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ACSM certification exams will reflect ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription 11th edition material beginning July 1, 2022

 ACSM's flagship publication, ACSM's Guideline's for Exercise Testing and Prescription, has been a key educational and practical resource for fitness professionals and students since it's original publication. With the publication of each new edition, the information is updated to reflect the most current scientifically based standards in exercise. Learn more about the updates and changes.

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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.