ACSM Certified Health Fitness SpecialistSM 

The ACSM Health Fitness Specialist assists those with medically controlled diseases and health conditions, as well as apparently healthy clients, in adopting and maintaining healthy lifestyle behaviors. Academic preparation also includes fitness management, administration, and supervision. The HFS is typically employed or self-employed in commercial, community, studio, corporate, university, and hospital settings.

Requirements to pursue 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)  

The exam content outline is the blueprint for the health fitness 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 HFS 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.
 


ACSM's Resources for the Health Fitness Specialist

$75.99


ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription

$45.99


ACSM's Certification Review

$47.99


ACSM Health and Fitness Specialist
Study Kit

$145.24

ACSM is dedicated to providing materials for all learning styles. In addition to study books ACSM also offers HFS 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 .......................................................... $219

ACSM Non-Member Candidates (Join ACSM Now) ......................... $279

Re-Test........................................................................................ $150

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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