ACE FAQ Accreditation

Q: What’s the benefit of holding an NCCA-accredited ACE certification?

Earning a certification accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) means that you as a fitness professional have the knowledge and appropriate level of professional recognition to hold a legitimate place on the healthcare continuum. It makes you more attractive to potential employers and should positively impact your compensation. Accreditation of a credentialing organization by NCCA is the standard for a large majority of well-respected allied health care professionals, including those in nursing, nutrition and athletic training, to name a few.


Q: What if I already have a certification that isn’t accredited by the NCCA?

In 2005, the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) recommended club owners only hire personal trainers with certifications from agencies accredited through the NCCA or an equivalent accrediting organization. You can read more about that recommendation here. We encourage you to pursue an ACE certification.


Q: When did ACE earn its NCCA accreditation?

ACE earned NCCA accreditation for all four of our core certifications (Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, Health Coach, and Advanced Health & Fitness Specialist) in 2003. Our organization is one of a few select certifying organizations in the entire fitness industry whose core certifications have all been accredited.


Q: What ACE certifications are accredited by the NCCA?

All four of our core certifications (Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, Health Coach, and Advanced Health & Fitness Specialist) are accredited by the NCCA.