How Do I Renew My ACE Certification?

How Do I Renew My ACE Certification

Your ACE personal trainer certification has enabled you to pursue and obtain your dream job. You’ve been crushing it in the fitness community. But your certification is approaching expiration, which has you wondering, “How do I renew my ACE certification?” We’ve done the research so you don’t have to.


Frequently Asked Questions About ACE Renewal

Before we move on to the steps you’ll need to take to renew your ACE certification, we’ll answer some of your burning questions:


When Do I Have to Renew My ACE Certification?

The renewal of your ACE certification is every two years. It is always recommended to renew your certification before its expiration date to avoid additional charges that could be incurred. Even if your certification expired, rest assured that there is still an opportunity to renew it. This time frame offers flexibility, allowing you to manage your renewal in alignment with your professional commitments and personal schedule.


Do I Have to Retake the Exam to Renew My ACE Certification?

The renewal process for your ACE certification doesn’t necessitate retaking the original exam. Instead, you are required to earn 2.0 continuing education credits (CECs) through online courses. This means you still need to commit to professional growth and learning. These online CEC courses can range in credit points, from as low as 0.1 to as high as 1.5. This ongoing further education factor ensures that ACE professionals remain up to date with their fitness knowledge – a critical element in maintaining high industry standards.


My CPR/AED Certification Expired. Do I Have to Renew It Before Renewing My ACE Certification?

In order to gain and maintain an ACE certification, you must also be certified in CPR/AED. This requirement is crucial at the initial stage of becoming a personal trainer, and remains just as essential during the renewal of your certification. If your CPR/AED certification has lapsed, you’re obligated to renew that first before you can go ahead with the renewal of your ACE certification. This procedure being mandatory not only improves a trainer’s competence but also serves as a safety measure, ensuring clients are in capable hands, should an emergency arise. It’s important to remember that being well-equipped with the latest life-saving techniques as an ACE professional is as significant as physical fitness competence itself.

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How Much Does It Cost to Renew My ACE Certification?

It pays to renew your certification on time or early. While it is possible to renew your certification late, you’ll incur an additional charge. To renew one certification, the on-time charge is $129. If you have multiple certifications through ACE, don’t panic yet — they give you a discount depending on how many certifications you hold with them. For renewing two certifications, it’s $69 each; to renew three, it’s $59 each; to renew four, it’s $49 each.

If you’re three to five months late renewing, you’ll be charged for $169 per certification. If you’re six month late or more, it’s $199 each.


Steps to Renew Your ACE Certification

All that being said though, it’s actually pretty easy to renew your ACE certification — considerably easier than getting it in the first place. You don’t have to retake the exam or pay for expensive study materials. Here are the four easy steps to take to renew your certification.


Step 1: Sign in to Your My ACE Account

Easy peasy. Start by signing in to your My ACE Account to gain access to your renewal requirements. You’ll be able to browse continuing education courses through this portal. If you can’t remember your login information, there are links on the sign in page that can help you. Click “forgot email address” if you don’t even know where to start with your login. If you know your email, but none of your usual password variations are working, click “forgot password.” You’ll be back in your account in no time.


Step 2: Renew Your CPR Certification If It Has Expired

If your CPR certification has expired, then you’ll have to renew it before you can renew your ACE certification. The process for renewing your CPR certification will depend on where you were certified, but if you got it through Red Cross, you’ll need to find a class near you. You can complete the renewal course online but only partially; even if you’re supplementing your renewal course digitally, you’ll still have to go to an in-person class on occasion.


Step 3: Earn 2.0 Continuing Education Credits

Instead of taking an exam, this time you’ll just take some online courses to ensure your knowledge of fitness, nutrition, and any other relevant subject matter stays fresh. You’ll have to pay a fee to take each course. Some courses are fairly cheap (starting at $19.95), but they won’t earn you very many credits. Remember, you have to earn 2.0 credits in order to be eligible to renew your certification.


Topics you can study:

  • Active Aging
  • Behavior Change
  • Business
  • Cardiovascular Training
  • Corrective Exercise
  • Disease Considerations
  • Exercise Science
  • Group Fitness
  • Lifestyle Medicine
  • Weight Management
  • Nutrition
  • Program Design
  • Strength Training
  • Women’s Health
  • Youth


Step 4: Complete RECERTIFY NOW Online Form

Once you’ve completed your continuing education courses and accrued 2.0 credits, you’re basically in the clear. All that’s left to do is complete the RECERTIFY NOW online form, which is when you’ll pay the renewal fee(s).


Importance of ACE Certification Renewal

ACE Certification renewal is a critical component of maintaining credibility and ensuring ongoing competence for fitness professionals. It is essential to stay up-to-date with the latest industry standards, research, and best practices to provide safe and effective training to clients.

Renewal of ACE Certification signifies a commitment to professional growth and development. It validates that fitness professionals are staying current with their knowledge and skills, enabling them to adapt to evolving client needs and emerging trends in the fitness industry.

Through renewal, ACE Certified professionals gain access to continuing education resources, workshops, and seminars that further enhance their expertise. These opportunities allow them to expand their knowledge base, refine their coaching techniques, and stay informed about new scientific advancements in exercise science.

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Congrats on Your ACE Certification Renewal! Now What?

Renewing your certification is a great opportunity for you to reflect on your career. Don’t think of this process as just returning to baseline. This is your chance to scan your skills and certifications and see if you can grow your credentials. How else can you set yourself apart as a personal trainer? What can you do to help even more people become the healthiest version of themselves?


Courses you can take through Strong Education


  • Level 1 Special Needs Personal Trainer Certification: This course helps you learn the underlying causes of emotional meltdowns in your clients. Understanding the causes can help you devise a workout program that can quell your clients’ anxiety, making meltdowns less likely.
  • Level 2 Special Needs Personal Trainer Certification: Exercise is a major component in neuroplasticity. When you help people with special needs attain their fitness goals, you’re also helping them grow and improve cognitive function.
  • Special Needs Group Fitness Instructor Certification: If you want to be able to help more than one special needs client at a time, then get certified in as a group fitness instructor. We’ll cover different workouts that would be beneficial to this new clientele.


Strong Education teaches personal trainers and service providers on how to adapt fitness and nutrition for children, adolescents, and adults with autism, Down Syndrome, and other disabilities through our online adaptive special needs certification course.

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