NESTA’s Personal Fitness Trainer Certification Program Now Approved for GI Bill Tuition Reimbursement

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The Department of Veteran Affairs recently approved the National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association’s (NESTA) Personal Fitness Trainer Certification Program for reimbursement under the GI Bill. Military personnel interested in pursuing a personal fitness career can learn more at

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NESTA wants to help our military members get jobs and start careers when they come home. It's the least we can do to honor their service.

Serving in the military requires both physical and mental discipline and strength, skills that can benefit them in a variety of careers and professions. After serving, if military personnel are interested in pursuing a career in personal training and fitness, the National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association (NESTA) Personal Fitness Trainer Certification Program is now approved for GI Bill reimbursement by the Department of Veteran Affairs.

NESTA’s Personal Fitness Trainer Certification Program, which consist of video lectures and an interactive, digital manual, is 100 percent online and self-paced. In addition, the program includes business advice on establishing, marketing and succeeding in the fitness industry, which continues to outpace most industries in terms of both short- and long-term job growth.

“At NESTA, we truly salute the brave men and women who serve every day in the United States Armed Forces and thank you for your service,” said John Spencer Ellis, founder of NESTA and John Spencer Ellis Enterprises, a leading national fitness and personal development solutions company. “We are very pleased to now offer military personnel the ability to earn a Personal Fitness Trainer Certification through our tuition reimbursement program, which they can complete online at their own pace.”

Military personnel can now receive tuition reimbursement under section 3676, title 38 of the U.S. Code through the GI Montgomery Bill. Following the training, participants complete a 100-question online exam.

Candidates must be at least 18 years old and have proof of purchase for reimbursement purposes. Military personnel interested in personal training can now sign up by visiting, and then entering the following information: L&C Name: Personal Fitness Trainer    ; LAC Category Type: Certification; State: CA.

Following completion, reimbursement is provided by completing the application for VA Education Benefits at
Since 1992, National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association (NESTA) has been a leader in innovative solutions for fitness, nutrition and wellness professionals, as well as club owners. Founded by John Spencer Ellis, NESTA now has more than 55,000 members in 55 countries, and it is one of the largest fitness associations in the world, and the fastest growing association of its kind in the United States. For more information on NESTA or the GI Bill Tuition Reimbursement program, please visit

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