Exercise Physiology Accreditation for International Graduates

What is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP)?

AEPs are university-qualified allied health professionals who prescribe, deliver, and adapt movement, physical activity, and exercise-based interventions to facilitate and optimise health status, function, recovery, and independence. This helps people participate in activities at home, school, work, and in the community.

AEPs provide services to people across the full health spectrum, including healthy people, those at risk of developing a health condition, people with health conditions or a disability, and those with age related illnesses and conditions, including chronic, complex conditions.

For further information, please refer to: What is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist

International Exercise Physiology Accreditation Pathway:

This pathway is open to individuals who have studied overseas and have completed:

  • At least 4 years full-time equivalent (FTE) study at bachelor level or higher, with a focus on clinical exercise physiology.
  • - i.e 4 years covering exercise science and exercise physiology, OR three years covering exercise science and one and a half year postgraduate covering exercise physiology.

  • Have undertaken practicum requirements including:
  • - 140 hours of exercise science practicum

    -360 hours of exercise physiology practicum

All applicants must gain Exercise Science Accreditation (AES) via the non-accredited course pathway before applying for AEP via the international pathway.

Application Steps:

Step 1: Desktop review of exercise physiology qualifications and experience -Desktop Review

Step 2: Assessment of exercise physiology knowledge -Theory Exam

Step 3: Assessment of exercise physiology practical skills -Practical Exam

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

Before You Apply:

  • Your ID must be certified. Your application will not be accepted without a certified ID.
  • Your transcripts must be the official, final copy and it must be certified. Your application will not be accepted without your certified transcripts.
  • All examples of practice supplied to ESSA as evidence must be completely de-identified.
  • The application processing fee will be charged via our online payment gateway upon submission of your application. This fee is in addition to the accreditation and/or membership fees.
  • Applications will only progress to assessment when the application form is complete, and all supporting evidence is included.
  • We reserve the right to ask further questions/request for further evidence.
  • By submitting evidence with your application you are giving ESSA permission to validate the evidence with the relevant third party.

Helpful Resources:

How to certify your photo ID and your offical, final academic transcript? Download Here
Which documents need to be officially translated by an NAATI accredited translator? Download Here
how to appropriately de-identify my evidnece for submission? Coming Soon
Other documents to support your application More Here

Application Processing Timeframes and Fees:

Stage 1: Desktop Review Stage 2: Theory Exam Stage 3: Practical Exam
Application Processing Timeframes 10 business days 10 business days 10 business days
Application Fees

*Application fees are non-refundable

$300 incl GST $800 incl GST $1700 incl GST
Assessment Processing Timeframes

*Please be aware there is no ability to fast track applications

10 business days N/A N/A
Reassessment Process

A reassessment is permitted per application, a $70 (incl GST) reassessment fee may apply. If you are unable to meet, your assessment will be finalised as declined. Also, if additional evidence is requested for an application form, a $20 (incl GST) administration fee may apply.

Two attempts with a minimum of four weeks in between. After two unsuccessful attempts, a six month waiting period must be observed before another attempt. Four weeks must also be observed from successful completion of the theory exam to completing the practical examination. Two attempts with a minimum of four weeks in between. After two unsuccessful attempts, a six month waiting period must be observed before attempting the practical exam.
Accreditation Processing Timeframes Once approved for accreditation following successful completion of the practical exam, please allow 10 business days for accreditation processing.
Accreditation and Membership Fees

*Membership and accreditation fees are non-refundable.

View the annual accreditation and membership fees here. The accreditation fees are calculated pro-rata on when the application is approved.
  • Once approved, you will receive an invoice for the accreditation (and membership, if option is selected) fee.
  • First time members will receive a 25% introductory discount on first year membership fees.
  • If you are working 20 hours or less per week you may be eligible for a part-time discount on the membership fee. Please contact ESSA at [email protected] for more information.
  • Only one of the above discounts applies at a time and fee discounts cannot be applied retrospectively.


This webpage, application and assessment forms include information on:

  • How to have your ID signed by a suitable notary
  • How to complete the assessment
  • Types of suitable evidence
  • Types of suitable experience
  • And much more.

Once you have reviewed the available information, if you still have questions, you can contact us at [email protected]

Apply Now

Step 1: Click the links below to download the required application documents.

Step 2: Complete the forms and compile your portfolio of evidence. Save all documents within an online storage platform of your choice i.e. Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.

Step 3: Once complete, email the access link to the online storage platform containing the necessary documents to [email protected]

International Exercise Physiology Accreditation Pathway
Qualifications Have at least 4 years full-time equivalent (FTE) study at a bachelor level or higher, with a focus on clinical exercise physiology
Experience 360 hours of exercise physiology practicum
Requirements Before applying for exercise physiology accreditation, you are required to hold Exercise Science Accreditation
Application Documents

Desktop Review Application Form

Exercise Physiology Record of Student Engagement