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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 (2020)

ACSM Credential

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

ACSM Certified Personal Trainer

70%

73% 68% 
ACSM Certified Group
Exercise Instructor
 
78%   50% 74%   

ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist

82%

80%  79%

ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist

69%

75%  67%

 

Personal Trainer (ACSM-CPT)

Year

Candidates

First time pass-rate

2017

4,634

56%

2018

3,602

66%*

2019

3,282

64%

* 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

2017

268

42%

2018

208

32%

2019

136

70%

** 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

2017

2,939

44%

2018

2,641

71%*

2019

2,687

72%

* 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

2017

231

41%

2018

226

25%**

2019

369

66%

** 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.

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Active Certifications

ACSM Credential

Certificants

ACSM Certified Personal Trainer

16,657

ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist

12,978

ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist

4,246

 * As of April 2020