Become a Certified Personal Trainer

Through the incorporation of a course that focuses on preparation for an ACE certification, Recreation and Sports Services provides everyone with the best opportunity for success as they prepare to begin their career in the fitness and wellness industry.

Registration Details for ACE Personal Training Preparation Course

Date: Jan. 30 - Apr. 17, 2018

Registration Opens: Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

Time: Tuesdays, 6:00 - 8:30 pm

Location: Building 72, Room 212

Instructor: Chris Byrne (

Description: Preparation course to get you ready to take the national ACE Personal Training certification. All materials are provided for the students on eLearning.


  • Non-students/Non-patrons - $199
  • Students - $125

ACE Certification Exam

Personal training is one of the fastest growing professions in the health and fitness industry. The American Council on Exercise’s (ACE) Personal Trainer Curriculum allows individuals to obtain a nationally recognized, NCCA-accredited fitness certification.

The ACE Personal Curriculum course provides the in-and-out of class lectures and study materials. The course is 13 weeks of 2.5 hour lectures, including practicals.

The University of West Florida is set up with ACE to host the computer based certification exam. Click the button to register online and sign up for the exam of your choice.

Register for Exam

ACE curriculum students must register a student account first in order to receive a discount. If you have any questions you may contact Chris Byrne at for more information.

Course Includes

  • E-Learning Online Course which will give you access to chapter quizzes and a practice exam.
  • A total of thirteen (13) 2.5 hour courses, including practicals.
  • Study Materials conveniently available for self-study including:
    • ACE Personal Training Textbook
    • Weekly checkout chapter lectures & chapter quizzes

Why ACE?

The American Council on Exercise's Personal Trainer Certification is designed for fitness trainers providing one-on-one or small-group fitness instruction.

The decision to pursue professional certification is an important step in being recognized as a competent practitioner in one's discipline. By becoming ACE® certified, you will be better equipped to empower, motivate, challenge, and retain your clients for the long term. In addition, ACE-certified personal trainers are in high demand, which is just one more reason for you to have a positive outlook regarding your future and the continued growth of your health and fitness career.

The ACE Personal Trainer Certification is continually evaluated and updated to ensure that it includes the most current research in exercise science and keeps today's fitness professionals ahead of the competition. Upon successful completion of the ACE Personal Trainer Certification Exam, you will have demonstrated your knowledge of risk factor screening, fitness assessment, nutrition, exercise science, exercise programming and appropriate progressions, instructional and spotting techniques, lifestyle modification, and professional scope of practice.