ACSM Recertification


Your ACSM certification is valid for three years, after which you’ll need to recertify or retake and pass the certification exam.

Recertify by meeting the CEC/CME/CEU requirement, maintaining a current CPR certification and paying the required recertification fee.

Find step-by-step recertification instructions here.

Recertification Instructions

Ready to Recertify? 

Submit your CECs

Prefer to Retake the Exam? 



Requirements and Fees by Certification Type

You will need to earn between 15 and 60 CECs and to pay a fee ranging from $45 to $65, depending on your certification type. See the chart below.†

Certification Fees 2022

†Recertifications submitted after 11:59 p.m. ET Dec. 31 will incur a late fee of $75.

Continuing Education Credits (CECs)

Tracking Your CECs

Log your CECs using the “My CEC History/Certification” tab in your ACSM profile. You can also download a hard copy of the certification renewal form to mail or fax.

Earning CECs

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Use ACSM's ceOnline

Earn CECs by taking practical and informative online courses.


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Attend the ACSM Summit

ACSM holds a CEC-conferring fitness summit each spring featuring hands-on workshops, workouts and lectures.


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Attend a Regional Chapter Meeting

ACSM’s 12 regional chapters each hold an annual meeting where you can pick up CECs. Find your chapter!


CEC Credit for ACSM Committee Work Policy 

ACSM Certified Professionals may now earn up to 8 CECs per year (total of 24 CEC  for the 3-year recertification cycle) by volunteering and contributing to an ACSM Committee and/or working group. 

Learn More

For questions about ACSM's Recertification processes and procedures, consult the ACSM Certification Guidebook.

Download the Guidebook

Renewing Multiple Credentials

If you hold more than one ACSM credential, you can renew all of them at once. You will need to pay the highest recertification fee in full, but then only $10 for each additional certification.

Random CEC Auditing Process

When renewing your certification, you are only required to pay the renewal fee and acknowledge that you’ve completed the required CEC credits and hold a current CPR certification. However, you must retain for one year documented proof that you’ve completed your CECs (e.g., certificates, letters of attendance with CEC verification, transcripts, a copy of the first page of an article showing the author, title and publication name).

ACSM audits a percentage of randomly selected recertification/renewal forms each year. If audited, you will need to provide documentation of your CECs to the ACSM National Office within 30 days. If you are unable to do so, your certification will be considered “inactive” and you will have one year to complete the recertification process by providing the documentation or by obtaining new CECs.

The CCRB Continuing Professional Education Subcommittee reviews the validity of all audit paperwork. If your paperwork is complete and you’ve earned the appropriate number of CECs, you will be notified that your credential is valid until your next recertification due date. If after you submit your documentation the subcommittee determines that some of your CECs are not applicable, you will be given an appropriate amount of time to earn additional replacement CECs.

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