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Fitness Certifications and Continuing Education Credits (CECs) Opportunities

Campus Recreation hosts fitness certifications and CECs workshops for all community members as an opportunity to enhance skills and knowledge and increase potential job opportunities.

For information about workshop details, including pricing and schedule, please see the respective websites and contact the certifying agency directly. 

For information about potential discounts on workshops please email

Upcoming Workshops at Minnesota State University, Mankato

NETA Personal Trainer Certification

  • March 24-25, 2018
    • Credits (CECs): 14 NETA, 1.4 ACE, 15 AFAA, 1.4 NASM
      • On-campus workshop location: TBD

NETA Group Exercise Certification

No upcoming workshops are scheduled at this time.

NETA Continuing Education Live Workshop

No upcoming workshops are scheduled at this time.

*Location of workshops are typically in the Highland Center (HC) building or in Pennington Hall (PH). Signs will be posted in both HC and PH buildings indicating a specific room location.  If you are not familiar with the campus, search Google Maps "Otto Recreation Center, Ellis Avenue, Mankato, MN" and you should be guided to the general location on campus.

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Certifying Agencies

American Council on Exercise (ACE)

ACE has a wide range of certifications available for every career path — from our four primary NCCA-accredited certifications to specialty certifications that offer curriculum focused on specific areas.  

Personal Trainer

Group Fitness Instructor

ACE Health Coach

Advanced Health and Fitness Specialist


American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

The American College of Sports Medicine was the first organization to certify health fitness professionals. With more than 25,000 health fitness professionals in 44 countries, we are the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world.  ACSM's personal trainer, health fitness specialist, clinical exercise specialist and registered clinical exercise physiologist certifications are NCCA-accredited.

Health Fitness Certifications

Clinical Certifications

Specialty Certifications


Aerobics and Fitness Association of American (AFAA)

As the world's largest fitness educator, AFAA delivers comprehensive cognitive and practical education for fitness professionals, grounded in industry research, using both traditional and innovative modalities. AFAA upholds Basic Exercise Standards and Guidelines for safe fitness practice.  AFAA is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC).

Primary Group Exercise Certification

Primary Group Exercise Certification Online

Personal Training Certification

Personal Training Certification Online


National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)

At NASM, our Certified Personal Trainer education combines science with proven techniques to turn fitness enthusiasts into fitness professionals.

Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)


National Counsel on Strength and Fitness (NCSF)

It is the mission of the National Council on Strength and Fitness Board for Certification to establish, assess, and promote qualification standards for Exercise Professionals in a continued effort to foster a high level of professional competency and ethical practice, to best serve public interest and safety.

Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)

Sport Nutrition Specialist

Certified Strength Coach


National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA)

NETA is one-of-a-kind in the arena of fitness certification, and in our personal, hands-on approach to fitness education. These are just a few of the many distinctive qualities that set NETA apart.  NETA is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

Group Exercise Certification

Personal Trainer

Specialty Certifications


Personal Training Certification Institute (PTCI)

At the Personal Training Certification Institute, we offer complete online personal training certification with no hidden costs or extra purchases required. You may obtain your CPT certification or recertification immediately once you pass the final exam with our free instant 24/7 email pdf certification card.

Personal Trainer Certification


National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)

The Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) is for professionals who design and implement strength training and conditioning programs for athletes in a team setting.

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®)

Certified Special Population Specialist® (CSPS®)

NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer® (NSCA-CPT®)

Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator® (TSAC-F®)


This is not an exhaustive list of all fitness and wellness certification agencies.