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    The core of your study program where you will receive step-by-step guidance from start to finish, moving from learning to applying. With an intuitive learning platform, compatible on any device, learning is at your fingertips. ACE U helps you plan, manage and track your course syllabus and offers engaging videos, ACE in Action demonstrations, helpful quizzes and learning activities, and your first practice test.

  • Exam Options
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    You have two options for your ACE Personal Trainer Exam:

    1. ACE Personal Training Certificate Exam (Non-proctored) – included with all study programs is a 100% online, open-book exam. This is a non-accredited certificate program.
    2. ACE Certified Personal Trainer Exam (NCCA-accredited) – choose from an in-person proctored exam at a location near you, or an online exam through a Live Remote Proctor.

    Learn more about Live Remote Proctor here.

    ACE Personal Training Certificate Exam (Non-proctored)
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    Included with all Study Programs, this exam assesses if you meet the level of competence necessary to earn an ACE Personal Training Certificate.

    Upon completion you will earn:

    • An ACE Personal Training Certificate
    • Digital credentials to display online
    • The designations of:
      • ACE Personal Trainer
      • ACE Pro
      • Access to exclusive ACE Pro Career Support
    • Access to exclusive ACE Pro Career Support
    • Exam details:

      • 100% online, open-book exam
      • 100 multiple choice questions
      • 3 hours to complete
      • Unlimited attempts to pass
      • Take whenever you're ready, no expiration date
      • Instant exam results and digital certificate delivery
      • Requires a score of 70% or greater to pass
    ACE Certified Personal Trainer Exam (NCCA-accredited)
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    Available for JUST $99.00 as an optional add-on with all Study Programs, this exam assesses if you meet the level of competence necessary to earn an NCCA-accredited ACE Personal Trainer Certification–the highest level of excellence.

    Upon completion you will earn:

    • An NCCA-accredited ACE Personal Trainer Certification
    • Digital credentials to display online
    • The designations of:
      • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
      • Access to exclusive ACE Pro Career Support
      • Profile information on the Find an ACE Pro web page directory
      • Recognition on the U.S. Registry of Exercise Professionals (USREPS.org)
    • Access to exclusive ACE Pro Career Support
    • Profile information on the Find an ACE Pro web page directory
    • Exam details:

      • In-person or online, live proctored exam
      • 150 multiple choice questions
      • 3 hours to complete
      • Retake available
      • Instant exam results and digital certificate delivery
      • Requires a score of 500 or greater to pass
  • Practice Tests (4)
    x

    Test your readiness to take the ACE Personal Trainer Exam. Number of tests vary based on your Study Program from one (1) to four (4). Each test is unique and can be taken as many times as you like.

  • ACE Personal Trainer Textbook
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    Rooted in the latest evidence-based research in exercise science and deep integration of behavior change, The Exercise Professional's Guide to Personal Training textbook is the main resource of your study program. This new, all-in-one textbook delivers essential knowledge, case studies and ACE methodologies in an easy to understand way so you can efficiently prepare for your exam and use it as a resource as you begin to work with clients and move through your career.

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    As a supplement to The Exercise Professional's Guide to Personal Training textbook, the Study Companion focuses on multiple levels of learning through a combination of questions and practical application activities. It will help you not only prepare for your exam with confidence, but also be a knowledgeable and effective personal trainer.

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    Enhance your learning and be confident in your readiness to take the ACE Certification Exam with on-demand study support from ACE Answers. Includes access to ACE Answers Basic and Plus, as well as:

    Facilitated Study Groups where you will stimulate critical thinking and gain a deeper understanding of the concepts vital to your exam and career through peer group discussions led by an ACE Study Coach.

    Live Q&A Webinars
    Facilitated Study Groups
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  • Exercise Science 101
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    This is a supplemental course designed to support your understanding of the anatomy and physiology concepts that serve as foundational knowledge for your career.

    The course is divided into convenient modules, so you can study more efficiently and effectively. It includes video lectures that will clarify more complex topics and learning activities that will help you practice these concepts in real time. A quiz is also included to help you test your knowledge.

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Basic

$850 $510

What's Included
  • ACE University
    x

    The core of your study program where you will receive step-by-step guidance from start to finish, moving from learning to applying. With an intuitive learning platform, compatible on any device, learning is at your fingertips. ACE U helps you plan, manage and track your course syllabus and offers engaging videos, ACE in Action demonstrations, helpful quizzes and learning activities, and your first practice test.

  • Exam Options
    x

    You have two options for your ACE Personal Trainer Exam:

    1. ACE Personal Training Certificate Exam (Non-proctored) – included with all study programs is a 100% online, open-book exam. This is a non-accredited certificate program.
    2. ACE Certified Personal Trainer Exam (NCCA-accredited) – choose from an in-person proctored exam at a location near you, or an online exam through a Live Remote Proctor.

    Learn more about Live Remote Proctor here.

    ACE Personal Training Certificate Exam (Non-proctored)
    x

    Included with all Study Programs, this exam assesses if you meet the level of competence necessary to earn an ACE Personal Training Certificate.

    Upon completion you will earn:

    • An ACE Personal Training Certificate
    • Digital credentials to display online
    • The designations of:
      • ACE Personal Trainer
      • ACE Pro
      • Access to exclusive ACE Pro Career Support
    • Access to exclusive ACE Pro Career Support
    • Exam details:

      • 100% online, open-book exam
      • 100 multiple choice questions
      • 3 hours to complete
      • Unlimited attempts to pass
      • Take whenever you're ready, no expiration date
      • Instant exam results and digital certificate delivery
      • Requires a score of 70% or greater to pass
    ACE Certified Personal Trainer Exam (NCCA-accredited)
    x

    Available for JUST $99.00 as an optional add-on with all Study Programs, this exam assesses if you meet the level of competence necessary to earn an NCCA-accredited ACE Personal Trainer Certification–the highest level of excellence.

    Upon completion you will earn:

    • An NCCA-accredited ACE Personal Trainer Certification
    • Digital credentials to display online
    • The designations of:
      • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
      • Access to exclusive ACE Pro Career Support
      • Profile information on the Find an ACE Pro web page directory
      • Recognition on the U.S. Registry of Exercise Professionals (USREPS.org)
    • Access to exclusive ACE Pro Career Support
    • Profile information on the Find an ACE Pro web page directory
    • Exam details:

      • In-person or online, live proctored exam
      • 150 multiple choice questions
      • 3 hours to complete
      • Retake available
      • Instant exam results and digital certificate delivery
      • Requires a score of 500 or greater to pass
  • Practice Tests (1)
    x

    Test your readiness to take the ACE Personal Trainer Exam. Number of tests vary based on your Study Program from one (1) to four (4). Each test is unique and can be taken as many times as you like.

  • ACE Personal Trainer Textbook
    x

    Rooted in the latest evidence-based research in exercise science and deep integration of behavior change, The Exercise Professional's Guide to Personal Training textbook is the main resource of your study program. This new, all-in-one textbook delivers essential knowledge, case studies and ACE methodologies in an easy to understand way so you can efficiently prepare for your exam and use it as a resource as you begin to work with clients and move through your career.

    Digital
  • ACE Personal Trainer Study Companion
    x

    As a supplement to The Exercise Professional's Guide to Personal Training textbook, the Study Companion focuses on multiple levels of learning through a combination of questions and practical application activities. It will help you not only prepare for your exam with confidence, but also be a knowledgeable and effective personal trainer.

    Digital
  • ACE Answers (Basic)
    x

    Enhance your learning and be confident in your readiness to take the ACE Certification Exam with on-demand study support from ACE Answers. ACE Answers Basic includes:

    • Answers to common study questions
    • Video demonstrations and lectures
    • Exam preparation articles
    • Facebook study groups
    • ACE Exercise Library
    • Tools & calculators
    • Career forms

*Digital eBooks compatible with desktops (Mac & PC), tablets and smartphones (iOS & Android) only. Cannot be printed.

What you'll learn

  • Evidence-based exercise science
  • Role and scope of practice
  • A client-centered approach
  • Assessments, programming and progressions
  • Designing programs with the ACE Integrated Fitness® Model
  • Facilitate behavior change with the ACE Mover Method
  • Modifications for clients with special considerations
  • Professional responsibilities and legal guidelines
  • And more!

What ACE Pros are saying...

"ACE has provided me with the opportunity to forge my own career path. It has led to the lifestyle of my dreams. Not only has it allowed me to help create life-changing results for my clients but also for myself, my family and my community."

-Allen Blunt, ACE Certified Personal Trainer

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"ACE has transformed my life. I have found something that is more than a job and am able to help people in ways I could have never imagined. I am extremely proud, successful and happy in what I do."

-Marisol Gramlich, ACE Certified Personal Trainer

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"ACE has been, and continues to be the best investment of my life. As a single mom with a full-time job, I was able to raise a family while pursuing my certification and am now able to live my passion for helping others."

-Catherine Morrison, ACE Certified Personal Trainer

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The core of your study program where you will receive step-by-step guidance from start to finish, moving from learning to applying. With an intuitive learning platform, compatible on any device, learning is at your fingertips. ACE U helps you plan, manage and track your course syllabus and offers engaging videos, ACE in Action demonstrations, helpful quizzes and learning activities, and your first practice test.

You have two options for your ACE Personal Trainer Exam:

  1. ACE Personal Training Certificate Exam (Non-proctored) – included with all study programs is a 100% online, open-book exam. This is a non-accredited certificate program.
  2. ACE Certified Personal Trainer Exam (NCCA-accredited) – choose from an in-person proctored exam at a location near you, or an online exam through a Live Remote Proctor.

Learn more about Live Remote Proctor here.

Included with all Study Programs, this exam assesses if you meet the level of competence necessary to earn an ACE Personal Training Certificate.

Upon completion you will earn:

  • An ACE Personal Training Certificate
  • Digital credentials to display online
  • The designations of:
    • ACE Personal Trainer
    • ACE Pro
  • Access to exclusive ACE Pro Career Support

Exam details:

  • 100% online, open-book exam
  • 100 multiple choice questions
  • 3 hours to complete
  • Unlimited attempts to pass
  • Take whenever you're ready, no expiration date
  • Instant exam results and digital certificate delivery
  • Requires a score of 70% or greater to pass

Available for JUST $99.00 as an optional add-on with all Study Programs, this exam assesses if you meet the level of competence necessary to earn an NCCA-accredited ACE Personal Trainer Certification–the highest level of excellence.

Upon completion you will earn:

  • An NCCA-accredited ACE Personal Trainer Certification
  • Digital credentials to display online
  • The designations of:
    • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
    • ACE Pro
  • Access to exclusive ACE Pro Career Support
  • Profile information on the Find an ACE Pro web page directory
  • Recognition on the U.S. Registry of Exercise Professionals (USREPS.org)

Exam details:

  • In-person or online, live proctored exam
  • 150 multiple choice questions
  • 3 hours to complete
  • Retake available
  • Instant exam results and digital certificate delivery
  • Requires a score of 500 or greater to pass

Test your readiness to take the ACE Personal Trainer Exam. Number of tests vary based on your Study Program from one (1) to four (4). Each test is unique and can be taken as many times as you like.

Rooted in the latest evidence-based research in exercise science and deep integration of behavior change, The Exercise Professional's Guide to Personal Training textbook is the main resource of your study program. This new, all-in-one textbook delivers essential knowledge, case studies and ACE methodologies in an easy to understand way so you can efficiently prepare for your exam and use it as a resource as you begin to work with clients and move through your career.

As a supplement to The Exercise Professional's Guide to Personal Training textbook, the Study Companion focuses on multiple levels of learning through a combination of questions and practical application activities. It will help you not only prepare for your exam with confidence, but also be a knowledgeable and effective personal trainer.

Enhance your learning and be confident in your readiness to take the ACE Certification Exam with on-demand study support from ACE Answers.

All Study Programs include access to:

  • Answers to common study questions
  • Video demonstrations and lectures
  • Exam preparation articles
  • Facebook study groups
  • ACE Exercise Library
  • Tools & calculators
  • Career forms

Additional ACE Answers study support is available based on the Study Program you choose. See description within the grid for details.

Enhance your learning and be confident in your readiness to take the ACE Certification Exam with on-demand study support from ACE Answers. Includes access to ACE Answers Basic and Plus, as well as:

Facilitated Study Groups where you will stimulate critical thinking and gain a deeper understanding of the concepts vital to your exam and career though peer group discussions, led by an ACE Study Coach.

Enhance your learning and be confident in your readiness to take the ACE Certification Exam with on-demand study support from ACE Answers. Includes access to ACE Answers Basic plus:

Live Q&A Webinars where you can get your questions answered on a variety of topics by an ACE Study Coach. Plus, listen and learn while fellow participants ask questions during these engaging webinars.

Enhance your learning and be confident in your readiness to take the ACE Certification Exam with on-demand study support from ACE Answers. ACE Answers Basic includes:

  • Answers to common study questions
  • Video demonstrations and lectures
  • Exam preparation articles
  • Facebook study groups
  • ACE Exercise Library
  • Tools & calculators
  • Career forms

Live Q&A Webinars are where you can get your questions answered on a variety of topics by an ACE Study Coach. Plus, listen and learn while fellow participants ask questions during these engaging webinars.

Facilitated Study Groups will stimulate critical thinking and provide a deeper understanding of the concepts vital to your exam and career through peer group discussions led by an ACE Study Coach.

Enjoy free shipping with the Plus and Advantage Study Programs (only available in the U.S.)

This is a supplemental course designed to support your understanding of the anatomy and physiology concepts that serve as foundational knowledge for your career.

The course is divided into convenient modules, so you can study more efficiently and effectively. It includes video lectures that will clarify more complex topics and learning activities that will help you practice these concepts in real time. A quiz is also included to help you test your knowledge.

A valuable supplement to your reading, you can learn by listening to your textbook anywhere and anytime.

Exam Prerequisites

You have two options for your ACE Personal Trainer Exam:

ACE Personal Training Certificate Exam (Non-proctored)

This is an open-book exam and a non-accredited certificate program. To be eligible, you must:

  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Hold a current CPR/AED Certification with a Live Skills Check

ACE Certified Personal Trainer Exam (NCCA-accredited)

This is an in-person or online, proctored exam and a NCCA-accredited Certification Program. To be eligible, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have completed high school diploma (or the equivalent).
  • Hold a current CPR/AED certification with a live skills check.
  • Present a current government-issued photo ID with signature (driver's license, passport, military ID).

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