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ACSM Exam & ACSM Certification Info

Who is the ACSM?

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) is a renowned organization offering certifications in the field of sports medicine and exercise science. ACSM’s certifications open up many career paths for fitness professionals. They are also recognized and valued by employers around the world.

Steps to take their certification exams

Step 1: Eligibility and Application

Before applying for an ACSM certification, you must meet certain eligibility requirements. These vary between certifications but generally include a minimum age, a high school diploma or equivalent, and CPR/AED certification. Some certifications also require a college degree in a related field or equivalent work experience. Once you've confirmed your eligibility, you can apply for the certification by filling out the application form available on the ACSM's website.

Step 2: Scheduling the Exam

After your application is approved, you will receive an email from ACSM's testing partner, Pearson VUE, with instructions on how to schedule your exam. You can choose the date, time, and location that's most convenient for you. Pearson VUE has testing centers in many major cities worldwide. It's important to schedule your exam as soon as possible to secure your preferred date and time.

Step 3: Taking the Exam

On the day of the exam, arrive at the testing center early, bringing the required identification. The exam will be delivered via a computer at the testing center. The length of the exam and the number of questions vary depending on the certification you're pursuing. After you complete the exam, you'll receive your results immediately.

Location Information

ACSM exams are administered at Pearson VUE testing centers, which are located in many cities worldwide. You can find the nearest testing center using the locator tool on the Pearson VUE website.


For more information about ACSM certifications, eligibility requirements, and exam preparation, visit the ACSM website at

ACSM - American College of Sports Medicine Exams

ACSM Certified Group Exercise Instructors (ACSM-GEI)

The ACSM Certified Group Exercise Instructors certification test is a comprehensive assessment designed to evaluate a candidate's knowledge and skills in leading group exercise programs. It covers areas such as exercise science, basic nutrition, class design, class instruction and safety regulations. Candidates must demonstrate their understanding of group dynamics, exercise modalities, and the ability to create inclusive, motivating, and safe group fitness environments. It's a globally recognized certification, ensuring the instructor is competent in delivering effective group exercise instruction. Prior to the exam, candidates must have a high school diploma or equivalent and be at least 18 years old.

100 - Multiple Choice
Participant and Program Assessment - 10%
Class Design - 25%
Leadership and Instruction - 55%
Legal and Professional Responsibilities - 10%

90 Minutes
ACSM Certified Personal Trainer (ACSM-CPT)

The ACSM Certified Personal Trainer certification test is a comprehensive examination conducted by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). It assesses candidates on their knowledge and skills in fitness assessment, exercise prescription, and motivational techniques. The test includes multiple-choice questions covering topics like human anatomy, kinesiology, nutrition, and professional conduct. Passing this test signifies the candidate's ability to design safe and effective fitness programs, helping clients achieve their health and fitness goals. It's globally recognized, qualifying trainers to work in a variety of settings such as gyms, wellness centers, or private businesses.

100 - Multiple Choice
Initial Client Consultation and Assessment - 26%
Exercise Programming and Implementation - 27%
Exercise Leadership and Client Education - 27%
Legal, Professional, Business and Marketing - 20%

90 Minutes