Continue to expand your knowledge and maintain your certification with Gold Standard Professional Development!

CSEP Certified Personal Trainers® (CSEP-CPT) and CSEP Clinical Exercise Physiologists™ (CSEP-CEP) are required to continue their professional development and earn Professional Development Credits (PDCs) to maintain their certification. From academic courses to conferences and online webinars there are a range of opportunities for you to enhance your knowledge and expertise in the field.

Continued professional development ensures CSEP certified members have the knowledge to put the latest evidence informed research to practice. Certified members are encouraged to select a variety of quality professional development opportunities in the areas of health and performance related fitness applications for apparently healthy and clinical populations to earn their PDCs.

CSEP offers numerous in-person and online professional development opportunities on a range of topics throughout the year for you. Certified members can use the CSEP Professional Development chart (see below) to categorize and identify the number of credits they they earn for each for each of their professional development activities is worth.

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CSEP Certified Personal Trainer®

As a CSEP-CPT you are need to collect 20 PDCs every two years by March 31 of even ending years (i.e. 2020, 2022, 2024). It is important that you keep and track your own PD activity records (i.e. certificate or receipt) in case you are selected for the Professional Development Credit Audit. If you are one of the members randomly selected for audit you will be contacted with submission directions by December of the audit year.

CSEP Clinical Exercise Physiologist

As a CSEP-CEP you are need to collect 30 PDCs every two years by March 31 of odd ending years (i.e. 2019, 2021, 2023). It is important that you keep and track your own PD activity records (i.e. certificate or receipt) in case you are selected for the Professional Development Credit Audit. If you are one of the members randomly selected for audit you will be contacted with submission directions by December of 2021.

 


CSEP Professional Development Credit Chart

Conferences & Seminars

CategoryDetailsDescriptionCredits
C-1Multi‐day CSEP National Annual Conference or CSEP Professional Development Days Conference must include multiple speakers with graduate level education or training and topics must be based on peer reviewed evidence, research, or best practice.15 credits per day conference attendance, no maximum
C-2Multi-day Annual Conference by a CSEP regional affiliate.*Conference must include multiple speakers with graduate level education or training and topics must be based on peer reviewed evidence, research, or best practice.12.5 credits per day conference attendance, no maximum
C-3Multi-day Annual Conference by a gold standard national organization such as ESSA, ECSS, CEPA or ACSMConference must include multiple speakers with graduate level education or training and topics must be based on peer reviewed evidence, research, or best practice. 12.5 credits per day conference attendance, no maximum
C-4Multi-day, evidence based conference not associated with any of the organizations listed above.Conference must include multiple speakers with graduate level education or training and topics must be based on peer reviewed evidence, research, or best practice.7.5 credits per day conference attendance, no maximum

Workshops, Online and Distance Learning

CategoryDetailsDescriptionCredits
W-1 Workshops offered by active CSEP-CEPs and CSEP-CPTs Content must be specific to physical activity/exercise science, fitness, and associated lifestyle applications for: clinical populations, high performance, health promotion/general population.2 credits for every hour of attendance to a maximum of 20 credits per two year cycle
W-2Workshops offered by ACSM-RCEPs, ACSM-CESs, or NSCA-CSCSsContent must be specific to physical activity/exercise science, fitness, and associated lifestyle applications for: clinical populations, high performance, health promotion/general population.1 credit for every hour of attendance to a maximum of 20 credits per two year cycle
W-3Workshops offered by a physician, nurse navigator, physical therapist, occupational therapist or other health professional requiring a graduate level of educationContent may or may not be specific to physical activity/exercise science, fitness, and associated lifestyle. If not, then there must be a visible connection between the course material and CSEP mandates.1 credits for every hour of attendance to a maximum of 15 credits per two year cycle
W-4Fitness / exercise instructor training coursesBecoming a group exercise leader/instructor, e.g. cycle or Pilates, etc. -­‐ skills that would assist the CSEP-­‐CEP or CSEP-­‐CPT in the delivery of their fitness services.7.5 credits per certification, credential, skill, or course completed to a maximum of 20 credits
W-5Seminars / workshops / webinars offered by local, private, club or commercial fitness consulting and/or fitness certification agenciesOffered by other fitness or allied health practitioners not associated with CSEP, ACSM, or NSCA.1 credit for every hour of presenting, teaching, or attendance to a maximum of 17.5 credits in a two year cycle
W-6Online or distance courses offered by CSEP. Includes CSEP Advanced Module Series webinars and Online Learning. Full attendance and completion of online modules directed at clinical or high performance populations designed and offered by CSEP. *Where applicable, a passing grade may be required. 2 credits per hour - no maximum.

Academic and Aligned Courses

CategoryDetailsDescriptionCredits
A-1Post certification pursuits -­ university degree, academic courses or college diploma courses Delivered by an accredited college or university -‐ the content of these courses must be specific to physical activity/exercise science, fitness and associated lifestyle applications10 credits per course per semester -­ no maximum
A-2Post certification pursuits -­non-diploma or non-­degree courses/continuing educational opportunities delivered by a university or other recognized post­secondary institutionUsually delivered through distance education, continuing education -­ the content must be specific to physical activity/exercise science and associated lifestyle fitness applications7.5 credits for taking a course -­ no maximum
A-3Post certification pursuits -­ online or distance courses put on by organizations or companiesUsually delivered through distance education or continuing education by publishing companies such as Human Kinetics -­ the content must be specific to physical activity/exercise science and associated lifestyle fitness applications5 credits for taking a course to a maximum of 15 credits

Publications and Grants

CategoryDetailsDescriptionCredits
P-1 Peer-reviewed publications (research journal articles, chapters in books, position statements, etc.) that are reviewed by experts (Ph.D.) in the related areaAuthoring or co-­authoring a peer reviewed journal article (APNM, Med Sci Sports Exerc, etc.), a chapter in a book, or a book -­ the content must be specific to physical activity/exercise science and associated lifestyle fitness applications15 credits per article, book chapter or book in a two year cycle
P-2Peer-­reviewed research grantsPhysical activity/exercise science research (NSERC, CIHR, CFI, CAHR, CFLRI, etc10 credits for submitting a research grant to a maximum of one grant per cycle/5 credits for being awarded the research grant to a maximum of one grant per cycle
P-3Non peer-­reviewed commercial fitness publicationsNewsletters, magazines, trade publications, books -­ the content must be specific to physical activity/exercise science and associated lifestyle fitness applications5 credits per article, book chapter or book in a two year cycle -­ no maximum
P-4Proof of passing the test questions related to featured articles that appear in scientific professional journals for fitness practitionersUsually delivered by recognized professional fitness associations that have both research and practitioner branches (CSEP, ACSM, NSCA, etc.1 credits per featured article to a maximum of 12 articles in a two year cycle

Teaching / Assisting

CategoryDetailsDescriptionCredits
T-1Assisting or Teaching at a workshop or seminar offered by active CSEP­CEPs and CSEP-‐CPTsThe content of these courses must be specific to physical activity/exercise science, fitness and associated lifestyle applications2 credits for every hour of teaching to a maximum of 20 credits per two year cycle
T-2Teaching a CSEP‐CEP workshop/module/courseTeaching10 credits per course to a maximum of 10 credits in a two year cycle
T-3Assisting at a CSEP‐CEP workshop/module/courseAssisting5 credits per course to a maximum of 10 credits in a two year cycle
T-4 Teaching a CSEP‐CPT workshop/module/courseTeaching10 credits per course to a maximum of 10 credits in a two year cycle
T-5Assisting at a CSEP­‐CPT workshop/module/courseAssisting5 credits per course to a maximum of 10 credits in a two year cycle
T-6Teaching or assisting in a seminar or workshop lead by a non­‐CSEP member or fitness certification agency Offered by other fitness or allied health practitioners not associated with CSEP, ACSM, or NSCA. 0.5 credits for every hour of presenting, teaching, or attendance to a maximum of 5 credits in a two year cycle
T-7Teaching or assisting in a seminar or workshop associated with ACSM‐RCEPs or CESs or NSCA­‐CSCSOffered by other fitness professionals aligned with ACSM, or NSCA1 credit for every hour of presenting, teaching, or attendance to a maximum of 10 credits in a two year cycle

CSEP Committee Work

CategoryDetailsDescriptionCredits
V-1Chair of a CSEP Committee
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20 credits per term served
V-2CSEP Committee Member
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10 credits per term served
V-3CSEP Sub-Committee Member
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5 credits per term served
V-4CSEP Task Force
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20 credits per term served

*As of April 1, 2017 

It is the responsibility of CSEP-CPT / CSEP-CEP members to collect and track their own professional development activities and credits.