NASM Continuing Education Credit (CEU) Options in 2020

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    Are you looking for some continuing education credits? Look no further; you have found the best article that will break down all of your options.

    You will see the cheapest options as well as the most beneficial options as well. A similar article you might find helpful are the best corrective exercise certifications, the top strength and conditioning certifications or fantastic fitness nutrition certifications. All of these certifications are excellent choices for continuing education!

    One of the best continuing education options is to get a second certification. Take the quiz to see which certification would be a good fit for you. The menu at the top of this page will answer any question related to personal training that you have. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to leave me a comment here (I’ll respond within 24 hours). Also, visit the home page for the most recent and popular articles.

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      In this article you’ll learn all that you need to know about obtaining NASM continuing education credits for the popular personal trainer certification from NASM.

      Although they are not the cheapest options, getting additional certifications such as ACE, or NASMs CES certifications are the most valuable regarding making you a better trainer.

      NASM Continuing Education Credit Options

      It is very similar to my article on ACE continuing education credits. A lot of the material is also the same as my article on the cheapest CEU’s for personal trainers. Depending on who your certifying agency is, they might call continuing education credits either CEU’s or CEC’s.

      Both of these are the same thing, and most certifying agencies require approximately 2.0 or 20 hours of continuing education credits every two years to get approved for recertification with that organization.

      In this article, I will go over the three primary ways you can obtain continuing education credits, what the most beneficial ones are, and which ones are the cheapest. Let’s jump right in so you can learn all about it!

      Obtaining an advanced/specialized certification is my preferred method

      This is my preferred method of getting continuing education credits for any certifying agency because it adds the most value to your profession and allows you to work with a wider variety of individuals.

      The knowledge that you gained from an advanced certification or an additional general certification is much more than you will learn from a $100 or $200 course online.

      One of the best parts about having advanced certifications is adding them to your kick-ass resume in case you need to apply for another personal training job. You’ll have much more knowledge to work with special populations.

      For example, if you work with a lot of elderly individuals that have muscular imbalances you should have a certification that specializes in muscular imbalances such as the NASM CES (link to site).

      On the other hand, if you like to work with athletes that are trying to reach their peak performance in a particular sport, a good option would be NASM’s PES (link to site) certification or the CSCS by NSCA.

      Some other advanced certifications that I recommend are ACE’s group instructor (link to site) or their health coach certification (link to the site or my article on how to become a health coach). Another option is to get an additional general certification.

      For example, if you are already certified through ISSA or the NSCA, you might want to consider getting another general certification from NASM or ACE. Not all general certifications are the same.

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      If you want to learn about the differences between my favorite general certifications, check out my article here.

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      Obtaining a course online is a popular option for NASM Continuing Education

      Besides getting continuing education credits from another certifying agency, there are also plenty of online companies that offer courses for a very fair price.

      Out of all the places that sell online courses, the best place that I have found is a website called I have purchased two separate courses from them in the past to fill 1.9 out of my 2.0 required continuing education credits.

      1.9 is the most of that you can get from any course because the last .1 always has to be proof of your current CPR/AED certification. Both of the courses that I purchased were between $70 and $80.

      For the money, they sent me a physical textbook on the subject, and once I was done studying, all I had to do was log onto their website and take a test on the book. Both books were approximately 200 pages long, and I had three months to take the exam from the date that I purchased it.

      Other websites also have online course options. For example, the largest certifying agencies also offer courses alongside their advanced or general certifications.

      Going to a live workshop, conference or local seminar is excellent for practical experience

      If you live in or near a large city you can probably find a regional workshop or seminar that you can attend for continuing education credits. Most of these live events cost approximately $100-$200 and will fulfill most, if not all of your continuing education needs.

      If you do not live close to a large city, you might not be in luck. The best way to find out is to Google “local fitness seminars near me,” and that should return a good amount of results. I wish I had a good website that had a schedule of all the conferences or seminars for continuing education credits, but there are none that I know of.

      This is a great way to get practical and possibly hands-on experience while getting continuing education credits at the same time.

      Conclusion on NASM continuing education credits

      I hope you all enjoyed my post on NASM CEUs. These are the best ways that I have obtained continuing education credits not only for NASM but other certifying agencies as well.

      By far the cheapest option is for you to purchase an online course at Although that is not my preferred method is easy on the bank account. Once again my preferred method is to get another general certification (such as the general ACE certification here!) from a separate certifying agency or to get an advanced or specialized certification such as the PES or CES.

      You gain a lot more value to your clients choosing this method and can become a more successful trainer that makes more money. My last option is also great for hands-on experience but is mostly only available in large cities.

      Let me know what you guys think about my NASM CEU article in the comments below and please share it on social media if this was helpful for you! Happy personal training!

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      6 thoughts on “NASM Continuing Education Credit (CEU) Options in 2020”

        1. Hey Calvin,
          I think it’s totally worth it and you can definitely use the same continuing education for one as for the other. Meaning that you won’t need to pay for twice as much continuing education credits.

      1. Do you know if you can use the CEC’s offered from ACE be used at NASM? Im looking to get my CPT from NASM but really like the CEC’s offered by ACE

        1. Hey Tiffany,
          Most certifying agencies such as the national Academy of sports medicine and the American Council on exercise will accept very similar, if not the same continuing education credits. For example you can get certified through ACE and have that count as continuing education for NASM and vice versa. I would not be surprised if the continuing education’s you are seeing on the ACE website would be perfectly fine with NASM. That being said, I would still definitely check with them before paying for a continuing education course.

      2. Are there any in-person courses in the US that will teach the program face-to-face?
        We are a Continuing Ed department in a State University and we offered a face-to-face training at one time, but it seems like all courses have gone online. We would pay for and there is demand for instructors who teach the course in person.

        1. There are very few programs that do one on one coaching to teach people to become personal trainers. If they did, it would be very expensive as well. They do have live workshops though that would be the next best thing. I recommend that you check that out. Good luck with your personal training career.

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