CSEP-CEP Pre-requisites

The CSEP-CEP Candidates must show that they have graduated* from an appropriate Undergraduate program with successful completion of at least 120 credits at the post-secondary level.The CSEP-CEP Candidate must show that their course work meets all of the Core Competencies outlined for the CSEP-CEP. In some cases the CSEP-CEP Candidate may be required to provide course outlines to support their application.

View the 10 CSEP-CEP Core Competencies here

View the available CSEP Recommended Course Maps to see how your institution’s courses align with the CSEP-CEP Core Competencies. 

CSEP-CEP Candidates must provide documentation confirming that the candidate has completed a 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 candidate 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 institutions and/or persons attesting to the candidate having obtained the stated experience. Note: Starting January 1, 2017 all CSEP-CEP Applicants will be REQUIRED to provide proof of a minimum of 100 hours of practical experience.

CSEP-CEP Candidates must 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.  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 candidate attain AT LEAST 200 hours of exercise therapy experience for persons with the following conditions:

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

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

Once a candidate’s application is approved they are required to:

  1. Successfully challenge the CSEP-CEP Theory and Practical Exams
  2. Register with CSEP
  3. Complete a course in emergency first-aid and hold a current/valid CPR level C.

CSEP will ONLY accept CPR certificates issued by:

  1. An organization that adheres to the ILCOR standards, OR
  2. An organization whose instructors are certified by and/or registered with an organization which adheres to the ILCOR standards, OR
  3. An organization which adheres to the ILCOR standards for CPR courses/recertification delivered by an independent instructor who is certified by and/or registered with that organization.

On-line CPR courses will not be accepted.

 

Resources for certification:

Recommended CSEP resources - CSEP Certified Exercise Physiologist® Candidate's Certification Guide 

 

*please note - completion of all pre-requisites is NOT a condition for application. 

 

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