Your ACSM Certification is valid for three years.
In order to renew your certification at the end of three years, you will need to meet the following minimum requirements:
1. Accumulate the required number of Continuing Education Credits (CECs), Continuing Medical Education (CMEs), Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and/or the equivalent (see CEC requirements for your certification below)
2. Maintain current CPR Certification
3. Pay the required recertification fee
4. Or, you have the option to repeat the certification exam as long as you meet the current eligibility requirements (current exam prices apply)
The purpose of ACSM recertification is to ensure that ACSM Certified Professionals enhance skills and knowledge above and beyond minimum competence. Periodic recertification occurs through the documentation of (and confirmation, when audited) of required continuing educational activities within the three-year period following successful passing of an ACSM certification exam.
Based on the results from the Job Task Analysis, along with a comprehensive review of recertification policies and procedures of similar credentials from other organizations conducted by ACSM, the CCRB determined that a three-year duration was an appropriate duration for a certified professional's window of recertification.
|Certification Level||CECs Required||Recert Fee|
|ACSM Certified Group Exercise Instructor||45||$45|
|ACSM Certified Personal Trainer||45||$45|
|ACSM Certified Health Fitness Specialist||60||$55|
|ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist||60||$55|
|ACSM Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist||60||$55|
|ACSM/NCHPAD Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer*||15||$35|
|ACSM/ACS Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer*||15||$35|
|ACSM/NPAS Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist||45||$35|
|ACSM Group Exercise Leader**||30||$45|
|ACSM Exercise Test Technologist**||30||$45|
|ACSM Program Director**||60||$55|
|ACSM Health/Fitness Director**||60||$55|
*Must maintain NCCA accredited certification for renewal**No longer offered
When you renew your certification, you are only required to acknowledge completion of the required continuing education credits, have current CPR certification and pay the required renewal fee. However, you must retain documented proof of all CECs for one year. Examples of documented proof include certificate copies, letters of attendance with CEC verification, transcripts, copy of first page of article or manuscript showing author, title, publication name, etc.
ACSM audits a percentage of randomly selected ACSM Recertification/Renewal Forms at each credential level every year. If audited, you will be required to provide documented proof of your CECs to the ACSM National Office within 30 days. If you are unable to provide documented proof within 30 days, your certification will be considered "inactive" and you will have one year to complete the recertification process by providing the documentation or by obtaining new CECs.
All audit paperwork will be reviewed for validity by the CCRB Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Subcommittee. If all paperwork is complete and the appropriate number of CECs are earned, you will be notified that your credential is valid until your next recertification due date. If after submission of CECs, it is determined that some CECs are not applicable, an appropriate amount of time will be allowed for you to earn additional replacement CECs.
Certified professionals can use this paper CEC Tracking Form to keep track of CECs earned. This form is to be used for your own records and should not be sent to ACSM. You can also use our new online learning platform to manually enter the CECs you've earned. Again, this is for your records only and does not automatically renew your certification, you must still fill out the renewal form.
If you have questions about ACSM's continuing education or recertification requirements, review our list of frequently asked questions.