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ACSM Certified Personal Trainers (ACSM-CPT) Practice Exam

ACSM Certified Personal Trainers® (ACSM-CPT®)

About ACSM Certified Personal Trainers (ACSM-CPT)

ACSM-CPT assesses behavior adaptation readiness and offers guidance in the development of realistic, client-centered goals related to health, fitness and wellness. ACSM-CPT works with individuals who have stable health challenges and are cleared to exercise independently.


Operations of ACSM-CPT

  • ACSM-CPT develops and administers programs designed to promote optimal cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition, as well as agility, balance, coordination, power, speed, and reaction time.
  • They also conduct basic pre-participation health screenings, lifestyle inventories, and fitness assessments for health and skillrelated components of fitness. 
  • ACSM-CPT facilitates client motivation and adherence and honors client confidentiality. 


Requirement for the exam

This is designed for candidates with a high school diploma or GED at minimum, works primarily with apparently healthy individuals to enhance fitness. Candidates should also have Adult CPR/AED Certification with practical hands-on skills component.


Course structure

1. Initial Client Consultation and Assessment

Provide documents and clear instructions to the client in preparation for the initial interview.

Interview the client to gather and provide pertinent information prior to fitness testing and program design.

Review and analyze client data to identify risk, formulate a plan of action, and conduct physical assessments.

Evaluate behavioral readiness and develop strategies to optimize exercise adherence.

Assess the components of health- and/or skill-related physical fitness to establish baseline values, set goals, and develop individualized programs.

Develop a plan and timeline for reassessing physical fitness, goals, and related behaviors.

2. Exercise Programming and Implementation

Review the client’s goals, medical history, and assessment results and determine exercise prescription.

Select exercise modalities to achieve the desired adaptations based on the client’s goals, medical history, and assessment results.

Determine initial Frequency, Intensity, Time, Type, Volume and Progression (i.e., FITT-VP Principle) of exercise based on the client’s goals, medical history, and assessment results.

Review the proposed program with the client, demonstrate exercises, and teach the client how to perform each exercise.

Monitor the client’s technique and response to exercise, providing modifications as necessary.

Recommend exercise progressions to improve or maintain the client’s fitness level.

Obtain client feedback to ensure exercise program satisfaction and adherence.

3. Exercise Leadership and Client Education

Optimize participant adherence by using effective communication, motivational techniques, and behavioral strategies.

Educate clients using scientifically sound resources.

4. Legal and Professional Responsibilities

Collaborate with health care professionals and organizations to create a network of providers who can assist in maximizing the benefits and minimizing the risk of an exercise program.

Develop a comprehensive risk management program (including an emergency action plan and injury prevention program) consistent with industry standards of care.

Adhere to ACSM Certification’s Code of Ethics by practicing in a professional manner within the scope of practice of an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer.

Follow industry-accepted professional, ethical, and business standards.

Respect copyright laws by obtaining permission before using protected materials and any form of applicable intellectual property.

Safeguard client confidentiality and privacy rights unless formally waived or in emergency situations.


Exam Pattern 

  • Exam Name: ACSM Certified Personal Trainers 
  • Exam Code: ACSM-CPT
  • Number of items: 150
  • Time Duration: 165 minutes
  • Exam Cost: ACSM Member Candidate: $279
  •                      ACSM Non-Member Candidate: $349

                     Re-Test: $175


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