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The following organizations are members of the United States Registry of Exercise Professionals®

The Cooper Institute (CI)


The 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)

ACE Fitness

Founded in 1985, the American Council on Exercise (ACE) is a nonprofit organization committed to America’s health and wellbeing. Over the past 25 years, we have become an established resource for both fitness professionals and consumers, providing comprehensive, unbiased, scientific research impacting the fitness industry and validating ourselves as the country’s trusted authority on fitness.

Today, ACE is the largest nonprofit fitness certification, education and training organization in the world with over 50,000 certified professionals who hold more than 55,000 ACE certifications. With a long heritage in certification, education, training and public outreach, we are among the most respected fitness organizations in the industry and a resource consumers have come to trust for health and fitness education.

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.


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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: