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ACE Group Fitness Instructor Certification Preparation Program

The American Council on Exercise (ACE) Certification Preparation Program is designed to prepare students to sit for the ACE group fitness instructor certification or another nationally recognized group fitness certification. With this ACE approved curriculum, offered by KU Recreation Services, students will be engaged in practical application of the materials covered. The course will offer both lecture and movement training, applying theory to practice. Upon successful completion of the program, students will have demonstrated their knowledge and skills of:

  • Exercise science
  • Participant monitoring
  • Communication and instructional techniques
  • Class design and development
  • Exercise Form and technique
  • Basic nutrition
  • Motivational skills

Following the course offered by KU Recreation Services, the ACE Group Fitness Instructor Certification, a nationally accredited and recognized group fitness certification, will be offered at the Ambler Student Recreation Fitness Center (ASRFC). Participants of the group fitness instructor program will receive a 20% discount on the exam and study materials.

Students who complete the group fitness instructor training program will be eligible to audition for hire prior to taking a certification exam. If hired, a professional group fitness certification will be required within 6 months of hire to maintain employment as a group fitness instructor at KU Recreation Services. Students may choose to take the ACE certification exam when it is held on campus or sit for another certification of their choice.

Costs associated with the program:

ACE Group Fitness Instructor Preparation Program Fee

$100.00 - Payable in Rm 103 ASRFC

ACE Group Fitness Instructor text, study guide & practice test bundle (20% discount)

payable online - acefitness.org

ACE Group Fitness Certification Exam (20% discount)

payable on-line- acefitness.org

Get Registered:

  • Payment in the administrative office of the ASRFC (Rm 103), Cost $100
  • Study materials can be purchased online at acefitness.org or another book source of your choice. Upon registering, you will be given a list of study materials/books that are recommended for the course..


  • To be determined


  • Ambler Student Recreation Fitness Center
  • Room 202/203

Who is eligible:

  • All currently enrolled KU students


Contact kufit@ku.edu or 785-864-6444.

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Monday: 5:30 a.m. - Midnight

Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Sunday: 9:00 a.m. - Midnight

Thursday: 5:30 a.m. - Midnight

Tuesday: 5:30 a.m. - Midnight

Wednesday: 5:30 a.m. - Midnight

Spring Semester Hours 1.17-5.12

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Monday: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Saturday: CLOSED

Sunday: CLOSED

Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Spring Semester Hours 1.17-5.12

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Friday: By Appt. Only (outdoorpursuits@ku.edu)

Monday: 4:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Saturday: CLOSED

Sunday: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Thursday: 5:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Tuesday: 4:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 4:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Spring Semester Hours 1.17-5.12

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Friday: CLOSED

Monday: 4:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Saturday: CLOSED

Sunday: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Thursday: 5:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Tuesday: 4:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 4:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Spring Semester Hours 1.17-5.12
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