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ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist Kelly Drew

Why Become an ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist®?

Become a critical part of a healthcare team dedicated to improving the quality of life of patients on a daily basis. ACSM-CEP®s 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.

The ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist certification has the most rigorous educational and practical experience standards in the health and fitness industry. Those who obtain the ACSM-CEP epitomize the gold standard of the exercise profession.

What do ACSM-CEPs Do?

The ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist® (ACSM-CEP) is an allied health professional with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in exercise science or equivalent and 1,200 hours of clinical hands-on experience or a master’s degree in clinical exercise physiology and 600 hours of hands-on clinical experience. ACSM-CEPs utilize prescribed exercise, basic health behavior interventions and promote physical activity for individuals with chronic diseases or conditions; examples include, but are not limited to, individuals with cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, orthopedic, musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, neoplastic, immunologic and hematologic diseases. The ACSM-CEP provides primary and secondary prevention strategies designed to improve, maintain or attenuate declines in fitness and health in populations ranging from children to older adults.

Prepare for your ACSM-CEP Exam

We want to make sure you are ready on exam day—which is why we offer a variety of study options designed to fit all schedules and all types of learning. Browse our study options below to see which one is most helpful for you! While these resources are not required readings and should not be interpreted as constituting the sole source of all ACSM exam questions, candidates may find them useful when preparing for the exam. Each candidate should develop his or her own personal reading list and study plan based on individual needs and knowledge.


ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist Exam Outline

ACSM's Clinical Exercise Physiology

ACSM’s Clinical Exercise Physiology adapts and expands upon the disease-related content from ACSM’s Resource Manual for Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, 7th Edition. This resource offers research-based coverage of more than 35 conditions commonly seen in practice—from a host of cardiovascular disorders to immunological/hematological disorders. 

Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist Facebook Study Group

Join hundreds of candidates in preparing for the ACSM-CEP on Facebook. Learn from what others have done to pass their exams, ask your questions in a welcoming community, and help support others during the study process.

ACSM Certification workshops and webinars

ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist Exam Outline

Workshops &

Need a study resource that has a more structured learning environment? Webinars are the perfect solution. Take advantage of learning from highly educated and experienced instructors. Choose to participate in an entire six-week series, or drop in on an individual session. 

ACSM-CEP Exam Content Outline

The exam content outline is the blueprint for your certification examination. Every question on the exam is associated with one of the knowledge or skill statements that are found in the exam content outline. Find out the depth and breadth of content that will be covered on the exam.