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ACSM Specialty Certifications

ACSM Specialty Certifications credential those who already have a NCAA accredited certification to work with special needs clients. Specialty certification ranges from the ability to work with clients of different fitness levels, to work with individuals affected by cancer and those with disabilities, and to promote physical activity in public health at national, state and local levels.

The ACSM Exercise is Medicine Credential (EIM) provides exercise professionals with the opportunity to work closely with the medical community. EIM provides additional benefits to the certified professional, including a respected credential to work with individuals who are healthy, those with health-related conditions who have been cleared by a physician for exercise (level 1 or 2), and for patients who require clinical support and monitoring (level 3).

ACSM has collaborated with the American Cancer Society (ACS) to develop a specialty certification allowing fitness professionals to work with clients who have been cleared by their physician for independent exercise and physical activity. Pursue the ACSM/ACS Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer (CET) credential and use your knowledge to develop exercise programs for clients making lifestyle changes caused by cancer and related treatments.

In collaboration with the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD), ACSM has developed a specialty certification for fitness professionals to empower those who are challenged by physical, sensory or cognitive disabilities. ACSM/NCHPAD Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainers (CIFT) give clients the knowledge and support to lead a healthy and comfortable lifestyle.

ACSM, in collaboration with the National Physical Activity Society (NPAS), has developed a certification for professionals who want to promote physical activity with focus on the public health setting. The ACSM/NPAS Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist (PAPHS) develops key partnerships to establish legislation, policies and programs that promote physical activity for people all over the country.


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September 21, 2017

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

ACSM Group Exercise Instructor (ACSM-GEI), ACSM Clinical Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-CEP), and ACSM Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-RCEP) exams will have minor updates December 18, 2017. The 2012 exam content outlines are still in effect. Full content outlines provide specific content areas you need to know and/or be able to perform.

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