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ACSM/NPAS Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist

Be The Face of Exercise in Your Community

Promote physical activity from the playground to policy-makers by becoming an ACSM/NPAS Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist (PAPHS). In collaboration with ACSM and the National Physical Activity Society (NPAS) – learn how to make your voice heard for the advancement of your community on the way to building partnerships, developing initiatives, and advocating for programming that centers on physical activity as a path to stronger public health.

Preparing for the ACSM PAPHS Exam

We want to make sure you are ready on exam day—which is why we offer a variety of study options designed to fit all schedules and all types of learning. Browse our study options below to see which one is most helpful for you!

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Why Become an ACSM/NPA Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist?

Exam Costs
NPAS Students and Members*
$150
ACSM Certified Professionals
$150
Non-ACSM Certified Professionals
$195
Re-Test
$125
* Please note—exam discount available for NPAS Member Types: Member and Student

An ACSM/NPA Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist is a health professional who is passionate about promoting physical activity in all avenues of public health, whether locally, regionally, or nationally. An ACSM/NPA PAPHS advocates for policies, programs, legislation, and more – all of which create equitable opportunities for all individuals to benefit from increased physical activity no matter where they live.

ACSM/NPA Physical Activity in Public Health Specialists are essential advocates who engage and educate key decision makers about the need for and impact of physical activity. From building walkable communities, to improving park access and beyond, ACSM/NPA PAPHS work with the public and private sectors to create and promote safe places for physical activity. By working to ensure equal access to spaces that inspire physical activity in all levels of society, ACSM/NPA PAPHS represent the gold standard of health fitness equity.

Ready to be a powerful voice for change in a nationwide growing movement? Become an ACSM/NPA Physical Activity in Public Health Specialists.

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