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Common Clinical Exercise Physiologist Certification FAQs

What is the roll-out timeline for the new ACSM-CEP examination?

  • Sep 1, 2018: ACSM stops taking RCEP applications
  • Oct 31, 2018: final day of RCEP and CEP administrations
  • Nov 1, 2018: ACSM-CEP applications available
  • Nov 1 - Dec 2, 2017: CEP, RCEP administrative blackout
  • Dec 3 - 31, 2018: *ACSM-CEP operational beta available
  • Jan 1 - Feb 28, 2019: standard setting, psychometric analyses, and final scoring
  • Mar 1, 2019: *beta scores released and instant scoring available

What will be covered on the new ACSM-CEP certification exam?

The ACSM-CEP exam content outline is available here.

Do I qualify to sit for the ACSM-CEP certification exam?

The ACSM-CEP certification requirements are available here.

Are RCEPs required to take the new ACSM-CEP certification?

No. Clinical certificants in good standing will not need to retake their clinical exams or provide additional documentation. Certificants will be automatically migrated to the ACSM-CEP program, and certification numbers, login information, and CEC history will remain intact. In addition, ACSM will re-issue and mail hard-copy credentials to the address we have on file for you.

Do RCEP CECs (CEUs) count for the new ACSM-CEP?

Yes. All the RCEP CEC/CEU/CMEs, assuming they are consistent with your scope of practice, will count toward your ACSM-CEP.

Do I list it as RCEP or ACSM-CEP in my resume?

"ACSM-CEP" is the most appropriate to use on your resume and acronym after your name.

I am currently a certified ACSM-CEP with a Bachelor's degree, how will this change affect my credential?

Clinical certificants (RCEP and CEP) in good standing will not need to retake their clinical exams or provide additional documentation. Certificants will be automatically migrated to the ACSM-CEP program, and certification numbers, login information, and CEC history will remain intact.

What are the minimum requirements to take the new ACSM-CEP exam?

Master's degree in Exercise Physiology or equivalent and 600 hours of hands-on, clinical experience

Or

Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science, Exercise Physiology, or equivalent and 1,200 hours of hands-on, clinical experience.

I am planning to take the new ACSM-CEP when it comes out on December 2018. How will I be affected if I graduated from a CAAHEP Accredited undergraduate program?

Candidates with a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science (Exercise Physiology or equivalent) and 1,200 hours of hands-on, clinical experience may apply to take the exam. ACSM-CEP application forms will be available November 1, 2017.

Those who do not meet the new minimum requirement for the ACSM-CEP, may consider taking the CEP prior to October 31, 2018. Current eligibility requirements can be found here: http://bit.ly/2BVlxoT.

I am planning to take the new ACSM-CEP when it comes out on December 2018. How will I be affected if I graduated from a CAAHEP Accredited graduate program?

Those with a master's degree in Exercise Physiology or equivalent and 600 hours of hands-on, clinical experience may apply to take the exam. ACSM-CEP application forms will be available November 1, 2017.

Those who do not meet the new minimum requirement for the ACSM-CEP, may consider taking the CEP prior to October 31, 2018. Current eligibility requirements can be found here: http://bit.ly/2BVlxoT.

I am planning to take the new ACSM-CEP when it comes out on December 2018. Will I automatically enter to the registry that the Clinical Exercise Physiology Association (CEPA) is developing?

ACSM and the Clinical Exercise Physiology Association (CEPA) will co-develop a formal Registry of Clinical Exercise Physiologists. The aim of the Registry is to not only emphasize the value ACSM-CEPs bring to healthcare teams, but to highlight those individuals in the registry who have achieved a standard of excellence beyond entry level certification. CEPA is currently developing the Registry entrance requirements and will announce provide announcements on their website: http://bit.ly/2EoBPo7.

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