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Course Accreditation

ESSA offers two levels of accreditation within its course accreditation program: 

  • Exercise Science; and
  • Exercise Physiology

 

Course accreditation is a rigorous process.  The award of ESSA course accreditation provides potential students with assurance that the course:

  • provides a high quality study experience
  • aligns with competency standards for entry into the profession.

Graduating from an  ESSA accredited course provides the public with assurance that the practitioner will be highly trained and able to practice in the profession safely.

 

Exercise Science Course Accreditation

To be ESSA accredited, exercise science courses must:

  • lead to a four year Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 7 qualification (Bachelor degree) or above; and
  • demonstrate that the course meets the ESSA exercise science course accreditation requirements*

*See applying for qualifying accreditation and applying for full accreditation for more information.

 

Graduates from an ESSA accredited exercise science course can apply to become an Accredited Exercise Scientist (AES) by submitting their application to ESSA within two years of completing the course.

Graduates seeking to become an AES who completed their course more than two years ago should contact the ESSA National Office on 07 3151 3335 to discuss their application.

 

Exercise Physiology Course Accreditation

To be ESSA accredited, exercise physiology courses must:

  • lead to a four year Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 7 qualification (Bachelor degree) or above; and
  • demonstrate that the course meets the ESSA exercise physiology course accreditation requirements*

*See applying for qualifying accreditation and applying for full accreditation more information.

Note: A course seeking accreditation at the level of Exercise Physiology only, must have provisions in place to ensure that all students graduating from the course have also met the exercise science competency standards and exercise science practicum requirements. These requirements are a prerequisite for an individual to obtain professional credentialing as an accredited exercise physiologist (AEP).

Graduates from an ESSA accredited exercise physiology course can apply to become an Accredited Exercise Scientist (AES) and/or an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) by submitting their application to ESSA within two years of completing the course.

Graduates who want to become an AES and/or AEP who completed their course more than two years ago should contact the ESSA National Office on 07 3151 3335 to discuss their application.

 

 

Guide

The document below has also been created in conjunction with the Professional Standards, to assist university’s when submitting their applications:

Supplementary Guide to the Accredited Exercise Physiologist Professional Standards, July 2017*