ACE® Personal Trainer Exam Prep Course

The American Council on Exercise (ACE®) Personal Trainer Exam Prep Course prepares you for a career as a personal fitness trainer. This course is offered over an 8-week period in a hybrid format including virtual lectures, pre-recorded lectures, and hands-on practicals. This course is offered to students, members, and non-members. Course participants will have the opportunity to learn anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, fitness assessments, programming and progressions, professional responsibilities, and nutrition.

This class is typically offered during the fall and spring semesters.

An image of a male personal trainer working with a male patron who is pushing a weighted sled.


  • This course is designed to prepare you for success on the ACE® Personal Trainer Exam. Students in the class receive a discounted exam fee. Upon completion, you can take the ACE® computer-based test right here on campus.
  • UW-Madison students who take this course and pass the final exam may qualify for employment with Rec Well.
  • All course materials and textbooks are included when you register for the class.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.