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September 13, 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

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