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ACSM/NCHPAD Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer

Empowering Individuals with Physical Limitations

Created in collaboration with the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD), ACSM/NCHPAD Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainers (CIFT) are uniquely qualified to work with people who have health risks and/or physical limitations. With an understanding of current ADA policy, ACSM/NCHPAD CIFTs create adapted programming that promotes safe and effective training – while also providing motivational support for a healthy lifestyle.  

Preparing for the ACSM/NCHPAD CIFT 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!


Are You Eligible?

  • Current ACSM or NCCA-accredited health/fitness-related certification OR Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science, Recreation Therapy or Adapted Physical Education
  • Adult CPR/AED certified (important COVID-19 update)

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Why Become An ACSM/NCHPAD Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer?

An ACSM/NCHPAD Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer is a fitness professional who assesses, develops and implements individualized exercise programming for healthy or medically-cleared persons with a physical, sensory or cognitive disability. ACSM/NCHPAD CIFTs make exercise accessible for all – empowering individuals to achieve fitness goals that previously seemed beyond their own limitations.

In addition to leading and demonstrating safe, adapted exercise techniques as well as necessary precautions, ACSM/NCHPAD Certified Inclusive Fitness Instructors also possess a working knowledge of current American Disability Act (ADA) policy specific to recreation facilities, and standards for accessible facility design. ACSM/NCHPAD CIFTs commonly work in community and public health settings (such as a YMCA or Parks Department) to improve access to exercise for all, as well as gyms and health clubs and university or corporate-based fitness centers.

Ready to uphold the gold standard by creating comprehensive fitness programming for an underserved community? Become an ACSM/NCHPAD Certified Inclusive Fitness Instructor.

Exam Costs

 ACSM Certified Pros Discount $150 
 Regular Exam Cost  $195
 Re-Test   $125


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Kyra Noerr, RCEP, CEP, CIFT

ACSM/NCHPAD Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer Competency Areas %
Exercise Prescription and Programming 20%
Exercise Physiology and Related Exercise Science 18%
Health Appraisal, Fitness and Clinical Exercise Testing 15%
Safety, Injury Prevention, and Emergency Procedures 11%
Clinical and Medical Considerations 11%
Human Behavior and Couseling 10%
Disabilities Awareness 10%
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Facility Design 5%

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