2019 Applications

The Accreditation team would like to advise the following information to be considered before you submit your application;

ESSA requires 10 - 30 business days (dependent on application type) to process accreditation applications (this may take longer if re-submission/additional submission of evidence is requested).  Therefore to secure the best chance of an accreditation outcome by 31 December 2019 you must submit all evidence and forms by close of business 29 November 2019unless you/your employer organisation already has written pre-approved arrangements made with ESSA.

Please also note that ESSA will be closed for business during the period 25 December 2019 to 2 January 2020.

This shutdown period might affect your application review. It is for this reason that we suggest that you make every effort to submit your application as early as possible.

Exercise Science Accreditation

Exercise Science Accreditation (AES) is available to graduates of a Bachelor Degree (or minimum AQF Level 7 qualification) who are able to satisfy the ESSA Exercise Science (ES) Standards, including 140 hours of practical experience.

Exercise Science is considered the foundation for further accreditation pathways. 

A full list of ESSA accredited courses can be found here. 

If you are applying to undertake postgraduate study in the near future in order to become an AEP and do not wish to practise as an AES, please refer to the graduate entry assessment section.


AES application form for individuals who have completed an ESSA accredited qualification (PDF)


AES application form for individuals who have completed a non ESSA accredited qualification (PDF)


2019 AES Amnesty
For industry professionals who have graduated prior to 1st Jan 2012.

AES Amnesty application form (PDF)

Attach all evidence items as hard copies and save all evidence items to a USB and send with your application.

ESSA has acknowledged the challenges that exercise and sports science graduates (Bachelors degree or above),who graduated prior to 1st January 2012, face in obtaining their Exercise Science accreditation (AES) due to the change in the Exercise Science Standards in recent years.
As of 1st January 2018, for a 24-month period, anyone who has a Bachelor’s degree (Bachelors degree or above) in exercise and sports science, who graduated prior to 1st January 2012 and has worked in the exercise science / sports science industry for at least 5 years full time equivalent (FTE), is encouraged to apply for accreditation through the AES Amnesty Pathway.

This one-off opportunity is designed to assist exercise scientists and sports scientists gain their accreditation as an Accredited Exercise Scientist (AES) or Accredited Sports Scientist (ASpS).

For more details, please contact the ESSA office on 07 3171 3335 or info@essa.org.au.


2019 Cost: 

Please refer to forms for costs.

All supporting forms, templates and examples can be found here.