There are three assessments you must satisfactorily complete:

  • Standards & Compliance online course 

  • Exercise Physiology Theory Exam

  • Exercise Physiology Practical Exam 

Note: You must complete each exam in the sequential order listed successfully to continue to the next exam. 

Standards & Compliance online course

No Cost

ESSA's Standards & Compliance online course has been developed for AEPs to understand their minimum requirements for providing services within the various compensable schemes in Australia. The course enables learners to:

  • Understand the compensable services an AEP can provide;
  • Understand the requirements of the relevant compensable schemes;
  • Identify principles of a best practice exercise physiology service; and
  • Apply the principles of best practice services to clients.

The learning modules include:

  1. Foundations of Best Practice
  2. EP services for Medicare
  3. EP services for Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA)
  4. EP services for Private Health Insurers (PHI)
  5. EP services for Workers Compensation and Motor Accident Insurance
  6. EP services for National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

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There is a $150 registration fee for this course for non ESSA members however this fee is waived for international AEP applicants.To register and have the registration fee waived for this course, please contact the ESSA National Office on

Theory Examination

Cost: $820

This online examination is conducted through the University of Queensland. The theory examination consists of 75 multiple choice questions and 20 short answer responses allocated to a time limit of three hours. 

Candidates are permitted a maximum two attempts at the practical examination with a minimum of four-weeks in between. Four-weeks must also be observed from completion of the theory exam to completing the practical examination.  

The theory examination will evaluate the candidates' knowledge and application of designated general and pathology specific criteria including:
  • Professional practice
  • Foundation knowledge
  • Referrals, screening and assessment of exercise functional capacity
  • Design of exercise interventions
  • Implementation of exercise and health and wellness interventions
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular
  • Kidney
  • Mental Health
  • Metabolic
  • Musculoskeletal 
  • Neurological 
  • Respiratory / pulmonary 
A minimum of 70% must be attained to pass the theory exam.

The examination must be overseen by a suitable invigilator which must be approved prior to to the examination. Please see the Invigilator Form for more information. 

For more information, please visit UQ's website here

The theoretical examination will be available from February 2020 for registration. 

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Practical Examination


The Practical examination is conducted through the University of Queensland. The examination will involve three stations, each allocated 60 minutes covering a combination of pathology domains. Each station will have an examiner, the examinee and a simulated patient present. At each station you will be provided with a short overview of the case verbally and have one hour to complete a full assessment with recommendations. 

Candidates are permitted a maximum two attempts at the practical examination with a minimum of four-weeks in between. 

For further information or to view the examination criteria, please visit the University of Queensland website, here.

UPCOMING DATES: June 2020 & November 2020 

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