).I know this company is based in California but the tests are given locally and the website looks good. Thanks for any input.
What's wrong with NESTA
(Las Vegas, NV)
My question is about NESTA. I purchased the package because I had heard it was respected. After reading your site it seems not many here respect it that much. Why? I've gone through all of their material and it's not much different from what others offer besides the hands on stuff.
A lot of the info about fitness is continually changing if anyone is serious about any job they will continually learn more.
I guess I'm a little frustrated because I was going to go with ACE but they are expensive. And honestly NESTA is what I could afford at the moment. Also, I know a few trainers with ACE certs who quite frankly I would never want to train me. I just wonder what the big deal is. Most trainers I know end up having several certs anyways. I just think it's funny because you end up spending all this money for each cert when there is free information out there as well as ways to learn out in the field. Anyways I'm about to take the test soon so I guess it doesn't matter--every gym in Las Vegas takes NESTA anyway.
I've read through your site and I do think it's helpful. I am 25 and have been involved in fitness since I was old enough to work out. I have been an accomplished athlete and know my stuff when it comes to fitness.
by Jeff Moore
I am a NESTA CPT and after careful review of all the programs out there I chose to take the NESTA certification. It was in the mid price range and the material seemed to be very detailed. At the time of my certification they were in the process of getting NCCA accredited. They now are NCCA accredited. I believe NESTA will rise to the top of the industry soon.
The exam was challenging and had to be taken at an approved testing center. It required a good amount of study time. I am very satisfied with the NESTA CPT it is well recognized in the area I live. I was able to apply for several jobs and choose the one that fit me the best. When considering a certification I think I made the right choice. NESTA mixes exercise science with business applications and continuing support to help make me the best trainer I can be. I strongly recommend the NESTA program to anyone who wants to become a PFT/CPT. Good luck in your endeavors and thanks for reading this