ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise SpecialistSM 

The ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist (CES) conducts pre-participation health screening, maximal and submaximal graded exercise tests, and performs strength, flexibility and body composition tests for patients and clients challenged with cardiovascular, pulmonary, and metabolic diseases and disorders, as well as with apparently healthy populations.

Requirements to pursue certification:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science, Exercise Physiology or Kinesiology (click here to see the details of an eligible program) from a regionally accredited college or university  (candidates are eligible to take the exam in the last semester of their degree program)
  • Practical experience in a clinical exercise program (click here to see details)
  • Minimum of 400 hours if a graduate of a CAAHEP Accredited program (through the CoAES) OR
  • Minimum of 500 hours if a graduate of a non-CAAHEP Accredited program (through the CoAES)
  • Basic Life Support Provider or CPR for the Professional Rescuer certification (with hands-on practical skills component)

The exam content outline is the blueprint for the clinical exercise specialist certification examination. Every question on the examination is associated with one of the knowledge or skill statements in the outline. This document also provides the percentage of questions within each domain of the examination. This is an important resource to use in preparing for the exam.

Study Materials: What You Need to Be an ACSM Pro

ACSM offers three study books that will provide CES candidates with the latest health and fitness research and material, practice tests, and exercise testing and prescription knowledge. Invest all three for full-spectrum comprehension.

Get all 3


ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription

$45.99


ACSM's Resource Manual for Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription

$77.99


ACSM's Certification Review

$47.99


ACSM CES Study Kit

$146.17

ACSM is dedicated to providing materials for all learning styles. In addition to study books ACSM also offers CES workshops and webinars to accommodate candidates' individual lifestyles. Choose your own setting; set your own time commitment.

ACSM's testing partner, Pearson VUE, administers more than 5,000 computer-based testing centers throughout the world. ACSM members have the opportunity to receive a discount towards their exam fee.

Find out more about eligibility by clicking here.

    Members - be sure to request your member discount exam voucher before contacting Pearson VUE.

Exam Costs

ACSM Member Candidates .......................................................... $239

ACSM Non-Member Candidates (Join ACSM Now) ......................... $299

Re-Test........................................................................................ $155


Don't Know Where to Begin?

Visit the ACSM Candidate Handbook or Frequently Asked Questions page for more in-depth information about the certification process.

 

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