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ACSM Certification Pass Rates

This information is currently provided, and will continue to be made available in the future, as one of the requirements of obtaining and maintaining accreditation by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

Quarterly First-time Pass-Rate (2019)

ACSM Credential

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

ACSM Certified Personal Trainer

66%

64%

 

 

ACSM Certified Group
Exercise Instructor
 
63%   68%    

ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist

72%

73%

 

 

ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist

65%

64%

 

 

 

Personal Trainer (ACSM-CPT)

Year

Candidates

First time pass-rate

2016

5,394

54%

2017

4,634

56%

2018

3,602

66%*

* ACSM-CPT exam content outline was updated Dec 2017. Information on increased 2018 pass-rates can be found here.

Group Exercise Instructor (ACSM-GEI)

Year

Candidates

First time pass-rate

2016

292

44%

2017

268

42%

2018

208

32%

** Exam results for ACSM-GEI include only Jan-01 – Nov-30, 2018. A new ACSM-GEI was launched with revised exam content outline was launched Dec 2018. More information can be found here.

Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-EP)

Year

Candidates

First time pass-rate

2016

3,301

42%

2017

2,939

44%

2018

2,641

71%*

* ACSM-EP exam content outline was updated Dec 2017. Information on increased 2018 pass-rates can be found here.

Clinical Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-CEP)

Year

Candidates

First time pass-rate

2016

679

34%

2017

654

34%

2018

759

36%**

** Exam results for CEP include only Jan-01 – Oct 31, 2018. A new ACSM-CEP was launched with revised exam content outline was launched Dec 2018. More information can be found here.

Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist (RCEP)

Year

Candidates

First time pass-rate

2016

224

34%

2017

231

41%

2018

226

25%**

** Exam results for RCEP results only include Jan-01 – Oct 31, 2018. ACSM ceased RCEP administrations on Nov 2018. More information can be found here.

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Active Certifications

ACSM Credential

Certificants

ACSM Certified Personal Trainer

15,074

ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist

11,385

ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist

4,005

  As of April 2019