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In the past 30 years, obesity rates have doubled among children and tripled among adolescents, and the amount of physical activity in schools has drastically decreased. Our Youth Fitness Specialty Certification gives parents, coaches, and fitness and health care professionals the knowledge and skills to develop age-appropriate exercise programs, improve the overall health and well-being of children and teens, and help instill the value of physical activity at an early age.

Who is it designed for?

Becoming a Youth Fitness Specialist will help parents, youth sports coaches and other professionals in fitness, health care, recreation or education gain the knowledge and skills they need to create customized and organized fitness programs for children and teens. The curriculum addresses motor development, pediatric exercise physiology, growth-related differences in abilities, youth resistance and cardiorespiratory training, and integration of health- and skill-related activities into fitness programs.

How do I earn one?

To earn a Youth Fitness Specialty Certification, you must review all of the components listed below and take the quizzes associated with the material. Although you may complete courses for any Specialty Certification, ACE will not recognize you as a Specialist unless you also hold a current NCCA-accredited certification or an equivalent professional credential. For a list of accepted pre-requisite credentials, click here.

After you complete all courses and quizzes, an ACE Specialty Certification and continuing education credits (CECs) will be uploaded into your My ACE account. Specialty Certifications do not expire, and the purchase price includes all materials and fees necessary to become a Specialist.

Have other questions about ACE Specialty Certifications? Check out our list of FAQs.

An ACE Youth Fitness Specialty Certification is approved for 2.5 ACE CECs. The program is also approved by the following organizations for continuing education hours:

  • ACSM
    25.0 CECs
  • AFAA
    25.0 CEUs
  • CI
    25.0 Contact Hours
  • NASM
    1.9 CEUs
  • NCSF
    7.0 CEUs
  • NFPT
    1.5 CECs