ACSM Certification | Specialized Programs

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ACSM Specialty Certifications and Certificates

ACSM specialty certificates are designed for professionals who work with those with unique needs, abilities or area of practice. Specialty certificates are educational programs that enhance certificants’ base knowledge, skill or ability to work with clients with cancer, inclusion, public activity promotion and more!

ACSM Exercise is Medicine Credential®

Exercise professionals who earn the Exercise is Medicine® (EIM) Credential demonstrate their ability to help individuals with common chronic diseases lead healthier, more active lives. They are also more likely to be seen as a trusted referral resource by health care providers.

Anyone can take the EIM Credential online course (worth 15 CECs), which includes practical modules about health care, exercise prescription for common medical conditions, behavioral coaching and more. However, participants must meet additional educational and certification requirements to be eligible to earn the credential itself. 

Discounted member price: $189
Standard price: $379

 EIM Credential and Online Course

  • EIM Credential Requirements

  • What’s in the EIM Course?

  • The EIM-credentialed professional receives:

Autism Exercise Specialist Certificate

Developed in partnership with Exercise Connection, the Autism Exercise Specialist certificate is available to exercise professionals, physical or adapted physical education teachers, physical therapists, recreational therapists, or special education professionals. The successful certificate holder is a professional who understands the needs and strategies used with autism when implementing an individual or group exercise program in a gym, home or classroom setting.

The Autism Exercise Specialist online course is the first step in earning the certificate. After completing the online course the applicant must then complete a workshop either in-person or virtually. The online course can also be taken as a standalone course for continuing education credits (6 CECs). 

Discounted member price: $90
Standard price: $120
Online workshop: $350

autism exercise specialist certificate

Two Steps to Earning the Certificate:

Step 1 | Complete the Online Course

Step 2 | Take the Workshop

The Autism Exercise Specialist certificate will soon move to an advanced, online course. Check back for details. 

 ACSM/ACS Certified Cancer Exercise TrainerSM

The ACSM/ACS Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer specialty certification will be sunset at the end of May 2023.  The course is moving to an advanced, online course. The last delivery date of the specialty certification exam is May 31, 2023 with PearsonVue.

Current, CET professionals may continue to use the designation if the certification remains in good standing.
The new cancer exercise trainer course will be available by the end of December 2023.

ACSM/NCHPAD Inclusive Fitness Specialist Certificate Course

The ACSM/NCHPAD Inclusive Fitness Specialist Certificate Course is perfect for fitness professionals who want to understand proper inclusive exercise prescription and implementation when working with individuals with disabilities.

CIFT Course

Physical Activity and Public Health Specialist Certificate Course

The Physical Activity Alliance has developed, in partnership with the CDC, the recommended essential competencies for staff assigned to physical activity efforts that will lead to improved public health. The set has been revised and expanded, in partnership with ACSM, for this course.

PAPHS Cert Course