What's in a name?

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What's in a name?

ACSM Certification Department |  Oct. 3, 2017

As an ACSM certified exercise professional, you have the unique ability to use the certification name or acronym as a mark of distinction in the fitness industry. ACSM prefers that you use the full certification name whenever possible. You may also use the acronyms or letters in signature blocks, business cards, and personalized stationary. You can also distinguish yourself on your LinkedIn, Twitter, and similar social media bios and blog profiles as a certified exercise professional.

During the 2017 ACSM Annual Conference,the Committee on Certification and Registry Board (CCRB) had a robust discussion on the certification names and related acronyms. As a result, CCRB has updated the adopted naming convention as follows:

Certification name acronyms

Below are example usages:


Within text:

John Doe, an ACSM Exercise Physiologist, states that participating in physical activity may reduce the risk of developing coronary heart disease.


Signature block:

Sample certification signature block



Email signature block:

In health,


Assistant Director of Fitness, University of State 1234 University Lane

City, State 56789-0000