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Choose one of the most highly recognized certifications in the industry. Choose ACSM.

Starting Tuesday, March 17, Pearson VUE is suspending test delivery at all U.S.- and Canada-based Pearson VUE-owned test centers for 30 days until April 16. 

If you have a scheduled exam
You will receive an email cancellation notice and you will either receive a refund (if paid to Pearson VUE) or an extension as determined by ACSM. Pearson Vue will work with you to reschedule your exam as soon as it is safe to resume test delivery (on or after April 16).

If you are looking to schedule an exam:
Registration windows for new exam appointments will not be available until April 16.

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ACSM Certifications

Whether you are new to the field of sports medicine or an experienced exercise professional, by choosing ACSM you're on your way to earning one of the most highly sought after certifications in the industry — a credential that is known as the gold standard around the world. By choosing ACSM, you demonstrated that you are committed to excellence in the exercise profession.

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Learn about the different ACSM Certifications and discover which one is right for you!


Health Fitness Certifications

Are you a fitness professional working in a health club or other community setting? Pursue an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer® (ACSM-CPT), ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist® (ACSM-EP) or ACSM Certified Group Exercise Instructor® (ACSM-GEI) credential. Whether your goal is to train one-on-one or to instruct groups, those who are certified are able to develop and implement safe, effective exercise programs, and modify them to meet the specific needs of clients.





Clinical Certification

Are you looking to become a critical part of a healthcare team dedicated to improving the quality of life of patients on a daily basis? The Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist® (ACSM-CEP) is the credential for you. Clinical exercise physiologists help to increase the likelihood of long-term physical, social and economic independence of patients through individualized patient education, behavior change, and primary and secondary prevention strategies.


Specialty Credentials

Already have an NCCA accredited certification? Add a specialty credential to broaden your expertise. ACSM's specialty credentials consist of the Exercise is Medicine® Credential, ACSM/ACS Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer (CET), ACSM/NCHPAD Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer (CIFT) and ACSM/NPAS Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist (PAPHS). These practitioners are dedicated to increasing the inclusiveness and accessibility to exercise for everyone.


Get ACSM Certified in Four Easy Steps!


Choose a certification and determine your eligibility

ACSM offers health fitness, clinical and specialty certifications and credentials. Based on your experience and qualifications, select from the one that aligns with your education level, career goals and desired skills.  


Study for your exam

No matter how you prefer to study – ACSM has the right exam prep resources for you. Prefer textbooks? Choose from single editions, bundles and digital versions. On the move and need online options? Try prepU, an adaptive quizzing tool. Learn best in the classroom? Get in-person training at workshops, or enjoy online learning courses with an ACSM webinar. 

ACSM offers exam prep resources that can fit every budget and level of expertise. Since exam preparation is self-paced, you should allow for a minimum of three to six months to prepare. 


Register for your exam

When you're ready to schedule your exam, you will choose a time and location that is convenient for you. Pearson VUE, a partner of ACSM, has a comprehensive test center network of more than 5,600 locations around the world. ACSM certification exams are also administered on most military bases globally; find out more here.

Make sure you meet all the eligibility requirements prior to registering, which includes current CPR certification or Basic Life Support (BLS) certification. 

When you're ready, visit the Pearson VUE website to register.


Pass your exam and become your passion

Once you've passed your exam, you are well on your way to becoming your passion! It's time to launch your career leading others to enjoy a better life.