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

The ACSM-EP and ACSM-CPT exams will change on Monday, December 18, 2017. Accuracy of exam scores is of utmost importance for ACSM. Exam scores on or after December 18th will be temporarily held while ACSM conducts a psychometric analysis. To see what will be on the exam click the links below:


Candidates will be unable to take the ACSM-EP and ACSM-CPT exams from Monday, December 11, 2017, through Sunday, December 17, 2017. Please plan to take the exam prior to December 17th if you wish to take the exam based on the 2012 exam content outline.

New ACSM-CPT and ACSM-EP exams are launching December 18, 2017. Exam results will be delayed while ACSM conducts a psychometric analysis of the results. ACSM anticipates releasing the results on or after January 22, 2018.

As a matter of convenience, ACSM is offering 30% off discount for a limited time.

Candidates are required to sit for the ACSM-CPT or ACSM-EP exam between December 18 and December 31, 2017.

Starting September 11, request your exam voucher by emailing with the following information:

  • Full name (i.e., first name, middle initial, last name)
  • ACSM assigned ID (if applicable)
  • Which exam you plan to take (ACSM-CPT or *ACSM-EP)

* Please include the name of your university, degree with major/concentration, and graduation date.


ACSM Certified Group Exercise InstructorSM (ACSM-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® (ASCM-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 (ASCM-EP)

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 (ACSM-CEP)

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

ACSM Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist® (ACSM-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 to receive a voucher code. Call 317-637-9200 ext. 115 or email

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 2017-08-30