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ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist


Building Healthier Bodies Through Lifestyle Change

Do you believe in the therapeutic benefits of exercise? ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologists® (CEP) provide exercise-related consulting, and conduct assessments and individualized training to guide and strengthen the lifestyles of those with cardiovascular, pulmonary, and metabolic diseases and disorders.


Preparing for the ACSM CEP Exam

We want to make sure you are ready on exam day—which is why we offer a variety of study options designed to fit all schedules and all types of learning. Browse our study options below to see which one is most helpful for you!


Why Become an ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist®?

CSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologists® are healthcare professionals with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and practical experience who provide exercise-related consulting for research, public health, and other clinical and non-clinical services and programs. In addition to prescribing exercise and lifestyle management, ACSM CEPs are also qualified to manage cardiac and pulmonary risks, training, and rehabilitation.

While working primarily with individuals facing health challenges, ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologists® build better health outcomes through a combination of assessing risk, managed exercise implementation, and helping individuals attain positive health outcomes while recovering and rehabilitating from disease, injury, or other limiting factors. ACSM CEPs champion the gold standard by turning disadvantages into healthier results.

Ready to implement healthy best practices and improve cardiovascular fitness in a way that truly impacts lives? Establish your clinical credentials by becoming an ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist®.

(1.)Are You Qualified?

Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science, Exercise Physiology or Kinesiology (click here to see the details of an eligible program)

Practical Experience in a clinical exercise program (click here to see details).

Minimum of 400 Hours if a graduate of a CAAHEP Accredited program (through the CoAES)

Minimum of 500 Hours if a graduate of a non-CAAHEP Accredited program (through the CoAES)

Basic Life Support Provider or CPR for the Professional Rescuer certification (with hands-on practical skills component)


ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription

ACSM's Resource Manual for Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription

ACSM's Certification Review

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