Certified Professional of the Year


The ACSM Certified Professional of the Year is awarded to an outstanding ACSM Certified Professional to recognize their dedication and exceptional contributions towards enhancing the health and wellness of individuals in their community. 

Application Information


  • Active ACSM Health Fitness Certification and/or Clinical Certification: Certified Group Exercise Instructor (ACSM-GEI), Certified Personal Trainer (ACSM-CPT), Certified Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-EP), or Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-CEP) 
  • Work at least 20 hours/week in exercise and well-being at time of application
  • At least five years of experience or two recertification cycles 

* Those with direct financial ties with ACSM or are active volunteers of the Summit Program Committee, ACSM Certification Board, ACSM CCRB Sub-Committees, or ACSM Board of Trustees are ineligible to apply. 

Awarded Benefits:

  • Up to $500 in travel assistance 

  • Complimentary 2021 ACSM International Health & Fitness Summit registration 

  • Acknowledgment on the ACSM website and in the ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal   

  • Complimentary 1-year ACSM Alliance Membership 

  • Beautiful glass award, award certificate and digital badge  

  • Press release sent to hundreds of media contacts 

  • Opportunity to serve as an ACSM media spokesperson and conference presenter 

  • And more… 

Applications for the 2022 award are closed.

Winner of the 2021 Award:

kristin traskie

Kristin A. Traskie, MPH, ACSM-CPT, EIM Level 1

Kristin Traskie’s mission is clear: Create a culture of health and well-being on the Michigan State University (MSU) campus. She uses research-backed knowledge from her multiple fitness certifications to create holistic wellness and movement opportunities. Her work through MSU’s Health Promotion Department, Exercise is Medicine on Campus® initiative, Well-Being Coalition and The SPARTAN fit Fitness and Wellness Program is improving health outcomes and life satisfaction.