The NESTA ECB requires its certified personal fitness trainer (PFT) to complete 4.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) over a four year period. Each 0.1 CEU is worth one hour of study time or one contact hour in a live training format.

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For complete details on the recertification process, fees, CEU category descriptions and forms please download the Adobe PDF document Personal Fitness Trainer Recertification Guide.

Renewal Deadlines

Recertification applications with necessary completed CEUs and full fee payments are accepted and on time if submitted as early as 90 days prior to certification expiration and no later than the actual expiration date.

Late applications for NESTA PFT recertification will be accepted by the NESTA ECB

between 1-90 days after expiration. Late applications will require an additional $25 fee

every 30 days late up to 90 days. After 90 days following certification expiration, NESTA

PFT certification will be null and void. Formerly certified NESTA PFTs who fail to comply

with recertification policies and procedures will be required to retake the PFT exam to be

certified and recognized by NESTA and the NESTA ECB.

Recertification Fee: $149 (between 90-1 day(s) prior to expiration)

Late Application Fee: $25 (between 1-30 days late)

$50 (between 31-60 days late)

$95 (between 61-90 days late)


IDEA members receive a $20 discount on NESTA Personal Fitness Trainer recertification fees.

For a list of all approved providers, refer to our Continuing Education Approved Providers page.

Not sure when your PFT certification expires? Check your PFT certification status using our PFT Graduate Search tool.