ACSM Certification Testing

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) credentialing is the most respected in the health and fitness industry. Viewed as the best measure of competence of sports medicine and health and fitness professionals, it requires the highest level of knowledge and skills and establishes the standard for all other certifications. Other programs have used ACSM certification as a model, but none have achieved ACSM’s high standards.

Browse the ACSM certification options below or select a registration method to get started right away. New online visitors will have to create an account with Pearson VUE before registering. Appointments may be made in advance or on the day you wish to test, subject to availability.

Important Information

Effective July 1, 2016 the exam price for the following ACSM exams will increase from $279 to $299 USD globally. Candidates may use the current voucher number from ACSM or retest codes provided on Failed Score Reports to receive their discounted rate when scheduling exams starting July 1st. If you experience issues with your ACSM voucher, please contact Pearson VUE customer service for assistance.

Exams Changing
Exam Series Exam Title
010-111 ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
010-111KOR International ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
020-222 ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist
020-222J ACSM Certified Health Fitness Specialist (JPN)
090-999 ACSM Certified Group Exercise Instructor


Effective February 4, 2015 —The American College of Sports Medicine’s (ACSM) Committee on Certification & Registry Boards has changed the names of two ACSM exercise certifications. The certification names have been revised to better represent the scope of practice and expertise of the exercise professionals holding these titles.

The new titles, ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist and ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist, will replace ACSM Certified Health Fitness Specialist and ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist, respectively.

The name change and acronym have been made throughout the examinations. If you have an appointment scheduled using the Health Fitness Specialist or Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist, you don’t need to reschedule as the correct examination will be given to you at the test center.

If you have other questions or concerns regarding the name change, please refer to the FAQs available on the ACSM website

ACSM Certified Group Exercise InstructorSM (GEI)

Designed for a fitness professional proficient in developing and implementing various forms of exercise in a group setting, modifying exercises based on individual and group needs, and creating a positive and effective exercise environment.

ACSM Certified Personal Trainer® (CPT)

Designed for a fitness professional involved in developing and implementing an individualized approach to exercise leadership in healthy populations and/or those individuals with medical clearance to exercise.

ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C)

Designed primarily for leaders of preventive health programs in corporate, commercial, and community settings aimed at low- to moderate- risk individuals or persons with controlled diseases, such as hypertension, obesity, or asthma.

ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist (CEP)

Designed for professionals performing exercise testing and training clients with cardiovascular, pulmonary, or metabolic diseases.

ACSM Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist® (RCEP)

Designed for professionals performing exercise management for patients with a broad spectrum of chronic diseases or disabilities.

ARP/ACSM Certified Ringside Physician (CRP)

Designed for physicians involved in the care before, during and after the bout of boxers, mixed martial artists and other competitors in the combat arts.

ACSM/NCPAD Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer (CIFT)

Designed for a fitness professional involved in developing and implementing an individualized exercise program for a person who may have a physical, sensory or cognitive disability.

ACSM/ACS Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer (CET)

Designed for a fitness professional involved in developing and implementing an individualized exercise program for a person who has been affected by cancer.

ACSM/NSPAPPH Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist (PAPHS)

Designed for a professional who promotes physical activity in public health at the national, state and/or local level.


ACSM Membership

ACSM is pleased to offer an exceptional discount to its professional and alliance members. Member pricing may be found on each respective credential’s web page under “Exam FAQs.” To receive a member discount, contact ACSM with your membership ID number. Call 317-637-9200 ext. 115 or email

ACSM Certification News

A quarterly newsletter designed to keep you up to date with the latest industry and ACSM Certification news.

Exam Preparation

From Preparation Workshops to the new online quiz powered by prepU, ACSM offers multiple study solutions for each exam offered. Learn more about these study options to help make sure that you are prepared on test day!

Last updated 2016-07-01