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Become an ACSM Certified Group Exercise Instructor®

ACSM CPT Laura Minor

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.


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 class participants achieve their 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.

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Exam Costs

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

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Prepare for Your 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! While these resources are not required readings and should not be interpreted as constituting the sole source of all ACSM exam questions, candidates may find them useful when preparing for the exam. Each candidate should develop his or her own personal reading list and study-plan based on individual needs and knowledge.


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ACSM Certification workshops and webinars

ACSM group exercise instructor exam content outline

Workshops & Webinars

For the hands-on learner, ACSM offers two day exam preparation workshops. Take advantage of live learning from highly educated and experienced instructors committed to your success. In-person workshop not available in your area or prefer a virtual classroom? Webinars are the perfect solution. Choose to participate in an entire six-week series, or drop in on an individual session. 

ACSM-GEI Exam Content Outline

The exam content outline is the blueprint for your certification examination. Every question on the exam is associated with one of the knowledge or skill statements that are found in the exam content outline. Find out the depth and breadth of content that will be covered on the exam.