ESSA professionals have a duty of care to clients. The resources on this page explain this duty of care and what individuals need to show to be accredited, act professionally and stay accredited.
On this page you will find:
The professional standards describes the knowledge and skills expected of entry level exercise and sports science professionals.
The standards are targeted to people wanting to gain accreditation. They are also a guide for developing courses that lead to accreditation.
The Accredited Exercise Science (AES) Standards are based on the minimum knowledge and skills required to work in all areas of exercise science.
The AES Standards aim to guide development of exercise science courses that lead to an Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) Level 7 Bachelor Degree qualification. see Education Providers
ESSA may accredit people with an appropriate qualification and who meet the ESSA Exercise Science Standards as an Accredited Exercise Scientist (AES).
A person must gain this accreditation before seeking other ESSA accreditations. see Ways to join ESSA.
The AEP Professional Standards are based on the minimum knowledge and skills for a person to start work in clinical exercise physiology.
The AEP Professional Standards are intended to guide development of courses that lead to an AQF Level 7 four year Bachelor Degree qualification or above. see Education Providers
ESSA may accredit people with an appropriate qualification and who also meet the Exercise Science Standards and AEP Professional Standards as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP). See Ways to join ESSA for more information on accreditation.
AEPs are recognised in Australia as allied health professionals and are entitled to seek a Medicare Provider number. See Medicare Australia
The Sports Scientist Professional Standards Level 1 are workforce based competency standards.
The Sports Scientist Professional Standards for Level 1 describe what is required to practise lawfully, safely and effectively as a sports scientist.
ESSA may accredit persons who meet these standards as Accredited Sports Scientists at Level 1. see Ways to join ESSA.
A person must gain this accreditation before seeking ESSA Accredited Sports Scientist Level 2 or Accredited High Performance Manager accreditations. see Ways to join ESSA.
The Accredited Sports Scientist Professional Standards Level 2 are workforce based competency standards. They recognise people with advanced knowledge, skills and expertise in sports science who apply it in the subfields of sports science. These subfields include: sports physiology, sports biomechanics, skills acquisition, strength science, and performance analysis.
A person must hold ESSA Accredited Sports Scientist Level 1 accreditation before seeking this accreditation. see Ways to join ESSA.
The High Performance Manager Professional Standards Level 2 are workforce based competency standards. They recognise people with the advanced and specialised knowledge and skills in management needed to lead high performance, elite and professional sport and athlete programs.
A person must hold ESSA Accredited Sports Scientist Level 1 and/or Level 2 accreditation before seeking this accreditation. see Ways to join ESSA.
The scopes of practice explain the typical activities of entry level practitioners and help the public to identify a practitioner suited to them.
For frequently asked questions about scopes of practice click here.
The ESSA Code of Professional Conduct and Ethical Practice sets out the professional practice expectations of ESSA members and accredited individuals.
ESSA members/and or accredited individuals should make themselves familiar with all applicable ethical and professional practice requirements, including those set by ESSA and the National Code of Conduct for Health Care Workers.
Criminal/Ethics History Declare Form
Please contact the ESSA National Office on 07 3171 3335 or firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain a Criminal/Ethics History Declare Form and/or a Fit and Proper Person Fact Sheet. Click here to fill out the Criminal Histroy Declaration.
Depending on the environment in which they practice, exercise and sports science professionals may be subject to a range of advertising legislation that includes, but is not limited to, the: • Competition and Consumer Act (formerly known as Trade Practices Act) • Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (National Law) • Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA), Notes for Allied Health Providers, Section one, General. • Therapeutic Goods Act • Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code. For example, while testimonials are permitted in general advertising, their use is prohibited in relation to the provision of regulated health services and businesses that provide regulated health services. Also, some professional associations such as the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) prohibit use of testimonials by their members.
What does this mean for exercise and sports science professionals?
Basically, it means that exercise and sports science professionals who work in a multi-disciplinary environment that includes regulated health professions* are, under law, not permitted to use testimonials. However, exercise and sports science professionals who are sole traders or who work in a business that does not include regulated health services or dietitians may use testimonials as long as they comply with all relevant legislation. This applies equally to Accredited Exercise Scientists, Accredited Exercise Physiologists and Accredited Sports Scientists.
Click here for the ESSA Advertising Guidelines
Click here for the FAQs
Complaints can be made to ESSA about individuals who are ESSA members and/or ESSA accredited professionals. Complaints may also be made to other bodies, such state health care commissions (see below).
Please contact the ESSA office on 07 3171 3335 if you would like to discuss any particular concerns.
ESSA Complaints Process
The Complaints and Disciplinary Procedures By-law outlines ESSA’s procedure for investigating complaints against its members.
To make a complaint about an ESSA member you should:
A National Code of Conduct for health care workers/National Code of Conduct for general health services is being implemented in each Australian state and territory.
This code gives consumers greater protection for services by health care workers who are not part of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for health practitioners.
Please see each state below for links to the relevant code and display information.
ESSA recommends health care workers display:
Breaches of National Code of Conduct for health care workers
To view the National Code of Conduct for health care workers/National Code of Conduct for general health services in each state and territory or to make a complaint about a breach of this code, follow the links below.
Queensland: Office of the Health Ombudsman
South Australia: Health and Community Services Complaints Commissioner
Victoria: Victorian Health Complaints Commission
* Information for other states and territories will be added once it is available.
ESSA commits to managing personal information consistent with the Australian Privacy Principles set out in schedule 1 of the Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection ) Act 2012 that amend the Privacy Act 1988. Please click here for full document.