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Personal Trainer Certification

ACE PREPARES TRAINERS WITH THE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS TO SERVE DIVERSE CLIENTS There are hundreds of personal trainer certification options on the market, but only one rooted in 30 years of science-based research from ACE, the world's largest nonprofit health and fitness certification organization. Only one is built on the foundation of our ACE Integrated Fitness Training® Model, created to help health and fitness professionals deliver the type of individualized programs people need to adopt long-term, healthy behaviors. Becoming an ACE Certified Personal Trainer will give you a career advantage at thousands of facilities nationwide and the expertise you need to stand out among your peers with a certification accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

Why Choose ACE?

Earning an ACE certification means more than meeting an industry standard accredited by both the NCCA and the European Health and Fitness Association (EHFA). It means being part of an organization that advocates on your behalf every day — among policymakers, among partners who share our vision of eliminating the obesity epidemic, and among employers exploring workplace wellness solutions.

 

Fitness Fact

With 53,000 certified professionals, we are the world's largest nonprofit fitness certification organization

Fitness as a career

A NEW OPPORTUNITY TO THRIVE

ACE professionals work at gyms, hospitals, workplace wellness departments and universities in 83 countries worldwide. To help you begin or continue your career, ACE has secured agreements from health and fitness companies including 24 Hour Fitness, Anytime Fitness, Orangetheory Fitness and Town Sports International, which have all guaranteed interviews for ACE Certified Personal Trainers and Group Fitness Instructors who apply for qualifying positions at facilities nationwide. No matter where you decide to work, you'll feel good about the job growth your profession is projected to experience. The latest U.S. Department of Labor statistics state personal training is expected to grow 13% through 2022.

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ACE Academy Elite


87% pass on first attempt*
ACE ACADEMY ELITE

We support you throughout your career, starting the moment you begin studying. To ensure aspiring ACE Certified Personal Trainers retain the knowledge they need to be fully prepared for the exam and to best serve clients later on, we created ACE Academy Elite. The interactive, video-led guide provides a comprehensive lesson plan to help candidates streamline the study process, learn from dynamic videos and stay on track with custom progress tracking, lesson quizzes, two practice tests and an exam review. When candidates use ACE Academy Elite throughout the entire study process, they pass the exam on their first attempt 87% of the time.
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ACE Academy Elite iPad App
New - ACE Academy Elite for iPad

ACE Personal Trainer Manual eBook

Available for purchase at checkout with any study program or manual set, our new ACE Personal Trainer Manual (5th Edition) eBook allows you to access our core study materials from virtually any mobile device. Incorporating the most modern technology in digital publications, the eBook allows you to study offline, bookmark and highlight key content, take notes, and access hyperlinks embedded in the text when you're connected to the Internet.

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Fitness Facts

ACE Personal Trainer Manual

 ACE Personal Trainer Manual

The ACE Personal Trainer Manual (5th Edition) is at the forefront of innovation in our industry. Rooted in the latest science, it marries the most recent peer-reviewed research with input from thousands of top personal trainers and health experts, and the evolution of the ACE IFT Model proven to help professionals deliver custom, individualized programs that work. More so than any other personal training resource available, the new manual delivers relevant tools that aspiring professionals and industry veterans can apply to the clients of today, including behavior change expertise, coaching philosophy and new technical standards for cardiorespiratory, functional movement and resistance training.

 

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

Study Programs for Every Learning Style

Take the first step in becoming an ACE Certified Personal Trainer by choosing a study program to help you prepare for the exam. Our three options feature different combinations of materials designed to help you best prepare for the exam and excel at your career.
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Professional Resources

ProSource

DEDICATED TO HELPING YOU GROW

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 ACEfit.com 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.