About ACSM and Its Certifications

Male personal trainer with an ACSM CPT certification.
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) is a leader in clinical fitness certifications.
Established in the early 1950’s, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has members in a broad array of health care professions and science fields.

From distinguished leaders in the medical field to young fitness professionals just starting out, the ACSM community is dedicated to preventing, diagnosing and treating injuries related to exercise/sports and continually making progress in the field of exercise science.

With over 45,000 certified professionals and members worldwide, the ACSM is the biggest and most highly regarded organization in the areas of exercise science and sports medicine.

Studying elite athletes to individuals with health conditions or physical impairments, the ACSM is always researching or improving upon practices to help people lead longer and more fulfilling lives, with the ultimate goal of creating a more healthy society.

The American College of Sports Medicine offers 5 core certifications covering a vast array of health industry sectors, with three fitness and two clinical certifications.

Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)

For fitness trainers interested in training those who are healthy and without cardiopulmonary/metabolic health issues

Group Exercise Instructor (GEI)

Allows trainers to lead group or one-on-one exercise sessions with an emphasis on motivational and leadership techniques

Health Fitness Specialist (HFS)

A higher level personal trainer certification allowing fitness professionals to train people with stable medical conditions or at risk populations

Clinical Exercise Specialist (CES)

For health professionals specifically dealing with the cardiovascular, pulmonary or metabolic disease populations

Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist (RCEP)

For exercise physiologists specializing in helping patients prevent and recover from cardiopulmonary, metabolic and orthopedic conditions.

Infographic: ACSM Certification Requirements and Statistics

Infographic showing ACSM cert requirements and exam stats.