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Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP)

To obtain certification, a CSEP certification candidate must:

  1. Pass a computer-based theory examination hosted by Pearson VUE at sites across Canada. 
  2. Pass a practical examination (Pass/Fail) under the auspices of a CSEP Examiner.

The primary objective of the CSEP examinations is for candidates to demonstrate a level of knowledge and practical skills that will enable them to provide safe, appropriate, client-centred, effective personal fitness assessment/training sessions with clients. It is important that the CSEP certification candidate come prepared for the examination process with both academic knowledge and practical experience.

The appropriate Exam Application Form for the certification the candidate is interested in obtaining must be completed and submitted to CSEP for approval. Candidates should note that no more than six months can elapse between the successful completion of a CSEP certification theory exam and the successful completion of a CSEP certification practical exam.  If a CSEP certification candidate does not complete both theory and practical examinations within six months of each other, the CSEP certification candidate must successfully repeat the full examination process again to obtain their CSEP Certification.


CSEP Certified Personal Trainer® (CSEP-CPT)

The CSEP Certified Personal Trainer® (CSEP-CPT) is a professional with a minimum of two years of University/College coursework in specific core competency areas related to the exercise sciences from an accredited post-secondary institution. A CSEP-CPT works with apparently healthy individuals or those with a stable health condition who are able to exercise independently. A CSEP-CPT administers the CSEP-PATH to healthy populations, develops and implements a tailored physical activity, fitness and lifestyle plan.

Before scheduling an exam, you must receive an authorization-to-test email from CSEP. For more information, visit or follow the “Related Links” on this page. You may also contact

CSEP Certified Exercise Physiologist® (CSEP-CEP)

A CSEP Certified Exercise Physiologist® (CSEP-CEP) performs assessments, prescribes conditioning exercise, as well as exercise supervision, counselling and healthy lifestyle education in apparently healthy individuals and/or populations with medical conditions, functional limitations or disabilities associated with musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, metabolic, neuromuscular, and ageing conditions. The minimum requirement to become a CSEP-CEP is a 4-year University degree in exercise science or a related area.

Before scheduling an exam, you must receive an authorization-to-test email from CSEP. For more information, visit or follow the “Related Links” on this page. You may also contact


Your authorization-to-test email will tell you the first and last dates you may take the exam. It is up to you to make an appointment to take the exam in that timeframe. Exam appointments may be made up to one business day in advance. Locations are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

After you schedule your exam, Pearson VUE will send you a confirmation email listing your exam date, your exam time, the address and phone number of the test center, and directions to the test center.

Last updated 2016-06-06