ACE's four certifications offer
fitness professionals a broad range of career choices. Read
each of the descriptions to help you decide which one best suits
your background, professional interests and career plans.
Which certification is right for me?
ACE currently offers four fitness
- The Personal Trainer Certification
is designed for trainers providing any form of one-on-one
- The Group Fitness Instructor
Certification is for those providing any form of group
- 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
*Certification prerequisites; see the eligibility requirements
- 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 (IAFF).
Am I eligible for certification?
The following eligibility requirements
have been adopted for our certification exams:
- You must be at least 18 years
- You must hold current adult
CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) certification and it must
be current at the time of the exam. (Attend the Heartsaver
First Aid with CPR and AED Training Course or view a list
of accepted CPR certifications.)
- 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, or equivalent.
- 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,