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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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Medical Exercise Specialist Certification

To best serve the client of today, a client who oftentimes suffers from a variety of chronic medical conditions, health and fitness professionals like you must hold specialized, comprehensive knowledge in medical fitness. Being a medical specialist will not only help you guide clients to more effectively prevent and manage disease; it will position you as a critical link between clinic and community. As an ACE Certified Medical Exercise Specialist (CMES), you’ll hold valuable expertise in creating programs for post-rehabilitative clients recovering from cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic and musculoskeletal conditions; identifying postural imbalances; and implementing programs that train the body to overcome, and in many instances, prevent conditions from occurring.

As A Certified Medical Exercise Specialist, you’ll be a critical link between clinic and communityWhy Choose ACE?

With contributions from 24 leading experts in sports medicine, allied health and fitness, the ACE Medical Exercise Specialist Certification is the most comprehensive medical fitness certification available. In addition to holding accreditation by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), it is the only program offering insight on post-cardiac rehabilitation, post-orthopedic rehabilitation, and metabolic disease and disorders most often seen by health and fitness professionals. For professionals who want to guide a broader range of clients and become an integral part of the healthcare continuum, it is the next logical career step.


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Health Fact

1 in 4 Americans Lives with Multiple Chronic Conditions*

ACE Academy

With the introduction of the ACE Medical Exercise Specialist Manual, ACE has introduced a new way of learning the material to help you prepare for the exam. Housed within the digital ACE Learning Center, ACE Academy marries Think it Through activities from the text with real-life case studies to help candidates gauge their practical knowledge and engaging video interviews with experienced ACE Certified Professionals currently working in medical fitness. You’ll get expert insight from registered dietitian Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH; Debi Pillarella, M.Ed., program director of the Community Hospital Fitness Point in Munster, Indiana; and many more in an interactive, digital learning environment created by ACE.

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ACE Medical Exercise Specialist eBook

Medical Exercise Specialist eBook

Available for purchase at checkout with either study program option, our new ACE Medical Exercise Specialist Manual eBook allows you to access the definitive resource for training special populations from your smartphone or tablet. Incorporating the most modern technology in digital publications, the eBook appeals to learning styles of today by allowing candidates to study offline, bookmark and highlight key content, take notes, and access hyperlinks embedded in the text when connected to the Web.

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Health Fact

People living with multiple chronic conditions have increased risk of mortality and poorer day-to-day functioning*

Medical Fitness as a Career

As an ACE Certified Medical Exercise Specialist, 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.


Health Fact

86% of all HealthCare Spending is for People with at least one chronic Medical Condition*

ACE Medical Exercise Specialist Manual

ACE Medical Exercise Specialist Manual
The ACE Medical Exercise Specialist Manual is the most comprehensive, up-to-date resource for health and fitness professionals working as part of the healthcare team by helping clients prevent or effectively manage chronic disease. With insight from 24 leading experts in sports medicine, allied health and fitness, it incorporates valuable information on cardiovascular, metabolic, and musculoskeletal diseases and disorders. It also focuses on the importance of communication and networking skills, and the necessity to work alongside other healthcare and allied health professionals working toward a single, collective goal of helping individuals with multiple chronic medical conditions achieve healthy lifestyle change.


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