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Course Recognition for AEP Graduates Meeting SIRA (NSW) Requirements

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ESSA is offering a service to universities to have their course assessed for adequate coverage of ESSA’s new AEP Professional Standards that are relevant to workplace rehabilitation competencies. Graduates from a course that has been approved by ESSA as covering these competencies will receive additional certification upon obtaining their credentialing from ESSA as an AEP. This certification will enable graduates of approved courses to be recognised by the State Insurance Regulatory Authority (NSW) to deliver workplace and functional capacity assessments in the New South Wales worker compensation scheme.


Eligibility to Apply

The course must be a current ESSA accredited exercise physiology course that covers the specified workplace rehabilitation-related components of ESSA’s new AEP Professional Standards. Sufficient evidence to demonstrate meeting these Standards will be required to accompany the application.

AEP’s graduating from a course that includes the specified workplace rehabilitation related components are still required to complete the mandatory online course (consisting of three modules) to apply to be a SIRA approved service provider. The online course is external to ESSA and can be accessed through the Personal Injury Education Foundation (PIEF):

Components of ESSA’s new AEP Professional Standards that are required to be covered for the purpose of this application are listed within Section D (Evidence Submission) of the Application Form.


How to Apply

Download and complete the Application Form.

  • One application must be submitted per ESSA accredited exercise physiology course.
  • Applications may take up to 60 working days to be reviewed.
  • The application incurs a non-refundable assessment fee of $946 including GST, which must be paid with the application submission.

It is recommended that the full version of the AEP Professional Standards and the Application Form are read in full, before an Application Form is completed and submitted.

Enquiries can be directed to the ESSA National Office via email to or by phoning 07 3171 3335.


Approved universities

The following universities and cohorts have had their SIRA modules assessed and all graduates from these exercise physiology cohorts will be eligible to apply for a SIRA provider number and provide FCEs and WPAs:


  • Australian Catholic University (Strathfield Campus) – 2016 (semester 1 completion), 2017 and 2018 cohorts
  • Federation University (Vic) – 2016, 2017 and 2018 cohorts
  • Griffith University – 2016 (semester 1 completion), 2017, 2018 and 2019 cohorts
  • University of NSW – 2016 (semester 1 completion), 2017 and 2018 cohorts
  • University of Wollongong – 2016 (semester 1 completion), 2017 and 2018 cohorts 

If you are unsure on your eligibility please contact your university to confirm which course and students this certification applies to. 


FOR AEPs eligible to work under SIRA please review the following:

AEPs wanting to work under SIRA must meet their criteria as outlined in the PDF.

Also available in the members lounge Best Practice Hub.


Updated 5 January 2018