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Frequently Asked Questions
General Certification FAQs top
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.
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.
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.
You can order all the manuals needed for the CSEP-CPT and CSEP-CEP exams online by CLICKING HERE
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The annual membership fees cover
three different components:
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
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
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.
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.
CSEP-CPT candidates must submit the following documents to the CSEP
BC office to complete their membership registration:
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.
The current CSEP-CPT registration fee for 2012-2013 is $150.00
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
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.
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.
We do not allow challenge exams.
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.
out membership registration form (blank form sent to you from CSEP
BC via email)
The current CSEP-CEP registration fee for 2012-2013 is $200.00
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).
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.