CSEP Certified Exercise Physiologist® (CSEP-CEP)
The most advanced certification in the health & fitness industry!
What is a CSEP-CEP?
A CSEP-CEP performs assessments, prescribes conditioning exercise, as well as exercise supervision, counselling and healthy lifestyle education in apparently healthy individuals and/or populations with medical conditions, functional limitations or disabilities associated with musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, metabolic, neuromuscular, and ageing conditions. The minimum requirement to become a CSEP-CEP is a 4-year University degree in exercise science or a related area. CSEP-CEPs are covered by professional liability insurance to work within the CSEP-CEP Scope of Practice. See other benefits of being certified with CSEP.
How do I get certified as a CSEP-CEP?
For full information on becoming a CSEP-CEP, get the CSEP-CEP Candidate's Certification Guide.
Submit the following documents to CSEP:
- A completed Application Form(pdf) with payment
- Pre-requisites of certification
- Category A:
Individuals in this category will have completed a four year degree in Physical Activity/Exercise Sciences/Kinesiology/Human Kinetics, with a specialization in health-related fitness plus work and sport-related fitness applications for asymptomatic and symptomatic populations.
- Category B:
For allied health professionals (such as physical therapists, occupational therapists, nurses, physicians and chiropractors) whose undergraduate degrees were in Kinesiology/Exercise Science.
- Official college/university transcripts (to ensure you meet all the necessary core competency areas)
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 submitting your application. After the succesfull completion of one of your exams (theory or practical), you have 6 months 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. Check our workshop and exam page for upcoming dates, or contact email@example.com to find a workshop near you.
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 more information on the theory exam click check our workshop and exam page.
Practical exams are scheduled on an as-needed basis based on demand from applications. Some practical exams are also scheduled in advance. Check our workshop and exam page for upcoming dates, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find an exam near you.
Once you have passed the exams, you are eligible to register for your CSEP certification! Submit the New Member Registratration Form(pdf) with the required documentation, including your annual certification fee.
If you are already a CSEP-CPT you need to submit a CSEP-CEP Upgrade Form(pdf) instead of the New Member Registration Form
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)
- 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 profesisonal 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 6 months (i.e. if you do not renew by September 31 of the year your membership expired), you will forfeit your certification and it wll be necessary to re-apply and re-take the examinations.
Renewals for 2014-2015 are now open. Click here.