Founded in 1985 to provide education and safety training to aerobics instructors, the American Council on Exercise (ACE) has since become one of the leading fitness organizations for personal trainer certifications. Getting an ACE certification, along with using helpful tools (such as custom personal training software), is a great way to kick your personal training career into high gear.
However, your ACE certification isn’t automatically good for life. You’ll need to recertify, and that means taking some continuing education classes. But how often do you need to recertify? And where can you find an ACE-approved CEU list for 2021? Keep reading to get all the latest info on your ACE recertification.
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How often do I need to recertify with ACE?
ACE-CPTs must recertify every two years. The recertification process requires that you have accumulated 2.0 continuing education credits or CECs. CECs are measured in “contact hours” — one hour of continuing education counts as 0.1 CECs. Therefore, you will need 20 hours of continuing education to earn the 2.0 CECs necessary for recertification.
Twenty hours may sound like a lot, but the good news is you have your entire two-year renewal cycle (the time period between your recertifications) to complete those 20 hours. That averages out to less than one hour every month.
Where can I find the ACE-approved CEC course list?
To verify that its CPTs are receiving high-quality continuing education, ACE requires all courses to be approved before being allowed to count towards the recertification education requirement. A complete list of ACE-approved courses is available on the organization’s website, and there are hundreds of approved courses to choose from. From general classes on stretching to specific topics like YogaFit for Diabetes Management, the ACE-approved course list provides CPTs with educational variety and an easy way to find CECs.
If you’re interested in a specific class that’s not on the ACE-approved course list, you can still petition ACE to allow those CECs to count towards your recertification. Be aware that ACE may deny your petition, so to save time and money, send in your petition well in advance of taking the class (or stick to the approved list).
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How can I save money on ACE CECs?
Depending on the types of classes you take, as well as the location (online, in-person, weekend retreat, etc.), the cost of obtaining your 2.0 CECs can add up fast. Here are some tips for saving a few bucks while getting your CECs:
- Join the ACE CEC Club, which offers unlimited CECs for a low monthly subscription.
- Keep your eye on the ACE-approved course list for featured classes that may be discounted or even free.
- If you’re already working towards a second ACE certification, you can earn CECs for passing your exam.
- If you volunteer in physical activity-based community outreach, you can apply to have your efforts count towards your CECs.
- Getting published in a fitness-related journal or book can also earn you CECs.
The Bottom Line: ACE-Approved CEC List 2021
With some planning and a little creativity, getting your ACE recertification doesn’t have to be a burden. Choose topics that will be both interesting and beneficial to your career, and those 20 hours will fly by.
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