A CSEP-CEP performs assessments, prescribes conditioning exercise, as well as exercise supervision, counseling 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 aging conditions.

Where can CSEP-CEPs work?

As a CSEP-CEP, your certification will be widely recognized across Canada and the world; your field of work may include: health promotion, fitness development, colleges and universities, clinical rehabilitation, and sport and athletic programs. You may also work in hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centres, and fitness centres.

A CSEP-CEP’s clientele can include:

  • Apparently healthy individuals
  • Individuals and/or populations with medical conditions, functional limitations or disabilities associated with musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, metabolic, neuromuscular, and ageing conditions
  • Clients with chronic disease and injury

CSEP-CEP Scope of Practice

The CSEP-CEP Scope of Practice defines the actions and activities that CSEP Clinical Exercise Physiologist™ are qualified and insured to perform under their defined certification. View the CSEP-CEP Scope of Practice here.

Position Statement on CSEP-CEP using Fingerprick Blood Sampling Analysis Equipment: View the Statement here.

Are you a member-in-good standing with ESSA or ACSM and interested in becoming certified with CSEP?

You may be eligible to apply for equivalency registration as a CSEP Certified Member. To learn more and apply for registration select the appropriate link below.

  • I am an ESSA Accredited Exercise Scientist (AES) in-good-standing. You could be eligible to register as a CSEP-Certified Personal Trainer® (CSEP-CPT) with the CSEP High Performance Specialization™. Apply Now.

  • I am an ESSA Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) in-good-standing. You could be eligible to register as a CSEP Clinical Exercise Physiologist® (CSEP-CEP) with the CSEP High Performance Specialization™. Apply Now.

  • I am an ACSM Exercise Physiologist Certification (ACSM-EP) in-good-standing. You could be eligible to register as a CSEP Certified Personal Trainer® (CSEP-CPT). Apply Now.

  • I am an ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-CEP) in-good-standing. You could be eligible to register as a CSEP Clinical Exercise Physiologist™ (CSEP-CEP). Apply Now.

Requirements & Certification Process

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.

Click here for a complete list of requirements and more information on the certification process.

IMPORTANT: Only the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) provides access to its approved study and examination preparation materials. CSEP does not have an agreement with any third party to provide practice exams or study material, for example on the website Exam Prep Hero. Valid and appropriate exam preparation materials can be found on the CSEP website and via the CSEP candidate password-protected area on csep.ca.

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Recommended Course Maps

When planning to pursue CSEP certification reference the CSEP Recommended Course (RCM) maps to help guide you to courses that will help ensure you have the required knowledge and skills to challenge the exams. The RCMs are developed to help set you up for success.

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