Health Fitness Certifications

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ACSM Health Fitness Certifications

Give others the guidance and strength to lead a healthy lifestyle. With any of ACSM's three health fitness certifications you will make an impact on the lives of others with an advanced understanding of these topics.

Certified Personal Trainer®

The ACSM Certified Personal Trainer (ACSM-CPT) is qualified to plan and implement exercise programs for healthy individuals or those who have medical clearance to exercise. The ACSM-CPT facilitates motivation and adherence as well as develops and administers programs designed to enhance muscular strength, endurance, flexibility, cardiorespiratory fitness, body composition, and/or any of the motor skill related components of physical fitness.

Certified Group Exercise Instructor®

ACSM Group Exercise Instructors (ACSM-GEI) are fitness professionals who teach, lead, and motivate individuals through intentionally-designed exercise classes. ACSM-GEIs are high-achievers inside and outside the group studio – not only do they excel at planning effective, exercise science-based group sessions for different fitness levels, they also possess a wealth of motivational and leadership techniques that help their class participants achieve their fitness goals. ACSM Group Exercise Instructors provide safe instruction across many class types and equipment sets, from choreographed fitness classes to HIIT and beyond. 

Certified Exercise Physiologist®

ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologists (ACSM-EP) are fitness professionals with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in exercise science. ACSM-EPs take training to the next level by individualizing exercise programs based on a client’s needs and ability. The ACSM-EP has mastery with pre-exercise health risk assessments and conduct physical fitness assessments, among other health tasks. Whether it is taking the first steps toward adopting healthy lifestyle behaviors or competing for a first marathon, an ACSM-EP can support clients at every stage of their journey to become their best selves.