ACE currently offers four
The Personal Trainer Certification
is designed for trainers providing any form of one-on-one exercise
The Group Fitness Instructor Certification is for those
providing any form of group exercise instruction.
The Lifestyle & Weight Management Consultant Certification
demonstrates the requisite knowledge and skills to develop sound,
balanced weight-management programs that bring together the
three critical components of nutrition, exercise programming
and behavior modification.
The Clinical Exercise Specialist Certification is an advanced
certification that demonstrates the ability to work with individuals
who have special needs and have been cleared by their physician
to participate in exercise programs.
Specialty Certification: Peer Fitness Trainer Certification
Program This certification is designed specifically
for firefighters and emergency medical technicians, and is administered
exclusively through the International Association of Fire Fighters
Am I eligible for certification?
The following eligibility requirements
have been adopted for our certification exams:
You must be at least 18 years of
You must hold current adult CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation)
certification and it must be current at the time of the exam.
Although it is not required, candidates for the Personal Trainer
and Group Fitness Instructor certifications are strongly encouraged
to have a minimum level (approximately 100 hours) of practical
experience in the health and fitness field.
In order to take the Lifestyle & Weight Management Consultant
Certification exam, you must hold a current ACE Personal Trainer,
Group Fitness Instructor or Clinical Exercise Specialist Certification,
In order to take the Clinical Exercise Specialist Certification
Exam, you must have 300 hours of work experience designing and
implementing exercise programs for apparently healthy individuals
and/or high-risk individuals, as documented by a qualified professional.
You must also have a four-year (bachelor's) degree in an exercise
science or related field OR a current ACE Personal Trainer Certification
or other approved certification (ACSM, NSCA, NASM).
ACE recommends you allocate three to six months to study for
the exam, depending on your background. You may prepare yourself
in any manner of your choosing and are solely responsible for
your own exam preparedness.