Be part of a community of like minded individuals who recognize the need and importance of exercise and health for everyone by joining CSEP’s over 6000 members. CSEP members generate outstanding evidence-based research and include the most highly-qualified exercise professionals.

We are the resource for translating advances in exercise science research into the promotion of fitness performance and health outcomes for Canadians. For 50 years CSEP has set itself apart by uniting the research branch and the certification branch.

Why you should join the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology:

  • You are part of cutting-edge research in the field which drives CSEP’s standards and certifications and sets the association apart
  • CSEP Certified exercise professionals are the most highly qualified exercise science practitioners in Canada. They provide the best and safest care to the public.
  • You believe it is important that qualified exercise professionals follow a client-centred process to help clients adopt and maintain a physically active life at all ages and want to support this.
  • Opportunity to expand your wealth of knowledge with exciting, evidence-based professionals development opportunities both in-person and online.
  • Enjoy a range of member benefits tailored for CSEP members.

CSEP Professional Memberships

For those who want to be active in the field of Exercise Science & Personal Training, there are two certification offered by CSEP: CSEP Certified Personal Trainer ® (CSEP-CPT) and CSEP Clinical Exercise Physiologist™ (CSEP-CEP).

CSEP’s standardized core competencies, theory and practical exams, continued professional development and renewal requirements ensure CSEP’s Certified members’ knowledge and skills align with cutting-edge research in exercise science, physiology, health and fitness.

As of November 2019, the name CSEP Certified Exercise Physiologist® changed to CSEP Clinical Exercise Physiologist™

CSEP-CPT Certification

A CSEP-CPT administers the CSEP-PATH to healthy populations and individuals with one chronic, stable condition. They develop and implement tailored physical activity, fitness and lifestyle plans for clients.

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learn about the CSEP-CPT
application process.

CSEP-CEP Certification

A CSEP-CEP performs assessments, prescribes conditioning exercise, as well as exercise supervision, counseling and healthy lifestyle education in apparently healthy individuals, populations with medical conditions, functional limitations or disabilities, and high performance athletes across the lifespan.

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learn about the CSEP-CEP
application process.


Join a unique peer network of students, academics, supporters and exercise professionals by choosing the membership that is best for you. Contribute to the gold standard of exercise research whether you are studying or instructing in the field or simply want to support our vision.

Academic Membership

Members have a Graduate Degree (Phd,
MD, DC, MSc, MA, MPE).

Membership Fee

Postdoctoral Fellow & Research Staff

Members have a Graduate Degree (Phd, MD, DC, MSc, MA, MPE) and do not currently hold an academic appointment as an assistant, associate or full professor

Membership Fee

Student Membership

Current postsecondary students in the faculty/program of Human Kinetics, Exercise Physiology, Kinesiology, Fitness and Health Promotion or similar.

Supporter Membership

This membership is for individuals who wish to support and advance the CSEP mission and be part of the CSEP community. You can be on the inside track with a CSEP Supporter membership!

Membership Fee

Emeritus Membership

The Emeritus Membership honors retired professionals who have significantly impacted exercise physiology and personal training, allowing them to share their legacy and continue influencing the field within the CSEP community.

Industry & Allied Partner

Private businesses or institutions whose activities and interests are related to CSEP. As an Industry & Allied partner you are supporting the Gold Standard in Exercise Science and Personal training.

Membership Fee

Member Benefits Overview

View more details on the memberships and their benefits by visiting their pages.

Benefit CSEP-CPT CSEP-CEP Academic Postdoctoral Fellow & Research Staff Student Supporter Industry Allied Partner Emeritus
Eligible to vote and serve on the Board of Directors        
Member pricing on CSEP Professional Development
Member pricing on CSEP Conference Registration      
Reduced exhibitor pricing for CSEP Conference              
Online access to Applied Physiology, Nutrition & Metabolism (APNM)  
Online access to the Journal of Clinical Exercise Physiology              
Receive monthly e-newsletter Communiqué
Profile on
CSEP Member Directory
Access to CSEP
member-only content
Connect with a peer network of Students, Researchers, and Gold Standard Qualified Exercise Professionals
Industry leading Professional Liability Insurance Program            
Member rates on extended health, dental, and life insurance (Securian Canada)  
Member rates on Home & Auto Insurance
(The Personal)
Opportunity to purchase professional liability insurance extensions            
Member rates for posts to Career Hub    
Discount on web-based advertising on & in Communiqué
Exclusive Personal and Professional Discounts including Rogers, StayAbove Nutrition, and more.  

Current members can access the benefits listed below by logging in to their CSEP Store account.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Statement

The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in all aspects of the Society’s business. This includes, but is not limited to, applications for membership, awards and grant review, and employment and volunteer positions. CSEP welcomes applications and participation from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression. In its commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, members of the Society, its committees and employees and/or any award/grant recipients are expected to uphold the same policies in their work related to the Society.