Accredited Sports Scientists (ASpS)

ASpS are highly trained professionals who provide sports science services and conduct research relating to sport in an elite environment such as the AIS, state academy or professional sports club.

They help individual athletes and teams to improve their sporting performance through the use of scientific knowledge, methods and applications in the areas of physiology; biomechanics; psychology; and motor control and motor development. They evaluate research, and they advise on the technical and practical aspects of training; injury prevention; technique; nutritional supplements; performance and recovery practices. Accredited Sports Scientists work at all levels of sport, including with able-bodied and para-athletes.

An Accredited Sports Scientist can help you or your team by:
  • developing a strength and conditioning program
  • monitoring training load
  • analysing skills and techniques
  • providing biomechanical analysis for injury prevention or to improve performance
  • liaising with other members of the support team to optimise performance
  • keeping you up to date with the latest techniques in performance management.

Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) is the peak professional body and sole accrediting body for Accredited Sports Scientists and High Performance Manager.  This accreditation is also supported by the Australian Government please see the 2016 Media Release.

Accredited Sports Scientist Level 1 (ASpS1)
To gain ASpS Level 1 accreditation with ESSA, an individual must:
  • be a graduate from a minimum AQF Level 7 qualification, that leads to the award of a Bachelor degree from a higher education provider
  • meet the Exercise Science Professional Standards, leading to accreditation as an Accredited Exercise Scientist (AES), including 140 hours of practical experience for the purpose of undertaking an exercise intervention to improve health and fitness, wellbeing or performance, or focus on prevention of chronic conditions
  • meet the Accredited Sports Science Professional Standards – Level 1, leading to accreditation as an Accredited Sport Scientist Level 1
  • complete 360 hours of supervised practical experience in sports science.

Accredited Sports Scientist Level 2 (ASpS2)
Level 2 Accredited Sports Scientists are highly experience sports scientists with advanced knowledge, skills and expertise in sports science that is applied across subfields including sports physiology; sports biomechanics; skills acquisition; strength science and performance analysis.

To gain ASpS Level 2 accreditation with ESSA, an individual must:
  • have graduated from a minimum AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree in the field of exercise and sport science and hold a minimum Honours degree in the field of exercise and sport science, OR
  • have graduated from a minimum AQF level 7 Bachelor degree (in a non-exercise and sports science field) and hold post-graduate qualifications at a minimum AQF Level 9 Masters degree in the field of exercise and sports science
  • meet the Accredited Sports Science Professional Standards – Level 1
  • meet the Accredited Sports Science Professional Standards – Level 2
  • have completed at least 3-5 years’ full time equivalent supervised experience.

To maintain accreditation with ESSA, Accredited Sports Scientists are required to:
  • hold and maintain a valid First Aid and CPR certificate when working with clients/human subjects
  • hold and maintain appropriate professional indemnity insurance
  • complete an annual Continuing Professional Program comprising 20 points per annum
  • uphold the ESSA Code of Professional Conduct and Ethical Practice.

Accredited Sports Scientists can work in a number of environments, including but not limited to:
  • institutes or academies of sport
  • professional clubs Level 2 Accredited High Performance Manager
  • national sports organisations
  • state teams
  • local teams
  • private businesses
  • schools.
At all times an ESSA Accredited Sports Scientist makes the wellbeing of the athlete, the team, and other service users their primary concern by providing the utmost duty of care and never recommending the use of any substance or practice that might knowingly cause the harm to the service user.

NB. Other pathways may be available. Please contact the ESSA Office for more information. 


Click here for the Scope of Practice for an Accredited Sports Scientist