What does struggling with overweight or obesity feel like? What thoughts occupy the minds of individuals trying to manage their weight? Each client is multi-dimensional, and it's important your approach to weight management is, too. As an ACE Weight Management Specialist, you will learn to coach with empathy and develop skills to support your clients' goals, leading them to meaningful change.Watch this video and see firsthand the emotional and physical challenges brought on by obesity.
The ACE Weight Management Specialist Program will best prepare you to connect with those in need, building strong relationships based on trust so you can effectively train, motivate and support your clients through unique and personal journeys.
Expand your expertise and become an expert in this high-demand area, guiding your clients to fight their critical health issues.
Two in three adults are affected by overweight or obesity.* Gain an understanding of the underlying causes and influences of obesity and learn how to lead and encourage those affected.
Get the attention of potential employers and attract a considerable client niche in critical need of losing weight, and maintaining optimal health.
Learn a client-centered approach to a complex issue, and gain an understanding of the physical, mental and emotional factors that affect a person's ability to lose or maintain weight loss. With the ACE Weight Management Specialist Program, you will learn:
The science behind obesity
Gain an understanding of the physiological impact that a high body mass index can have on the body's systems.
Recognizing weight bias
Discover why using "people first" language is especially important when working with clients affected by obesity.
Communicating with empathy
Learn the BRIDGE method to help facilitate a collaborative, empowering client-trainer relationship.
Behavior change coaching skills
Develop key strategies and hands-on, practical skills necessary to lead diverse clients and patients to sustainable, healthy change.
Application of nutritional guidelines
Learn meaningful behavior change techniques to help you support your clients in healthier food choices and how to immediately implement them into your practice.
Creating positive exercise experiences
Learn how to connect with and understand your clients to build an exercise experience they will look forward to, especially considering possible past negative associations with physical activity.
Strategies to prevent the onset of pediatric obesity
Learn how to inspire healthy behaviors early on, leading to healthier lives in adulthood.
Collaborating with medical professionals
Learn how to work with various medical and allied health sub-specialties to most effectively guide clients to sustainable weight management.
Preparing clients for bariatric surgery
Learn how to provide necessary support before their procedure and how to create life-long lasting behavior change after surgery, while they are navigating a myriad of unique post-surgical side effects.
While anyone may complete the Weight Management Specialist Program, only those who also hold a current NCCA-accredited certification or an equivalent professional credential will be recognized as an ACE Specialist.
For a list of accepted pre-requisite credentials, click here
You can start learning right away by moving through the 9 modules that make up the online program.
Upon completing each of the 9 modules, you must pass an online quiz with a score of 70% or higher.
The ACE Weight Management Specialist Program is designed for certified exercise professionals and health coaches, nurse practitioners, registered dietitians, medical assistants, community leaders and members of the allied health team.
As an ACE Specialist, you will be recognized as a knowledgeable expert, equipped to deliver specialized skills that address your clients' conditions, creating long-term solutions for healthy weight management. You will put yourself in high-demand of potential employers and increase your earnings by up to 20%**.
"As an ACE Weight Management Specialist, I am the go-to resource for my clients who want to make a life change and are done with the ‘quick fix' mentality. I find that the added credibility of ACE gives my clients the peace of mind that I know how to help them lose and maintain weight in a healthy way without yo-yo dieting."
- Niki C.,
ACE Weight Management Specialist,
ACE Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Certified Health Coach
The ACE Weight Management Specialist Program is approved for 2.5 CECs by ACE and the following continuing education hours by the organizations listed below:
There are no conflicts of interest for any individual in a position to control the content of this educational activity.
**A February 2016 study of 2,000 health and fitness professionals revealed a 20% salary increase for part-time professionals who have completed an ACE Specialist Program.