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:
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.
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.
- CSEP Certified Exercise Physiologist® Certification Guide
- ACSM's Exercise Management for Persons with Chronic Diseases and Disabilities
- Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription (V. Heyward)
- Prescribing Exercise as Preventive Therapy.Warburton, DER, Nicol, Crystal Whitney, Bredin, Shannon SD, CMAJ March 28, 2006 174(7)961-974.
- Health Benefits of Physical Activity: The Evidence. Warburton, DER, Nicol, Crystal Whitney, Bredin, SD. CMAJ March 14, 2006 174(6)801-809