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Personal Trainer Certification

We don’t offer the fastest or the cheapest certification on the market, but we certainly offer the best. There are hundreds of different reasons why people decide to pursue a career as a personal trainer. Sometimes they’re driven by a desire to help others change the way they live. Sometimes they’re driven by a life experience that instilled in them the value of fitness, like having overweight parents or struggling with weight themselves. Sometimes they simply don’t like their current jobs. No matter how you landed on this path, the fact that you’re here tells us you want to help people improve their health. And that’s a mission we understand.

Why Choose ACE?

Unlike many other certification providers, ACE is not guided by profit or publicity. As a nonprofit, we are guided by our mission to empower people to live their most fit lives. We've also continued to maintain accreditation by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) since 2003 for all four of our primary certifications, of which two are also accredited by the European Health & Fitness Association (EHFA). Aside from being part of the largest nonprofit fitness certification organization in the world, becoming an ACE pro will give you the knowledge and skills you need to truly change the way people live.


Fitness Facts

With 50,000 certified professionals, we are the world’s largest nonprofit fitness certification organization

ACE Academy Elite

87% pass on first attempt*

We support you throughout your career, starting the moment you begin studying for your certification exam. As candidates move through the material, experts in our ACE Resource Center are available by phone, email and social media to explain key concepts or offer encouragement when needed. And we have ACE Academy Elite, the ultimate, video-led guide to prepare you for the Personal Trainer Certification Exam. With interactive lessons led by ACE professionals, assigned reading from core texts, custom progress tracking, lesson quizzes, two practice tests and an exam review, you’ll learn like you would in a classroom.
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ACE Academy Elite iPad App
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ACE Academy Elite for iPad

Included when you choose a Premium Plus study bundle, our ACE Academy Elite app brings the ultimate study experience to your iPad. Get all the materials you need to prepare for the ACE Personal Trainer Certification Exam, including our core study texts and video-led guide, ACE Academy Elite, at your fingertips.

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Fitness as a career


ACE is committed to fostering the career growth of certified personal trainers and identifying opportunities at every stage. Many national health and fitness facilities are equally committed, offering eligible ACE Personal Trainers and Group Fitness Instructors job interviews for qualifying positions. Totaling thousands of locations nationwide, 24 Hour Fitness, Anytime Fitness, and Orangetheory Fitness are looking forward to hearing from you. Explore their career offerings online, and then identify yourself as an ACE professional when you inquire about an interview.

24Hour Fitness Anytime Fitness Orangetheory Fitness

The career also offers great flexibility in choosing a work setting outside of a club. ACE professionals work at gyms, hospitals, corporate wellness departments and universities in 83 countries worldwide. No matter where you decide to work, you'll feel good about the positive difference you make in people's lives. Personal Training was recently named the No. 18 Best Job in America by CNN Money due to its low stress and benefit to society.
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Fitness Facts

ACE Personal Trainer Manual

ACE Personal Trainer Manual  ACE continues to lead the industry with the most comprehensive manual for personal training, complete with insight from top experts in the field. The text also features a detailed breakdown of our ACE Integrated Fitness Training® model, the only program in the industry that helps professionals create individualized programs based on fitness and behavior change.


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ACE-certified Personal Trainer by choosing a bundle of study materials

Choose Your Study Bundle

Take the first step in becoming an ACE-certified Personal Trainer by choosing a bundle of study materials to help you prepare for the exam. Our three options feature a variety of study aids – from flashcards to ACE Academy Elite, our interactive, video-led study experience.
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Professional Resources



In addition to ProSource™ our online publication committed to providing new training techniques and research-based insight, ACE has a number of professional resources to help you grow. We offer advanced certifications and continuing education to help you learn. We test the effectiveness of products and trends with independent, third-party research. We offer guided, easy-to-follow lifestyle programs and thousands of other tools on designed to help you lead people to long-term, healthy change.
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*Based on data collected from 297 students who completed ACE Academy Elite and sat for the exam from July 2012 to December 2012.