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Become an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer®


ACSM Certified Personal Trainers® (ACSM-CPT®) live their passion for health and fitness, and for helping others enjoy a better life. In this role, you’ll become your passion and enjoy a career leading others in achieving their health and fitness goals.

A personal trainer certification from ACSM means that you’ll have the practical and scientific knowledge to work in a variety of fitness facilities, including health clubs, gyms, university, corporate, and community or public fitness centers, and positions ranging from freelance personal training to full-time and beyond. 

Compare Personal Trainer Certifications

There are many options in personal training certification, but only one gold standard: ACSM. Find out how other certifications stack up to ACSM.


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Exam Costs

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

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Prepare for Your ACSM-CPT Exam


ACSM Certified Personal Trainer Study Tips - PrepU


ACSM's Resources for the Personal Trainer,
Fifth Edition

This book provides coverage of anatomy, exercise physiology, biomechanics, behavior modification, and nutrition as well as assessment of strength and flexibility and the development of resistance and cardiorespiratory training programs.

Online Practice Questions

This online study tool is simple to use and extraordinary in what it can do! PrepU creates personalized quizzes that focus on what you need to learn. Features also include personalized reports, quiz answer keys and rationales for each answer.

Certified Personal Trainer Facebook Study Group

Join hundreds of candidates in preparing for the ACSM-CPT
 on Facebook. Learn from what others have done to pass their exams, ask your questions in a welcoming community, and help support others during the study process.



ACSM Certification workshops and webinars


ACSM Book Bundles

Save up to 25% by bundling textbooks and/or PrepU. From textbooks with the latest clinical information to career and business guides to prepU—the highly acclaimed online quizzing system—we have the resources you need to succeed. 

Workshops & Webinars

For the hands-on learner, ACSM offers 2 day exam preparation workshops now available via Zoom. 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 session, or drop in on an individual session.

ACSM-CPT Exam Content Outline

The exam content outline is the blueprint for your personal trainer 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.