National Exercise & Sports Trainer Association (NESTA)


NESTA is a professional fitness association offering a wide range of primary, advanced and specialized educational courses and certification programs.

NESTA was established in 1992 in Southern California. Today, NESTA is an international fitness association with over 55,000 members from around the world. Approximately 10% of our members are from outside the U.S. NESTA members and graduates have thriving careers in over 50 countries. Countries outside the U.S. with the highest number of NESTA certified trainers/coaches are Canada, Singapore, Japan, Australia, China and the UK. Our certifications are accepted and used globally. We welcome all students from around the world.

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Courses & Certifications

In addition to the 100% online NESTA Personal Fitness Trainer Certification, we offer continuing education courses and certifications to advance your career and earn CEUs.

Specialization programs include…

Fitness Nutrition Coach: Learn about ideal nutrition, including proven techniques for increased energy, better health and decreased dependence on medications. Dramatically increase your job and career opportunities with this new credential.

Functional Training Specialist: Many fitness training programs sacrifice functionality, and overlook proper movement, to to meet a client’s aesthetic goals. Learn how to avoid this mistake. Improve client results and increase career opportunities.

Lifestyle Weight Management Specialist: Help your clients achieve their weight loss or weight management goals using the latest proven strategies. One of NESTA’s most popular programs.

Kids Nutrition Specialist: You can make a difference is reducing childhood obesity and diabetes by applying the principles in this course.

View all NESTA courses on our website,

NESTA’s sister organization, the Spencer Institute, also offers a number of courses for professionals,

Workshops & Webinars

NESTA offers free webinars and workshops for professionals. View the list of current and upcoming webinars,