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February 18, 2015

2015 ACSM Certification Name Updates

by Dick Cotton

In order to better represent the scope of practice and expertise of exercise professionals, ACSM's Committee on Certification & Registry boards has updated the names of two certifications. This change was not taken lightly: we extensively surveyed our professionals, employers, health and medical partners, and the general public before making this change - and over 70 percent of respondents agreed with the new titles. 

The new certification titles are:

  • ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist (ACSM EP-C) - previously known as Health Fitness Specialist
  • ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist (ACSM CEP) - previously known as Clinical Exercise Specialist

Why Is The Change Being Made?

Because of health care's new landscape, of which exercise is an increasingly important component in the prevention and treatment of disease, these changes were in order to advance the profession of exercise physiology. In short, we want the world to know the role of exercise professionals as crucial to the overall mission of the health care system.

When Will The Change Take Effect?

Though the new titles are effective immediately for your use, we are allowing six months of transition time. After these six months are up, you will be required to use the new title whenever citing your ACSM certification. Beginning in February with the 2014/2015 recertification cycle, your wallet cards and certificates will be updated to reflect the name change. Updated and redesigned certification logos will be available by the end of February.

What Won't Change?

Your recertification deadlines, continuing education requirements, and overall scope of practice will not change. Neither will the title of your degree, job title (unless your employer makes a decision to do so), or exam content.

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