CSEP Certified Exercise Physiologist® (CSEP-CEP)
Certification Prerequisites - Category A

Eligible CSEP-CEP candidates for: Category A

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Individuals in this category will have completed a four year degree in Physical Activity/Exercise Sciences/Kinesiology/Human Kinetics, etc, with a specialization in health-related fitness plus work and sport-related fitness applications for asymptomatic and symptomatic populations. Individuals in this category wishing to be certified as CSEP-CEP must be prepared to provide the following:

Process

A)  Formal documentation (transcripts) confirming successful completion of an undergraduate University degree in exercise science encompassing the following Physical Activity/Exercise Related Core Competency domains:

I.

Anatomy and Biomechanics

II.

Exercise Physiology

III.

Human Development and Aging

IV.

Physical Fitness Assessment Applications for: Health, Function and Work or Sport

V.

Physical Activity and Exercise Prescription Applications for: Health, Function and Work or Sport

VI.

Nutrition and Weight Management

VII.

Data Management and Analysis

VIII.

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

IX.

Psychosocial Aspects of Human Behaviour Applied to Physical Activity, Exercise, Rehabilitation and Exercise Therapy

X.

Physical Activity/Exercise strategies and considerations for persons with chronic diseases, functional limitations and disabilities associated with: Musculoskeletal Conditions, Cardiopulmonary Conditions, Metabolic Conditions, Neuromuscular Conditions and Aging Conditions

XI.

Pharmacology: commonly used agents for persons with chronic diseases, functional limitations and disabilities associated with: Cardiopulmonary/Metabolic Conditions, Musculoskeletal Conditions, Neuromuscular Conditions and Aging

XII.

Evaluation: additional procedures for persons with chronic diseases, functional limitations and disabilities associated with: Cardiopulmonary/Metabolic Conditions, Musculoskeletal Conditions, Neuromuscular Conditions and Aging

XIII.

Clinical Exercise Prescription

XIV.

Client Education

XV.

Professional Practice

XVI.

Outcome Evaluation

Note: The depth and breadth of knowledge, skills and abilities outlined in the Core Competency section refers to that which would normally be acquired in the core and upper level elective courses of a university undergraduate degree program in physical activity/exercise sciences/kinesiology where ≥ 70 % of the university faculty members are specialists, who hold a PhD in a core competency domain.

A list of suggested resources/readings is available in the CSEP-CEP Certification Guide. The list of suggested resources/readings is not intended to be exclusive, however they are a sample of the depth and the breadth of the knowledge, skills and abilities that a CSEP-CEP is expected to possess.

 

Applicants in Category A whose undergraduate Kinesiology/Exercise Science program of study did not include all of the Core Competency domains and related sub domains will have to achieve these Core Competencies through several alternate critical pathways which may include self directed learning, workshops, diploma courses, university courses, co-operative education work or volunteer experience.

B)  Provide documentation confirming that the candidate has completed co-op, work and/or volunteer experience in health-related fitness, and performance (work and/or sport)-related fitness. This practical experience may be formally included in a Kinesiology/Exercise Science, etc university undergraduate degree curriculum. If not, then the onus is on the candidate to obtain this experience. It is highly recommended that candidates attain at least 100 hours of practical experience in both health- and performance-related fitness applications.

This practical experience should be detailed in the candidate's resume along with supporting letters from the institutions and/or persons attesting to the candidate having obtained the stated experience.

C)   Provide documentation confirming that the candidate has clinical exercise application co-op, work or volunteer experience with persons who have various medical conditions, functional limitations or disabilities associated with:

  • Musculoskeletal Conditions (at least 50 hours of practical experience)
  • Cardiopulmonary Conditions (at least 50 hours of practical experience)
  • Metabolic Conditions (at least 50 hours of practical experience)
  • Neuromuscular Conditions (at least 25 hours of practical experience)
  • Aging Conditions (at least 25 hours of practical experience)

This clinical practical experience may be formally included in a Kinesiology/Exercise Science, etc university undergraduate degree curriculum. If not, then the onus is on the candidate to obtain this experience. As indicated above, it is highly recommended that candidates attain at least a total of 200 hours of exercise therapy experience for persons with the above conditions before applying to take the CSEP-CEP examinations This practical experience should be detailed in the candidate's resume along with supporting letters from the institutions and/or persons attesting to the candidates having obtained the stated experience.

D)  Completion of an application form and resume submitted to CSEP and where appropriate, to the CSEP-CEP Head Facilitator outlining the candidate's experience. See the Appendices of the CSEP-CEP Certification Guide for details.

E)  Hold current Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification at a minimum of the Level “C” – Basic Rescuer level/2007 Guidelines-Health Care Provider C.

F)  Successful completion of a Standard First Aid course at some point in their professional career

G)  Successful completion of the Written and Practical (OSPE) Examinations

H)  Payment of the annual certification fee (mandatory professional liability insurance premium is included in this fee)

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ADDITIONAL CERTIFICATION ENHANCEMENTS:

Individuals wishing to be certified as CSEP-CEPs are highly recommended, but not required, to have successfully completed the CSEP Certified Personal Trainer® (CSEP-CPT) certification or to have studied the content of the current edition of the CPAFLA.

 

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