ACSM Certified Personal Trainer®

The ACSM Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) works with apparently healthy individuals and those with health challenges who are able to exercise independently to enhance quality of life, improve health-related physical fitness and performance, manage health risk, and promote lasting, healthy behavior changes. The CPT is certified to conduct basic pre-participation health screening assessments, submaximal cardiovascular exercise tests, and muscular strength/endurance, flexibility and body composition tests.

Requirements to pursue certification: 

  • 18 years of age or older
  • High school diploma or the equivalent
  • Adult CPR/AED certification (with hands-on practical skills component)

The exam content outline is the blueprint for the personal trainer 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 candidates with the utmost area knowledge. Invest in all three for full-spectrum comprehension and practice tests.

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ACSM's Resources for the Personal Trainer

$74.99


ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription

$45.99


ACSM's Certification Review

$47.99


ACSM Personal Trainer Study Kit

$143.48

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