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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. General Certification FAQs
  2. Certification Renewal FAQs
  3. CSEP-CPT Certification FAQs
  4. CSEP-CEP Certification FAQs

General Certification FAQs     top                                                                                                           

  1. How do I know if I am eligible for either of the CSEP certifications?
  2. What is the difference between the various CSEP certifications?
  3. Once I pass my exams, how long do I have to register as a member with CSEP BC?
  4. How can I go about ordering the proper manuals for the exams?
  5. How do I add myself to CSEP BC's online member directory?
  6. What does it mean to be a Service Provider?
  7. What are PDCs?
  8. When do I need to start submitting PDCs?

How do I know if I am eligible for either of the CSEP certifications?

To find out if you are eligible for either the CSEP-CPT or CSEP-CEP certification, please send a copy of your transcripts to the CSEP BC office via fax, email or mail. The membership coordinator will take a look over your transcripts to make sure you have all the necessary courses. You will be notified by email as to whether or not you are eligible.

What is the difference between the various CSEP certifications?

In brief, CSEP-CPTs can work with healthy clients with a health-related focus. CSEP-CEPs can work with all clients from health-related, performance-related, work-related and clinical populations, both healthy and unhealthy population. In some cases, the CSEP-CPT or CSEP-CEP may require written clearance from a licensed healthcare professional.

Once I pass my exams, how long do I have to register as a member with CSEP BC?                        

You have 6 months to send in all the proper supporting documentation, registration payment and registration forms to the CSEP BC office. If you do not register by the 6 month deadline then you will have to retake the exams.

How can I go about ordering the proper manuals for the exams?

You can order all the manuals needed for the CSEP-CPT and CSEP-CEP exams online by CLICKING HERE

How do I add myself to CSEP BC's online member directory?                                         

To add yourself to our online member director, login into the Member Area of the website. The login information is listed in your confirmation letter that you received from our office after your renewal or registration was processed. Once you are logged in, on the left hand side menu bar you can click on the link which will take you to our online form. After you have completed the form and submitted it, you will be added to the directory within 3-5 business days. 

What does it mean to be a Service Provider?                                 

All applicants to the BC Paramedic Academy at the Justice Institute of BC are required to have completed the pre-screening procedure and CPAFLA protocol under the supervision of a CSEP member (either CSEP-CPT or CSEP-CEP) as part of their application process. Only current CSEP-certified members are qualified to conduct these standardized procedures.

The CSEP BC Member is required to complete and submit a signed, sealed envelope of the following items:

• CPAFLA Personal Health Benefit Ratings Summary (a standardized form included in the CPAFLA manual)
• CPAFLA Client Information Sheet (a standardized form included in the CPAFLA manual
• Paramedic Academy Physical Fitness Assessment Sign-off Form

For more information about being a Service Provider please CLICK HERE to be directed to the Service Provider page. 

What are PDCs?                                 

PDCs are professional development credits. To find out how to obtain credits please visit the homepage of the CSEP BC website to see the new PDC chart. If you have further questions about PDCs please contact the CSEP BC office.

When do I need to start submitting PDCs?                                                                                                   

Both CSEP-CPTs and CSEP-CEPs are required to submit 30 PDCs every two years starting from the year they are registered as a member.

Certification Renewal FAQs     top                                                                                                        

  1. How often do I have to renew my membership?
  2. Am I allowed to have my membership lapse?
  3. What do I need to do to renew my membership?
  4. How do I go about renewing my membership?
  5. What do the annual membership fees cover?
  6. Why does my CPR have to be issued within the 12 months prior to my renewal date?

How often do I have to renew my membership?                                                                                              

All CSEP memberships expire on March 31st of every year. CSEP memberships need to be renewed on an annual basis otherwise members will not be allowed to use the title of their certification nor will they have CSEP insurance coverage.

Am I allowed to have my membership lapse?                                                                                             

All members must renew their membership by December 31st of the current year. If you fail to renew your membership by this time then you will be required to re-take both the theory and practical exams for their certification along with any other requirements stated for a new member in order to reinstate his/her certification.

What do I need to do to renew my membership?                                                                                              

To renew your membership you will need to fill out the proper renewal forms and submit them along with your renewal payment to the CSEP BC office. Please note that the CSEP BC will be conducting spot checks on CPR. Please make sure that your CPR is current (must have been issued within the 12 months prior to the renewal date) and that you have completed the online mandatory National Survey.

How do I go about renewing my membership?                                                                                             

The annual renewal notices which get sent out to all CSEP BC members via email will contain the mail in renewal forms as well as the instructions for renewing your membership online. If you wish to pay by credit card, e-check or with a pay pal account you can do so by completing the online renewal process. If you wish to pay by cash, cheque or money order then it is best if you complete the mail-in renewal forms. All money orders and cheques should be made out to CSEP BC.

What do the annual membership fees cover?                                                                                            

The annual membership fees cover three different components:

• CSEP national office fee
• CSEP provincial office fee
• Insurance fee
• Online access to the APNM journal (CSEP-CEPs only)

Why does my CPR have to be issued within the 12 months prior to my renewal date?

The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (the certifying agency) sets the annual standards for renewal of CPR for its certifications, and not the CPR granting agencies. Yearly recertification is more in line with what is required of most healthcare professionals. The CSEP insurance policy also requires annual renewal of your CPR, which means that your insurance as a CSEP-CPT will not cover you for any incidents that occur if your last CPR course was over a year ago.

CSEP-CPT Certification FAQs     top                                                                                                        

  1. What are the pre-requisites needed for the CSEP-CPT certification?
  2. Can I challenge the CSEP-CPT exams?
  3. How long after I've failed the CSEP-CPT exam can I re-take it?
  4. How often are courses and challenge exams held?
  5. What documents do I need to send in for my registration?
  6. How do I obtain the 25 hours of practical experience?
  7. How much is the CSEP-CPT registration fee?
  8. What kind of insurance coverage do I get when I register as a CSEP-CPT?

What are the pre-requisites needed for the CSEP-CPT certification?                                                 

Academic Requirements
Candidates must be able to provide formal documentation of having completed a minimum of 2 years of College Diploma or University Degree in the area of Kinesiology (as verified by transcripts from an accredited college or university). This includes individuals who are currently registered in year 3 or 4 of a recognized program. Individuals, who are not currently enrolled in a recognized program must be prepared to verify completion of the required coursework.

Specific Course Work Requirements
Candidates are required to take a series of introductory courses that meet each of the following core components:

- Basic Anatomy and Physiology
- Basic Psychological Characteristics and Motivational Strategies
- Basic Theory and Methods of Health-Related Physical Fitness
- Physical Activity/Exercise Prescription and Design
- Safety and Emergency Procedures
- Documentation, Administration and Professionalism

**Note: these are not course titles

Candidates are required to hold a current/valid CPR level C or HCP
Candidates are also required to have successfully completed a course in emergency first-aid and/or standard first-aid. Regardless of the agencies' policies on renewals all CSEP certified members MUST renew their CPR on a yearly basis.

Can I challenge the CSEP-CPT exams?                                                 

Yes. As long as you meet all the CSEP Certified Personal Trainer® pre-requisites, you can choose to attend a CSEP-CPT workshop before going through the exam process, or you can challenge the exam directly. However, there is generally a higher success rate among those who complete a CSEP-CPT workshop before completing the exam process.

Regardless of the route you take, you must meet all the necessary pre-requisites and have read through the 3rd Edition Canadian Physical Activity, Fitness & Lifestyle Approach (CPAFLA), and CSEP Certified Personal Trainer® Study Guide, 2nd Edition, as well as the additional provided readings.

How long after I've failed the CSEP-CPT exam can I re-take it?                                               

There are two versions of the CSEP Certified Personal Trainer® theory exam. It is recommended that you take a reasonable amount of time to study (approx. 1 month) to ensure your success on the theory exam before your second attempt.

If you fail both versions of the exam, it is recommended that you participate in a full training workshop before taking the theory exam again.

How often are courses and challenge exams held?                                            

Courses are scheduled based on demand and usually happen once a year in the spring time. Challenge exams happen more frequently. Please contact the CSEP BC office to find out more information about any upcoming courses or challenge exams.

What documents do I need to send in for my registration?                                           

All CSEP-CPT candidates must submit the following documents to the CSEP BC office to complete their membership registration:

• Filled out CSEP BC membership registration form (blank form sent to you from CSEP BC via email)
• Copy of CPR certificate Level C or HCP (must be issued within the 12 months prior to your registration date)
• Copy of First Aid certificate
• Official transcripts
• Registration payment
• Confirmation of 25 hours of practical experience

How do I obtain the 25 hours of practical experience?                                          

There are many ways to obtain your 25 hours of personal training experience. You can get it through relevant laboratory experiences within curriculum, internships, mentoring opportunities with CSEP-CEPs or other allied health professionals.

How much is the CSEP-CPT registration fee?                                          

The current CSEP-CPT registration fee for 2012-2013 is $150.00

What kind of insurance coverage do I get when I register as a CSEP-CPT?                                         

CSEP-CPT members are protected up to $3 million of personal liability per claim ($6 million per policy term). Both CSEP-CPT and CSEP-CEP certifications benefit from the same Commercial General Liability protection limit of $2 million per occurrence ($4 million per policy term) for such liability claims that may arise from the member's premises (whether leased or owned).

CSEP-CEP Certification FAQs     top                                                                                                              

  1. What are the pre-requisites needed for the CSEP-CEP certification?
  2. How can I apply my years of experience and my other fitness certification(s) to qualify for the CSEP-CEP?
  3. I have a degree from a university outside Canada. Is my degree recognized?
  4. Can I challenge the CSEP-CEP exams?
  5. How often are the courses held?
  6. What documents do I need to send in for my registration?
  7. How much is the CSEP-CEP registration fee?
  8. What kind of insurance coverage do I get when I register as a CSEP-CEP?
  9. If I fail the theory (or practical) examination, how soon before I can take the exam again?

What are the pre-requisites needed for the CSEP-CEP certification?                                        

Category A

Individuals in this category will have completed a four year degree in Physical Activity/Exercise Sciences/Kinesiology/Human Kinetics, etc, with a specialization in health-related fitness plus work and sport-related fitness applications for asymptomatic and symptomatic populations.

Category B

For allied health professionals (such as physical therapists, occupational therapists, nurses, physicians and chiropractors) whose undergraduate degrees were in Kinesiology/Exercise Science, etc.

Applicants in Category B whose undergraduate Kinesiology/Exercise Science program of study did not include all of the Core Competency domains and related sub domains listed below, will likely achieve these Core Competencies through their formal professional “post graduate” studies which makes them eligible to take the CSEP-CEP examinations.

Process

Formal documentation (transcripts) confirming successful completion of an undergraduate University degree in exercise science encompassing the following Physical Activity/Exercise Related Core Competency domains:

I. Anatomy and Biomechanics

II. Exercise Physiology

III. Human Development and Aging

IV. Physical Fitness Assessment Applications for: Health, Function and Work or Sport

V. Physical Activity and Exercise Prescription Applications for: Health, Function and Work or Sport

VI. Nutrition and Weight Management

VII. Data Management and Analysis

VIII. Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

IX. Psychosocial Aspects of Human Behaviour Applied to Physical Activity, Exercise, Rehabilitation and Exercise Therapy

X. 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

XI. Pharmacology: commonly used agents for persons with chronic diseases, functional limitations and disabilities associated with: Cardiopulmonary/Metabolic Conditions, Musculoskeletal Conditions, Neuromuscular Conditions and Aging

XII. Evaluation: additional procedures for persons with chronic diseases, functional limitations and disabilities associated with: Cardiopulmonary/Metabolic Conditions, Musculoskeletal Conditions, Neuromuscular Conditions and Aging

XIII. Clinical Exercise Prescription

XIV. Client Education

XV. Professional Practice

XVI. Outcome Evaluation
 

How can I apply my years of experience and my other fitness certification(s) to qualify for the CSEP-CEP?                                         

The completion of a university degree in Physical Activity/Exercise Science/Kinesiology/Human Kinetics, etc. is mandatory for CSEP-CEP certification, with no exceptions. While experience in the field may help you successfully complete the certification process, formal post-secondary education with a minimum of a university degree is the foundation of the CSEP-CEP certification.

I have a degree from a university outside Canada. Is my degree recognized?                                       

In order for your degree from outside Canada to meet the CSEP-CEP pre-requisites, you will have to have a comprehensive report conducted by the International Credential Evaluation Services at BCIT. To find out more information about this process please CLICK HERE to be directed to their website. 

Can I challenge the CSEP-CEP exams?                                       

We do not allow challenge exams.

How often are the courses held?                                       

Courses take place once a year in the summer. Please contact the CSEP BC office to find out more information about any upcoming courses within the province.

What documents do I need to send in for my registration?                                       

• Filled out membership registration form (blank form sent to you from CSEP BC via email)
• Copy of CPR Level C or HCP (must have been issued within the 12 months prior to the date you are going to register)
• Copy of your Standard First Aid
• Copy of your CV
• Copy of your degree(s)
• Confirmation that you have completed the necessary practical experience
• Registration payment

How much is the CSEP-CEP registration fee?                                      

The current CSEP-CEP registration fee for 2012-2013 is $200.00

What kind of insurance coverage do I get when I register as a CSEP-CEP?                                     

CSEP-CEP members are protected up to $5 million per claim ($10 million per policy term). The CSEP-CEP certification has a higher protection due to the additional liability exposure inherent with the wider scope of practice. Both CSEP-CPT and CSEP-CEP certifications benefit from the same Commercial General Liability protection limit of $2 million per occurrence ($4 million per policy term) for such liability claims that may arise from the member's premises (whether leased or owned).

If I fail the theory (or practical) examination, how soon before I can take the exam again                   

An appropriate period of time should elapse to allow for further study (a minimum of one month is recommended). If you do not pass the CSEP-CEP exam on your second attempt, you should wait an appropriate time to study further before you attempt the examination again. A minimum of six (6) months is recommended from the last examination. Each examination attempt involves an administrative fee.