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ACE Preparatory Course For Group Fitness Instructor



When choosing a career in the fitness industry, one of the most important decisions you will face is selecting which certification to pursue. Not all fitness certifications are the same. A quality fitness certification is one that enjoys widespread industry respect, is consistent with recognized certification standards and is legally defensible in a court of law.

Since its founding in 1985, ACE has certified more than 200,000 health and fitness professionals in the United States and 77 other counties. ACE certification exams are standardized, broad-based tests of the knowledge necessary to safely and effectively instruct.

ACE offers four fitness certifications:

  •    Personal Trainer Certification

  •    Advanced Health + Fitness Specialist Certification

  •    Group Fitness Instructor Certification

  •    Health Coach Certification

ACE-certified Professionals are the most sought after in the world and uphold the highest standards in the fitness industry. Certification with ACE confirms your commitment to an industry-recognized standard and demonstrates a proficient level of knowledge to your clients.

Certification Standards:

ACE certification exams and study materials have been developed by leading experts (researchers and practitioners) in the fitness field.

NCCA Accreditation:

2003 ACE was granted NCCA accreditation for all of its certification programs. NCCA is the accreditation body of the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA). The NCCA accreditation serves as a benchmark for how organizations should conduct certification programs. The NCCA accreditation clearly distinguishes the excellence and value of ACE certification among the more than 300 fitness certification programs available to the public and discriminates between qualified and unqualified fitness professionals.

The International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) and Medical Fitness Association (MFA) recommend that club owners and medical fitness facility operators only hire fitness professionals with certifications from agencies accredited through NCCA or an equivalent accrediting organization. By upholding this standard, your ACE certification will provide you a competitive advantage when being considered as a candidate for employment with a company or organization that belongs to IHRSA.


To renew and maintain your certification, you must earn 2.0 Continuing Education Credits (CECs) every two years through ACE-approved courses or professional activities.

How to Renew?

Earn 2.0 Continuing Education Credits (CECs)

Each ACE-approved CEC equals on academic hour. You should expect to spend 20 hours devoted to in-class time, plus additional study time, to earn 2.0 CECs. ACE offers numerous exciting courses that provide CECs, including distance learning course, practical and comprehensive training, exam prep and live classes taught nationwide by leading industry experts. After you are certified, you will have access to the ACE Pro Site, where you can review a complete list of approved CEC courses.

Group Fitness Instructor:

Group Fitness Instructors are in a perfect position to inspire and motivate others.

The ACE® Group Fitness Instructor Certification is designed for fitness professionals teaching any form of exercise in a group setting. Passing the ACE Group Fitness Instructor Certification Exam demonstrates to your class participants that you posses a foundation of knowledge and skills necessary to teach a safe and effective group fitness class, no matter what type of modality. You also bring your personal passion and zest for group exercise to everyone you help in their quest to reach their personal health &fitness goals.

ACE-certified Group Fitness Instructors are known to posses the highest standards of excellence in today’s vast spectrum of professionalism in this category. More is expected of today’s group fitness professional than ever before. As the fitness industry has evolved, traditional aerobics has expanded to include an array of diverse group fitness programs. Understanding effective communication, teaching techniques and motivational skills enables ACE group fitness instructors to successfully develop& implement safe & effective group exercise programs.

Group fitness instructors are in a perfect position to inspire and motivate others to change their health-and fitness-related behaviors through classes designed to bring a spirit of creativity & uniqueness to group fitness.

This fitness certification demonstrates your understanding of anatomy, kinesiology, exercise physiology and instructional techniques including class design, cueing, injury prevention and the accommodation of participants with certain health limitations

Am I Eligible?

The following eligibility requirements have been adopted for our Group Fitness Instructor certification exam:

You must be at least 18 years of age.

You must hold current adult CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) certification at the time of the exam. You may sit for the exam without proof of CPR; however, you will not receive your exam results until you provide current CPR certification information. Candidates registering for computer-based testing must have current CPR prior to registration.



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