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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.

Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) Important Information

Candidates testing for the Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) certification through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) should visit the AASP website for more information on CMPC certification and requirements:

Please note: candidates must have their exam voucher from AASP before scheduling their exam.

AASP candidates must follow the ACSM registration process to complete a candidate profile. Candidates will be assigned an ACSM Candidate ID which will be used to complete their exam scheduling. The ACSM Candidate ID will be used whenever scheduling, rescheduling or cancelling an appointment with Pearson VUE.


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 Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-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 Personal Trainer® (ACSM-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 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/NCHPAD 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/NPAS 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 2018-03-08