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Medical Exercise Specialist Exam Requirements

To sit for the Medical Exercise Specialist Certification Exam, you must:
  • Be at least 18 years old and hold a current CPR/AED certification with a live skills check.
    • A bachelor’s degree in exercise science or a related field at the time of exam registration.
    • 500 completed hours of work experience designing and implementing exercise programs for apparently healthy or high-risk individuals, as documented by a qualified professional.
  • Present a current government-issued photo ID with signature (driver’s license, passport, military ID) on exam day.

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To equip aspiring and current professionals with the most comprehensive information about exercise specialist salaries nationwide, ACE commissioned an independent, third-part report in 2013. Health and fitness professionals worldwide responded, providing information about how their education and experience levels affect pay.

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Medical Fitness as a Career

Put Your Expertise to Work

As an ACE Certified Medical Exercise Specialist (CMES), you will have the advanced expertise to meet people wherever they are—even if that means they have just completed cardiac rehabilitation following a heart attack or orthopedic rehabilitation after a hip replacement—and guide them to optimal fitness. Having the insight to help a wide range of clients with multiple chronic medical conditions will help you function as a valued member of the healthcare team and work alongside healthcare and other allied health professionals. As a CMES, you will serve as the day-to-day guide for their patients, leading those affected by obesity, diabetes, low-back pain, knee surgery and many other conditions to real, healthy change.


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