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ACSM Registered Clinical
Exercise Physiologist®

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Prerequisites for the Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist Certification

Minimum of Master's degree in Exercise Science, Exercise Physiology, or Kinesiology - coursework must cover clinical exercise physiology, clinical exercise assessment & testing, clinical exercise prescription and clinical exercise training.

Submission and acceptance of RCEP Application.

600 Hours of documented clinical experience.

Basic Life Support Provider or CPR for the Professional Rescuer certification (with hands-on practical skills component)

RCEP Application Clinical Experience DetailsMake 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'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.


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 continue 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 certifications 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.


Meet ACSM RCEPs Mark Patterson, M.Ed & Kelly Drew

Prepare For Your Exam

Download the exam content outline.

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 Options


ACSM's Guidelines For Exercise Testing And Prescription / $46.99
ACSM's Resource Manual For Guidelines For Exercise Testing And Prescription / $77.99
ACSM's Resources For Clinical Exercise Physiology / $67.99
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)

ACSM tests are scheduled through Pearson VUE, an organization that administers more than 5,000 computer-based testing centers throughout the world. When your RCEP Application has been approved and you are ready to schedule your exam at one of several testing centers, follow the link below to visit the Pearson VUE site to find a preferred date and location. New visitors will need to make an account with Pearson VUE 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 VUE at 888-883-2276.


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