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

How do I get CSEP certified?

CSEP offers the CSEP Certified Personal Trainer (CSEP-CPT) and CSEP Clinical Exercise Physiologist (CSEP-CEP) designations. CSEP also just introduced a new High Performance Specialization™ that you may obtain once you are either CPT or CEP certified.

What does a CSEP-CPT do?

A CSEP-CPT works with individuals to meet their healthy lifestyle goals using an evidence-informed approach acquired through education.

What does a CSEP-CEP do?

The CSEP-CEP designation is "the most advanced certification in the health & fitness industry" and recognizes the qualifications of those persons who possess advanced formal academic preparation and practical experience in health-related physical activity/exercise science fitness applications for non-clinical and clinical populations. A CSEP-CEP works with individuals from diverse clinical populations to meet their healthy lifestyle, performance and occupational goals by applying advanced education, skills, and experience.

What does a CSEP High Performance Specialist™ do?

A CSEP High Performance Specialist™ (CSEP-HPS) works with individuals focusing on improving performance in either high performance athletes, emergency services personnel, or the armed forces by applying their advanced education and skill set in improving human performance parameters in these individuals.

How do I become CSEP-CPT, and/or CSEP-CEP, and/or CSEP-HPS certified?

CSEP is undergoing a review and update to its Recommended Course Maps. If you are interested in becoming CSEP-CPT, CSEP-CEP, or CSEP-HPS certified prior to the new pathways being released, please contact your academic advisor to discuss required and recommended courses for these pathways.  

If I complete the Bachelor of Kinesiology degree will I automatically be CSEP-CPT and/or CSEP-CEP and/or CSEP-HPS 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. The requirements are currently under review and will be updated as soon as they are finalized. Please see the CSEP website.