ACSM Recertification

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Maintaining Your ACSM Certification

After successfully completing an ACSM Certification exam your ACSM Certification is valid for three years. At the end of those three years you can either complete the recertification process, or you must re-take and pass the Certification exam to maintain your certification.

Recertifying with ACSM signifies that you are staying current with industry standards and practice - allowing you to continue practicing in the profession.

Step-by-Step Recertification Instructions


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Submit your CECs

Option One: Complete Three Steps

Meet the CEC, CME, CEU requirement

Maintain current CPR Certification

Pay the required recertification fee

Option Two

Retake the certification exam

CEC Requirements and Recertification Fees by Certification

Depending on your certification, the continuing education credits required and the fees vary. You will need between 15 and 60 CECs and the cost ranges between $35 and $55. Fees scheduled to increase as of January 1, 2022.

The ACSM recertification late fee is $75.
To avoid this late fee, the certification requirements should be completed prior to December 31st, by 11:59 PM (Eastern USA).

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Continuing Education Credits (CECs) | Everything You Need To Know

Tracking Your CECs

Credits must be tracked online through the self-reporting tool in your profile ("My CEC History/Certification" tab). You can also download the hard-copy certification renewal form to mail or fax your renewal information.

Need to Earn CECs? You Have Options!

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Earn CECs Online with ACSM's ceOnline

ACSM's provides easy access to many affordable learning opportunities to keep your skills current and satisfy your recertification requirements.

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Attend the ACSM Summit

ACSM's International Health & Fitness Summit takes place in the spring of each year and provides hands-on learning experience in a variety of workshops, workouts and lectures.

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Attend a Regional Chapter Meeting

ACSM has 12 Regional Chapters that each host an Annual Meeting that provides CECs. Meet fellow ACSM Certified Professionals and members in your region! 


For questions about ACSM's Recertification processes and procedures, consult the ACSM Certification Guidebook.

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Renewing Multiple Credentials

If you have earned more than one ACSM certification you may renew all of your ACSM certifications. A $5 fee will be charged for each additional credential. For example, if you wish to maintain both the ACSM-CPT and the ACSM-EP certifications, the recertification fee would be $60 ($55 for the highest certification, in this case the ACSM-EP, and $5 for the ACSM-CPT).   

Random CEC Auditing Process

When you renew your certification, you are only required to acknowledge completion of the required continuing education credits, have current CPR certification and pay the required renewal fee. However, you must retain documented proof of all CECs for one year. Examples of documented proof include certificate copies, letters of attendance with CEC verification, transcripts, copy of first page of article or manuscript showing author, title, publication name, etc.

ACSM audits a percentage of randomly selected ACSM Recertification/Renewal Forms 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. If you are unable to provide documented proof within 30 days, your certification will be considered "inactive" and you will have one year to complete the recertification process by providing the documentation or by obtaining new CECs.

All audit paperwork will be reviewed for validity by the CCRB Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Subcommittee. If all paperwork is complete and the appropriate number of CECs are earned, you will be notified that your credential is valid until your next recertification due date. If after submission of CECs, it is determined that some CECs are not applicable, an appropriate amount of time will be allowed for you to earn additional replacement CECs.

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