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ACE Fitness Certifications

ACE Fitness Certifications

At ACE, our mission is simple. Every day, we work to empower people to live their most fit lives. We do that by creating an army of highly qualified Personal Trainers, Group Fitness Instructors, Health Coaches, and Advanced Health and Fitness Specialists. And we do that through unbiased, science-based fitness information we provide to the public. Unlike other certification providers, we don’t exist for publicity or profit. We exist to carry out our mission, which includes connecting you directly with clients that come to us for advice. Our integrity shows in the four core certifications we have accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and in the specialty certifications we offer to help professionals stand out in their markets. Aside from being part of the largest nonprofit fitness certification organization in the world, earning an ACE certification will make you a part of one of the most respected names in the industry.


Whether you are a health and fitness professional who wants to focus your practice or a health care professional who wants to complement your on-the-job expertise, earning an ACE Specialty Certification can help you better serve specific populations. You can also stand out among your peers by becoming a specialist in fitness nutrition, orthopedic exercise, weight management or another area. Although anyone may complete the courses for a Specialty Certification, ACE will not recognize you as a Specialist unless you hold one of the NCCA-accredited certifications or equivalent professional credentials listed here. You may also explore a list of our other FAQs.


As a Behavior Change Specialist, you’ll possess the practical, hands-on skills to develop client-coach relationships and guide people to achieve individual goals. Learn to deliver interventions rooted in the science of positive psychology and emotional intelligence, and tailored to an individual’s readiness to change.


Becoming a Fitness Nutrition Specialist will help you develop expertise in all areas of nutrition education and promotion that are within the scope of practice for health and fitness professionals.


Becoming a Weight Management Specialist will help you more effectively work with clients or patients who want to improve their overall health, boost energy levels and achieve long-term weight loss success.


As a Youth Fitness Specialist, you will learn to develop age-appropriate exercise programs that engage youth at home, school and on the field, and instill in them the value of physical activity.


As a Sports Conditioning Specialist, you’ll have the tools to design workouts for one-on-one or group training that helps athletes improve their balance, strength, agility and speed.