ACE FAQ CEC Petition

Q: Why do I have to petition?

ACE Certified Professionals are required to complete 20 hours of continuing education (2.0 CECs) per two-year recertification cycle. Some of the ways this can be accomplished:

ACE Courses: ACE courses completed via a MyACE account will apply directly to the account upon completion

Pre-Approved Courses: Third party courses that have been by ACE will provide the ACE Certified Professional with a (CEP) course number to enter into their MyACE account by clicking on 'Enter and Track my CECs' to redeem the CECs. Example: Live Workshops, Distance Learning or Blended (online and live) Learning, Conferences

Petitions: If you have taken a continuing education course within your current ACE recertification cycle that has not been formally ACE-approved, but is applicable to your ACE certification, you may be able to petition the course for credits. Examples: Live Workshops, Distance Learning or Blended (online and live) Learning, Conferences, College Courses, Additional NCCA-accredited Certifications.

  1. Petitions must be submitted via a MyACE account
  2. Course completion date must be within the dates of the recertification cycle
  3. Submissions must be complete.

ACE professionals must carefully read the course petition requirements and only submit if you have ALL the required information. It is your responsibility to obtain the all the information to complete the petition.

Incomplete petitions will be denied (re-submission will require re-payment of non-refundable processing fee).


Q: How long will it take for ACE to review my petition?

ACE will review your completed submission within 30 days of receipt.

Once your petition has been reviewed, you will receive an email notification on the outcome (Approved or Denied).

Incomplete petitions will result in a denial. Resubmissions will require re-payment of processing fee. 

ACE does not expedite the review of petitions.

ACE processes petitions on a first come, first served basis. If your certification has expired, or is about to expire, please contact the Educational Services team regarding recertification: (888) 825-3636 ext 782.


Q: How much does it cost to submit a petition for review?

  • Live Workshop
  • Distance Learning
  • Blended Learning (online and live components)
  • Conference

$25 non-refundable processing fee per course 

Processing fee applies to each submission including re-submissions due to incomplete information.

  • College Course
  • Additional NCCA-accredited Certification
$0 (fee is waived)

Q: What are the required qualifications for the author and instructor of the course?

To receive ACE approval for a petitioned course, the full name of the author and the name of the instructor must be included along with their verifiable credential. Acceptable credentials include:

  1. A bachelor's degree in exercise science or a health-related field
    1. OR a four-year degree in a business-related field (ONLY applicable for business workshops pertinent to a fitness professional)
  2. A current NCCA-accredited fitness certification (ACE, AAPTE, ACTION, ACSM, AFAA-CGFI, CSCCa, Cooper Institute, IFPA, NASM, NCCPT, NCSF, NESTA, NETA, NFPT, NSCA, PMA, PTAG, WITS)
    1. OR a current E-RYT 200, or higher depending on course, credential (ONLY application for yoga courses)

The subject matter taught must be within the ACE Certified Professional's Scope of Practice:

  1. ACE Certified Professionals may NOT "diagnose?
  2. ACE Certified Professionals may NOT "prescribe?
  3. ACE Certified Professionals may NOT "prescribe diets or recommend specific supplements?
  4. ACE Certified Professionals may NOT "treat? injury or disease
  5. ACE Certified Professionals may NOT "monitor? progress for medically referred clients
  6. ACE Certified Professionals may NOT "rehabilitate?
  7. ACE Certified Professionals may NOT "counsel?
  8. ACE Certified Professionals may NOT work with "patients?

Instruction must take place in a structured learning environment:

  1. Provides clear learning objectives that an ACE Certified Professional can implement with his/her clients
  2. Provides a clear assessment of learning objectives

Q: What course topics will ACE consider for a petition?

ACE approves courses in a variety of topics including, but not limited to anatomy, body composition, business management, chronic conditions, communication and motivation, cueing and choreography, exercise physiology, exercise programming, fitness assessments, injury prevention, instructional techniques, nutrition, post-rehab programming, specialty class formats and weight management. The completed course must be applicable to your ACE certification and must be within the scope of practice for ACE Certified Professionals.

Course topics not eligible for ACE CECs include those which:

  • Prepare students to take ACE certification exams (i.e. exam prep workshops)
  • Are positioned or titled as core certifications that do not hold NCCA accreditation (i.e. personal trainer, group fitness instructor)
  • Are redundant to the experience and education of ACE Certified Professionals (i.e. ACE Personal Trainer will not receive CECs for earning another Personal Trainer certification)
  • Prepare students for a different field (i.e. massage) or are beyond the scope of practice for ACE Certified Professionals (i.e. manual therapy, meal-planning)
  • Do not demonstrate a structured learning environment, complete with learning objectives (i.e. workouts that do not include an instructional component)

Q: How do I submit a petition for a Live Workshop?

If you have completed a live workshop within the dates of your recertification cycle, first confirm that the course has not already been pre-approved by ACE. If the course was pre-approved, the Provider of the course will give you their (CEP) course number to redeem in your MyACE account (click on "Enter and Track my CECs?)

CEC PETITION CHECKLIST

Once you are sure the course has not been pre-approved, confirm that you have everything from the checklist before you submit your petition.
Incomplete petitions will be denied (re-submission will require re-payment of non-refundable processing fee).

  1. Provider Information about the organization who created/is providing the training
  2. Course Information (Upload Course Timeline/Syllabus)
    1. Pay special attention to scope of practice guidelines
  3. Author Information (first and last name along with credential that meets required criteria)
  4. Instructor Information (first and last name along with credential that meets required criteria)
  5. Upload Certificate of Completion from the provider showing the dates that you successfully completed the course
  6. Petition to Cart (Submit non-refundable processing fee of $25)
  7. Petition will be reviewed within 30 days of submission

If you find that the attachments are too large to attach to the petition, and you are unable to resize them:

  • Attach a document stating that you will email the larger files to support@acefitness.org
  • You must put the title of the petition in the subject line and indicate that they are supplemental files for review.
  • If you do not send the email with the files attached the petition will be denied as incomplete.

Q: How do I submit a petition for a Distance Learning or Blended Learning Course?

If you have completed an online course within the dates of your recertification cycle, first confirm that the course has not already been pre-approved by ACE. If the course was pre-approved, the Provider of the course will give you their (CEP) course number to redeem in our MyACE account (click on "Enter ad Track my CECs?).

CEC PETITION CHECKLIST

Once you are sure the course has not been pre-approved, confirm that you have everything from the checklist before you submit your petition.
Incomplete petitions will be denied (re-submission will require re-payment of non-refundable processing fee).

  1. Provider Information about the organization who created/is providing the training
  2. Course Information (Upload Course Timeline/Syllabus)
    1. Be sure to include video run times
    2. Pay special attention to scope of practice guidelines
  3. Author Information (first and last name along with credential that meets required criteria)
  4. Instructor Information (may be same as the author)
  5. Upload Certificate of Completion from the provider showing the dates that you successfully completed the course
  6. Petition to Cart (Submit non-refundable processing fee of $25)
  7. Petition will be reviewed within 30 days of submission

If you find that the attachments are too large to attach to the petition, and you are unable to resize them:

  • Attach a document stating that you will email the larger files to support@acefitness.org
  • You must put the title of the petition in the subject line and indicate that they are supplemental files for review.
  • If you do not send the email with the files attached the petition will be denied as incomplete.

Q: How do I submit a petition for a Conference?

If you attended a conference within the date of your recertification cycle, first confirm that the conference has not already been pre-approved by ACE. If the course was pre-approved, the Provider of the course will give you their (CEP) course number to redeem in your MyACE account (click on "Enter and Track my CECs?).

CEC PETITION CHECKLIST

Once you are sure the conference has not been pre-approved, confirm that you have everything from the checklist before you submit your petition.
Incomplete petitions will be denied (re-submission will require re-payment of non-refundable processing fee).

  1. Provider Information about the organization putting on the conference
  2. Course Information
    1. Upload Conference Listing of sessions that you attended along showing the presenter for each with their credential
    2. Pay special attention to scope of practice guidelines
  3. Author Information (first and last name of a presenter along with credential that meets required criteria)
  4. Instructor Information (first and last name of a presenter along with credential that meets required criteria)
  5. Upload Certificate of Completion from the provider showing the dates that you successfully completed the course
  6. Petition to Cart (Submit non-refundable processing fee of $25)
  7. Petition will be reviewed within 30 days of submission

If you find that the attachments are too large to attach to the petition, and you are unable to resize them:

  • Attach a document stating that you will email the larger files to support@acefitness.org
  • You must put the title of the petition in the subject line and indicate that they are supplemental files for review.
  • If you do not send the email with the files attached the petition will be denied as incomplete.

Q: How do I receive CECs from a college course?

If you have completed a college course from an accredited university or college, within the dates of your recertification cycle, you have the option to submit it to ACE to earn CECs. ACE does not award CECs for diplomas.

Only one submission will be reviewed. Multiple college course petition submissions will be cancelled without review.

CEC PETITION CHECKLIST

Read this before submitting:

  1. Ensure that you are logged in to your MyACE account and click on "Petition for CECs?
    • Chrome is the recommended web browser
  2. Select Course Type: College Course
  3. Type in the Course Name as it appears on your transcript
    1. Must be within the scope of practice of an ACE Certified Professional
    2. Must have earned a grade of 'C' or higher
  4. Upload a clear copy of your transcript in PDF or JPEG format (file size must be 10 MB or less)
    1. If file is too large, an error will appear in the URL box on the top of screen. This will require resaving your file as a smaller size before submitting
    2. Transcript must show your name, name of accredited university or college, semester details, and grade
  5. Select the Completion Date from the calendar that matches the date on your transcript
    • Ensure that it was newly awarded within the dates of your renewal cycle
  6. Click Submit
    1. An approved petition of this type may result in a maximum of 2.0 CECs
    2. A submission will be denied if:
      1. It is not a college course (i.e. a continuing education certificate course)
      2. It is not within the scope of practice of an ACE Certified Professional
      3. The transcript is not attached, or doesn't clearly show your name, name of accredited university or college, semester details, and grade of 'C' or higher
      4. It was not completed within the dates of your recertification cycle

Q: How do I receive CECs from earning an additional NCCA-accredited certification?

If you have earned an additional NCCA-accredited certification from a different organization, within the dates of your recertification cycle, you have the option to submit a petition to earn CECs.

CEC PETITION CHECKLIST

Read this before submitting:

  1. Ensure that you are logged in to your MyACE account and click on "Petition for CECs?
    • Chrome is the recommended web browser
  2. Select Course Type: Additional NCCA Accredited Certification
  3. Select the Completion Date from the calendar that matches the date on your certificate
    • Must be newly earned within the dates of your recertification cycle
  4. Upload a clear copy of your certificate in PDF or JPEG format (file size must be 10 MB or less)
    1. If file is too large, an error will appear in the URL box on the top of screen. This will require resaving your file as a smaller size before submitting
  5. Select the NCCA Certification Provider of the certification from the dropdown list
  6. Click Submit
    1. An approved petition of this type may result in a maximum of 0.5 CECs
    2. A submission will be denied if:
      1. If it not an NCCA-accredited certification
      2. Is redundant to your ACE certification (i.e. ACE Personal Trainer will not receive CECs for earning another Personal Trainer certification)
      3. The certificate is not attached, or doesn't clearly show your name
      4. If it was not newly earned within your recertification cycle