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National University Course Accreditation Program (NUCAP)

Interested in accrediting your higher education course with ESSA?

Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) accredits higher education courses that have met the association’s high quality standards for accreditation through its National University Course Accreditation Program (NUCAP). The primary objective of the National University Course Accreditation Program (NUCAP) is to provide higher education academic units with a framework to build courses of excellence in exercise and sports science to ensure that graduate outcomes are aligned with industry requirements.

ESSA offers higher education academic units the option of applying for two (2) levels of NUCAP accreditation; exercise science and exercise physiology (clinical).

Becoming Accredited

Becoming NUCAP accredited course requires a long term commitment, and a passion for exercise and sports science industry. This is why ESSA’s course accreditation process is rigorous and ensures a high quality studying experience for graduates.

Please click here to download NUCAP’s Policies, Procedures and Application Form.

Benefits of accreditation:
  • Accreditation keeps academic units up to date with industry requirements.
  • Graduates will align with industry standards and requirements.
  • Accreditation is a mark of quality for prospective students when selecting higher education accredited courses.

Exercise Science Professional Standards – Leading to Accreditation as an Exercise Scientist (AES) for Graduates of Accredited Courses

The ESSA Exercise Science (ES) Professional Standards meet the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) requirements for Level 7 that lead to Bachelor Degree qualifications. These Standards provide a curriculum framework for higher education courses in exercise, sport and movement sciences, and broadly define the minimum components of the exercise science qualification, which underpins Exercise Physiology and Sports Science accreditation with ESSA. The ES Professional Standards are based on the minimum professional requirements of graduates working in all areas of exercise science.  

Existing Exercise Science Professional Standards

The existing ES Professional Standards are contained under Section 3 in Part B — Application Form of the NUCAP Policies, Procedures and Application Form. These Standards consist of 12 study areas, each containing a number of mandatory knowledge and skills criteria. 

New Exercise Science Professional Standards

The ES Professional Standards have been reviewed in consultation with the ESSA membership and the broader academic community to develop new ES Standards. The new ES Standards are organised into 15 mandatory study areas, each of which provide a guiding principle to outline the intent of the study area, assessment expectations, and elements of competency-based graduate outcomes. Please click here to download the new ES Professional Standards.

 

Exercise Physiology Professional Standards – Leading to Accreditation as an Exercise Physiologist (AEP) for Graduates of Accredited Courses

The ESSA Exercise Physiology (EP) Professional Standards meet the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) requirements for Level 7 that lead to Bachelor Degree qualifications. These Standards provide a curriculum framework for higher education courses in clinical exercise physiology. The EP Professional Standards are based on the minimum professional requirements for graduates to begin practice within the clinical exercise physiology profession.The EP Professional Standards build on the underpinning ES Professional Standards.

Existing Exercise Physiology Professional Standards

The existing EP Professional Standards are contained under Section 4 in Part B — Application Form of the NUCAP Policies, Procedures and Application Form. These Standards consist of four sections (one general, and three pathology-related areas), each containing a number of mandatory knowledge and application criteria.  

New Exercise Physiology Professional Standards

The existing EP Professional Standards have been reviewed in consultation with accredited exercise physiologists (AEPs) and the broader academic community to develop new EP Standards. The new EP Standards are organised into 13 mandatory study areas, each of which provide a guiding principle to outline the intent of the study area, assessment expectations, and elements of competency-based graduate outcomes. Study areas 1 to 5 are generic Standards broadly describing the practice of the profession. Study areas 6 to 13 are pathology-specific Standards that describe sets of knowledge and competencies that are needed to provide safe and effective exercise interventions for various broad-based pathology domains. To download the new EP Professional Standards please click here.

 

Implementation of the Revised (New) Exercise Science and Exercise Physiology Professional Standards

Work to develop a system for assessing the new ES and EP Professional Standards for the purpose of course accreditation is currently being developed. This work is expected to be completed sometime during 2016, after which the new ES and EP Standards will be implemented in conjunction with a revised course accreditation system. Following implementation, there will be a period of two years where higher education providers will have the option of applying for course accreditation under either the existing or the new Standards. After two years all applications submitted for course accreditation will be reviewed for accreditation under the new Professional Standards.