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ACE Exam & ACE Certification Info

Who is the ACE?

The ACE, or the American Council on Exercise, is a nonprofit organization that offers a variety of certification programs for fitness professionals. It is one of the most recognized organizations in the world for fitness certifications. Whether you want to become a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, or health coach, the ACE provides the necessary education and training.

Where do you take their certification exams?

ACE certification exams are typically conducted at computer-based testing centers around the world. You can take the exams at any Pearson VUE testing center. You can find the nearest testing center by visiting Pearson VUE's website and searching for ACE.

Steps to ACE Certification

Step 1: Eligibility and Application

Before applying, ensure you meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • You must hold a current CPR/AED certification with a live skills check.
  • You must have a high school diploma or GED.
Once you meet the eligibility criteria, visit the ACE website ( and complete the application process for the specific certification you are interested in.

Step 2: Scheduling the Exam

After your application is accepted, you receive an exam voucher. Visit Pearson VUE’s website (, create an account, and schedule your exam using the voucher. You can choose the date, time, and location that is most convenient for you.

Step 3: Taking the Exam

On the day of your exam, arrive at the testing center early with two forms of identification. The exam typically includes multiple-choice questions and may take a few hours to complete. After you finish the exam, you will receive your results immediately.

ACE - The American Council on Exercise Exams

ACE Certified Personal Trainer (ACECPT)

The ACE Certified Personal Trainer certification test is a comprehensive examination for fitness professionals seeking to enhance their knowledge and skills. The test, administered by the American Council on Exercise (ACE), covers various areas such as exercise science, nutrition, fitness assessment, exercise programming, and client interaction. Candidates must demonstrate proficiency in designing safe and effective fitness programs, offering guidance to clients, and promoting healthy lifestyles. Passing the exam signifies a high standard of professional competency, ethical practice, and commitment to continuing education in the fitness industry.

100 - Multiple Choice
Client Interviews and Assessments - 31%
Program Design and Implementation - 33%
Progression and Modifications - 19%
Professional Conduct, Safety, and Risk Management - 17%

90 Minutes
ACE Group Fitness Instructor (ACEGT)

The ACE Group Fitness Instructor certification test is a comprehensive exam that validates the candidate's knowledge and skills for leading group fitness classes. The test covers exercise science, class planning, teaching strategies, and safety procedures. It is designed to ensure instructors can effectively motivate and instruct diverse groups, create dynamic workout experiences, and maintain a safe exercise environment. Passing this test signifies that the instructor meets the high standards set by ACE, a respected organization in the fitness industry. The exam requires thorough preparation, including practical and theoretical knowledge in fitness.

100 - Multiple Choice
180 Minutes