CEP and RCEP Update

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CEP and RCEP Update

May 20, 2018

The ACSM Certification Board to offer a single clinical exercise physiologist examination - ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist® (ACSM-CEP®)

After significant research and deliberations, the ACSM Committee on Certification and Registry Board (CCRB) transitioned at the beginning of 2018 to a single clinical exercise physiologist certification exam, ACSM-CEP®.

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The minimum requirements for the ACSM-CEP will be the following:

  • Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology or equivalent and 600 hours of hands-on, clinical experience


  • Bachelor’s degree in exercise science, exercise physiology, or equivalent and 1,200 hours of hands-on, clinical experience.

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What does this mean for you?

  • Candidates, the ACSM-CEP content domains will include:
    • Domain I. Patient Assessment

    • Domain II. Exercise Testing

    • Domain III. Exercise Prescription

    • Domain IV. Exercise Training and Leadership

    • Domain V. Education and Behavior Change

    • Domain VI. Legal and Professional Considerations Responsibilities

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Clinical Exercise Physiologists will unquestionably remain the gold standard for the exercise profession and play a critical role in preventing, managing, and treating chronic diseases and conditions in healthcare and improving the quality of patients.