American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

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The American College of Sports Medicine is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. More than 40,000 international, national and regional members and certified professionals are dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine.
Websitewww.acsm.org
Address
401 W Michigan St
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Phone Number317-637-9200

Certification/Training Types

DescriptionThe ACSM Certified Group Exercise InstructorSM (GEI) possesses a minimum of a high school diploma, and works in a group exercise setting with apparently healthy individuals and those with health challenges who are able to exercise independently to enhance quality of life, improve health-related physical fitness, manage health risk, and promote lasting health behavior change. The GEI leads safe and effective exercise programs using a variety of leadership techniques to foster group camaraderie, support, and motivation to enhance muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, cardiovascular fitness, body composition, and any of the motor skills related to the domains of health-related physical fitness.
Course Material Price $0.00 Note: Test prep material is available, but not required.
Exam Price $279.00
Exam Delivery Method Proctored Online
Practical Exam RequiredNo
PrerequisiteHigh school diploma or equivalent, current adult CPR, 18 year of age or older
Renewal Period3 years
CECs/CEUs per renewal period0
Renewal Fee
Term Used for Continuing EducationContinuing Education Credit (CEC)
One Hour of Continuing Education Equals0 CEC
CategoryGroup Fitness
NCCA-Accredited Cert.
DescriptionThe ACSM Certified Personal Trainer® (CPT) 1) Possesses a minimum of a high school diploma, and 2) Works with apparently healthy individuals and those with health challenges who are able to exercise independently to enhance quality of life, improve health-related physical fitness, performance, manage health risk, and promote lasting health behavior change. The CPT conducts basic preparticipation health screening assessments, submaximal cardiovascular exercise tests, and muscular strength/endurance, flexibility, and body composition tests. The CPT facilitates motivation and adherence as well as develops and administers programs designed to enhance muscular strength/endurance, flexibility, cardiorespioratory fitness, body composition, and/or any of the motor skill related components of physical fitness (i.e., balance, coordination, power, agility, speed, and reaction time).
AccreditationNCCA
Course Material Price $128.00 Note: This material is recommended, but not required.
Exam Price $279.00
Exam Delivery Method Proctored Online
Practical Exam RequiredNo
PrerequisiteHigh school diploma, current adult CPR with practical skills component, 18 years of age or older
Renewal Period3 years
CECs/CEUs per renewal period0
Renewal Fee30
Term Used for Continuing EducationContinuing Education Credit (CEC)
One Hour of Continuing Education Equals0 CEC
CategoryPersonal Trainer
NCCA-Accredited Cert.
DescriptionThe ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C) is a health fitness professional with a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in exercise science. The EP-C performs pre-exercise health risk assessments, conducts physical fitness assessments, interprets results, develops Ex Rx, and applies behavioral and motivational strategies to apparently healthy individuals and individuals with medically controlled diseases and health conditions to support clients in adopting and maintaining healthy lifestyle behaviors. The academic preparation of the EP-C also includes fitness management, administration, and supervision. The EP-C is typically employed or self-employed in commercial, community, studio, corporate, university, and hospital settings.
AccreditationNCCA
Course Material Price $128.00 Note: Test prep material is available, but not required.
Exam Price $279.00
Exam Delivery Method Proctored Online
Practical Exam RequiredNo
PrerequisiteExercise science-based Bachelor's degree, current adult CPR certification
Renewal Period3 years
CECs/CEUs per renewal period0
Renewal Fee
Term Used for Continuing EducationContinuing Education Credit (CEC)
One Hour of Continuing Education Equals0 CEC
CategoryExercise Physiology, Personal Trainer, Special Populations
DescriptionThe ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist (CEP) is an allied health professional with a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in exercise science. The CEP works with patients and clients challenged with cardiovascular, pulmonary, and metabolic diseases and disorders, as well as with apparently healthy populations in cooperation with other healthcare professionals to enhance quality of life, manage health risk, and promote lasting health behavior change. The CEP conducts pre-participation health screening, maximal and submaximal graded exercise tests, and performs strength, flexibility and body composition tests. The CEP develops and administer programs designed to enhance aerobic endurance, cardiovascular function, muscular strength and endurance, balance, and range of motion. The CEP educates their clients about testing, exercise program components, and clinical and lifestyle self- are for control of chronic disease and health conditions.
AccreditationNCCA
Course Material Price $0.00 Note: Test prep material is available, but not required.
Exam Price $299.00
Exam Delivery Method Proctored Online
Practical Exam RequiredNo
PrerequisiteBachelor's degree in exercise-based curriculium, clinical experience, CPR
Renewal Period3 years
CECs/CEUs per renewal period0
Renewal Fee45
Term Used for Continuing EducationContinuing Education Credit (CEC)
One Hour of Continuing Education Equals0 CEC
CategoryExercise Physiology, Personal Trainer, Special Populations
DescriptionThe ACSM Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist® (RCEP) is an allied health professional with a minimum of a Master’s degree in exercise science who works in the application of physical activity and behavioral interventions for those clinical diseases and health conditions that have been shown to provide therapeutic and/or functional benefit. Persons that RCEP services are appropriate may include, but are not limited to, individuals with cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, orthopedic, musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, neoplastic, immunologic, and hematologic disease. The RCEP provides primary and secondary prevention and rehabilitative strategies designed to improve physical fitness and health in populations ranging across the lifespan. The RCEP performs exercise screening, exercise and physical fitness testing, Ex Rx, exercise and physical activity counseling, exercise supervision, exercise and health education/promotion, and measurement and evaluation of exercise and physical activity related outcome measures. The RCEP works individually or as part of an interdisciplinary team in a clinical, community, or public health setting. The practice and supervision of the RCEP is guided by published professional guidelines, standards, and applicable state and federal laws and regulations.
AccreditationNCCA
Course Material Price $128.00 Note: Test prep material is available, but not required.
Exam Price $299.00 Note: Discounted for ACSM members
Exam Delivery Method Proctored Online
Practical Exam RequiredNo
PrerequisiteA Master's degree in an exercise science-based program, 600 hours of clinical experience, current CPR certification
Renewal Period3 years
CECs/CEUs per renewal period0
Renewal Fee45
Term Used for Continuing EducationContinuing Education Credit (CEC)
One Hour of Continuing Education Equals0 CEC
CategoryExercise Physiology, Personal Trainer, Special Populations
DescriptionA CET is a fitness professional who trains men and women who were recently diagnosed with cancer and have not yet begun treatment, are receiving treatment, have completed treatment or are a survivor experiencing chronic or late effects from disease or treatment; and are apparently healthy or have the presence of known stable cardiovascular disease with low risk for complications with vigorous exercise and do not have any relative or absolute contraindications for exercise testing. Additionally, the CET performs appropriate fitness assessments and makes exercise recommendations while demonstrating a basic understanding of cancer diagnoses, surgeries, treatments, symptoms and side effects.
Course Material Price $0.00 Note: Test prep material is available, but not required.
Exam Price $195.00
Exam Delivery Method Proctored Online
Practical Exam RequiredNo
PrerequisiteNone
Renewal Period3 years
CECs/CEUs per renewal period0
Renewal Fee
Term Used for Continuing EducationContinuing Education Credit (CEC)
One Hour of Continuing Education Equals0 CEC
CategorySpecial Populations
DescriptionA CIFT is a fitness professional who assesses, develops and implements an individualized exercise program for persons with a physical, sensory or cognitive disability, who are healthy or have medical clearance to perform independent physical activity. CIFT professionals hold a current NCCA-accredited health/fitness certification and CPR and AED certifications. In addition to knowledge of exercise physiology, exercise testing and programming, a CIFT has knowledge in inclusive facility design and awareness of social inclusion for people with disabilities and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Additionally the ACSM/NCPAD CIFT demonstrates and leads safe, effective and adapted methods of exercise; writes adapted exercise recommendations, understands precautions and contraindications to exercise for people with disabilities; is aware of current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) policy specific to recreation facilities (U.S. Access Board Guidelines) and standards for accessible facility design and can utilize motivational techniques and provide appropriate instruction to individuals with disabilities to enable them begin and continue healthy lifestyles.
Course Material Price $0.00 Note: Test prep material is available, but not required.
Exam Price $195.00
Exam Delivery Method Proctored Online
Practical Exam RequiredNo
PrerequisiteNone
Renewal Period3 years
CECs/CEUs per renewal period0
Renewal Fee
Term Used for Continuing EducationContinuing Education Credit (CEC)
One Hour of Continuing Education Equals0 CEC
CategorySpecial Populations
DescriptionA PAPHS is a professional who promotes physical activity in public health at the national, state and/or local level. The PAPHS engages and educates key decision makers about the impact of, and need for legislation, policies and programs that promote physical activity. Additionally, the PAPHS provides leadership and develops partnerships with private and public associations to catalyze the promotion of population-based physical activity.
Course Material Price $0.00 Note: Test prep material is available, but not required.
Exam Price $195.00
Exam Delivery Method Proctored Online
Practical Exam RequiredNo
PrerequisiteNone
Renewal Period3 years
CECs/CEUs per renewal period0
Renewal Fee
Term Used for Continuing EducationContinuing Education Credit (CEC)
One Hour of Continuing Education Equals0 CEC
CategorySpecial Populations

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