Applications for Full Accreditation

An application for full accreditation for a new course must be submitted as soon as the inaugural cohort of students commence studying the third to last semester of the course.

Education providers must liaise with the Course Accreditation Manager four months before the application is to be submitted, to schedule a mutually agreeable date for the application submission.

The Course Accreditation Manager will issue a deposit invoice (10% of the full application fee) three months before the agreed application submission date. This non-refundable deposit must be paid two months before the agreed application submission date. An invoice for the balance (90% of the application fee) will be issued upon receipt of the application. Please refer to ESSA’s web page Course Accreditation Fees, which lists all fees associated with course accreditation.

Education providers must ensure they have read and understood the Course Accreditation Guide and the appendices (Exercise Science Standards and Accredited Exercise Physiologist Professional Standards) before completing and submitting a course accreditation application.

Course Accreditation Guide

Course Accreditation Application Form
A1 - ES Mapping Template
A2 - EP Mapping Template
B - Unit Information Template
C - Assessment Matrix Template
D - Staff Profile Template
E1 - ES Practicum Template
E2 - EP Practicum Template

Five complete hard copies (printed double-sided), and one electronic (provided on a USB) copy of the application and supporting documents are required to be forwarded by the agreed application submission date via courier to the ESSA National Office, addressed as below. 

For the attention of the Course Accreditation Manager

Exercise & Sports Science Australia

9 Hercules Street


QLD 4007


Applications submissions must be sufficiently detailed and coherently organised to permit a thorough evaluation by a review team. Sufficient detail must be provided to enable reviewers to familiarise themselves with the course and the material being submitted as evidence. 

Important: Tables of contents, sequential page numbers, tabbed and labelled dividers inserted in between each section of each document are required. 

Documents provided as evidence must be clearly labelled and referenced within the application submission. Units of study must appear in the appendices in the sequence they are delivered within the course, and each unit outline must be clearly identified within the table of contents. Unit outline titles must be consistent throughout the documentation. A list of evidence attachments must also be provided. 

Application submissions must be provided as bound documents. It is anticipated that more than one bound document may be needed to accommodate one copy of one application submission.

Please do not use ring-binder or lever arch folders to submit application documents.