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ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist

Building Healthier Bodies Through Lifestyle Change

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.

Are you eligible?*

1. Master’s degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology or equivalent and 600 hours of hands-on clinical experience 
Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, Exercise Physiology, or equivalent and 1,200 hours of hands-on clinical experience

2. Basic Life Support Provider or CPR for the Professional Rescuer certification (with hands-on practical skills component)

3. Download and submit your completed application form

*COVID-19 Eligibility Contingency: Candidates must have at least 50% of their clinical hours at the time of the application process. The remainder of the clinical hours must be submitted to ACSM within 1 year of passing their exam. 


Preparing for the ACSM-CEP Exam

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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-CEPs 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/fitness industry. Those who obtain the ACSM-CEP epitomize the gold standard of the exercise profession.

Exam Costs

 ACSM Member Candidates  $279
 ACSM Non-Member Candidates  $349
 Re-Test  $175


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