Frequently Asked Questions
General Certification Questions
What is the best certification for me? Where can I find the Candidate Handbook?What is the Code of Ethics for ACSM Certified Professionals?I am a NIRSA member. Do I get discounts with ACSM? What happened to the Health Fitness Specialist (HFS) and Clinical Exercise Specialist (CES) certifications? Does ACSM support or advocate for licensure of exercise professionals?
How can I register for an exam? What should I expect when taking the exam?How will I know what is on the exam? Can I cancel/reschedule my exam?How can I find a list of places to take an exam in my area? What is the retest policy?
After completing the exam, when will I receive my results? How are the exams scored?
Study Materials, Workshop and Webinar Questions
Am I required to attend a workshop or webinar?Can I cancel/transfer my workshop or webinar registration? How do I find the schedule of workshop and webinars? Do I need CPR certification before attending a workshop? What study materials are available to help me prepare?What is the difference between the GEI workshop and the GEI webinar? Do I need to register and attend both? Have there been updates to any of the current ACSM study materials?
Recertification and Continuing Education Questions
After I earn my certification, what are the requirements for recertification? Can I use CECs earned from other organizations?How do I get CECs for college courses? How many ACSM CECs have I earned?How can I track the CECs I have earned?May I submit my CPR, BLS or ACLS certification for CECs? What should I do with all of my CEC documentation? What if I don't have enough CECs to recertify? What if I have multiple ACSM certifications to renew?