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

You can learn more about the recent (October 2016) realignment of the CSEP-CEP Core Competencies and updates to the CSEP-CEP Certification Exams and Certification Guide 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 (healthy and chronic condition populations), and/or performance-related (work and/or sport) fitness. In curriculum lab and peer-testing experience does not count for this requirement; however, experiential learning that includes working with individuals from the community that fall within the chronic condition, athlete or work populations, would qualify. Proof (for example, letter from Education Supervisor, or from Supervisor of work/volunteer experience, or logbook copy) of at least 100 hours of practical experience is REQUIRED

It is also highly recommended for CSEP-CEP Candidates, that they obtain an additional 150 hours of practical experience with diverse populations that include those with chronic conditions, athletes and/or special populations to better prepare themselves for the practical exam and entry level work as a CSEP-CEP. A minimum of 25 hours of practical experience in each of the following areas is strongly recommended:

  • Musculoskeletal and Neuromuscular Conditions
  • Cardio-metabolic and Pulmonary Conditions
  • Sport and High-Performance
  • Occupational Health and Fitness

Please see a sample of a completed logbook that would satisfy the requirements for CSEP-CEP practical hours as well as a template candidates can use when applying. 

In addition, 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 Certification Guide

Online Study resources - CSEP Certification Prep Modules 

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