The following organizations are members of the United States Registry of Exercise Professionals®
The Cooper Institute (CI)
Cooper Institute (CI) is a nonprofit research and education organization dedicated globally to preventive medicine. CI performs scientific research in the field of preventive medicine and public health and communicates the results of research to the scientific and medical communities, as well as to the general public.
The Cooper Institute’s work is diverse and focuses on advancing preventive health practices for children and adults. Our scientific and education assets serve as the foundation for all we do as we seek to
Investigate, Inform, and Inspire.
CI maintains the world’s largest database with an objective measure of fitness. Research using these data has affected much of our country’s public health policy.
Courses and certifications are provided to health, fitness, business, science, school, public safety, and military leaders. Through CI’s school-based programs, we assess health-related fitness and provide individual prescriptive reports to students and parents, along with education tools to promote lifelong health and fitness.
Every week CI staff provides the latest advice and tips on fitness and weight management through social media, blogs, apps, downloadable tools, and calculators.
CI is leading the world to ideal health now and well into the future.
American Council on Exercise (ACE)
As a leading nonprofit exercise professional and health coach certification organization, the
American Council on Exercise (ACE) has a goal to set the highest industry standards, elevate the careers of professionals and help people worldwide make movement their mission. Our commitment to create global impact inspires us to facilitate partnerships with policymakers, fitness industry leaders, community organizations and the Healthcare Industry. We are determined to expand the healthcare continuum and integrate ACE Professionals, so activity is prescribed to prevent inactivity-related diseases. By offering NCCA-accredited certifications, continuing education, and access to science-based health and fitness information, we are investing in our mission to get people moving—so everybody has the resources they need to lead active, healthy lives.
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has more than 50,000 international, national and regional members and certified professionals. ACSM promotes and integrates scientific research, education, and practical applications of sports medicine and exercise science to maintain and enhance physical performance, fitness, health, and quality of life. Members of ACSM work in a wide range of medical specialties, allied health professions, and scientific disciplines, and are committed to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of sports-related injuries and the advancement of the science of exercise.
National Council on Strength & Fitness (NCSF)
The National Council on Strength & Fitness is a member-driven, professional organization that functions as a credentialing body and advocate for exercise professionals. The NCSF works collaboratively with other health organizations, colleges and universities, as well as government municipalities to promote health, exercise, and physical activity. The organization offers tools, resources, and guidance for exercise professionals to ensure they provide the public with diverse, yet safe and effective means of engaging in physical activity and structured exercise. The NCSF Board for Certification is comprised of elected directors who oversee the comprehensive administration of the NCCA accredited certification program, and whose mission is to ensure the quality and competency of NCSF certified professionals for consumer protection.
National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is a nonprofit charitable and educational organization founded in 1978 and widely regarded as the industry authority on strength and conditioning. NSCA’s mission is to support and disseminate research-based knowledge and its practical application to improve athletic performance and fitness. To support its mission, NSCA has offered certifications for exercise professionals since 1985, including Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) and NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer® (NSCA-CPT®). NSCA also publishes two of the world’s premier journals in strength and conditioning:
Strength and Conditioning Journal (SCJ) and
Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research (JSCR). These and other NSCA publications bridge the gap between what is being learned in the sport science research laboratories and what is being practiced by exercise professionals. Today, NSCA has a membership of more than 26,000 exercise professionals and more than 40,000 individuals actively certified through one of four certification programs.
Pilates Method Alliance (PMA)
The PMA Pilates Certification Program was created bythe
Pilates Method Alliance (PMA), the world's largest, not-for-profit professional association for Pilates professionals.
The PMA Pilates Certification Program is the only third-party certification program for the Pilates Method. Launched in 2005, the program was created to demonstrate that a PMA Certified Pilates Teacher meets an established standard of competence and safety for comprehensive Pilates instruction. In 2012 the PMA Pilates Certification Program achieved accreditation from the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), becoming the only NCCA accredited credential for Pilates teachers.
As the Pilates Method is recognized internationally, the Certified Pilates Teacher (PMA-CPT) credential is highly respected throughout the world.
Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches (CSCCa)
The Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches association (CSCCa) was founded in 2000 as a non-profit, professional, educational organization for strength and conditioning coaches of collegiate athletic teams. In 2006 membership in the CSCCa was expanded to include strength and conditioning coaches of professional athletic teams. The mission of the CSCCa is stated below:
"As an organization of distinction, consisting of the world's leading strength & conditioning professionals, we promote education, unity, and respect for all strength and conditioning coaches of collegiate and professional athletic programs by establishing standards of excellence for coaches that teach athletes how to maximize athletic performance through safe and effective exercise prescription and by certifying coaches that meet those standards."
The CSCCa and the SCCC was created by and is designed solely and specifically for strength and conditioning coaches of collegiate and professional athletic teams.
Academy of Applied Personal Training Education (AAPTE)
Founded in 1996, the
Academy of Applied Personal Training Education (AAPTE) is an education, certification and continuing education organization. The AAPTE provides comprehensive, diversified science-based courses of study for aspiring as well as accomplished health and fitness professionals.
Since its inception, AAPTE has worked collaboratively, forming strong relationships with allied health professionals, educational institutions and advocacy groups to promote and ensure the highest standards of efficacy and credibility are maintained within the health and fitness profession.
AAPTE is committed to providing education, support and resources to health and fitness professionals. The goal is to ensure a level of professional competency and skill, that will benefit the consumer and allow for the achievement of health, fitness, and wellness through the implementation of safe, effective and efficient exercise biomechanics, health assessments, exercise prescription, nutritional and mind-body practices.
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Newly certified exercise professionals are added to the Registry once vetted through the member organization. The Registry represents qualified professionals from member organizations only and therefore should not be considered a comprehensive resource to identify all exercise professionals with NCCA-accredited certifications. For a comprehensive list of NCCA-accredited exercise certification programs please visit: