American Council on Exercise (ACE)

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Founded in 1985, the American Council on Exercise (ACE) is a nonprofit organization committed to America's health and wellbeing. Over the past 25 years, we have become an established resource for both fitness professionals and consumers, providing comprehensive, unbiased, scientific research impacting the fitness industry and validating ourselves as the country's trusted authority on fitness. Today, ACE is the largest nonprofit fitness certification, education and training organization in the... more less
Websitewww.ACEfitness.org
Address
4851 Paramount Dr
San Diego, CA 92123
Phone Number888-825-3636

Certification/Training Types

DescriptionInspiring people to adopt new behaviors requires more than simply knowledge of behavior change philosophy or emotional intelligence. As a Behavior Change Specialist, you will possess the practical, hands-on skills needed to guide people toward behavior change in one-on-one, group and virtual settings. Through a comprehensive, interactive experience, you will learn from renowned experts and pioneers in the areas of psychology and coaching how to develop rich, productive relationships and then utilize those relationships to drive people toward long-term, lifestyle change.
Course Material Price $0.00
Exam Price $0.00
Exam Delivery Method Online, Proctored Online
Practical Exam RequiredYes
Prerequisite
Renewal PeriodNo renewal period
CECs/CEUs per renewal period0
Renewal Fee
Term Used for Continuing EducationContinuing Education Credit (CEC)
One Hour of Continuing Education Equals0.1 CEC
CategoryGroup Fitness, Life & Wellness Coaching, Personal Trainer, Special Populations
Description
Course Material Price $0.00
Exam Price $0.00
Exam Delivery Method
Practical Exam Required
Prerequisite
Renewal PeriodNo renewal period
CECs/CEUs per renewal period0
Renewal Fee
One Hour of Continuing Education Equals0.1
CategoryNutrition
NCCA-Accredited Cert.
DescriptionACE has reinvented personal training and is leading the charge to make personal training-personal again with the Integrated Fitness Training Model ®. ACE is first fitness certification organization to educate fitness professionals on how the exercise sciences and behavioral sciences are both critical to ensuring long-term client success and puts those elements into a programming model that makes the sciences applicable in practical settings.
AccreditationNCCA
Course Material Price $109.95
Exam Price $399.00
Exam Delivery Method Proctored Online, Proctored In Person
Practical Exam RequiredNo
PrerequisiteYou must be at least 18 years of age. You must hold a current adult CPR and AED certificate.
Renewal Period2 years
CECs/CEUs per renewal period2
Renewal Fee129
Term Used for Continuing EducationContinuing Education Credit (CEC)
One Hour of Continuing Education Equals0.1 CEC
CategoryExercise Physiology, Personal Trainer
NCCA-Accredited Cert.
Description Earning the advanced-level ACE Health Coach Certification demonstrates that you have the knowledge to develop sound, balanced weight-management programs that bring together the three critical components for long-term weight management success: nutrition, exercise and lifestyle change. Learn more about how to advance your career with a Health Coach certification from the American Council on Exercise.
AccreditationNCCA
Course Material Price $64.95
Exam Price $399.00
Exam Delivery Method Proctored Online, Proctored In Person
Practical Exam RequiredNo
PrerequisiteYou must be at least 18 years of age. You must hold a current adult CPR and AED certificate. Adtl requirements on ACEfitness.org
Renewal Period2 years
CECs/CEUs per renewal period2
Renewal Fee129
Term Used for Continuing EducationContinuing Education Credit (CEC)
One Hour of Continuing Education Equals0.1 CEC
CategoryLife & Wellness Coaching, Personal Trainer, Special Populations
NCCA-Accredited Cert.
Description

With the first NCCA accredited group fitness certification, ACE's group fitness instructor certification has led the industry in educating fitness professionals. The ACE GFI certification provides background on various group fitness modalities, like Pilates and step, while also providing a strong foundation on techniques necessary for all group fitness instructors.

Learn more about how to launch your career with a group fitness instructor certification from the American Council on Exercise.

AccreditationNCCA
Course Material Price $49.95
Exam Price $249.00
Exam Delivery Method Proctored Online, Proctored In Person
Practical Exam RequiredNo
PrerequisiteYou must be at least 18 years of age. You must hold a current adult CPR and AED certificate.
Renewal Period2 years
CECs/CEUs per renewal period2
Renewal Fee
Term Used for Continuing EducationContinuing Education Credit (CEC)
One Hour of Continuing Education Equals0.1 CEC
CategoryGroup Fitness
DescriptionThe job of fighting fires and responding to emergency situations is one of the most dangerous and physically demanding professions. To help improve the safety, performance and quality of life of uniformed personnel in the fire service, the Peer Fitness Trainer (PFT) Certification was developed by the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the American Council on Exercise. Learn more about how to become a peer fitness trainer with the American Council on Exercise.
Course Material Price $99.95
Exam Price $249.00
Exam Delivery Method Proctored Online, Proctored In Person
Practical Exam RequiredNo
PrerequisiteYou must be at least 18 years of age. You must hold a current adult CPR and AED certificate.
Renewal Period2 years
CECs/CEUs per renewal period2
Renewal Fee
Term Used for Continuing EducationContinuing Education Credit (CEC)
One Hour of Continuing Education Equals0.1 CEC
CategorySpecial Populations
NCCA-Accredited Cert.
Description The ACE Advanced Health & Fitness Specialist certification is unparalleled in the industry providing unique career development opportunities. Earning the ACE® Advanced Health & Fitness Specialist Certification demonstrates that you have the knowledge to provide in-depth preventative and post rehabilitative fitness programming for individuals who are at risk for or are recovering from a variety of cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic and musculoskeletal issues. Learn more about how to advance your career with a advanced health and fitness specialist certification from the American Council on Exercise. Learn more about how to advance your career with a advanced health and fitness specialist certification from the American Council on Exercise.
AccreditationNCCA
Course Material Price $69.95
Exam Price $399.00
Exam Delivery Method Proctored Online, Proctored In Person
Practical Exam RequiredNo
PrerequisiteYou must be at least 18 years of age. You must hold a current adult CPR and AED certificate. Adtl requirements on ACEfitness.org
Renewal Period2 years
CECs/CEUs per renewal period2
Renewal Fee
Term Used for Continuing EducationContinuing Education Credit (CEC)
One Hour of Continuing Education Equals0.1 CEC
CategoryExercise Physiology, Personal Trainer, Special Populations
DescriptionAs a Weight Management Specialist, you’ll increase your market value to the 67 percent of U.S. adults classified as either overweight or obese, and the thousands of athletes who need help managing their weight for performance reasons. Building your expertise in proper nutrition and hydration strategies will help you connect with people who want to lose weight, build muscle, decrease their body fat, improve their overall health and achieve long-term success, no matter where they are on their fitness journey.
Course Material Price $399.00
Exam Price $0.00
Exam Delivery Method
Practical Exam Required
Prerequisite
Renewal PeriodNo renewal period
CECs/CEUs per renewal period0
Renewal Fee
One Hour of Continuing Education Equals0.1
CategoryLife & Wellness Coaching, Nutrition, Personal Trainer
DescriptionWith 31 percent of American adults who take part in at least one sport or physical activity, an expertise in sports conditioning will help you with a wide range of clients. Earning a Sports Conditioning Specialty Certification will increase your marketability to elite athletes, fitness enthusiasts training for an event or young competitors who need to increase their balance, strength, agility and speed.
Course Material Price $399.00
Exam Price $0.00
Exam Delivery Method
Practical Exam Required
Prerequisite
Renewal PeriodNo renewal period
CECs/CEUs per renewal period0
Renewal Fee
One Hour of Continuing Education Equals0.1
CategoryGroup Fitness, Personal Trainer, Sports Conditioning
DescriptionWith a versatility that ranges from competitive athletes to rehabilitation patients, and everyday people who need to improve their balance and joint stability, expertise in functional training can be applied to a wide range of clients. As a Functional Training Specialist, you’ll be able to help people move more efficiently, prevent injury, improve their balance and flexibility, build strength, and improve their overall quality of life.
Course Material Price $399.00
Exam Price $0.00
Exam Delivery Method
Practical Exam Required
Prerequisite
Renewal PeriodNo renewal period
CECs/CEUs per renewal period0
Renewal Fee
One Hour of Continuing Education Equals0.1
CategoryPersonal Trainer
DescriptionWith the number of yoga and Pilates participants soaring to 22.9 million in the past decade, specializing in mind body exercise can help you deliver holistic programs to the growing number of people searching for a more balanced approach to health and wellness. Become an expert in yoga and Pilates to improve posture, reduce stress, strengthen the core, build muscle, and fuel an internal connection with one’s self.
Course Material Price $399.00
Exam Price $0.00
Exam Delivery Method
Practical Exam Required
Prerequisite
Renewal PeriodNo renewal period
CECs/CEUs per renewal period0
Renewal Fee
One Hour of Continuing Education Equals0.1
CategoryGroup Fitness, Mind Body, Personal Trainer, Yoga
Descriptions an Orthopedic Exercise Specialist, you’ll have the expertise to help the 33 percent of Americans who report being affected by knee pain, and all other clients or patients hindered by muscle imbalances or musculoskeletal disorders. Expand your marketability by becoming an expert in restoring function in people following orthopedic rehabilitation. Learn to design exercise programs that incorporate appropriate progressions and strategies to improve movement, avoid injury and boost function.
Course Material Price $399.00
Exam Price $0.00
Exam Delivery Method
Practical Exam Required
Prerequisite
Renewal PeriodNo renewal period
CECs/CEUs per renewal period0
Renewal Fee
One Hour of Continuing Education Equals0.1
CategoryPersonal Trainer, Special Populations, Athletic Trainer
DescriptionBecoming a Therapeutic Exercise Specialist will help you develop exercise programs for people with a wide variety of special conditions – including the 43 million Americans who live with arthritis and the 4 million women who give birth annually in the United States. Learn to safely and effectively work with people who live with metabolic disease and various musculoskeletal disorders, and how you can use exercise to boost their quality of life.
Course Material Price $399.00
Exam Price $0.00
Exam Delivery Method
Practical Exam Required
Prerequisite
Renewal PeriodNo renewal period
CECs/CEUs per renewal period0
Renewal Fee
One Hour of Continuing Education Equals0.1
CategoryPersonal Trainer, Special Populations
DescriptionBecoming a Senior Fitness Specialist will give you the tools to safely and effectively train the millions of Americans currently over the age of 55. Aside from exploring how to connect with older adults, the expertise you’ll gain will help you incorporate appropriate modifications and techniques to prevent muscle deterioration, improve bone strength, and boost quality of life.
Course Material Price $399.00
Exam Price $0.00
Exam Delivery Method
Practical Exam Required
Prerequisite
Renewal PeriodNo renewal period
CECs/CEUs per renewal period0
Renewal Fee
One Hour of Continuing Education Equals0.1
CategoryPersonal Trainer, Special Populations

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23 reviews
Chukwudi Osogbue
On Jan 26, 2015
For someone like me who's only just picking up an interest in fitness training, what do I do? Where do I start from?
American Council on Exercise (ACE) Response on Jan 26, 2015:
Hi there,
Thank you for your comment. It's so great to hear that you're picking up an interest in fitness training!
Please feel free to contact us at 1-888-825-3636 or support@acefitness.org to speak with one of our consultants. They can chat with you about what option is right for you and what steps you need to take to start your career.
Jamison Schmidinger
On Nov 30, 2014
American Council on Exercise
Loved it
I had a special situation, in were ACE had the opportunity to tell me " too bad" or "tuff luck" with my problem. Instead, they went out of their way to not only accommodate me with my special problem but also took the time to make it perfect. I want to thank Brent McLemore and Sue Chandler for showing me great customer service, above and beyond what I would have ever expected. I would recommend this School not just for their great material, but also the fantastic customer service they give to their customers. Thank you very much for everything.
Rony Fares
On Oct 09, 2014
I am a sports physiotherapist and i have two questions:
All the courses provided are online courses.
What available workshops or trainings can i find in pittsburgh pensylvania. My main interest is corrective exercise, myofascial release and sports nutrition.
Thank you
Rony Fares
On Oct 09, 2014
I am a sports physiotherapist and i have two questions:
All the courses provided are online courses.
What available workshops or trainings can i find in pittsburgh pensylvania. My main interest is corrective exercise, myofascial release and sports nutrition.
Thank you
Jodi Stone
On Jul 31, 2013
Verified ACE Pro
I just received my ACE CPT certification. The materials provided were wonderful and although challenging, were not overwhelming for one coming from a non-fitness background. I learned things that my physical therapist and occupational therapist friends had studied. ACE has a great support network and everyone is always happy to assist you with your studies. I loved the ACE Academy Elite for the online study portion, and really appreciated the weekly Q&A on facebook to help with my studies.
American Council on Exercise (ACE) Response on Jul 31, 2013:
Hi Jodi, Congratulations on earning your ACE CPT certification! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed the materials and found our study asisstance resources to be helpful as you prepared for the exam. We look forward to being a part of your journey as a fitness professional and are proud to have you on the ACE team!
Jodi Stone
On Jul 31, 2013
Verified ACE Pro
I just received my ACE CPT certification. The materials provided were wonderful and although challenging, were not overwhelming for one coming from a non-fitness background. I learned things that my physical therapist and occupational therapist friends had studied. ACE has a great support network and everyone is always happy to assist you with your studies. I loved the ACE Academy Elite for the online study portion, and really appreciated the weekly Q&A on facebook to help with my studies.
Jodi Stone
On Jul 31, 2013
Verified ACE Pro
I just received my ACE CPT certification. The materials provided were wonderful and although challenging, were not overwhelming for one coming from a non-fitness background. I learned things that my physical therapist and occupational therapist friends had studied. ACE has a great support network and everyone is always happy to assist you with your studies. I loved the ACE Academy Elite for the online study portion, and really appreciated the weekly Q&A on facebook to help with my studies.
Anonymous
On Mar 03, 2012
I received my certification by ACE about 15yrs ago and am also very happy of the knowledge I have applied to training clients!
Curtis Cornett
On Jan 10, 2012
Verified ACE Pro
Excellent course that covers alot of ground. ACE is widely known and delivers a great set of study materials filled with in formation needed to help educate client's on proper form, importance of balance, ect. Highly recommend.
Julia Greenfield
On Sep 15, 2011
I carry a few certifications and I attend college for fitness and I have to say the knowledge I gained from studying and passing my ACE cert carried through so much so that I actually passed the ACSM HFS with one week study time. ACE already prepped me with all the knowledge I needed. I am so happy I chose ACE!
Emily Martinez
On Sep 10, 2011
Verified ACE Pro
ACE is a widely recognized and accepted organization in the field for fitness certifications. I have the group fitness instructor certification and am proud to say that I am ACE-GFI certified!
Anonymous
On Aug 04, 2011
I have been certified by ACE for 11 years and never have a problem or a complain. I also got the PT job I want it in the place I wanted because I was certify by ACE.
felix colon
On Jul 26, 2011
Verified ACE Pro
I have been CPT and GFI certified four year's and yes i will say it's the best investment i have made in my life because i can train a client even if i am 70yr's old, this field is a long term career and i respect all my fellow trainer's for their hard work in educating themselfs and keeping up with important information. It take dedication and discipline in any field or career but as a personal trainer we must have plenty of patience and motivation its not the training of a persons body that's the challenge its the re-educating of their minds that determines the progress, therefore we as trainers must keep feeding or brain and ace has all the mental food we need , try it you will like it....
Verified ACE Pro
I have been a certified trainer since 1998 and a LSWM Coach since 2003. To this day, I am still as proud as the day I received my exam results to say the I'm ACE certified!

ACE is an organization that fosters professional trainers that care about their clients. The support and motivation we get from this organization inspires us to become the best trainers in the industry!

Kim Hellyar
Shawn Fears
On Jul 15, 2011
Verified ACE Pro
The new updated ACE IFT model is probably the best system on the market and the exercise science in the study materials is the same information that I covered while working towards my B.S.. There is no lack of information and it can be overwhelming, but you won't go wrong with this certification, I feel like the new updated ACE is leading the industry right now. I recommend this certification to anybody who is thinking about a career in personal training.

If you have seen the old manual and were disappointed with it (as I was), its time to take another look at ACE because they set the bar with this new updated course and I can't say enough good about it.
Charlie Gripp
On Jul 15, 2011
Verified ACE Pro
I v'e been certified by ACE for nearly 10 years. I'm proud of the work they have done to stay current with thelatset research. The exam isn't easy & it shouldn't be. We have a responsibility to the buying public, to make sure we train correctly & efficiently. I think the nest step would be to be licensed by every state to practice personal training. The hair & massage industry is required to be licensed.. So should we.
Anonymous
On Jul 14, 2011
I have been certified through ACE for group exercise since the early 1990's. I attend the World IDEA conference each year to earn my CEC's, and have met some awesome people there! I feel it is the best organization to be certified through, as it is recognized worldwide. I have had other certifications through other agencies which closed up shop, and I feel confident that ACE wi9ll always be around.
Mary Yoke
On Jul 13, 2011
Verified ACE Pro
There is a lot of status associated with obtaining a certification from a NCCA accredited organization. Certainly these organizations promote themselves as superior. However, I think NCCA has done a disservice to the certification industry by only permitting written exams (or by calling a video with written test questions a "practical" exam). Any certification that still has a real practical exam--one where the candidate must stand and deliver on their feet/ an oral exam--cannot obtain NCCA accreditation. The argument is that an actual practical exam is potentially too subjective and is therefore not valid. Do you agree?
I have obtained over 20 certifications in the industry, many of them back in the 80's and 90's before NCCA became powerful. (ACSM, ACE, NASM, AFAA, etc.). I can tell you the most meaningful and memorable certifications to me, the ones where I learned the most, were the ones with a practical exam that required trial by fire. I had to think on my feet and have my wits together and I've never forgotten the lessons learned. I am proudest of those certifications---they were hard and I know I really earned them!!! Would you really want to be in a plane with a pilot who'd taken a written-only exam? Would you really want to have a surgeon operate on you who'd taken a written-only exam?
Personal training and group exercise instruction are hands-on, applied, practical professions and need to be evaluated as such. As an employer of fitness professionals, I notice a big difference between those who've passed a practical exam and those who haven't. Those who've taken only a written test almost always have a bigger learning curve at first, all other factors being equal. Academics are extremely important, but we are a people-oriented business and certifications should assess our people skills and our ability to think on our feet.
It's time to re-evaluate the undeserved power that NCCA holds over our industry. Why have we given them the authority to say that quality certifications with practical exams cannot attain NCCA accreditation? This is illogical given the nature of our occupations.

Until NCCA either changes its position or (I hope) fades away, my advice is to seek a variety of certifications, including some that have real practical exams. You will learn different things from each certification, and this will only benefit you and your clients.

I also advise staying away from organizations that constantly promote themselves as the "best", while actively putting down their competitors. Again, as a veteran of many, many programs and certifications, it makes me sick to hear presenters of certain organizations puff themselves up and say they or their organization is the "only" one that can really teach you, or that they're the only ones who really understand the body, or that they have the best exam (especially if it's only a written exam), etc, etc. This is nonsense! There are too many quality programs, quality presenters, quality perspectives, and quality certifications out there for anyone to say this. You can learn something from everyone. Keep an open mind and don't buy into rigidity.
Robert Gallegos
On Jul 13, 2011
ACE is a great organization to certify as a Personal Trainer. I've been certified for 2yrs now and I've enjoyed the process. I felt that the study materials as well as the online and phone support available to me were awesome! The ACE name is very popular in the fitness industry so I have no regrets about making this choice.

I am planning on getting my next ACE certification within a year and I feel that with this addition it will aid my career advancement in the fitness industry and help me become a knowledgeable fitness professional.
Kathryn Adams
On Jul 13, 2011
Verified ACE Pro
I am also cetified for 22 years as an ACE Cert. group fitness instructor. I agree that the certification now is harder to keep up needing .5 more CEC's. I also think though that it is one of the most widely recognized certifications you can have. These days specialty training seems to be the thing, so not only are you group fitness certified, but if you teach step, spinning, trx, strength, pilates or yoga you also need special certifications in those as well.....it's all about $$$.
Anonymous
On Jul 13, 2011
I got my ACE certification 22 years ago. Since then, it has gotten much more difficult with more books to study and much more expensive. I do think it's a great overall certification but if I was just starting in the business, I'd definitely go thru NASM instead. And, yes, I am NASM certified as well.
Lynn Anderson
On Jul 13, 2011
Verified ACE Pro
Did my CEC's through IDEA Magazine. It was great because I read the magazine ( which is very informative) and got credit! Easy accept the website is a bit confusing.
Lisa Lorraine Taylor
On Jun 04, 2011
Verified ACE Pro
I Love my ACE Certifications: Personal Trainer and Lifestyle Weight Management Coach (Gold Certified..woohoo!)! The Certifications are not easy, but the Best things in life often aren't. :D

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