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Inclusive Fitness Trainer

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Prerequisites for the Certified Inclusive Fit Trainer

Current ACSM or NCCA-accredited health/fitness-related certification

Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science, Recreation Therapy or Adapted Physical Education

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

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.

ACSM/NCHPAD Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainers (CIFT) master an understanding of exercise precautions for people with disabilities, and utilize safe, effective and adapted methods of exercise training to provide exercise recommendations. CIFTs provide services with an understanding of current ADA policy specific to recreation facilities (U.S. Access Board Guidelines) and standards for accessible facility design.


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 continues 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 certs 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


The following documents, textbooks, workshops and webinars are available for use in preparing for your CIFT exam.

Study Options

Books and other materials:

CIFT Workshops and Webinars

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

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 site to find you preferred date and location. New visitors will have to make an account with Pearson 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 at 888-883-2276.

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