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.

STEP 1: Application

Submit the completed CSEP-CEP Application Form (pdf) to CSEP, including the following documents, based on your category:

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.

STEP 2: Workshop/Exam

Sign up for a CSEP-CEP workshop and/or exam. See the CSEP-CEP Exam Sites page. You must pass the written and practical exams within six months.

STEP 3: Register

After successfully completing the exams, you have six months to submit your CSEP-CEP New Member Registration Form (pdf) and your annual certification fee. This annual fee includes the professional liability insurance premium. 

If you are already a CSEP-CPT you need to submit a CSEP-CEP Upgrade Form (pdf) instead of the CSEP-CEP New Member Registration Form.

How do I maintain my CSEP-CEP certification?

You must certify or recertify your CPR level C certification annually and renew your certification each year at http://store.csep.ca/CSEP-Certified-Member-Renewal--CSEP-CEP_p_56.html. As a CSEP-CEP, you must attain a minimum number of Professional Development Credits (PDCs) over a two-year period to maintain your certification status.

CSEP-CEP Reinstatement: If a CSEP-CEP member does not renew his/her status on the anniversary (March 31/yr) date then his/her certification is no longer active and he/she loses insurance coverage effective immediately until such time that the renewal process has been completed and the membership fees have been paid*. If the renewal process is not completed within 9 months of the anniversary date (Dec 31), then the applicant will be required to retake and successfully pass both the CSEP-CEP theory and practical exams along with any other requirements stated for a new member in order to reinstate his/her certification.

Where can I get more information?

For more information, consult the CSEP-CEP Frequently Asked Questions and the CSEP-CEP Certification Guide. For specific questions about your certification status, please contact us.


Additional Resources

# Get Certified! #

Get certified by CSEP!

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 www.csep.ca/login 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.