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Peer Fitness Trainer Certification

The job of fighting fires and responding to emergency situations is one of the most dangerous and physically demanding professions. To help improve the safety, performance and quality of life of uniformed personnel in the fire service, the Peer Fitness Trainer (PFT) Certification was developed by the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and ACE.

Throughout the United States and Canada, the PFT Certification identifies fire fighters who have demonstrated the knowledge and skills required to design and implement fitness programs, improve the wellness and fitness of their departments and assist with the physical training of recruits during challenging entry tests. The role of a Peer Fitness Trainer differs from a Personal Trainer since fire service personnel have very specific needs and an extreme work environment well beyond what the average exerciser will ever face.

Become a Peer Fitness Trainer

For complete details on the PFT Certification Program, please review the PFT Candidate Information Guide on IAFF's website.

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How to Recertify


Earn. 1.2 Continuing Education Credits

Each ACE-approved CEC equals one academic hour. You should expect to spend 12 hours on in-class time, plus additional study time, to earn 1.2 CECs. ACE offers hundreds of courses that count as CECs, including correspondence courses, practical and comprehensive training, exam prep and live classes taught nationwide.


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Recertify online or, sign/complete the PFT recertification application by mail


Send your recertification form and payment to ACE

Once your recertification application is received, please allow 4 to 6 weeks for your card and certificate to arrive.

Recertify to Stay Active

If you have previously completed a fire fighter specific course, you can verify the details here.

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Find Continuing Education

There are many options available to you to meet the 1.2 CEC requirement, including the following:

  • Complete any IAFF/IAFC/ACE-approved continuing education course.
  • Attend an IAFF/IAFC/ACE-approved event (e.g.; Phoenix Health & Safety Conference, Redmond Symposium)
  • Successfully pass a current or archived ACE Certified quiz. All ACE Certified quizzes have a course fee of $30 per quiz and a value of 0.2 CEC. Archived issues of ACE Certified can be found online.
  • Maintain a current certificate in CPR, AED, First Aid and/or EMT. Each safety certificate is approved for 0.2 CEC (for a total of 0.6 CEC). Verification is required via a mailed or faxed copy of your certificate(s) with a request for CECs.
  • Successfully pass the ACE Personal Trainer Certification Exam
    • Computer-based Testing format (Your special price = $199)

For more information on the ACE Personal Trainer Certification including exam dates, visit the Fitness Certifications Section.

For additional information on continuing education requirements, please contact ACE at
1-888-825-3636, Ext. 782.