Approved by ACE

Human Anatomy

  • Skeletal
  • Muscular
    - Structure
    - Physiology
  • Cardiovascular
    - Structure
    - Phsyiology


  • Carbohydrates
  • Fats
  • Proteins
  • Micronutrients and Water
  • Bioenergetics

Communication and Teaching Techniques

Psychological Principles

  • Adherence
  • Motivation
  • Basics of Behavior Change
  • Health Behavior Models

Building Rapport and Information Assessment

  • Client Goals and Objectives
  • Questionnaires
  • Medical Clearance
  • Contraindications to Exercise
  • Building Rapport

Professional and Legal Responsibilities

  • Scope of Practice
  • Business Strategies for Personal Trainers
    - Corporate Entities
    - Profit and Loss
    - Litigation
    - Scope of Practice
    - Marketing

Special Exercise Programming Topics

  • Mind-Body Exercise
  • Special Populations
  • Exercise Implications of Common Musculoskeletal Injuries

The ACE Integrated Fitness Training Model

  • Assessments
    - Body Composition
    - Agility Testing
    - Strength Testing
    - Muscular Endurance Testing
    - Range of Motion Testing/Postural Assessment
  • Functional Training
    - Posture
    - Movement
    - Core
    - Balance
    - Flexibility
  • Resistance Training
    - Programming
    - Progressions
  • Cardio-respiratory Training
    - Programming
    - Progressions

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Entry Prerequisites

In addition to the entry requirements listed on our admissions page, to enter this course you must complete the following:

  • a school visit
  • signed Exam Prep Course disclaimer

Primary Textbooks

  • ACE Personal Trainer Manual by the American Council on Exercise, Current Edition.
  • ACE Essentials of Exercise Science for Fitness Professionals by the American Council on Exercise, Current Edition.