The Cooper Institute

Founded in 1970 by the "Father of Aerobics"
Kenneth H. Cooper MD, MPH



The Cooper Institute Certified Personal Trainer (CI-CPT) program recently merged with the American Council on Exercise (ACE) to give our trainers the best of both programs. This exciting transition offers more resources and a wider selection of courses, enabling our trainers to help more people embrace regular physical activity.


All Cooper Institute Certified Personal Trainers are now officially
ACE Certified Personal Trainers.


Please contact ACE Fitness Customer Service for
Certification questions at 

Watch this welcome message from our founder, Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper, and Cedric X. Bryant, President and Chief Science Officer at ACE, for an explanation of what this means to our trainers.  


As an ACE-CPT, you will have access to their vast library of continuing education offerings and course materials. Like The Cooper Institute, ACE is a nonprofit and NCCA-accredited program that certifies exercise professionals and health coaches, sponsors original research, convenes experts on physical activity and health, works directly with community groups, and advocates for policies to get people from all walks of life moving.

If you are a current CI-CPT or a candidate for the program, you should have received letters and emails with more information about this move from both ACE and The Cooper Institute. Please visit the ACE-CPT help page here 

Decades ago, The Cooper Institute set out to demonstrate that exercise is the best preventive medicine. We’ve since become a leading scientific authority on the health benefits of regular physical activity, certifying thousands of personal trainers who have gone on to be among the most respected in the field. We are so proud of the work you do to improve health in our communities. By reaping the benefits of two great brands, you can do even more to help others achieve their goals while you achieve yours.


For questions or assistance, please contact ACE Fitness Customer Service at 888.825.3636, Ext. 782.