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ACE Certification Exams

Register for Your ACE Exam

Computer-based testing sites are found at hundreds of cities worldwide, and paper-and-pencil exams are administered at a limited number of locations. For more information on what to expect on your exam, check out the ACE Certification Candidate Handbook.

Take a Computer-Based Exam

Find An Exam Location Computer-based exams are the most popular format due to convenience and the vast number of locations that offer it. The electronic format also allows you to receive your results instantly.

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must hold a current, government-issued photo I.D.
  • Must hold a CPR/AED certification at time of registration that will still be valid on exam date. Course must include a live skills check. Online-only CPR/AED not accepted.
  • Must register at least 10 days prior to exam
  • May register either online (preferred) or by Mail
  • First-time exam only pricing is $399 for Personal Trainer, Health Coach, and Advanced Health and Fitness Specialist exams, and $249 for Group Fitness Instructor exam

Take a Paper-and-Pencil Exam

Find an Exam Location Paper-and-pencil exams are offered on a limited basis, as most testing sites have transitioned to computer-based exams. Take note that with paper-and-pencil formats, it also takes about 4-6 weeks to receive your results.

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must hold a current, government-issued photo I.D.
  • Proof of current CPR/AED required to receive exam results. Course must include a live skills check. Online-only CPR/AED not accepted.
  • Limited number of testing sites
  • Must register at least 30 days prior to exam
  • May register either online (preferred) or by Mail
  • Although you will be able to select a city and state for your exam, detailed location information will not be available until 21 days prior to exam
  • First-time exam only pricing is $399 for Personal Trainer, Health Coach, and Advanced Health and Fitness Specialist exams, and $249 for Group Fitness Instructor exam

 

For more details on the cost of our exams, eligibility requirements, rescheduling, our cancellation policy, retakes and special accommodations, check out our FAQs.