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National Commission for Certifying Agencies Accredits All ACE Certification Programs

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – September 5, 2003 - The American Council on Exercise (ACE), America’s nonprofit fitness advocate, today announced the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) has accredited all ACE professional fitness certifications programs that include the ACE Personal Trainer, ACE Lifestyle and Weight Management Consultant, ACE Group Fitness Instructor and ACE Clinical Exercise Specialist certification exams.

“The American Council on Exercise is now one of only two certification organizations in the fitness industry whose programs have been accredited by the NCCA,” said Ken Germano, president of ACE. “With hundreds of fitness certifications available, we are proud to be nationally recognized for our quality programs that help protect the public against unqualified fitness professionals and unsafe and ineffective fitness instruction.”

NCCA is the accreditation body of the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA). The NCCA accreditation serves as a benchmark on how organizations should conduct certification. Certification programs may apply and be accredited by the NCCA if they demonstrate compliance with each accreditation standard. For a complete listing of these standards go to NCCA's standards exceed the requirements set forth by the American Psychological Association and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

About NOCA
Established in 1977, NOCA serves as a clearinghouse for information on the latest trends and issues of concern to practitioners and organizations focused on certification, licensure, and human resources development. NOCA's accrediting body, The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), is the international leader in setting quality standards for credentialing organizations and grants accreditation to those organizations that meet them. NOCA and NCCA are based in Washington, DC. The Web site address is

About ACE
The American Council on Exercise (ACE), America’s Authority on Fitness, is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the benefits of physical activity and protecting consumers against unsafe and ineffective fitness products and instruction. As the nation’s “workout watchdog,” ACE sponsors university-based exercise science research and testing that targets fitness products and trends. ACE sets standards for fitness professionals and is the world’s largest nonprofit fitness certifying organization. For more information on ACE and its programs, call (800) 825-3636 or log onto the ACE Web site at

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Founded in 1985, the American Council on Exercise (ACE) is a nonprofit organization committed to America's health and wellbeing. Over the past 30 years, we have become an established resource for health and fitness professionals, and the public, providing comprehensive, unbiased research and validating ourselves as the country's trusted authority on health and fitness.

Today, ACE is the largest nonprofit health and fitness certification, education and training organization in the world with more than 65,000 certified professionals who hold more than 72,000 ACE Certifications. With a long heritage in certification, education, training and public outreach, we are among the most respected organizations in the industry and a resource the public has come to trust for health and fitness education.