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We're pleased to offer qualified instructors a FREE desk copy of our Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, Health Coach or Medical Exercise Specialist manual, and accompanying ACE university curriculum and instructor resources. Please review instructor requirements in detail prior to filling out the below form.

Review Requirements

Those that do not meet these minimum qualifications may still easily equip students with discount self-study ACE programs. Please contact National Accounts to intitate this process at (888) 825-3636 ext. 785 or email us at

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Will students sit for the ACE Certification Exam?*

Will students sit for the ACE certification exam at the end of the course?

I'd like a desk copy for the following certification(s)*

Course Description*

Description of course for which you are considering using these materials

Instructor Qualifications*

Other Comments

Approval of desk copy requests is based on the information provided and is at the discretion of the American Council on Exercise (ACE).

ACE Instructor Qualifications

ACE Instructor Qualifications

ACE offers free university curriculum and desk copies for instructors teaching courses to help students prepare to earn certifications as ACE Personal Trainers, ACE Group Fitness Instructors, ACE Health Coaches, and ACE Certified Medical Exercise Specialists. ACE also offers significant discounts to students on textbooks, study materials, and exam fees to help them earn certifications required for employment as exercise professionals and health coaches.

To receive free ACE university curricula, desk copies, and associated resources for instructors and students, instructors in the U.S.+ must meet the following criteria:

  1. Employment:
    • Current employment* with the institution, school, or facility where course(s) using ACE university curriculum will be held; AND
  2. Education/Qualification:
    • Hold a bachelor's degree or higher in exercise science or a health-related field; OR
    • Hold a bachelor's degree in another field (not exercise science or health-related) AND a current NCCA-accredited certification as a health coach or exercise professional (e.g., personal trainer, group fitness instructor, strength and conditioning specialist, clinical/medical exercise specialist) from ACE or another organization.**

* "Employment" includes paid and contracted positions, graduate teaching assistantships, and volunteer positions.

** If you believe that your education and experience is equivalent to, but does not specifically meet the requirements as written, please send documentation of your education and experience along with an explanation of how it meets the requirements to

+ Requirements for educators outside the U.S. to become approved to use ACE curricula can be found at: