Graduate Entry Assessment

Exercise science is the foundation to exercise physiology, therefore, when applying to ESSA to become an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, you must also demonstrate that you meet the Professional Standards and practicum requirements for exercise science.

If you have completed an ESSA-accredited exercise science course and/or hold current AES accreditation then you are automatically deemed to have met the exercise science requirements. As of 1 November 2021 you will no longer be required to submit evidence of exercise science practicum to ESSA for review. 

A Graduate Entry assessment is available to those who:

  • Have completed or are enrolled in the final semester of a non-ESSA accredited Bachelor degree in/or related to the field of exercise and sports science AND
  • Are applying to undertake ESSA-accredited postgraduate study in the near future* in order to become an Accredited Exercise Physiologist 

The Graduate Entry assessment is not an accreditation, it is purely an assessment of your coursework and practicum against the Exercise Science Standards and practicum requirements. On completion of the assessment, you will be provided with an outcome letter which will outline the elements you have 'Met' or 'Not Yet Met'. This letter can be provided to the university you’re applying to for postgraduate study. 

 *A Graduate Entry assessment outcome is only valid for a period of up to 12 months. You must be enrolled in the postgraduate course prior to the expiration date stated in the outcome letter.



The '2020 Accredited Exercise Scientist Professional Standards for Accreditation' were approved by the ESSA Board in June 2020. These standards will come into effect from 1 January 2022, superceding the '2013 Exercise Science Standards'. Both sets of Standards can be viewed here.

What this means for you

  • If you submit an application in 2021, are unable to meet all elements of the 2013 Exercise Science Standards AND are not able to address these elements prior to 31 December 2021, you will need to reapply in 2022 and demonstrate that you meet the 2020 AES Professional Standards.

  • If you submit an application in 2021 and can meet all of the 2013 Exercise Science Standards, your Graduate Entry assessment outcome letter will be valid until 31 December 2022. You must enrol into a postgraduate course prior to this date. No extensions to the expiry will be granted.

ESSA encourages applicants who do not wish to enrol into postgraduate study prior to 31 December 2021 to delay submitting their application until 1 January 2022. All applications received from 1 January 2022 must address the 2020 AES Professional Standards. For those applicants wishing to start their application for submission in 2022, please see the revised Standards template here.


Apply Here:

Application Form

2021 Fees:

  • An application fee of $175 incl GST applies and is payable when your application is received.
  • An additional assessment fee of $55 incl GST applies in the event that we need to request additional information or documentation from you to progress the assessment, payable prior to continuing assessment.
  • A maximum of two additional assessments are allowed per application. If your application is not approved after two additional assessments OR if you fail to supply information by the due date, your application will be finalised as declined.
  • Additional information must be supplied within 10 working days.
  • Additional assessments are processed within 30 working days.
  • All assessment and processing fees are non-refundable.

Additional Resources, Templates and Guides: 

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