5 Things to Know About ACSM Recertification

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5 Things to Know About ACSM Recertification

ACSM Certification Department |  Oct. 15, 2017

ACSM recertification has been updated and simplified for 2019 and beyond.


1. A "How To Recertify" walkthrough has been created.


2. Updates to the late fee structure have been made.


Below lies information for 2018 and earlier.

As a health fitness professional, we know how important it is for your career to stay up-to-date - whether it's keeping up with the latest exercise discoveries, stretching yourself to learn new skills for your clients, or even adding a new specialty to your repertoire.


Keeping your ACSM certification active is an important part of being the gold standard of your industry. And, renewing your certification is quick and easy. Here are a few tips:

  1. There are two ways to renewsubmit an online renewal form or submit a hard copy renewal form. Submitting the online renewal form is the recommended option as it automatically updates your profile and reflects your new 3-year cycle date immediately. It also sends you a verification/receipt of the financial transaction for your records. Submitting a paper form requires more manual processing, thus extending the turn-around time to receive your certificate in the mail.

  2. You do not have to wait until December 31st. If you have the required CECs to renew and your CPR/AED is up to date, you may renew at any time during the calendar year in which you are due for recertification. Renewing early adds additional time to your next cycle, and you beat the rush.

  3. Your certification renewal is due on December 31st by midnight in your time zone. If you do not submit your recertification by the expiration date, you are granted a 6-month grace period that ends June 30th. You must pay an additional $75 late fee.

  4. If you have multiple certifications, you must only earn the CECs required for the highest certification you hold and pay the renewal fee for the highest certification plus $5 for each additional certification.

  5. Membership and Certification are not the same thing.  Holding an ACSM membership does not make one certified, and earning a certification does not make one a member.  At the same token, renewing one does not renew the other.  Membership dues are due annually, and certification fees are due every three years.