With thousands of new candidates applying for ACSM certification every year, there is no single exam preparation solution that fits every busy lifestyle. ACSM strives to provide optional preparatory materials in multiple formats to assist candidates for the examinations offered.
While some certification routes offer only one or two preparation options, all are available for most candidates. The ACSM does not require, provide, or endorse any specific study guides, training or review courses. Candidates who choose to use and/or purchase preparatory materials are not guaranteed a passing grade on any ACSM examination.
Exam Content Outlines
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. Download the outline that corresponds to the certification of your choice, and you'll also find the percentage of questions within each domain of the exam.
prepU: Not Your Typical Study Guide
More than just a booklet with the same questions for all users, prepU offers a personalized and unique approach to studying. The online program takes an inventory of your proficiency and adapts its questions to make sure you are focusing on the weak areas - sort of like a Personal Trainer for studying. Now available for the CPT and EP-C exams. Learn more.
Exam Preparation Workshops
For the hands-on learner, ACSM offers one, two, and three day exam preparation workshops for the following exams: Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Exercise Physiologist, Cancer Exercise Trainer, and Group Exercise Instructor. Take advantage of live learning from highly educated and experienced instructors committed to your success.
Exam Preparation Webinars
For those who prefer a virtual classroom on their own computer, webinars are the perfect solution. Choose to participate in an entire six-week session, or drop in on an individual session.
Traditional study materials such as textbooks and PDFs are a great supplement to workshops and webinars, but are also beneficial alone. Multiple textbooks are available for most exams.