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Contact to learn how to teach this summer and fall! Don't wait since there's limited time to join the KU Fit team!

Becoming a KU Fit Instructor is easy!

  1. Decide if you want to teach a class that requires a specialty certification or enroll in the ACE Group Fitness Instructor Preparation Program.
  2. Attend training/study.
  3. Apply to be a KU Fit Instructor.

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
ACE Group Fitness Certification Exam (20% discount)payable online

Get Registered:

  • Register in the Administrative Office of the ASRFC (Rm 103), Cost $100 (cash, credit card, or check written out to KU Recreation Services)
  • Study materials can be purchased online or at another book source of your choice. Please purchase the ACE Group Fitness Instructor Handbook and Study Companion. Online practice test optional.
  • Registration is open to the first 20 applicants.


  • Next session is TBA
  • Since the course is not being offered currently, study on your own 2-3 chapters each week to become certified.


  • Ambler Student Recreation Fitness Center
  • Room 203/Aerobics Studio

Who is Eligible:

  • All currently enrolled KU students taking at least 6 credit hours at Lawrence or Edwards campuses or online (not KUMC)

What to Expect:

  • Out of the 2 days per week, one day will be spent in lecture style learning and the other day will be practical style learning (in the Aerobics room going through class programming).
  • This course is a non-credit, extracurricular opportunity. This is a time consuming course, particularly for students who have not yet had specific human sciences, such as anatomy and physiology. Students can expect to be in class 4 hours per week and commit 2-3 hours outside of class to be successful in this course and preparation for the ACE certification.


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