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“ACE Certifications are very popular but some people consider them to be light-weight. See what our readers are saying about the ACE certification.”
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ACE Personal Training Certifications

Note: A newer review of the ACE CPT certification can be found here.

ACE personal training certifications are one of the most highly recognized certifications in the fitness industry. Almost all health clubs recognize an ACE certification. And at $300 to $400, the ACE personal training certifications are a pretty good value.

You can compare ACE Certification against other Personal Trainer Certifications using our Certification comparison table.

ACE offers both a general personal training certification as well as specialty certifications including qualifications enabling you to cater to the special needs of:

  • Children

  • Senior Citizens

  • Injured or Disabled

You must pass one the general personal trainer exam before taking the specialized exams.


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Eligibility Requirements for ACE personal training certifications

You must be:

  • at least 18 years old

  • Have an adult CPR and AED certification

  • Additionally, ACE recommends that you have at least 100 hours of practical experience in the health and fitness industry but this requirement is not enforced.

  • And if you are going for an advanced certification, you need to hold the ACE personal trainer certification first.

Exam Pass Rate

The pass rate on the exam is around 65% according to ACE so make sure you put in your study hours. Remember to Take our Cert Exam Prep Course and review the ACE exam tips submitted by our readers before taking your exam.

What do you think about ACE certification?

Here's your chance to have your say about the ACE personal trainer certification. Ask a question, submit a comment, or even rant or rave about ACE.

ACE Certification Insider Tips

Getting feedback about ACE certification from people who have gone through the program is valuable. Click on each tip to read and rate the comments submitted by our readers.

ACE vs. ACSM and NSCA 
I am getting re-certified through a new organization, upon learning that my previous (expensive) cert. isn't valuable outside of my previously small city. …

I passed after only 16 days to study and no manual! 
Wow. What a whirlwind 2 weeks! I signed up for the ACE exam on the Saturday before Easter and just took it today. I did not have enough money to spare …

Ace Materials 3rd edition 
I have the 3rd edition text and study materials. They just came out with the 4th edition. I do not want to buy new materials. Does anyone know …

ACE Lifestyle & Weight Management Consultant Certification 
Has anyone received this certification in 2010? There was a new book released in 2009 and was wondering if there is new material on the test that requires …

ACSM study materials for ACE exam? 
I bought the ACSM study materials (Resources for the Personal Trainer, Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, and The Certification review) …

ACE Recertification Courses 
My daughter is an ACE certified personal trainer. She is coming up on her recertification. In addition, she is getting divorced and her husband has frozen …

ACE Certification Study Plans 
Hello everybody, I'm a 20 years old guy who lives in Switzerland. I study law and work as a fitness instructor (i have a swiss certificate). I want …

Which Ace Certification Version? 
Does it matter which ACE personal trainer program I purchase off their website? There is the standard, premium and the deluxe.

ACE Exam Experience and Tips 
So to give you a little background, I've been weight lifting/bodybuilding around 6 years now and just started personal training this year. I have my ACE …

ACE or ACSM Certification 
I am a Stay at Home Mom who wants to enter the Personal Training industry. I have been out of school for some time now. Which certification would you …

Getting ACE Certified 
I have always wanted to pursue a certification in Personal Training, however, due to other educational obligations, I've had to put that aside. I am now …

ACE EXAM easier than NSCA? 
I have been studying the NSCA-CPT exam preparation course, but I did not pass my NSCA-CPT test just by 3 questions, now i have to wait 90 days till i can …

ACE certification got me a job 
ACE personal training certifications require a good amount of energy but can be done while also working another job. It is fulfilling and a great way to …

CPR Training as a pre-requisite 
This question is not ACE-specific, but I believe applies to all Certs and if not, it should be... If you live in a state where anything associated with …

ACE is a good comprehensive program 
I earned a personal training certification from ACE. Definitely go with one of the major certification companies as they are the ones that are well-respected …

acsm vs ace and issa 
I am a stay home mom with a background as a clinical health care provider. I am looking to certify. ACSM seems the obvious choice because of my background. …

ACE certification and supplement selling? 
Hey guys... I love the idea of a supplement line to boost your income. However, I'm studying for my ACE exam and they always make mention that offering …

Recieving ACE cert. throught 
A buddy of mine got his ACE certification throught a web site called He was able to take the test on his own computer and not at a testing …

ace certifiction personal trainer Not rated yet
I ordered the premium package which included the ebooks and on line videos as well as quizzes. I prepared for the test with four months of study 5-6 hours …

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