Clinical Certifications

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ACSM Clinical Certification

ACSM Announces Merger of CEP and RCEP Certifications 

The ACSM is moving forward with a single clinical exercise certification to substantially clarify the job role of clinical exercise professionals for certificants, employers and faculty. In addition, ACSM and the Clinical Exercise Physiology Association (CEPA) co-developed the “Clinical Exercise Physiology Registry.” The registry will be used to raise the visibility of the unique value clinical exercise professionals provide to health care teams and increase the exposure to professional opportunities.

For an overview of the new ACSM-CEP® certification, the transition timeline, frequently asked questions, and CEP Registry, see the information below.

Clinical Exercise Physiologist 2018-19 Timeline:

• Sep 2, 2018: ACSM stops taking RCEP applications
• Sep 3, 2018: ACSM-CEP applications available  
• Oct 31, 2018: final day of RCEP and CEP administrations
• Nov 1 - Dec 2, 2017: CEP, RCEP administrative blackout
• Dec 3 - 31, 2018: *ACSM-CEP operational beta available 
• Jan 1 - Feb 28, 2019: standard setting, psychometric analyses, and final scoring
• Mar 1, 2019: *beta scores released and instant scoring available


  • What are the minimum requirements to take the new ACSM-CEP exam?

  • Do RCEPs have pay for, and then take, the replacement ACSM-CEP certification?