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American Council on Exercise Releases New Tool to Help Aspiring Professionals Choose a Group Fitness Certification

Chart Compares Top Accredited Certification Options

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 27, 2014 – Group fitness attracts more than 22.1 million people annually to indoor cycling, boot camps, danced-based classes and a growing number of other modalities. That increasing demand has led many certification organizations to create narrowly focused education programs designed to get instructors on the floor fast.

A new research tool created by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) sorts a wide variety of information about each group fitness certification now on the market into an easy-to-read format for aspiring health and fitness professionals to explore.

“Choosing the right group exercise certification is now easier for people considering a career in that space,” said ACE CEO and President Scott Goudeseune. “Aspiring professionals can get a snapshot view of certification options that hold accreditation by the National Commission for Certifying Association (NCCA) and those that don’t. They can also pit their top choices side by side using our interactive comparison tool.”

The Group Fitness Certification Comparison features company and exam information, details about study tools, professional benefits and continuing education information for the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), American Fitness Professionals and Associates (AFPA), the National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA), and ACE.

The chart also includes insight on commonly asked questions with regard to how the industry’s top two group fitness certifications – the ACE Group Fitness Instructor Certification and the AFAA Primary Group Exercise Certification – stack up.

To learn more about earning an NCCA-accredited certification or continuing education options from ACE, visit


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Founded in 1985, the American Council on Exercise (ACE) is the largest nonprofit health and fitness organization in the world. In addition to providing certifications accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) for Personal Trainers, Group Fitness Instructors, Health Coaches, and Advanced Health and Fitness Specialists, ACE protects the public from unsafe and ineffective products, programs and trends by commissioning independent, science-based research. The organization offers access to free health and fitness information including workouts, nutrition information and expert advice on, and it offers quality continuing education options for professionals from a variety of fields. For more information, call (800) 825-3636 or visit AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EXERCISE, ACE and ACE logos are Registered Trademarks of the American Council on Exercise.



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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.