Give your career a boost

Gain a major edge over your competition with BOTH personal training and behavior change qualifications, so you can help more clients make long-term changes.

Increase your earning potential

So many people are looking to reach their fitness goals, but struggle to make long-term lifestyle changes. Incorporating evidence-based behavior change principles will allow you to get better results and attract more clients.

Get ongoing career support

As an ACE Certified Pro, you get exclusive access to tools and resources that will help you succeed in your career, from day one, and beyond.

What you'll learn

People are capable of incredible transformations, with the ability to become stronger and improve health outcomes—but it doesn't come easy. Through this bundle, you'll learn how the right coaching approach and strategy can empower your clients to make positive changes and discover their own paths to a healthy, happy lifestyle.

With the ACE Personal Trainer Basic Study Program, you will learn the latest evidence-based exercise fundamentals, principles of behavior change and client-centered methodologies you can apply from the start. And with CPR/AED Smart Certification, you'll meet the requirements to take the ACE Certification Exam.

After becoming an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, the Behavior Change Specialist Program will give you the key tools to promoting behavior change and creating a foundation for a healthy lifestyle.

You will learn how to help clients of all backgrounds recognize counterproductive behaviors and coach them to discover new methods to move more, eat better and make healthier decisions for themselves and their families.

Plus, make a more positive impact in the lives of your clients with our very own equity, diversity and inclusion course filled with actionable steps you can apply to your everyday practice.

What's in your bundle?


ACE Personal Trainer Basic Study Program

Get the most current, highest quality education available and earn the most recognizable certification in the industry.

The learning experience is 100% online and self-paced, and takes at least 3-6 months to complete. You will then take a multiple-choice exam from home or a testing site near you. Once you pass your exam, you will be an ACE Certified Personal Trainer ready to coach clients!

What's included:

  • ACE University

    The core of your study program where you will receive step-by-step guidance from start to finish, moving from learning to applying. With an intuitive learning platform, compatible on any device, learning is at your fingertips. ACE U helps you plan, manage and track your course syllabus and offers engaging videos, ACE in Action demonstrations, helpful quizzes and learning activities, and your first practice test.

  • ACE Certification Exam
  • Practice Test

    Prepare for your ACE Personal Trainer Certification Exam with ease by taking one (1) untimed practice test. The practice test has 50 multiple choice questions, which you can take as many times as you like. After the practice test, you'll know exactly what you need to spend more time reviewing by receiving a breakdown of your score based on categories covered on the exam. You'll be prepped and exam-ready!

  • ACE Personal Trainer Digital Textbook

    Rooted in the latest evidence-based research in exercise science and deep integration of behavior change, The Exercise Professionals Guide to Personal Training textbook is the main resource of your study program. This new, all-in-one textbook delivers essential knowledge, case studies and ACE methodologies in an easy to understand way so you can prepare for your exam and use it as a resource as you begin to work with clients and move through your career.

  • ACE Personal Trainer Digital Study Companion

    As a supplement to the The Exercise Professionals Guide to Personal Training textbook, the Study Companion focuses on multiple levels of learning through a combination of questions and practical application activities. It will help you not only prepare for your exam with confidence, but also be a knowledgeable and effective personal trainer.

  • ACE Answers (Basic)

    Enhance your learning and be confident in your readiness to take the ACE Certification Exam with on-demand study support from ACE Answers. ACE Answers Basic includes:

    • Answers to common study questions
    • Video demonstrations and lectures
    • Exam preparation articles
    • Facebook study groups
    • ACE Exercise Library
    • Tools & calculators
    • Career forms

*Digital eBooks compatible with desktops (Mac & PC), tablets and smartphones (iOS & Android) only. Cannot be printed.



Behavior Change Specialist Program

As an ACE Behavior Change Specialist, you'll learn to build supportive client-coach relationships to help people make healthy, productive and permanent life changes.

You must first be ACE Certified before completing this online course to earn Continuing Education Credits (CECs).

What's included:

  • Behavior Change eBook
  • Behavior Change Learning Activity
  • Behavior Change Recorded Video
  • Behavior Change Online Quiz


CPR/AED Smart Certification

Fulfill all CPR/AED requirements needed for ACE Certification anywhere, anytime in just 90 minutes or less.

CPR/AED Certification is required to take the ACE Certification Exam.


Ethics Course

Taking Action With ACE: Practicing Equity, Diversity and Inclusion as a Health and Exercise Professional

Be better equipped to support traditionally marginalized groups and create an inviting environment that enhances client engagement and retention.

You must first be ACE Certified before completing this online course to earn Continuing Education Credits (CECs).

Join a family that helps you thrive throughout your career!

ACE is a leading non-profit with 90,000+ certified exercise professionals and health coaches who share a mission to get people moving. We promise to support you beyond certification and through the different stages of your career. As an ACE Certified Pro, you'll get access to exclusive networks, resources, tools and discounts, including:

  • ACE® Pro Compass
  • ACE Job Board
  • ACE Pro Connect App
  • ACE Talks Podcast
  • Digital Credentials
  • Profile in the USREPS national registry
  • CERTIFIED Magazine, a free monthly digital publication
  • Discounted liability insurance
  • Discounts and special offers on clothing, equipment, memberships and more
  • Voice in Washington and state capitals

Jumpstart your personal trainer career and help clients make sustainable changes!

Get certified online with Live Remote Proctoring

Take your exam from the comfort of your home! We are pleased to offer you the option to take your ACE Certification Exam through a Live Remote Proctor.

  • Exams are proctored through Meazure Learning/Proctor U, the pioneer of live remote proctoring
  • Remote proctored exams are available for Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, Health Coach, and Medical Exercise Specialist certifications
  • Remote proctored exams are conducted in English only
  • Upon completing your exam registration with ACE, you will have 60 days to take your remote proctored exam
  • Upon completing your exam registration with ACE, you will receive an email from Meazure Learning with the simple steps to choose your exam date and time
  • Anyone with current exam vouchers or exams that have been cancelled may register for a remote exam at no extra cost
  • Anyone without an exam voucher may register for a remote exam at our standard exam fee rate
  • To register for a remote proctored exam, simply select that option at time of registration
  • iPads, Chromebooks and other tablets are NOT accepted testing devices

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