Important COVID-19 Resources for CSEP Members and Certification Candidates

CSEP Statement 

The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) supports all health recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Canada, as well as any guidelines from individual regional health authorities.

In an effort to support our members and their clients, we have compiled the following resources. These materials and links will continue to be updated as this global health crisis evolves

Practice Guideline for Remote Training and Counselling

These guidelines provides certified members with the tools and information necessary to provide telehealth services to clients who are already under their supervision.

Access the Guideline

April 6, 2020:

Ethical Issues for Regulated Health Professions in the era of COVID-19. This article provides considerations for health professionals when making clinical and ethical decisions as well as for handling potential confidentiality issues. 


World Physical Activity Day - Healthy Movement During COVID-19: 

Media Release - Practicing healthy movement behaviours in the COVID-19 era

Tip Sheet - Helping your clients practice healthy movement behaviours during COVID-19

Tips to Meet the Guidelines – While Practicing Physical Distancing

April 2, 2020:

Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many in-person events that appear on the CSEP website have been or will be cancelled, or postponed to a later date. Please contact the event host directly for more information.

March 27, 2020:

The Personal Insurance Company has created a means of communication to keep CSEP members apprised of pertinent information and to provide updates as they become available. Their website now includes an important notice message which directs you to a landing page dedicated to the current situation.

March 26, 2020:

If you currently have personal protective equipment (PPE*) that you are able to spare, please follow these instructions:

For Large Quantities and Access to Suppliers

The Ontario government has set up a website where you can disclose the resources you have available.

For Smaller Quantities

We would appreciate it if you could contact the OMA and RNAO directly for smaller quantities. We are making this request in order help transfer resources locally to frontline healthcare providers. Please contact christine.poopalapillai@oma.org with the following information:

Member Name:
Member/Clinic Location (please include postal code):
Member Phone:
Member Email: 

Supplies Available and Quantity

PPE* includes the following: surgical/procedure masks, N95 masks, gloves, gowns, eye protection.

March 24, 2020: 

CSEP announces extension of member renewals and opportunity for staggered payments, for three months

March 23, 2020:

BMS COVID-19 Insurance Coverage Position Statement

March 19, 2020:

Public Health Agency of Canada:  Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Public Health Agency of Canada:  Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): For health professionals

During the continually evolving health crisis, CSEP wants to let members and candidates know how we can support you during this time. 

CSEP Members: In an effort to ease the financial burden on our members, CSEP will extend this year's renewal deadline by 14 days (up to April 14, 2020). Also, the requirement to recertify your CPR-C has been extended by 6 months.

Renewal packages are currently being prepared and will be sent out as soon as we are able, although members should expect some delay on delivery as CSEP staff are working remotely and Canada Post may be reduced in the upcoming weeks. If you require a copy of your insurance certificate right away, please contact memberships@csep.ca for assistance.  A copy of your membership certificate can be found on your member portal/my account/memberships

CSEP Candidates: Registration deadline extensions will be reviewed on an individual basis.

Events: If you are currently registered for a CSEP or CSEP-affiliated event, please contact the host to determine the event status. In the event that your CSEP event or activity has been cancelled, CSEP will issue a full refund without penalty. The same applies to candidates registered for exams or workshops with a CSEP Instructor-Examiner.

** Important announcement regarding Theory Exams**


PearsonVUE, CSEP's Theory Exam host, is closing all PearsonVUE test centres in Canada and the United States, effective immediately and until April 16, 2020.

Candidates with scheduled exams will receive a cancellation notification from PearsonVUE directly with instructions on how to schedule new testing dates on or after April 16, 2020.

At this time, third party run PearsonVUE testing sites remain open at their own discretion, but with fewer testing times available.

Currently online proctoring is not affected and running as usual, and candidates are encouraged to pursue this option.

Please direct any questions to memberships@csep.ca


Insurance Information for members:

Remote Training and Consultation – What CSEP-CPTs and CSEP-CEPs need to know to stay protected

Virtual Health Care Services Ensuring Continuity of Care : in the wake of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), health professionals are exercising all efforts possible to ensure that there is no disruption in service or breakdown in patient care. This resource provides information relating to continued care during the pandemic 

Travel Health - Sun Life Group Benefits information regarding COVID-19 

BMS COVID-19 Insurance Coverage Position Statement

Informed Consent: Does my client understand what I am about to do? A brief overview of the law on informed consent from Gowling.

Protecting Privacy in a Pandemic: a key challenge that emerges for health professionals is the question of how to respond to the demands of a public health emergency while ensuring the continued protection and privacy of the personal health information of individual patients.

Ethical Issues for Regulated Health Professions in the era of COVID-19.This article provides considerations for health professionals when making clinical and ethical decisions as well as for handling potential confidentiality issues.

Mental Health Support

During this evolving health crisis, it is possible that you or your clients may experience some mental health challenges stemming from uncertainty or isolation. CSEP recommends the following resources to assist you during this time: 

Canadian Mental Health Association:  CMHA-created resources and suggestions to help support your mental health at this time of uncertainty.  

Canadian Network for Mood and Anxiety Treatments (CANMAT): a network of academic and clinical experts dedicated to improving clinical care for people with mood and anxiety disorders.

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CSEP 2020: Health and Performance for the Future, October 14-17, 2020

 At this time, no plans have been made to cancel or postpone this year's conference, although the launch of registration and Call for Abstracts has been postponed.  More details will be shared as the current health crisis evolves.


More information

Watch this page for regular updates, and please reach out to memberships@csep.ca if you have questions or require immediate support.  Please note that the CSEP employees are currently working from home, therefore email is the best method to get in touch with us.

We wish the best to you and your family for continued physical and mental health. We urge you to stay positive and patient, and be kind to one another. As always, thank you for your continued support of the Gold Standard in Exercise Science and Personal Training.

Please contact us at memberships@csep.ca if you require further information.