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September 12, 2017

2017 ACSM-CPT and ACSM-EP exam updates: What you need to know

by Francis Neric

The ACSM's Committee on Certification and Registry Board (CCRB) regularly performs job task analyses (JTAs) of its exams every five to seven years. The JTAs essentially are a detailed job survey of currently practicing professionals -i.e., what you are expected to know and be able to perform as part of a job. In addition, the JTA identifies any important changes that have happened to the field since the last JTA.

CCRB completed its JTAs for ACSM Certified Personal Trainer (ACSM-CPT) and ACSM Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-EP) exams in 2017. Generally speaking, the number of exam questions dedicated to content areas have changed and certain topics have been removed.  As a result, new versions of the ACSM-CPT and ACSM-EP exams will be released December 18, 2017.

When preparing for the upcoming changes to the exams, a good place to start is to review the exam crosswalk document. The crosswalk provides an overview of the changes of the content areas from a 10,000 ft view and provides a side-by-side comparison of the 2012 and 2017 JTAs.

ACSM-CPT crosswalk

ACSM-EP crosswalk

Next, you should review the exam content outlines. This is a much deeper dive into the JTAs and include specific knowledge and skill statements for each content area.

ACSM-CPT content outline

ACSM-EP content outline

One of the best resources candidates should get familiar with is the Guideline of Exercise Testing and Prescription, 10th Edition (GETP 10). This is a wonderful resource that captures current industry standards and practice. It is also strongly recommended that candidates are familiar with current ACSM position stands, consensus statements, and related industry white papers.

  • A free, recorded webinar discusses major changes to GETP 10 is available here.
  • Overview of the updated exercise preparticipation health screening can be found here.
  • Application of ACSM's Updated Exercise Preparticipation Health Screening Algorithm can be found here.
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