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.

Resources from your Insurer, BMS Group

Considerations When Resuming Practice Link
Webinar/Podcast – Wellness/Legal/Financial Considerations Webinar for Health related Professionals Link
Business Continuity Planning Link
Risk Management During the COVID-19 Pandemic Link
Workplace Safety Rights of Allied Health Professionals to Refuse Work Link
Webinar: Insurance Considerations for COVID-19 & Telehealth Link
Ethical Issues for Regulated Health Professions in the era of COVID-19 Link
COVID-19 Insurance Coverage Position Statement Link
Informed Consent Link
Protecting Privacy in a Pandemic Link
Virtual Health Care Services Ensuring Continuity of Care Link
Remote Training and Consultation Link
Consent to Treatment [We previously shared a resource, Waivers of Liability – Considerations When Resuming Practice. The sample waiver language was developed by our legal partners at Gowling WLG.Gowling have since prepared a COVID-19-specific informed consent form template, which is to replace the Waivers of Liability resource going forward. We have attached the Consent to Treatment form here.]


Return-to-Work Toolkit

Important Note:  While the CSEP website posts general guidance regarding CSEP-CPT and CSEP-CEP practice during the COVID-19 pandemic, AT ALL TIMES provincial and municipal legal statutes and legislative directives governing the states of emergency and staged return-to-work for non-essential personnel will take precedence. 

Specifically, the Medical Officer of Health and/or provincial or territorial government public health authority will establish [and remove] the practice regulations and restrictions.  CSEP members are expected to comply with these regulations.

Some practice activities may be prohibited in your jurisdiction at this time, including online, virtual or telehealth training and counselling. CSEP-CPTs and CSEP-CEPs who are members of a regulated health profession (including Registered Kinesiologists in the Province of Ontario, must adhere to all directives outlined by the College of Kinesiology in their practice). To clarify, as stated by the College: "The practice of exercise physiology falls within the scope of kinesiology. As a Registered Kinesiologist you must follow the direction of the College. You cannot separate the practice of exercise physiology from the practice of kinesiology."

All the legal statutes supersede the general practice guidance suggested by the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology. Please check with your local health authority or Medical Officer of Health for updated information in your region.

Tools and links will be updated regularly, as more information becomes available. 

 NEW! CSEP Return to Practice GuidanceLink 
CSEP Practice Guideline for Remote Training and Counselling Link
NEW! CSEP Advocacy resource: What is a CSEP Clinical Exercise PhysiologistTM (CSEP-CEP)?
 Article of interest: Physical Activity as a Coping Strategy for Mental Health Due to the COVID-19 Virus: A Potential Disconnect Among Canadian Adults? Link
Advocacy in your communities: 
Letter to Your MLA  - for CSEP-CEPsLink
Letter to Your MLA  - for CSEP-CEPs [French]Link
Letter to Your MLA - for CSEP-CPTsLink 

Webinar: COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control for Regulated Health Professionals - presented by Public Health Ontario in partnership with The Colleges of Kinesiologists, Massage Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists


Online CPR-C Courses for the Recertification of CPR

CSEP is accepting online CPR-C courses for the recertification of CPR. Courses must still meet the ILCOR standards for a CPR-C course and it must be a recertification, not the first time completing their CPR-C.

*Note: CSEP has confirmed that these courses meet the ILCOR standards required by CSEP. Inclusion on this list does not constitute or imply an endorsement by CSEP of the product, service, or its producer or provider.

American Red Cross - redcross.org
Simple CPR - simplecpr.com
First Aid Connect - firstaidconnect.ca 

The Personal - Relief Measures

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.

The current situation resulting from the spread of COVID-19 affects us all and we want you to know that The Personal is here for you. We understand that you may be struggling at this time. That’s why we want to make things a little easier for you with our relief measures.

  • Helping clients who are driving less during the pandemic
  • Helping people make deliveries
  • Protecting clients who are working from home
To learn more, please visit https://www.thepersonal.com/covid-19-en 

Healthy Movement During COVID-19

Media Release - Practicing healthy movement behaviours in the COVID-19 era (World Physical Activity Day 2020)

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

Tips to Meet the Guidelines – While Practicing Physical Distancing


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.

Personal Protective Equipment

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: surgical/procedure masks, N95 masks, gloves, gowns, eye protection

General Information

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 six 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


Travel Insurance Information for Members

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

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.

Social Media 

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

We are sorry to announce that the CSEP Annual Conference in Fredericton, NB has been postponed to 2022. Although the decision was a difficult one, it was the responsible choice for our members. If there is a silver lining to this decision, however, we are pleased to announce that the Board of Directors is currently working on plan for a virtual conference to take place during the week of October 19, 2020. As a CSEP member, this virtual option will provide you with the opportunity to attend remotely, participate in discussions, see all the abstracts at your leisure, all from the comfort of your home. The conference website will be updated soon; please stay tuned.


More Information

This page will be updated frequently; 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.