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September 21, 2017

2017 ACSM-GEI, ACSM-CEP and ACSM-RCEP Exam Updates: What to Expect

       
by Francis Neric

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 is currently reviewing the ACSM-GEI, ACSM-CEP, and ACSM-RCEP JTAs. At this time, the 2012 JTAs will remain in effect until further notice. Starting December 18, 2017, certain exam questions of the ACSM-GEI, ACSM-CEP, and ACSM-RCEP will be updated to current industry standards and practice. The Guideline of Exercise Testing and Prescription, 10th Edition (GETP 10) is a wonderful resource that captures these changes. It is recommended that you are familiar with GETP 10 and 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.

When preparing for an exam, a good place to start is to review the exam content outlines; available here: https://certification.acsm.org/exam-content-outlines. The exam content outlines provide the job tasks and related specific knowledge and skill statements; see Figure 1. Performance domains are the highest level of content classification. Performance domains are then into divided into job tasks. Knowledge and skills statements are the specific parts of a job task that you must understand and be able to perform.

Figure 1. Sample performance domain, topic, and knowledge and skill statements.

We will keep the ACSM-GEI, ACSM-CEP, and ACSM-RCEP FAQ pages up-to-date. Be sure to connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn to keep up with the latest updates, expert insights, and more.

ACSM-GEI FAQs: https://certification.acsm.org/2017-gei-exam-update-faqs
ACSM-CEP FAQs: https://certification.acsm.org/2017-cep-exam-update-faqs
ACSM-RCEP FAQs: https://certification.acsm.org/2017-rcep-exam-update-faqs

Good luck with the exams! We look forward to you becoming part of the ACSM family!

In health,
Francis Neric, MS, MBA
ACSM National Director of Certification
 

 

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