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What is the best certification for me?

In order to determine the appropriate credential for you, consider the minimum requirements for each level of certification.

ACSM Group Exercise Instructor

  • 18 years of age or older

  • High school diploma or equivalent

  • Adult CPR with AED certification

ACSM Certified Personal Trainer

  • 18 years of age or older

  • High school diploma or equivalent

  • Adult CPR with AED certification

ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist

  • Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science, Exercise Physiology or Kinesiology from a regionally accredited college or university

  • Adult CPR with AED certification

ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist

  • Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science, Exercise Physiology, or Kinesiology from a regionally accredited college or university

  • Practical experience in a clinical exercise program 

  • Minimum of 400 hours if a graduate of a CoAES Accredited Program OR

  • Minimum of 500 hours if a graduate of a non-CoAES Accredited Program

  • BLS/ACLS or CPR for the Professional Rescuer Certification

ACSM Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist 

ACSM/NCHPAD Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer

  • Current ACSM Certification or current NCCA-accredited fitness certifications

  • Current Adult CPR with AED certification

ACSM/ACS Certified Cancer Exercise Specialist 

  • Current ACSM Certification or current NCCA-accredited fitness certifications

  • Current Adult CPR with AED certification

  • Bachelor's degree in any field and 500 hours of experience training older adults or individuals with chronic conditions OR

  • 10,000 hours hours of experience training older adults or individuals with chronic conditions

ACSM/NPAS Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist 

  • Bachelor's degree in a health-related field from a regionally accredited college or university OR

  • Bachelor's degree in any subject and 1,200 hours of experience in settings promoting physical activity, healthy lifestyle management, or other health promotion

  • Current Adult CPR with AED certification