Get Certified by CSEP!

Whether it's CSEP Certified Personal Trainer® or CSEP Certified Exercise Physiologist®, a CSEP certification is a key sign to your clients and employers that you are a qualified professional who is dedicated to delivering the highest level of service. This is just one of the many benefits that a CSEP certification offers you and your clients.

All CSEP-certified members have a college or university background in health and fitness, including knowledge of the CSEP-PATH. Being certified makes a wide variety of career options available. CSEP certifications are comparable to those provided in the U.S. by the American College of Sport Medicine.

Contact if you need help with your application.

1. Apply

The first step to becoming a CSEP-CPT or CSEP-CEP is to review the pre-requisites for certification and then submiting an online application form (links found below).

An application costs $35+tax to submit for review.

CSEP Certified Personal Trainer®

Online Application Form
More information

CSEP Certified Exercise Physiologist®

Pre-requisites - Category A
Pre-requisites - Category B
Online Application Form
More information


2. Workshop & Exam

If your application has been approved by CSEP you will now be eligible to take a workshop and challenge the theory and practical Exams. It is recommended that you take a workshop before taking the theory and practical exams. The examination process must be started within 1 year of being approved. After the succesfull completion of your first exam (theory or practical), you have 6 months from that date to complete the other exam and register with CSEP.


Workshops are scheduled on an as-needed basis based on demand from applications. Some workshops are also scheduled in advance, click the links below for upcoming dates, or contact to find a workshop near you.

  Workshop and exam dates: CSEP-CPT CSEP-CEP

Theory Exam:

Once your application has been accepted, you will be emailed a Letter of Approval which outlines how to pay for and schedule your theory exam. For CSEP-CPT applicants, to pay for your theory exam you will need to own a CSEP-PATH manual which comes with a registration code that is required when paying for your exam.

Practical Exam:

Practical exams are scheduled on an as-needed basis based on demand from applications. Some workshops are also scheduled in advance, click the links below for upcoming dates, or contact to find an exam near you.

  Workshop and exam dates: CSEP-CPT CSEP-CEP


3. Register

Once you have passed the exams, you are eligible to register for your CSEP certification! Submit the Online New Member Registratration Form with the required documentation, including your annual certification fee.

  Online New Member Registration Form: CSEP-CPT CSEP-CEP


4. Maintain

In order to maintain your certification, your Professional Liability Insurance and Commercial General Liablity Insurance coverage, you must:

  • Renew your certification by March 31* of each year
  • Keep your CPR current (i.e., recertify CPR ‘C’ every year)
    CSEP will ONLY accept certificates for CPR courses or CPR re-certifications that are delivered entirely in person and include a practical component. On-line CPR courses will not be accepted.
  • Acquire 30 professional development credits (PDC) every two years (see the PDC chart). Members are encouraged to select quality professional development opportunities that will enhance their knowledge and expertise in the areas of health-related fitness applications for both apparently healthy populations. Please contact us if you are not sure about your next required PDC submission date.

If you change your address or contact information, we highly recommend updating your profile in the CSEP Online Member Directory.

*If you do not renew by March 31, your professional liability insurance coverage will be suspended, including for claims regarding incidents which took place prior to March 31, until you renew or until you purchase continuation coverage. If you let your certification lapse for more than 2 months (i.e. if you do not renew by May 31 of the year your membership expired), you will forfeit your certification and it will be necessary to re-apply and re-take the examinations.

Renewals for 2015-2016 are now open.  Click here.



Additional information


# Get Certified! #

Find information on how to obtain a CSEP Certification:

If you have questions about getting certified, please contact CSEP.

# Find a CSEP member #

Use our Online Member Directory to locate a CSEP Certified Exercise Physiologist® or CSEP Certified Personal Trainer® in your area.

Learn more about using the Directory here, or contact us if you can't find a CSEP member in your area.

# Attention CSEP Members! #
Are you in the directory?

Make sure your profile is visible in the CSEP Online Member Directory so that potential clients can find you!

Log in at and click on "My Profile." You can customize what details are visible to the public and other members, so they can find and contact you!

Logged in members can see more details in the search results.

If you are a current CSEP-CEP, you can access your subscription the CSEP journal, APNM, through the member login page.