ACE Personal Trainer

This online instructor-led course provides you with the knowledge and understanding necessary to prepare for the American Council on Exercise (ACE) Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) certification exam and become an effective personal trainer.  

This course was designed under the guidance of outstanding faculty drawn from colleges/universities, the allied health/medical field, and the personal fitness training profession. Throughout the duration of the course, you will have access to...

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6 Months / 150 Course Hrs
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Course code: GES1024

What you will learn  

  • Comprehensive understanding of the ACE Integrated Fitness Training™ (ACE IFT™) Model
  • Discover how to facilitate rapport, adherence, self-efficacy, and behavior change in clients
  • Design programs that help clients to improve posture, movement, flexibility, balance, core function, cardiorespiratory fitness, and muscular endurance and strength
  • Functional Training: Assessments, Programming, and Progressions for Posture, Movement, Core, Balance, and Flexibility
  • Professional and Legal Responsibilities, Scope of Practice, and Business Strategies for Personal Trainers
  • Special Exercise Programming Topics: Mind-body Exercise, Special Populations, and Exercise Implications of Common Musculoskeletal Injuries

How you will benefit   

  • Prepare for the ACE-CPT certification exam 
  • Access to presentations and 185+ practice test questions 
  • Complete the course at your own pace and without specific assignment due dates 
  • Access to instructor for career guidance and mentorship 

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 150 course hours
  1. Human Anatomy, Exercise Physiology, Applied Kinesiology, and Nutrition 
  2. Principles of Adherence, Motivation, Behavior Change, and Health Psychology 
  3. Communication and Teaching Techniques 
  4. The ACE Integrated Fitness Training Model 
  5. Building Rapport 
  6. Health and Exercise History Information Assessment 
  7. Functional Training: Assessments, Programming, and Progressions for Posture, Movement, Core, Balance, and Flexibility 
  8. Physiological Assessments 
  9. Resistance Training: Programming and Progressions 
  10. Cardiorespiratory Training: Programming and Progressions 
  11. Professional and Legal Responsibilities, Scope of Practice, and Business Strategies for Personal Trainers 
  12. Special Exercise Programming Topics: Mind-body Exercise, Special Populations, and Exercise Implications of Common Musculoskeletal Injuries 
Ken Baldwin, M.ED., ACSM-H/FI has been involved in the fitness, wellness, and education profession for over 10 years. He is the senior editor, content expert, and lead author for ACSM's Resources for the Personal Trainer Textbook, Second Edition." He was chair of IDEA's National Personal Trainer Committee and chair of the Senior Fitness Subcommittee for the Massachusetts Governor's Committee on Physical Fitness and Sports. He serves on national committees for the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), AAHPERD, and the Medical Fitness Association. His background includes operating and managing a personal training company, consulting at corporations, and lecturing at international conferences, public events, national conventions.

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites to take this course. However, there are prerequisites to complete the ACE Personal Trainer Certification Exam.

Exam Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have completed high school (or the equivalent)
  • Hold a current CPR/AED certification with a live skills check
  • Present a current government-issued photo ID with signature (driver's license, passport, military ID)

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements:

This course can be taken on either a PC, Chromebook, or Mac device.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 10 or later operating systems.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Word Online
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment:

  • ACE Personal Trainer Manual/Essentials of Exercise Science for Fitness Bundle 

Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country’s regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.

Yes, you will be prepared for the American Council on Exercise (ACE) Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) Certification examination. Exam Eligibility Requirements:  

  • Must be at least 18 years old at time of registration
  • Must hold an adult CPR and AED certificate with live skills check. Online CPR/AED courses not accepted. *AED only required in USA and Canada
  • Must present a current government-issued photo ID with signature (driver's license, passport, military ID)
  • Must have completed high school (or the equivalent)
  • Must register at least 10 days prior to the exam date of your choice. Special accommodation exams require registration at least 15-30 days prior to the requested exam date.

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course whenever you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

After you register, you will receive 6 months to complete the course. The time allotted for completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours.

If you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee will be charged. If you are funded through a third-party organization, approval may also be required.

The course instructor will be available by email to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. Occasionally, your course may be supported by a team of industry experts. You will also be assigned a Student Advisor for academic support.

Upon successfully passing the final exam, you will be awarded a certificate of completion from the school or organization that you registered through.

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