Certificants have access to a variety of affordable professional development opportunities to keep their skills current and provide a simple path to renewing their certification every three years. ACSM provides multiple continuing education opportunities in in-person meetings or online. ACSM also has an extensive ACSM-Approved CEC Provider Program and accepts non-ACSM CECs as long as the content is directly related to ACSM certifications.
ACSM ceOnline provides high-quality continuing education opportunities for certified health and fitness professionals around the world. The convenient online self-tests cover a wide variety of fitness education and continuing education topics and is continually updated. All of the CEC opportunities are available completely online, are self-paced, and offered at different credit and price levels.
Preview and purchase CEC credit opportunities at https://www.acsm.org/learn-develop-professionally
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ACSM Annual Meeting
At ACSM’s Annual Meeting, World Congress on Exercise is Medicine® and World Congress on the Basic Science of Exercise you’ll find sessions covering virtually every aspect of sports medicine, exercise science and the benefits of physical activity. Internationally recognized as the place to hear leading experts and learn about the latest research, this conference brings science and practice together. More than 6,000 industry professionals from around the globe make the ACSM Annual Meeting their priority conference.
View the schedule, registration information, program tracks and more at http://www.acsmannualmeeting.org/.
ACSM International Health & Fitness Summit
American College of Sports Medicine invites you to learn from the world’s top exercise science experts at ACSM’s International Health & Fitness Summit. Exercise both body and mind through inspiring keynote sessions, hands-on workshops, stimulating lectures, and vigorous Master Class workouts. A broad range of opportunities for continuing education credits will keep you at the top of your game.
View the schedule, registration information, program tracks and more at http://acsmsummit.org/.
ACSM Regional Chapters
Twelve Regional Chapters throughout the United States ensures easy access to regional
educational meetings. Enjoy unmatched opportunities to network with professionals and
students close to home.
ACSM Approved Providers
ACSM has over 150 approved CEC providers that provide educational opportunities in-person and home study options. Certificants will find a wide variety of fitness education and continuing education topics that fit most interest areas. Approved Providers and their content reflect the concepts of their respective organizations and may not directly represent the positions or policies of ACSM.
View ACSM’s pre-approved providers here.
CECs may be applied to recertification that are not pre-approved by ACSM. For CECs to be accepted, the education provider must have a governing body or major fitness organizations CEC approval.
It is strongly recommended that certificants keep a copy of their CEC documentation in case of a renewal audit. ACSM does not post CECs earned through other organizations in the certificant’s ACSM online profile. Candidates may manually add CECs using through the My ACSM Portal. Log in and click on, “CEC History/Certification” and use the “Self-Reporting Tool”.
Authoring or Co-Authoring Books, Journal Articles, or Accepted Abstract
You can earn 10 CECs for publications in peer-reviewed professional journals, books, or accepted abstracts; authored or co-authored.
ACSM awards 10 CECs per college credit hour as long as the course meets the following criteria:
- Certificant receives credit for the course after becoming certified
- The course grade is a C or better
- The course content is directly related to the ACSM certification(s)
Examples of acceptable courses are the following: exercise science, kinesiology, exercise physiology, human performance, physical education, athletic training and anatomy.
Please refer to the job task analysis (JTA) found here. Certificants must keep a copy of the college transcripts in case of a recertification audit. When entering college courses, the self-reporting tool does NOT automatically convert your CECs. You must enter them as the converted rate of college credit multiplied by 10.
Teaching and Lecturing
Thirty percent of CECs can be earned by teaching and lecturing.
Teaching: certificants may claim 1 CEC per contact hour of academic teaching at the college level if the content is consistent with the knowledge and/or skills of the ACSM certification(s) and the course is taught at an accredited institution. Credit can be claimed for teaching the course content once during a recertification cycle.
Lecturing: certificants can claim 1 CEC per hour of professional lecturing if it is a lecture given at the state, regional, or national level and/or if CECs are offered for the lecture attendees.
Support documentation will be required if audited. For example, course catalog, course syllabus, letter from supervisor, meeting brochure showing the certificant as a lecturer.