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How to Maintain Your Accreditation

updates to your accreditation & Membership from 2018…

ESSA is seeking recognition as a self-regulating body to ensure a consistent quality standard in the industry through our application for the National Alliance of Self-Regulating Health Professions (NASRHP).


*More information is coming soon. If you have any questions please contact

To maintain your accreditation you must do the following:

Hold a current First Aid certificate (code HLTAID003) – this needs to be renewed every 3 years (For AEPs it is compulsory.  For AES, ASpS & AHPM this is only required if you’re working with clients or human subjects)

 Hold a current CPR certificate (code HLTAID001) – this needs to be renewed every year * please ensure the course you register for includes the correct code (For AEPs it is compulsory.  For AES, ASpS & AHPM this is only required if you are working with clients or human subjects)

 Accrue 20 points of continuing professional development (CPD) – you do not need to earn points for the calendar year that you are approved. I.e. if you are approved in September 2016 you will not need to earn points for the remainder of 2016, but will need to accrue 20 points from January to December 2017

Hold appropriate professional indemnity insurance 



Don’t forget to record your CPD

ESSA recommends recording any CPD and  First Aid and CPR in your electronic logbook as soon as you have completed.


You may be audited

ESSA undertakes a random accreditation audit every year. If you are selected as part of the audit, you are required to provide evidence of the above items. ESSA also recommends regularly familiarising yourself with your Scope of Practice and Code of Professional Conduct and Ethical Practice. This will inform you about your professional practice boundaries. Please see the below headings for more information.


Scopes of Practice 

AES click here

AEP click here

ASpS/AHPM click here


Code of Professional Conduct and Ethical Practice click here

Holding membership and/or accreditation with ESSA constitutes acceptance of and agreement to be bound by the Code of Conduct. The Code provides guidelines on the best practice for exercise and sports scientists, and a standard against which your professional behaviour may be evaluated.


Professional Indemnity Insurance

It is a requirement of accreditation that you hold appropriate professional indemnity insurance either personally or through a third party (e.g. employer). Insurance must cover the scope of all activities undertaken, whether in a professional or voluntary capacity. ESSA recommends speaking with your insurer regularly to ensure you have sufficient coverage for your needs.  For more detail on insurance terminology click here.

 For frequently asked questions click here.

Guild Insurance  have partnered with ESSA to provide tailored policies specific to the needs of exercise & sports scientists/ESSA members.


First Aid and CPR

For ESSA Accredited Exercise Scientists and Accredited Sports Scientists a valid* First Aid and CPR statement of attainment is required if you are working with human clients or subjects.

A valid* First Aid and CPR statement of attainment is a requirement to maintain status as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist.

*Validity constitutes a current statement of attainment from a recognised training provider that meets the Australian standards for minimum First Aid (HLTAID003) and CPR (HLTAID001) units.

The Australian Standards are outlined on in line with the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) Guidelines. These units apply to all workers who may be required to provide CPR, in a range of situations, including community and workplace settings.


Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Requirements

You must complete an annual continuing professional development program.

The points requirements for all ESSA accredited persons in 20 points annually.

CPD reflects an expectation from the public and industry that you are committed to keeping your professional practice abilities up to date and are current with best practice. CPD is also a good way to expand your skills and career opportunities. 


Financial Accreditation with ESSA

You must be financial for the calendar year (i.e. pay your annual accreditation fee). You will be asked to declare compliance with the above accreditation rules and declare charges, convictions or involvement in proceedings related to a criminal offence related to you in order to be eligible for renewal.



Holding accreditation entitles you to use the following titles and post-nominals.:

Accredited Exercise Scientist AES

Accredited Exercise Physiologist AES AEP

Accredited Sports Scientist Level 1 AES ASpS1

Accredited Sports Scientist Level 2 AES ASpS2

Accredited High Performance Manager AES AHPM

Full members are entitled to use the post-nominal ESSAM.

Fellow members are entitled to use the post-nominal ESSAF.

For if you are an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and full member your post-nominals are ESSAM AES AEP