Ace -American Council of Exercise


The ACE® Personal Trainer Certification is designed for fitness trainers providing one-on-one or small-group fitness instruction.
With the ACE Personal Trainer Certification, you will:
Feel secure in your future, as ACE-certified personal trainers are in high demand
Be better equipped to empower, motivate, challenge and retain your clients long-term
Remain confident with the career-long support you will receive from AC


The ACE Personal Trainer Certification is continually evaluated and updated to ensure that it includes the most current research in exercise science and keeps today's fitness professionals ahead of the competition. Upon successful completion of the ACE Personal Trainer Certification Exam, you will have demonstrated your knowledge of:
Risk factor screening
Fitness assessment
Exercise science
Exercise programming and progressions
Instructional and spotting techniques
Lifestyle modification
Professional scope of practice

Exam Preparation Blog
Get study tips and gain insight, motivation and confidence from ACE’s Exam Preparation blog. Articles are posted weekly by ACE Resource Center staff to address frequently asked questions often faced while preparing for the exam. Get current guidance and information plus, interact with others by posting comments and questions.
What do I need to know about different types of group fitness classes?
Help! I'm falling behind!
Improve Your Reading Comprehension
Changes in the ACSM Risk Factor Stratification Guidelines
ACE Certification Exam Vouchers and You

Exam Candidate Discussion Board
Interact with other exam candidates in an online open forum created just for you. Post questions or concerns, get study tips and read feedback from currently certified professionals.
I passed the ACE Exam!
No calculators?
Please explain the VO2 formula to me.
Whats is the average age of an exam candidate?

Educational Services Team
If you have questions about purchasing study materials, certification requirements or exam dates, the ACE Educational Services Team is standing by to help. Available Monday – Friday, 7:00am – 5:00pm Pacific Time, simply dial 1.888.825.3636, Ext 782 or via email at gro.ssentifeca|troppus#gro.ssentifeca|troppus. You can also reach them through our online live help.
ACE Resource Center
The ACE Resource Center staff is available to answer your personal questions regarding exam preparation. Available Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm Pacific Time, simply dial 1.888.529.8227 or via email at gro.ssentifeca|ecruoser#gro.ssentifeca|ecruoser.
Study Assistance Data Sheet

Are you currently studying to take the ACE Personal Trainer Certification Exam? You’re not alone! Be sure to take advantage of the many resources available to help you along the way so you feel confident come exam day. From ACE’s Study Coach Program to the weekly articles posted on the Exam Preparation blog, many of these tools are free and easy to access.

Suggested Study Timeline
We recommend that you allocate approximately 3 to 6 months to study for the exam depending on your professional background, education and experience. Below are suggested timelines for both a 3-month and 6-month study program based on what works well for most exam-takers.
View the 3-month Program Timeline or 6-month Program Timeline

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