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Exercise Physiology Accreditation

Accredited Exercise Physiologists

Accreditation as an exercise physiologist is the mark of an experienced and qualified health professional.

Awarded exclusively by Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) to university qualified health professionals who have met the stringent accreditation criteria set by the organisation. In addition, if you wish to be a Medicare, Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Health fund or WorkCover provider, you must have an exercise physiology accreditation with ESSA.

What is an AEP?

An AEP is a university qualified allied health professional, who specialises in clinical exercise interventions for persons at high-risk of developing, or with existing chronic and complex medical conditions and injuries.  These interventions are provided by exercise delivery including health and physical activity education, advice and support and lifestyle modification with a strong focus on achieving behavioural change.  AEPs are the most qualified health professional to prescribe exercise for people with chronic disease.

Click here for the Scope of Practice of an Accredited Exercise Physiologist

What is the definition of Allied Health and Allied Health Professionals?

The allied health workforce in Australia is comprised of allied health professionals and technicians, assistants and support workers who work with allied health professionals. In this definition, Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA) aims only to define the allied health professions and their professionals.

It is well accepted that the allied health sub-set of the Australian health professions does not include medical, nursing or dental professionals. In both the international and national domain there is no universally accepted definition of allied health professions. Instead, a range of definitions is used in various sectors.

NUCAP Graduates

Graduates from an accredited NUCAP course are eligible for exercise physiology accreditation, you must be an exercise science (full) member and you must have satisfied the exercise physiology criteria listed in the application form.

Membership fee


* This is the fee for accreditation as an AEP however to gain accreditation as an AEP you are required to be an exercise science member. The membership fee for an exercise science member is $280 (total fee for exercise science membership and AEP accreditation is $620).

Application Forms and Guides

2015 Accredited Exercise Physiologist Application Form Download
2015 Accredited Exercise Physiologist Application Guide Download


Supplemental Documentation


2015 Accredited exercise physiologist complete application example Download
2015 AEP Logbook Template Download
2015 AEP Apparently Healthy Reference Form Download
2015 AEP Cardiopulmonary Metabolic Reference Form Download
2015 AEP Musculoskeletal-neuro Reference Form Download
2015 AEP ‘Other’ Clinical Practice Reference Form Download


Continuing professional development (CPD) requirements for accredited members

ESSA requires accredited exercise physiologists (AEPs) and accredited sports scientists (ASps) to maintain their accreditation through continuing professional development.

Yearly requirements to maintain accreditation as an exercise physiologist/sports scientist are:

  1. A minimum of 20 CPD points per membership year (1 January – 31 December) are required by all accredited exercise physiologists/sports scientists.
    There are two exceptions to this rule:
    — In the year you first become accredited where there are no CPD requirements e.g. if accredited on 15 September 2014, you will have from that date until the end of the following calendar year (31 December 2015) to accrue your first 20 CPD points.  20 CPD points are required annually thereafter – i.e. January to December.
    — If your accreditation has been suspended and you are returning to practice then separate CPD requirements apply – refer to ESSA’s Return to Practice Policy.
  2. Hold a current cardiopulmonary resuscitation certificate (HLTCPR211A – Perform CPR or HLTAID001 Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation). Your CPR must always be valid and be renewed annually.
  3. Hold a current first aid certificate (HLTFA311A – First Aid or HLTAID003 Provide First Aid). Your first aid must always be valid and be renewed as required.

A copy of your Statement of Attainments for CPR and first aid must be with your CPD logbook yearly and if you are selected in ESSA’s CPD compliance audit, these must be produced.

If a member is accredited as both an AEP and an ASp a total of 20 CPD points are required per year.

The 2015 CPD logbooks and guidelines can be found on the ESSA Professional Development Centre. If you require the 2014 logbook and guidelines, please request this via email to

If you have any questions or for more information, please contact the ESSA office on 07 3862 4122 or via email