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May 15, 2013 | Exam Preparation Blog

Everything You Need to Know About Earning an ACE Advanced Certification

ACE Health CoachCongratulations on making the decision to obtain an advanced certification with ACE!

We know this is an important next step in your fitness career, so to help guarantee that you have all the prerequisites required to obtain an advanced certification, we’ve outlined all of the eligibility requirements for both the ACE Health Coach and ACE Advanced Health & Fitness Specialist certifications. Also, if this is your second ACE certification, please make sure to take advantage of the discount on recertification fees.

Am I Eligible to Be an ACE Health Coach?

To sit for the ACE Health Coach certification, you must be 18 years of age, hold a current CPR/AED certificate, and have either a current NCCA-accredited certification, an associate’s degree or higher, or comparable work experience in fitness, exercise science, nutrition, health care, wellness, human resources or a related field.

Prior to sitting for the exam, you must submit supporting documentation for the following:

  • An NCCA-accredited certification in fitness, nutrition, health care, wellness, human resources or a related field
  • An associate’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university in fitness, exercise science, nutrition, health care, wellness, human resources or a related field, or comparable work experience in any of these specified industries

To submit your eligibility documents to ACE, simply follow the steps below:

You will receive an auto-generated e-mail upon approval by the ACE Exam Registration Department with instructions on how to proceed with registering for your exam via the ACE website.< /p>

Am I Eligible to Be an Advanced Health & Fitness Specialist?

If you hold a current ACE Personal Trainer certification or Health Coach certification (or have a NCCA-accredited personal trainer certification or advanced fitness-related certification, or have a four-year Bachelor’s degree in exercise science or related field), hold a current CPR/AED certificate and have met the minimum work experience requirement below, you meet the eligibility requirement to be an Advanced Health & Fitness Specialist (AHFS).

You must have 300 hours of work experience designing and implementing exercise programs for apparently healthy individuals and/or high-risk individuals, as documented by a qualified professional to include the following:

  • Risk-factor screening
  • Client interview and assessment
  • Program design, implementation and modification

To submit your eligibility documents to ACE, simply follow the steps below:

Types of documentation accepted by ACE:
Documentation of 300 hours of work experience must be provided by one of these preferred methods:

  • Verification provided by a qualified allied health professional. This verification can come from former/current employers, supervisors, colleagues or other allied health professionals with whom you work or collaborate. Verification may be submitted in the applicant documentation area on page 2 of the AHFS registration form.
  • Verification provided via pay stubs showing personal training hours or copied of weekly training schedules or similar records of training hours. Do not provide any training records that specify personal information (e.g. client names) that would breach client confidentiality, and be sure to remove any personal information that you want to protect.

Self-employed fitness professionals who cannot provide the preferred documentation may provide letters from long-time clients who document the length of time and approximate number of accumulated hours of training they have received from you.

Still have questions? Feel free to contact our Exam Registration Department at 1-800-825-3636 Ext. 783.

By the American Council on Exercise