ACSM Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist®

ACSM's Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologists (RCEP) are certified health professionals that utilize scientific rationale to design, implement and supervise exercise programming for those with chronic diseases, conditions and/or physical shortcomings. Services provided by an RCEP include, but are not limited to, individuals with cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, orthopedic, musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, neoplastic, immunologic, and hematologic disease.

Requirements to pursue certification:

  • Minimum of Master's degree in Exercise Science, Exercise Physiology, or Kinesiology - at least two graduate level courses must cover exercise physiology, and clinical exercise testing, exercise prescription, exercise training and clinical assessment (NOTE: 100% online Master's degree programs are not accepted)
  • Basic Life Support Provider or CPR for the Professional Rescuer certified (with hands-on practical skills component)
  • 600 hours of preceptor-supervised clinical experience
  • Submission and acceptance of RCEP Application - refer to this clinical hour example

The exam content outline is the blueprint for the registered clinical exercise physiologist 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 recommends the following study books that will provide RCEP candidates with full-spectrum comprehension. Topics range the latest health material and clinical studies, integrating exercise into the treatment of dozens of chronic diseases and disabilities, and scientifically based exercise testing and prescription, to name just a few.

The following resources are available through our publisher, LWW, by calling 800-486-5643 or by visiting the links below.


ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription

$45.99


ACSM's Resource Manual for Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription

$77.99


ACSM's Resources for Clinical Exercise Physiology

$66.99


The following two resources are available through Human Kinetics by calling 800-747-4457 or visiting the links below.


ACSM's Exercise Management for Persons with Chronic Diseases and Disabilities

$76.00 - Book
$57.00 - eBook


Clinical Exercise Physiology

$94.00 - Book
$52.00 - eBook

 

 

RCEP Workshops and Resources

There are currently no RCEP workshops or Webinars available. ACSM recommends using the above-mentioned resources to prepare for the exam.

 

Exam Registration

Only after the RCEP Application is submitted and approved can a candidate register for an exam. A voucher will be sent by email. ACSM members have the opportunity to receive a discount towards their exam fee.

Exam Costs

ACSM Member Candidates .......................................................... $239

ACSM Non-Member Candidates (Join ACSM Now) ......................... $299

Re-Test........................................................................................ $155

 

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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