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Put knowledge into action with the ACE IFT® Model

Learn scientific, evidence-based fundamentals of personal training-from human anatomy and physiology to behavior change coaching. Gain the skills to design unique exercise programs based on your clients' goals, abilities and needs through the ACE Integrated Fitness Training®(ACE IFT®) Model.

Study stress-free with ACE Academy Elite

Stay on track and build confidence with ACE Academy Elite, our interactive digital study experience, featuring multimodal learning through video lessons and demonstrations, reading assignments, quizzes and more. Follow the study calendar and you can be exam-ready in only 16 weeks.

Earn the most trusted credential backed by the NCCA

Get the attention of potential employers with a certification program accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the gold standard for program accreditation in fitness and health. Become part of a team of more than 90,000 ACE Certified Professionals committed to getting people moving.

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  • ACE Answers
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  • Practice Tests
  • ACE Personal Trainer Manual
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  • ACE Essentials of Exercise Science for Fitness Professionals
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"ACE provided numerous resources for me to thrive. I am a visual learner so I really enjoyed the diagrams that went along with each chapter as well as the application scenarios. From the study outline timeline to the live help with ACE Study Coaches, ACE really has thought through their study materials."

- Alicia E., ACE Certified Personal Trainer

Personal Trainer Study Materials

An unparalleled learning experience to prepare you to get certified.

With all ACE Certification Study Programs, you can count on learning the latest applied exercise science and program design techniques, coaching skills and leadership strategies and be fully prepared to take your skills and directly apply them in practice as a certified personal trainer. Here's a look at what you will learn:

Anatomy and physiology

Obtain foundational knowledge specific to fitness professionals on human anatomy, exercise physiology, the fundamentals of applied kinesiology, nutrition basics and the physiology of training.

ACE Integrated Fitness® Model (ACE IFT®)

Discover the ACE IFT® Model, a systematic approach to designing exercise programs based on the unique abilities, needs and goals of the client. Examine case studies to understand the ACE IFT® Model in a practical sense.

Role and scope of practice for the personal trainer

Learn the personal trainer's role within the healthcare continuum and the scope of practice—plus the various avenues of career development for personal trainers.

Injury prevention and first aid

Gain an understanding for common musculoskeletal injuries and implications for exercise including common tissue injuries and guidelines for how to manage them. Learn emergency policies and procedures for working with clients in fitness facilities.

Training special populations

Learn essential information for working with individuals with various diseases and disorders once they have been cleared to exercise by their physicians.

Business strategies and legal guidelines

Find out how to thrive on the business side of your personal training career and understand the many legal and business concerns personal trainers may face regarding business structure, employment status, insurance, contracts and risk management.

Available Learning Materials:

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Recorded Podcasts
Study Handbook
Practice Tests
Expert Articles
ACE Answers Study Help
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  • • Our self-paced study programs cater to all learning styles. The choice is yours: pick a fully digital study experience or one that includes both digital and hard copy study materials.
  • • All ACE Certification Study Programs are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), considered the gold standard in health and fitness accreditation.

Prepare and register for your exam

  • • Study at your own pace using ACE Academy Elite, our best-in-class interactive digital study experience.
  • • Supplement your study time with ACE Answers, our resource center offering additional support to get you exam ready.
  • • Boost your confidence for the exam by taking advantage of our practice tests.
  • • Register for your exam within 6 months of purchase (rest assured knowing your actual exam date can be beyond this 6-month registration window).
  • • Make sure you meet the prerequisite requirements to sit for the exam.

Launch your dream career

  • • Upon taking and passing the exam, pat yourself on the back for a job well done!
  • • Explore one (or more!) exciting career paths.
  • • Enjoy ACE Career Resources such as discounts on equipment, liability insurance and more.
  • • Maintain your ACE Certification and learn valuable new skills with ease through an abundant array of continuing education opportunities.

Earn the most trusted credential in fitness and health.

The ACE Personal Trainer Certification Program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the gold standard in the U.S. for assessing fitness and allied health certification programs. It is also recognized globally by leading international standards-setting bodies, including iCREPs and EuropeActive. Passing the exam will give you a trusted credential that will pave the way for you to gain employment and help others become more physically active.

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Our commitment to your success extends beyond certification. We are a nonprofit organization, and you are the key to our mission to get people moving. We promise to support your career and create the conditions for you to impact lives, now and in the future.

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