FAQs: The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) Certifications

How do I get CSEP certified?

The Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management at the U of M offers degrees. The Bachelor of Kinesiology program is the degree program of choice for students wishing to obtain CSEP certifications. The reason for this is that the Bachelor of Kinesiology degree program has most of the courses that are needed to be certified by CSEP.
A common misunderstanding students have about CSEP certification is that it is a program offered by the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management at the U of M. It is not. CSEP is an organization that is external from the University.

CSEP-CPT™ CERTIFICATION (Level 1)

CSEP-CEP™ CERTIFICATION (Level 2)

 


 

CSEP-CPT™ CERTIFICATION 

Certified Personal Trainer

 

The Certified Personal Trainer (CSEP-CPT™) designation was designed to establish the minimum standard in the Canadian personal fitness training industry. This certification recognizes the need for personal trainers to have formal academic and practical preparation in health and fitness at accredited colleges and universities.

 What Does a CSEP-CPT™ do?

A CSEP-CPT™ is a professional with a well-defined scope of practice related to personal training and lifestyle counseling.

Authorized to assess health-related physical fitness, provide general lifestyle counseling, and act as a personal trainer.

May provide tailored physical activity programs to a client or group of clients using varied fitness equipment.

Sanctioned to monitor and change a client's physical activity/exercise program.

NOT sanctioned by CSEP to use an ECG for any purpose, utilize any assessment protocols other than the CPAFLA and those specifically listed in the CSEP-CPT™ Study Guide, use assessment protocols that require maximal exercise (unless working under the supervision of a CSEP-CEP™), or work with populations with medical conditions, functional limitations and disabilities.

 How do I Become CSEP-CPT™ Certified?

Students need to complete course work in the following six core areas:

1. Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, and Exercise Physiology   

2. Theory and Methods of Behaviour Modification   

3. Theory and Methods of Health-Related Physical Activity and Fitness Assessment

4. Theory and Methods of Health-Related Exercise Prescription and Program Design

5. Safety and Emergency Procedures

6. Documentation, Administration and Professionalism

 

What courses offered by the University of Manitoba are required for CSEP-CPT™ Certification?

Physical Activity, Health and Wellness

PERS 1200

Foundations of Physical Education and Kinesiology PERS 1500
Introduction to Psychology PSYC 1200
Introduction to Professional Practice PERS 2100
Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity KIN 2540
Basic Trauma and Life Support KIN 3200

Human Anatomy

KIN 2320

Human Physiology 1

BIOL 2410

Human Physiology 2

BIOL 2420

Pathology and Sport Medicine KIN 3160

Exercise Physiology

KIN 3470

Principles of Fitness Training

KIN 3512

Resistance Training and Conditioning

KIN 3740

Physical Activity Counselling PERS 4310

Fitness Appraisal and Lifestyle Counseling**

KIN 4460

**KIN 4460 prepares students to certify as “Certified Personal Trainer”. Both the CSEP-CPT™ written and practical exams may be completed after completing KIN 4460.

If I complete all of the courses do I become a CSEP-CPT™?

No. In addition to the courses CSEP-CPT™ requires the following:

· Must have a minimum of 2 years of the required University Degree or College Diploma coursework (60 credit hours).

· Current Basic Rescuer CPR and successful completion of a Standard First Aid course.

· Proof of successfully completing the CSEP-CPT™ examinations. **May be completed after KIN 4460.

· Completed membership form & certfication fee.

· A minimum of 25 hours of documented experience providing fitness training with clients will be required in order to renew your CPT certification after 1 year.

 


 

 CSEP-CEP™ CERTIFICATION

Certified Exercise Physiologist

 "The most advanced certification in the health & fitness industry"

 

The Certified Exercise Physiologist (CSEP-CEP™ ) certification recognizes the qualifications of those persons who possess advanced formal academic preparation and practical experience in both health-related and performance-related physical activity/exercise science fitness applications for non-clinical and clinical populations.

What does a CSEP-CEP™ do?

The CSEP-CEP™ performs assessments/evaluations, prescribes conditioning exercise, provides exercise supervision, counseling, healthy lifestyle education and outcome evaluation for ‘apparently’ healthy individuals and/or populations with medical conditions, functional limitations or disabilities through the application of physical activity/exercise for the purpose of improving health, function and work or sport performance.

 

How do I become CSEP-CEP™ certified?

Unlike the CSEP-CPT™ certification, the CSEP-CEP™ certification requires a completed Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology or Exercise Science. This is an advanced designation and can only be obtained through the completion of specific course work and a recognized four-year degree program in Kinesiology (or equivalent).

 

 If I complete the Bachelor of Kinesiology will I be CSEP-CEP certified?

No. While a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree is a major step towards certification, CSEP has a list of other requirements that students must complete in order to certify as a CEP™ . The requirements can be viewed on the CSEP website at: http://www.csep.ca  

Specific Physical Activity/Exercise Related Core Competency domains for CSEP-CEP™ certification:


1. Anatomy and Biomechanics
2. Exercise Physiology
3. Human Development and Aging
4. Physical Fitness Assessment Applications for: Health, Function and Work or Sport
5. Physical Activity and Exercise Prescription Applications for: Health, Function and Work or Sport
6. Nutrition and Weight Management
7. Data Management and Analysis
8. Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
9. Psychosocial Aspects of Human Behaviour Applied to Physical Activity, Exercise, Rehabilitation and Exercise Therapy
10. Physical Activity/Exercise strategies and considerations for persons with chronic diseases, functional limitations and disabilities associated with: Musculoskeletal Conditions, Cardiopulmonary Conditions, Metabolic Conditions, Neuromuscular Conditions and Aging Conditions
11. Pharmacology: commonly used agents for persons with chronic diseases, functional limitations and disabilities associated with: Cardiopulmonary/Metabolic Conditions, Musculoskeletal Conditions, Neuromuscular Conditions and Aging
12. Evaluation: additional procedures for persons with chronic diseases, functional limitations and disabilities associated with: Cardiopulmonary/Metabolic Conditions, Musculoskeletal Conditions, Neuromuscular Conditions and Aging
13. Clinical Exercise Prescription
14. Client Education
15. Professional Practice
16. Outcome Evaluation

 What courses offered by the University of Manitoba are needed?

First, there are Core Courses that are required for both the Bachelor of Kinesiology degree and CSEP-CEP™ Certification. Secondly, there are Elective Courses which are not required in the Bachelor of Kinesiology program but are required for CSEP-CEP™ certification. Finally, there are Auxiliary Courses that are not required but would be valuable for students working toward CSEP-CEP™ certification.

 

Degree Program Core Courses
Basic Statistical Analysis 1 STAT 1000
Physical Activity, Health and Wellness PERS 1200
Introduction to Psychology PSYC 1200
Introduction to Professional Practice PERS 2100
Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity KIN 2540
Human Anatomy KIN 2320
Biomechanics KIN 2330
Human Physiology 1 BIOL 2410
Human Physiology 2 BIOL 2420
Exercise Physiology KIN 3470
Principles of Fitness Training KIN 3512
Resistance Training and Conditioning KIN 3740
Motor Control and Learning KIN 3450
Physical Activity and Aging KIN 4500

 

Degree Electives (additional courses fulfilling required core components for CSEP-CEP™ certification)
Nutrition for Health and Changing Lifestyles HNSC 1210
Pathology and Sport Medicine KIN 3160
Advanced Human Anatomy KIN 3320
Advanced Pathology and Sport Medicine KIN 4160
Fitness Appraisal & Lifestyle Counseling KIN 4460
Adv. Fitness Appraisal & Lifestyle Counseling KIN 4560
Physical Activity Counseling PERS 4310

 

Valuable Auxiliary Elective Courses (suggested electives useful towards CSEP-CEP™ certification)
Nutrition in Exercise and Sport HNSC 4350
Drugs and Ergogenic Aids in Sport KIN 4060
Advanced Biomechanics KIN 4330
Therapeutic Exercise Rehabilitation KIN 4400
Advanced Exercise Physiology KIN 4470
Advanced Topics in Sport Psychology KIN 4540
Fitness Theory and Practice PHED 2740
Behaviour Modification Principles PSYC 2440
Drugs and Human Disease 1 PHAC 4030
Drugs and Human Disease 2 PHAC 4040