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Prerequisites for the ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist Certification

Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science, Exercise Physiology or Kinesiology (click here to see the details of the eligible curriculum). Candidates are eligible to take the exam in the last semester of their degree program.

Adult CPR/AED Certification (with hands-on practical skills component)

Notice: To better represent the scope of practice and expertise of the exercise professionals holding this title, ACSM Certified Health Fitness SpecialistSM (ACSM HFS) has been renamed to ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist (ACSM EP-C). Learn more about the change here.  

Make a Difference. Join the Leading Team.

Want to give others the guidance and strength to lead a healthy lifestyle? With an ACSM certification you will make an impact on the lives of others.

The ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist (ACSM EP-C) is a health fitness professional with a minimum of a bachelor's degree in exercise science. The individual performs pre-participation health screenings, conducts physical fitness assessments, interprets results, develops exercise prescriptions, and applies behavioral and motivational strategies to apparently healthy individuals and individuals with medically controlled diseases and health conditions to support clients in adopting and maintaining healthy lifestyle behaviors. Academic preparation for an EP-C also includes fitness management, administration, and supervision.

Individuals with this certification are typically employed or self-employed in commercial, community, studio, corporate, university, and hospital settings. They take personal training to an advanced level by working with individuals with medically controlled diseases, and have mastered the necessary skills to perform pre-exercise health risk assessments and conduct physical fitness assessments. They may also focus on other health tasks to support clients in adopting and maintaining healthy lifestyle behaviors.

Meet ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist, Sabrina Hodge



Professional sports medicine certification began with us.

Founded in 1954, the American College of Sports Medicine was the first organization to certify health fitness professionals. As a leader in the industry, ACSM establishes the exercise guidelines that all other certifications use for training and certification, and therefore, we continue to set what we like to call "the Gold Standard."

As a non-profit institution, we are driven by our commitment to education and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine. Our certifications are the backbone of organization, and we want to provide you with the tools and support needed to make sure you have a successful career in health and fitness.

Prepare for Your Exam

Download the exam content outline.

The exam content outline is the blueprint for the Health Fitness Specialist certification examination. Every question on the exam is associated with one of the knowledge or skill statements that can be found in the Exam Content Outline. Download the document today and you'll also find the percentage of questions within each domain of the exam. ACSM also offers three study books that will provide candidates with the utmost area knowledge. Invest in all three for full-spectrum comprehension and practice tests.

Study Options 

Workshops and Webinars:

Click here to view all upcoming ACSM Workshops and Webinars 


ACSM's Resources for The Exercise Physiologist / $76.99
ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing & Prescription / $46.99
ACSM's Certification Review / $48.99
ACSM Exercise Physiologist Study Kit / $147.81

Note: Study materials may still include the former name of this certification (Health Fitness Specialist), but all content is relevant to the ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist exam.

Schedule Your Exam

ACSM tests are scheduled through Pearson VUE, an organization that administers more than 5,000 computer-based testing centers throughout the world. Once you are ready to schedule your exam at one of several testing centers, follow the link below to visit the Pearson VUE site to find you preferred date and location. New visitors will have to make an account with Pearson VUE before scheduling. If you have any questions, you can contact us at 800-486-5643. For questions directly related to your exam scheduling, please call Pearson VUE at 888-883-2276.

ACSM Members: email certification@acsm.org to request your Member Discount Voucher. Include your member ID, specify which exam you plan to take, and include information about any applicable degree and clinical hour requirements.


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