ACE FAQ Exam Registrations

Q: How can I register for the ACE exam?

For your convenience, you can register for computer-based testing online (ACE Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor certifications only), by phone, or by mail or fax. Whatever format you choose to register, you must hold a current CPR and AED certificate, and it must not expire before your testing date.

Search online to find a testing location in your area by visiting the ACE exam registration site. To download a computer-based exam registration form to mail or fax, click here. To download a paper-and-pencil exam registration form to mail or fax, click here.

Send all documents to
American Council on Exercise
ATTN: Exam Registration
4851 Paramount Drive
San Diego CA 92123


Q: How much does it cost to take the exam?

Computer-Based  and
Paper-and-Pencil Formats

(U.S. and Canada only)

PT

GFI

Health
Coach

AHFS

First Time

$399

$249

$399

$399

Retake

$199

$199

$199

$199

2nd ACE Certification

$199

$199

$199

$199

Computer-Based Format
(International)

PT

GFI

Health
Coach

AHFS

First Time

$399

$349

$399

$399

Retake

$299

$299

$299

$299

2nd ACE Certification

$299

$299

$299

$299

Paper-and-Pencil Format
(International)

PT

GFI

Health
Coach

AHFS

First Time

$399

$349

$399

$399

Retake

$199

$199

$199

$199

2nd ACE Certification

$199

$199

$199

$199


Q: What are the eligibility requirements to take the exam?

While each of our certification exams have similar eligibility requirements, they do differ slightly. Please see a complete list below.

ACE Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must hold an adult CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and AED (automated external defibrillator) certificate (online CPR/AED courses not accepted)
  • Must present a current government-issued photo ID with signature (driver's license, passport, military ID)

ACE Health Coach

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must hold an adult CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and AED (automated external defibrillator) certificate (online CPR/AED courses not accepted)
  • Must present a current government-issued photo ID with signature (driver's license, passport, military ID)
  • Must submit supporting documentation for one of the following:
    • An NCCA-accredited certification or license 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

ACE Advanced Health & Fitness Specialist

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must hold an adult CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and AED (automated external defibrillator) certificate (online CPR/AED courses not accepted)
  • Must present a current government-issued photo ID with signature (driver's license, passport, military ID)
  • Must submit supporting documentation for the following:
    • A current ACE Personal Trainer or Health Coach Certification; or an NCCA-accredited personal trainer or similar certification; or a four-year (bachelor’s) degree in exercise science or a related field
    • 300 completed hours of work experience designing and implementing exercise programs as documented by a qualified professional

* You may sit for an ACE pencil-and-paper exam without proof of CPR & AED; however, you will not receive your results until you provide current CPR information. Candidates taking computer-based ACE exam must hold a current CPR / AED certificate at the time of registration, and it cannot expire prior to the exam date. Online CPR/AED courses will not be accepted.


Q: What are the benefits of taking a computer-based exam?

The computer-based format is administered at more than 500 testing centers across the U.S. and Canada, making it much more convenient than the paper-and-pencil exam. It also allows candidates to receive their results immediately upon completion of the exam. Candidates may wait up to 6 weeks to receive results after taking the exam in pencil-and-paper format.


Q: Where can I take a computer-based exam?

Computer-based ACE certification exams are offered at more than 500 locations across the U.S. and Canada. To find a testing location in your area, please visit the ACE exam registration site.


Q: When can I register for a computer-based exam?

Different testing locations have different standards when it comes to how early you can register for a CBT exam. For most locations, the latest you can register for an exam is 10 days prior to your chosen exam date. Please keep in mind that date frequency and availability may differ from site to site.


Q: What if I need special accommodations (ADA)?

Candidates with special testing needs will be accommodated as best as possible. Given the limitations of a third-party contracted computer-testing facility, accommodations are restricted. Please contact the exam registration department for more information at (888) 825-3636, ext. 783 or via e-mail at examregistration@ACEfitness.org.


Q: What happens after I register for the exam?

Once your examination date, site and time have been approved, you’ll receive an e-mail notification instructing you to download and print your admission ticket. Exam day rules and site information will be located on this ticket. Please make sure to bring your admission ticket for entry on exam day, along with an official government-issued ID with photo and signature. The name on your ID must match the name on your exam registration. You will not be able to sit for the exam otherwise.


Q: What if I need to reschedule?

You may reschedule your ACE exam up to 11:59 p.m. PST the day before your exam date for a rescheduling fee of $149.  Candidates that “no show” and do not reschedule prior to that deadline will be subject to first-time exam fees for a new testing date.

To reschedule, login to your MyACE account, select “My Exam Information” and then “Reschedule My Exam.”  Proceed through the online registration process, paying the fee upon check out. You’re only eligible to reschedule once, and you may only reschedule for another computer-based exam. Once your new desired examination date, site and time have been approved, you’ll receive an e-mail notification instructing you to download and print your admission ticket.

Exceptions to the reschedule fee will be considered on a case-by-case basis for documented serious illness, bereavement, natural disasters and other emergencies. In these instances, candidates must contact ACE Exam Registration prior to the day of their exam and provide supporting documentation. Candidates who have requested special accommodations will need to contact the ACE Exam Registration either via e-mail at examregistration@ACEfitness.org or by calling (888) 825-3636, ext. 783 to reschedule.


Q: What if I need to cancel?

Cancellations must be made outside of 30 days from your confirmed testing date for a 50% refund of the exam fee paid.  Refunds cannot be provided once an exam voucher has been redeemed or for exams that have already been rescheduled.  If you registered for your exam within 30 days of the testing date, your only option is to reschedule as cancellations within 30 days will not be refunded. 

Exceptions to the refund deadline will be considered on a case-by-case basis for documented cases of serious illness, bereavement, natural disasters or other emergencies. To apply for a refund, please e-mail examregistration@acefitness.org  or send a fax including Attn: Exam Registration to (858) 576-6564.