ACSM Certified Personal Trainer Course

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  • NCCA-accredited personal trainer certification
  • No time limit for studying
  • Online and physical study materials available
  • No guided course options
  • Extensively covers anatomy, physiology, and exercise science
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Pros & Cons

What we like ...
  • NCCA-accredited credential
  • Can buy study materials individually
  • Affordable exam fee and materials
  • Strong focus on lifestyle medicine
  • At-home remote proctored exam option
What needs improvement ...
  • CEU requirement is higher than average (about 15 hours per year)
  • No guided study options

Product Summary



Be at least 18 years old, hold a high school diploma or equivalent, and hold a current and valid CPR/AED certification

Course length

As long as you need (unless you buy an exam voucher, which expires at end of year)

Expected hours per week

As many as you need

Learning platform

Online and hard copy study materials

Exam format

Proctored, on a computer in a testing center or at-home with a live remote proctor

Recertification requirements

45 hours of CE every three years

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      The American College of Sport Medicine is a respected name in the fitness industry and offers an NCCA-accredited personal training course and exam, Study materials can be purchased individually, and you can take as long as you need to prepare for the exam. The ACSM CPT program is a good option for anyone who wants to work with clientele who have contraindications to exercise and those who want to advance their career into exercise physiology.