Earning and Tracking Continuing Education for your ACSM Certification

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Earning and Tracking Continuing Education for your ACSM Certification

ACSM Certification Department |  Oct. 4, 2017

The purpose of ACSM recertification is to ensure that ACSM Certified Professionals enhance skills and knowledge above and beyond minimum competence. Periodic recertification occurs through the documentation of (and confirmation, when audited) of required continuing educational activities over a three-year cycle.  Each level of certification requires a different amount of continuing education.

ACSM Certification Renewal CEC

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Below is the archival information for 2018 and earlier

Certification Level CECs Required
ACSM Certified Group Exercise Instructor 45
ACSM Certified Personal Trainer 45
ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist 60
ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist 60
ACSM Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist 60
ACSM/NCHPAD Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer 15
ACSM/ACS Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer 15
ACSM/NPAS Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist 45

When you renew your certification, you are required to acknowledge completion of the required continuing education credits, have current CPR certification and pay the required renewal fee. ACSM audits a percentage of randomly selected certification renewals at each credential level every year. If audited, you will be required to provide documented proof of your CECs to the ACSM National Office within 30 days. Below are a few quick tips regarding CECs and recertification:

  1. Need CECs? ACSMceOnline offers many affordable options to fulfill your CEC requirement. This site is available 24/7, 365 for you to earn CECs. ACSM members do receive a discount here, if you are a member, contact the membership department for the discount code.
  2. ACSM accepts CECs you earn from other organizations that are directly related to your ACSM certification.Here is the criteria:
  • Content outside of the scope of your certification will not be accepted.
  • You must have been awarded CECs or contact hours from the organization that sponsored the event or from any other major fitness organization.
  1. CECs, CMEs, CEUs and contact hours are sometimes used interchangeably, fortunately we do accept all related increments of instructional hours. Organizations have different ways of calculating CECs, the general rule is that the CEC equivalency is always 1 = 1, but if the organization uses the decimal system (i.e. ACE or NSCA) then its .1 = 1. If there is any doubt, it typically equates to 1 CEC per hour of participation. For a listing of what is accepted, click here
  2. You do not have to send in your CECs unless you are audited. Be sure to keep all of those certificates of attendance/completion that you've received. You can be audited up to a year after recertification.
  3. Earning CECs does not automatically renew your certification for you. You still must actively complete the renewal form and pay. The form will have you input the number of CECs you've earned in the designated fields, you will not have to list out each course. If you are audited, a more detailed form must be submitted along with your audit documents .
  4. When you earn CECs from attending an ACSM Annual Meeting or Health and Fitness Summit, those will automatically show up in your My CEC/CME History tab when you log into your MyACSM profile. All other CECs you must manually input using the Self-Reporting Tool. This currently is not required but is a great way to track your continuing education.

 ACSM Self- Reporting Tool

  1. To track your continuing education using the Self-Reporting tool, login to your MyACSM profile.
  2. Next, you will click My Profile, the MyCEC/CME History tab and then click the Self-Reporting tool button.
  3. Enter your course information into the form and submit.