Personal Trainer Certification
There are hundreds of options for personal training certifications on the market, but only one rooted in 30 years of science-based research from ACE, the world's largest nonprofit health and fitness certification organization. Only one is built on the foundation of our ACE Integrated Fitness Training® Model, created to help health and fitness professionals deliver the type of individualized programs people need to adopt long-term, healthy behaviors. Once you become a Certified Personal Trainer, you will have a career advantage at thousands of facilities nationwide and the expertise you need to stand out among your peers with a certification accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).
Why Choose ACE?
Earning ACE additional certifications means meeting a standard accepted by other leaders in the healthcare industry. In addition to holding NCCA accreditation for all four certification programs, ACE also goes above and beyond when it comes to taking care of our professionals. We advocate on your behalf every day—among policymakers, among partners who share our vision of eliminating the obesity epidemic, and among employers exploring workplace wellness solutions.
7 Steps to Starting a Fitness Career
In addition to being personally rewarding, a career in fitness gives you flexibility and independence in a growing industry. Getting started can be a bit overwhelming though, especially with more than 300 certification programs on the market. To ease that burden, we put together these seven steps to help get you started.
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New Personal Trainer Career Guide
Explore your options for starting or furthering your career in the fitness industry as a certified personal trainer.
STUDY PROGRAMS FOR EVERY LEARNING STYLE
Save up to $600 with our Study Programs
Take the first step in becoming an ACE Certified Personal Trainer by choosing a study program to help you prepare for the exam. Our three options feature different combinations of materials designed to help you best prepare for the exam and excel at your career.
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ACE ACADEMY ELITE
ACE ACADEMY ELITE
We support you throughout your career, starting the moment you begin studying. To ensure aspiring ACE Certified Personal Trainers retain the knowledge they need to be fully prepared for the exam and to best serve clients later on, we created ACE Academy Elite. The interactive, video-led guide provides a comprehensive lesson plan to help candidates streamline the study process, learn from dynamic videos and stay on track with custom progress tracking, lesson quizzes, two practice tests and an exam review.
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ACE Personal Trainer Manual eBook
Our new ACE Personal Trainer Manual (5th Edition) eBook allows you to access our core study materials from virtually any mobile device. Incorporating the most modern technology in digital publications, the eBook allows you to study offline, bookmark and highlight key content, take notes, and access hyperlinks embedded in the text when you're connected to the Internet.
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ACE Personal Trainer Manual
The ACE Personal Trainer Manual (5th Edition) is at the forefront of innovation in our industry. Rooted in the latest science, it marries the most recent peer-reviewed research with input from thousands of top personal trainers and health experts, and the evolution of the ACE IFT Model proven to help professionals deliver custom, individualized programs that work. More so than any other personal training resource available, the new manual delivers relevant tools that aspiring professionals and industry veterans can apply to the clients of today, including behavior change expertise, coaching philosophy and new technical standards for cardiorespiratory, functional movement and resistance training.
STRENGTHEN YOUR FOUNDATION
Learn about the ACE IFT® Model, an innovative and systematic approach to program design that can help clients of all fitness levels achieve lasting results.
DEDICATED TO HELPING YOU GROW
In addition to our portfolio of science-based continuing education options and Specialist Programs created to better serve your target markets, ACE has a number of professional resources dedicated to helping you grow. We offer insight on the latest training techniques, research and industry news through our monthly digital publication, Certified™. We evaluate the effectiveness of products, programs and trends with independent research we commission from university partners. We’ve secured a number of professional discounts with industry partners. And we offer guided, easy-to-follow lifestyle programs and thousands of other tools your clients can utilize on ACEfit.com.
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