Put your career on the fast track

Lead more people to healthier, more active lives – and boost your career potential. With our exciting, new Personal Trainer Pro Specialist Study Program, you will not only set out to earn your NCCA-accredited ACE Personal Trainer Certification, but you will also prepare to become an ACE Fitness Nutrition Specialist. Start your career today, and advance further and faster!

Attract and impact more clients

Health, fitness and nutrition go hand-in-hand. Be the go-to resource for your clients’ wellness needs and provide a holistic, customized program addressing their fitness and nutrition goals. Your enhanced expertise will position you as a valuable resource and sought-after expert for current and future clients.

You will be equipped to design custom programming and deliver safe and enjoyable personal training experiences while impacting lasting change through behavior change strategies, smart nutrition choices and much more.

Stand out among the competition

By becoming both an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and ACE Fitness Nutrition Specialist, you’ll open a world of professional possibilities. This dual program will empower you to position yourself more competitively to future employers and potential clients alike. Whether working with clients in a gym, health club or as a self-employed personal trainer, this combination of fitness and nutrition knowledge will provide you with the necessary tools to impact more people in your community.

Earn all your CECs for the next 2 years

With the Personal Trainer Pro Specialist Study Program, you will earn all your CECs for your first renewal cycle!* As an industry standard, certified health and fitness professionals are required to earn continuing education credits every two years to maintain their credential. Stay certified worry-free after you complete the ACE Fitness Nutrition Specialist Program.

Study Program Components

Includes everything you need to become an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, plus move your career further and faster with the ACE Fitness Nutrition Specialist Program.

ACE Fitness Nutrition Manual

The ACE Fitness Nutrition Manual is the essential text for health and fitness professionals who want to expand the breadth of services they offer clients to include nutritional guidance. It includes a wealth of knowledge and skills to maximize your expertise in nutrition, while staying within the scope of practice. Registered dietician Natalie Digate Muth, MD shares how to effectively obtain diet history and use it to facilitate goal setting, insights into teaching clients how to read and compare nutrition labels and tips for preparing simple and healthy meals.

ACE Fitness Nutrition Lecture Series

This four-part video series presented by Natalie Digate Muth, MD contains the following topics:

  • Nutrition Scope of Practice: Learn what nutritional guidance falls within your scope of practice and what types of consultation are best left to registered dieticians and other medical professionals.
  • Grocery Store Tour: Explore the general layout of most grocery stores and develop a plan to shop for healthy selections. A downloadable 'Grocery Store Tour' guide is included for future reference.
  • Developing Nutrition Programs: Learn how to organize and execute nutrition consultations with clients and develop individualized plans based on those sessions.
  • Now, Grow Your Business!: You've learned how to develop nutrition programs: it's time to put them into practice. This video will teach you how to incorporate your new skills into your business and includes a health nutrition and fitness questionnaire for client consultation sessions.

ACE Presents Fitness Nutrition

This three-part video series will teach you how to put nutrition into action with your clients.

  • ACE Presents Fitness Nutrition: Explore how to set goals with clients based on their stage of change within the transtheoretical model (TTM) of behavior change.
  • Nutrition How To's: Understand how to read nutrition labels. Includes snack recommendations for clients, kids and athletes.
  • Cooking Demonstrations: Discover how to create meals that follow the 'MyPlate' recommendations with fun, easy and healthy recipes.

Coaching Behavior Change Part 1: Stages of Change Reading

This section focuses on a reading from the Coaching Behavior Change Manual covering the stages of change model, which is a framework a coach can use to help clients successfully achieve long-lasting behavioral change. Key topics include:

  • The Stages of Behavior Change: Learn to define each stage of behavior change (precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action and maintenance.)
  • Managing Relapse: Understand the concept of relapse, its role in the stages of change and how to manage it.
  • Identifying State of Change: Identify each client's stage of change and how to tailor your behavioral intervention accordingly.

Coaching Behavior Change Part 2: Stages of Change Podcast

James O. Prochaska, director of the Cancer Prevention Research Center at the University of Rhode Island and the developer of the Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change, will guide you through the details of each stage of the behavior change process in this engaging discussion.

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The Sports Nutrition for Health Professionals Course helps health and fitness professionals develop the knowledge needed to integrate nutrition science into their practices and explore the role of sports nutrition with clients. Created by ACE and respected healthcare publisher F.A. Davis, the Sports Nutrition for Health Professionals Manual is the focus of this course and guides health and fitness professionals with integrating the science of nutrition into their practices. It also provides advice on how to explore the role of nutrition and exercise with clients through four in-depth case studies. A multiple-choice quiz is included in this course to help gauge knowledge of the material.

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How it works

The ACE Personal Trainer Study Program and ACE Fitness Nutrition Specialist Program can be studied for in any order, however candidates must first pass the ACE Personal Trainer Certification Exam before completing the ACE Fitness Nutrition Specialist Program.

Candidates will not be recognized as ACE Fitness Nutrition Specialists nor receive CECs until they complete the ACE Fitness Nutrition Specialist Program.

*Candidates will receive 2.5 CECs upon completion of the ACE Fitness Nutrition Specialist Program (provided they have first passed the ACE Personal Trainer Certification Exam or have met qualifying prerequisites). Recertification requires a renewal fee of $129.

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Move your career further as an ACE Certified Professional and save 20% on an additional ACE Certification. This includes our Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, Health Coach and Certified Medical Exercise Specialist study programs.

*Cannot be combined with other offers. Valid only for currently certified ACE Professionals.

Stay certified, worry-free! In order to maintain current certification, ACE Certified Professionals are required to complete 2.0 continuing education credits (CECs) and purchase a recertification voucher every two years. For a limited time, receive your recertification voucher with your Pro Advantage Study Program!

Item Value: $129
  • In order to redeem a recertification voucher, ACE Certified Professionals must meet all recertification requirements and still move through the purchase process required for recertification. Once they add recertification to their virtual cart at ACEfitness.org, the voucher will be detected and the item discount will be recognized. This transaction must be separate from the original qualifying purchase.
  • There is no limit to the number of recertification vouchers an ACE Certified Professional may receive.
  • Recertification vouchers must be must be used within 36 months of purchase date of qualifying materials.
  • Recertification vouchers awarded to ACE Certified Professionals who hold more than one certification will be automatically applied to the next on-time recertification processed, not necessarily the next certification up for renewal.
  • Recertification vouchers are only applicable for on-time recertifications, and may not be applied to late recertifications that incur additional fees.
  • Recertification vouchers are non-transferable and hold no cash value.
  • Recertification voucher promotions override all other discount programs and may not be used in conjunction with other discounts.
  • ACE Certified Professionals who utilize the payment plan option for materials may redeem their recertification voucher once all payments have been made.
  • Refunds on materials will not be granted to those who have redeemed their recertification voucher.
  • Those who receive refunds on materials are not eligible to redeem their recertification voucher.

Good for 6 months from the purchase date of your study program, our electronic exam vouchers allow you to easily register for an exam administered at a site near you without any additional cost. To redeem, you will simply follow the instructions in your My ACE Account that you create upon checkout. You will not receive a voucher in the mail or email. Exam vouchers are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Item Value: $400

In the event that you are unsuccessful in your first attempt at the ACE Personal Trainer exam, an exam retest voucher ensures you have another opportunity to pass the exam at no cost. You will still have access to your ACE Study Coaches and the ACE Resource Center as you prepare for your exam retest.

If your study program includes an exam retest voucher, it will automatically appear in your My ACE Account if you receive a failed exam score. Exam retest vouchers are non-refundable and non-transferable, and must be used within 60 days after a candidate’s initial failed exam date. Exam retest vouchers are only available to candidates who sit for and fail the exam on their first try, not to candidates who no-show for their first exam.

Item Value: $200

Designed to simulate the actual ACE Personal Trainer Certification exam, our practice tests include 60 multiple-choice questions, detailed score reports with immediate feedback on your performance, and explanations and references for each correct response. Successful performance on the practice test does not guarantee you will pass the actual exam, but it will help you identify areas to spend additional time reviewing.

Your study program includes two practice tests.

Unlimited Dynamic Practice Tests Item Value: $30 (each)

Receive personalized support from our friendly and knowledgeable ACE Study Coaches and access our robust Resource Center, which includes videos, blog posts, answers to common study questions and much more. Join our Study Center Facebook community, where we educate through live streaming videos and post answers to frequently asked questions. Our highly trained team will make sure you get the information and inspiration you need.

Hard copy and digital options available based on study program. See individual study program descriptions for details. Includes:

  • ACE Personal Trainer Manual (5th Edition): Rooted in the latest science, our manual marries the most recent peer-reviewed research with input from thousands of top personal trainers and health experts, and the natural evolution of our ACE Integrated Fitness Training® Model proven to help professionals deliver custom, individualized programs that work. Item Value: $90

  • ACE Personal Trainer Manual (5th Edition) Study Companion: Designed to be used alongside the manual. Item Value: $30

  • ACE Essentials of Exercise Science for Fitness Professionals: A core study material for the ACE Personal Trainer Exam, as well as a lifelong career resource, this text covers foundational knowledge of exercise science needed to develop and deliver safe, effective exercise programs. Item Value: $40

Study Manual 3-Piece Set

Includes:

  • ACE Personal Trainer Manual (5th Edition): Rooted in the latest science, our manual marries the most recent peer-reviewed research with input from thousands of top personal trainers and health experts, and the natural evolution of our ACE Integrated Fitness Training® Model proven to help professionals deliver custom, individualized programs that work. Item Value: $90

  • ACE Personal Trainer Manual (5th Edition) Study Companion: Designed to be used alongside the manual. Item Value: $30

  • ACE Essentials of Exercise Science for Fitness Professionals: A core study material for the ACE Personal Trainer Exam, as well as a lifelong career resource, this text covers foundational knowledge of exercise science needed to develop and deliver safe, effective exercise programs. Item Value: $40

Study Manual 3-Piece Set

Includes:

  • ACE Personal Trainer Manual (5th Edition): Rooted in the latest science, our manual marries the most recent peer-reviewed research with input from thousands of top personal trainers and health experts, and the natural evolution of our ACE Integrated Fitness Training® Model proven to help professionals deliver custom, individualized programs that work. Item Value: $90

  • ACE Personal Trainer Manual (5th Edition) Study Companion: Designed to be used alongside the manual. Item Value: $30

  • ACE Essentials of Exercise Science for Fitness Professionals: A core study material for the ACE Personal Trainer Exam, as well as a lifelong career resource, this text covers foundational knowledge of exercise science needed to develop and deliver safe, effective exercise programs. Item Value: $40

Study Manual 3-Piece Set

Enhance your study experience. Add the 3-piece digital set for $79 at checkout.

Includes:

  • ACE Personal Trainer Manual eBook: Electronic version of the ACE Personal Trainer Manual. Rooted in the latest science, our manual marries the most recent peer-reviewed research with input from thousands of top personal trainers and health experts, and the natural evolution of our ACE Integrated Fitness Training® Model proven to help professionals deliver custom, individualized programs that work. Item Value: $90

  • ACE Personal Trainer Manual Study Companion eBook: Electronic version of the ACE Personal Trainer Manual Study Companion eBook; printable. Designed to be used alongside the manual. Item Value: $30

  • ACE Essentials of Exercise Science for Fitness Professionals eBook: Electronic version of the ACE Essentials of Exercise Science for Fitness Professionals eBook. A core study material for the ACE Personal Trainer Exam, as well as a lifelong career resource, this text covers foundational knowledge of exercise science needed to develop and deliver safe and effective exercise programs. Item Value: $40

Study Manual 3-Piece Set

Enhance your study experience. Add the 3-piece hard copy set for $150 at checkout.

ACE Personal Trainer Manual eBook: Electronic version of the ACE Personal Trainer Manual. Rooted in the latest science, our manual marries the most recent peer-reviewed research with input from thousands of top personal trainers and health experts, and the natural evolution of our ACE Integrated Fitness Training® Model proven to help professionals deliver custom, individualized programs that work.

ACE Personal Trainer Manual Study Companion eBook: Electronic version of the ACE Personal Trainer Manual Study Companion eBook; printable. Designed to be used alongside the manual.

ACE Essentials of Exercise Science for Fitness Professionals eBook: Electronic version of the ACE Essentials of Exercise Science for Fitness Professionals eBook. A core study material for the ACE Personal Trainer Exam, as well as a lifelong career resource, this text covers foundational knowledge of exercise science needed to develop and deliver safe and effective exercise programs.

Study Manual 3-Piece Digital Set Item Value: $160

Prepare for the exam with confidence with the newly updated ACE Academy Elite, which provides a guided study experience that delivers a user-friendly approach to the core concepts of exercise science through instructional videos, a sequenced study blueprint, and additional articles and expert resources.
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Item Value: $609

Take your study experience to the next level and reinforce your learning through 24 unique scenarios designed to test your critical thinking skills and apply the key concepts of exercise science to real life situations with Applied Exercise Science Downloadable Activities.

Item Value: $80

Get ready for your certification exam—and your personal training career—with study tips, client assessment forms, tools and calculators, and much more.

Get the ultimate exam prep for your ACE Personal Trainer Certification Exam to boost your confidence at test time and help clients in the field later on. This online course valued at $40 reviews critical math skills and formulae used to determine body composition goals, target heart rate, energy expenditure, and food composition through nutrition label analysis. Master the math without a calculator!

Fitness Math Course Item Value: $40

Free shipping is included for all of your materials via FedEx Ground shipping. Please note this service is only available in the 50 U.S. states. Standard shipping charges will apply to residents of U.S. territories and countries outside of the United States.

free shipping Item Value: $30

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Boost your business with your free Find Your Trainer (FYT) profile. FYT is the largest marketplace in the U.S. connecting the right trainers with the right clients, and ACE is the preferred certification partner. That means the ACE brand is prominently featured on the FYT site and your profile photo will include a unique ACE badge. Maximize your exposure and streamline your business so you can focus on what’s important: your clients.

Earn income for displaying ACE banners and text links on your website, blog, newsletter or social media page. There is no cap on how much you can earn. The more people that purchase ACE products through your site, the more you earn. It really is that easy.

In this webinar led by Joanne Blackerby of Spirit Fitness Training in Austin, TX, you will learn critical strategies for approaching an initial client consultation in order to make it successful and effective. Please note: Although this webinar provides valuable information, the content is not required for passing the certification exam.

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In this webinar led by registered dietician Justin Robinson, you’ll learn why the old adage of “calories in, calories out” is outdated, and how weight management is actually related to three factors: intake, storage and output. Please note: Although this webinar provides valuable information, the content is not required for passing the certification exam.

Item Value: $20