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

  • Demonstrate an understanding of functional anatomy and biomechanics as it applies to assessment, prescription, demonstration, and education of the Client(s) related to physical activity/exercise, fitness and health.

II.

Exercise Physiology

  • Demonstrate an understanding of exercise physiology and its application to submaximal and maximal exercise, acute bouts of exercise and chronic exercise for both men and women.

III.

Human Development and Aging

  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic growth, development and aging, and their impact on the physiological responses to exercise and training, fitness evaluation, exercise supervision and programming.

IV.

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

  • Select, administer, and interpret established testing protocols, physical activity/exercise pre-screening procedures.
  • Properly use the testing equipment, the fitness assessment outcomes, and fitness assessment normative data.
  • Demonstrate effective Client management.

V.

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

  • Develop and design appropriate exercise prescriptions and plan programs that fulfill different needs of the Clients.
  • Apply appropriate training principles and lifestyle interventions to enhance aerobic fitness, anaerobic fitness, musculoskeletal fitness and a healthy body composition.
  • Demonstrate exercises and the use of exercise equipment.
  • Monitor Clients' activity and provide appropriate progression.
  • Ensure the safety of Clients in their prescription and through effective supervision.

VI.

Nutrition and Weight Management

  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the key concepts of nutrition, the role of physical activity in weight management, and the importance of self-esteem.
  • Explain weight loss myths, the need for long-term commitment in a supportive, non- judgmental manner.

VII.

Data Management and Analysis

  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of descriptive statistics.
  • Determine the value of a test and how results can be interpreted to the Client.
  • Understand how normative data are developed and how the data related to a specific test can be applied to a Client.

VIII.

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

  • Demonstrate an understanding of epidemiology, health promotion, disease prevention, health risk factors and diseases related to them, as well as their impact on individual health profile and health care cost.
  • Understand the various strategies and programs that are available at the individual and environmental level to influence behavioural change and improve health.

IX.

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

  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate their knowledge of psycho-social theories, determinants of lifestyle behaviour, counselling skills and intervention techniques in a variety of exercise settings.
  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate their knowledge and understanding of the psychological factors that impact on rehabilitation and exercise adherence.
  • Demonstrate basic skills in counselling and behaviour modification techniques as they apply to physical activity, exercise, rehabilitation and exercise therapy.
  • Demonstrate knowledge, skills and abilities relating to the factors essential to the development of the therapeutic relationship.
  • Demonstrate the ability to utilize behaviour modification techniques to empower Clients to make the lifestyle changes necessary to adopt and maintain exercise behaviours.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify social supports such as family and friends where appropriate in the rehabilitation process and in the maintenance of exercise behaviours.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and the understanding of the common psychological disorders found in a clinical setting.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of coping, adjustment to, and social ramifications of previously identified health conditions.

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

  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate their knowledge of psycho-social theories, determinants of lifestyle behaviour, counselling skills and intervention techniques in a variety of exercise settings.
  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate their knowledge and understanding of the psychological factors that impact on rehabilitation and exercise adherence.
  • Demonstrate basic skills in counselling and behaviour modification techniques as they apply to physical activity, exercise, rehabilitation and exercise therapy.

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

  • Have a basic working knowledge of general principles of pharmacology and common pharmacological agents as they relate to exercise therapy.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the appropriate procedure to follow with Clients who are currently taking medication and how these medications influence exercise response.
  • Identify the effects of over-the-counter medications on exercise response.

XII.

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

  • Demonstrate core competencies in evaluating the specific competencies as they relate to the development, monitoring and progression of a clinical exercise program for a Client with the conditions noted in the Guide.
  • Demonstrate the ability to obtain a complete and comprehensive Client history.
  • Demonstrate an ability to provide rationale for choosing an assessment protocol for assessing function.
  • Demonstrate an ability to select and utilize appropriate questionnaires and non- restricted psychometric inventories including the Oswestry (revised), Ransford Pain Diagram, Visual Analog Pain Scale and the SF36.
  • Recognize the significance of the physical signs in comparison to the Client's own subjective report of symptoms and their relevance to future clinical efforts in the context of an exercise program.
  • Demonstrate competency in the analysis and interpretation of exercise assessments for a clinical program including appropriate selection and use of comparative data.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the properties of measurement and evaluation.
  • Use data from the evaluation and/or observations made during the program to:
    • provide objective recommendations regarding Clients' ability return to activities of daily living, work, leisure activities or enhance overall function.
    • document changes in quality of life, physical fitness and/or health status.

XIII.

Clinical Exercise Prescription

  • Demonstrate how to adapt exercise prescriptions for the specific competencies.
  • Know and be able how to apply the exercise principles of specificity, grading, progression, intensity, and duration to enhance the health and reduce impairments and disabilities of Clients.
  • Structure exercise programs for Clients at various stages of their rehabilitation, physical fitness and/or health status.
  • Understand the rationale for selecting specific exercises to reduce impairment.
  • Understand how to adapt exercise prescriptions to specific conditions and disorders.
  • Demonstrate the ability to monitor exercise programs and progress the program appropriately as the Client adapts.
  • Understand and be able to use the various types of exercise equipment used in a rehabilitative and reconditioning setting.
  • Describe contraindications to exercise or inappropriate exercise response which would result in termination of exercise session or program according to current health status of the participant.

XIV.

Client Education

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the role of education in modifying behaviour as well as the ability to plan, design and implement health education programs to Clients and the community in order to prevent illness and injury, promote a return to function, and/or enhance health.
  • Demonstrate the ability to plan, design and facilitate group and Client health education programs as they relate to exercise therapy.

XV.

Professional Practice

  • Demonstrate knowledge, understanding and abilities in the specific competency areas.
  • Demonstrate an ability to provide quality, evidence based, professional, clinical exercise evaluations/prescriptions and Client education services.
  • Have the knowledge and understanding of when to make referrals to the appropriate health care provider(s).
  • Understand and abide by the CSEP-CEP Code of Conduct within the designated scope of practice.
  • Demonstrate an ability to initiate and follow through with appropriate emergency procedures.

XVI.

Outcome Evaluation

  • Understand how to evaluate program services and outcomes.

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 CSEP-PATH.

 

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