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ACE Educational Partnership Program







Partners Program Overview


The American Council on Exercise® (ACE®) has designed a special academic curriculum to prepare the students and staff of colleges and university programs for professional success. It is our privilege to partner with a number of educational organizations to help create highly trained, credentialed fitness professionals ready to make meaningful and positive contributions to the health and fitness industry.

Whether you are already an ACE-certified Professional or are looking to become certified, universities and colleges participating in the ACE Educational Partnership Program can provide a wide variety of educational opportunities for those pursuing a profession as a personal trainer or group fitness instructor. Students of these participating institutions have the opportunity to sit for the ACE certification exam on campus at the completion of their coursework while receiving discounted rates on study materials and exam fees.

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Become an ACE Educational Partner


There are three components to ACE's Educational Partnership Program in which educational and academic organizations can choose to be involved: Curriculum Partners, Fitness Staffing Partners or Host Site Partners.

Curriculum Partners

  • Get the competitive edge by offering students preparatory courseware and certification opportunities during their formal education process. ACE curriculum partners receive the license and courseware at no cost including the essential tools an instructor needs to conduct a semester long health and fitness certification exam review course for the ACE Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor certifications. With a comprehensive, research-based academic curriculum, students benefit by taking the class during the course of their education, preparing them to enter the workforce with a college degree and an NCCA-accredited certification.


  • Gain all the tools you need with complete, flexible programs designed for a variety of educational settings. The courseware and support materials for the ACE Educational Partnership Program are designed to fit the specific needs of four-year colleges and universities, community colleges and vocational programs. Instructors are given all the necessary tools at no cost to easily integrate the curriculum within their unique educational environments. The materials serve as a roadmap for teaching the course but also give instructors the freedom to tailor lectures as desired to supplement and enhance the students' learning experience. See Course Information for details on these complimentary curriculum materials.


  • Offer students and staff the benefit of cost-effective solutions. As a nonprofit organization, ACE prides itself on placing consumer and professional education at the heart of our mission. We are committed to providing cost-effective health and fitness certification and educational programs, ensuring that a broad spectrum of institutions and students receive the ACE advantage. Discounts on materials and certifications are available to students enrolled in the program.

Fitness Staffing Partner

You obviously want to staff your fitness and recreational facilities with qualified individuals who are properly trained to provide safe and effective techniques to your students, faculty and other individuals using your facilities. Unfortunately, however, many people called "trainers" don't always possess these competencies nor have the proper level of training. By requiring that your fitness staff earn ACE certifications, you can feel confident they are properly trained fitness professionals with the requisite knowledge and skills to provide safe and effective exercise programming and supervision. Additionally, as a Fitness Staffing Partner, the students and staff of your fitness and recreational facilities can receive preferred pricing on ACE certification and educational programs.

Host Site Partner

Becoming an ACE Host Site Partner allows you to conveniently host ACE fitness certification exams, hands-on practical training workshops and a variety of high-quality continuing education programs at your facility. ACE Host Site Partners receive preferred pricing on ACE certification and educational programs for their staff and students. ACE Host Site Partners have the opportunity to host any ACE NCCA-accredited certification exams and the following live workshops: ACE Personal Trainer Exam Review, ACE Personal Trainer Practical Training, AHA Heartsaver First Aid with CPR and AED Training and ACE Functional Training.


Course Information & Materials


As an ACE Curriculum Partner, the Personal Trainer Exam Review Course is designed to provide instructors and students with the resources necessary to understand and apply the important concepts required for taking and passing the ACE Personal Trainer Certification Exam. The course materials are designed to follow a 16-week semester consisting of two 50-minute classes per week.

Instructor Materials (Complimentary)
  • ACE Personal Trainer Manual, 3rd edition - View Table of Contents | Read Product Description
  • • Course syllabus
  • • Course topic outline/week-by-week planner
  • • Course lecture outline (PowerPoint) - View Demo
  • • Course handouts
  • • Course quizzes
  • • Two written simulation sample exam problems
  • • Multiple-choice sample exam
  • ACE Personal Trainer Home Study Program - Read Product Description
  • ACE Personal Trainer Master the Manual workbook

Student (Bundled and discounted for student purchase)
  • ACE Personal Trainer Manual, 3rd edition
  • ACE Personal Trainer Master the Manual workbook
  • • Two written simulation sample exam problems
  • • Multiple-choice sample exam

Additional ACE Academic Study Aids

Get More Information


For additional information on becoming an ACE Educational Partner, contact Jerry Napp, M.A.: 1-888-825-3636, Ext. 724 or via e-mail: jerry.napp@acefitness.org.