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ACSM Certified Group Exercise Instructor

Make an Impact During Class  and Beyond!

Do you love the energy of a group exercise class? Using a variety of teaching and motivational techniques to create a positive exercise experience, ACSM Certified Group Exercise Instructors® (ACSM-GEI) are at the forefront of the group exercise movement. From coaching an individual through a tough session to providing healthy lifestyle support outside of class — the personal impact you'll make is long-lasting.


Are You Eligible?

  • 18 Years of Age or Older
  • High School Diploma or the Equivalent
  • Adult CPR/AED Certification (with practical hands-on skills component)

Preparing for the ACSM-GEI Exam

We want to make sure you are ready on exam day—which is why we offer a variety of study options designed to fit all schedules and all types of learning. Browse our study options below to see which one is most helpful for you!


ACSM-GEI Study Options

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Why Become an ACSM Certified Group Exercise Instructor®?

ACSM Group Exercise Instructors® 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 classes achieve fitness goals.

ACSM Group Exercise Instructors® provide safe instruction across many class types and equipment sets, from aerobics, to bicycles and beyond. Because of their excellent communication skills, ACSM-GEIs work in gyms and health clubs, as well as community, university, and corporate facilities – whether there’s headset and a stereo system or just an open gym.

Ready to step up to the gold standard and lead your next group ex class with purpose and passion? Become an ACSM Certified Group Exercise Instructor®.

Exam Costs

 ACSM Member Candidates  $239
 ACSM Non-Member Candidates  $299
 Re-Test  $155


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Having an ACSM certification really validates and confirms that you have competencies in many areas of group fitness teaching - you understand the sciences, the leadership, the programming, and you actually can employ the skills."

Lori Devine, ACSM-GEI


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