ACSM Credentialing

ACSM Certified Personal Trainer

The ACSM Certified Personal Trainer™ (cPT) is a fitness professional involved in developing and implementing an individualized approach to exercise leadership in healthy populations and/or those individuals with medical clearance to exercise. Using a variety of teaching techniques, the cPT is proficient in leading and demonstrating safe and effective methods of exercise by applying the fundamental principles of exercise science. The cPT is familiar with forms of exercise used to improve, maintain, and/or optimize health-related components of physical fitness and performance. The cPT is proficient in writing appropriate exercise recommendations, leading and demonstrating safe and effective methods of exercise, and motivating individuals to begin and to continue with their healthy behaviors.

The written exam is delivered in a computer based testing format at a Pearson VUE authorized testing center. The exam contains approximately 125-150 multiple-choice questions based on KSAs (knowledge, skills, and abilities) distributed across the nine content areas.
Seminar Registration Application

Candidates' Recommended Titles

ACSM's Resources for the Personal Trainer


Optional Titles

ACSM's Health-Related Physical Fitness Assessment Manual