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ESSA Professional Development

Exercise Physiology Accreditation for International Graduates


Are you seeking to have your international qualifications recognised to become an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) in Australia? 

The International Accreditation pathway is open to graduates from an overseas tertiary institution (i.e. outside Australia) who: 

  • Have at least four years full-time equivalent (FTE) study in applied exercise science AND
  • Can demonstrate equivalency of the knowledge, skills and experience required to become an ESSA Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP).


The 2017 International Accreditation pathway consists of four stages:




Cost – All fees are GST inclusive

Stage 1: Desktop Review

Applicants complete and submit an International AEP APPLICATION FORM

An APPLICATION GUIDE is available to assist applicants in understanding the requirements for the application. 

Review of the information and documents submitted with the International AEP Application Form to demonstrate equivalency of the ESSA requirements for becoming an AEP. 



Stage 2: AEP Theoretical Examination

On-line examination with invigilator supervision


Initial fee: $700.00

Re-sit fee: $500.00

Stage 3: AEP Practical Examination 

Face-to-face practical examination with simulated clients. Examinations are offered at selected times and locations within Australia*

Initial fee: $1,200.00        

Re-sit fee: $1,200.00

Stage 4: Australian Practice Requirements

Successful completion of a complimentary on-line course regarding Australian compensation schemes.


At this stage, applicants must also submit to ESSA a current Australian First Aid certificate/statement of attainment (course code HLTAID003) and CPR certificate /statement of attainment (course code HLTAID001). 

Complimentary (no fee)

The process is progressive and applicants must pass each stage of the process before they can apply for the subsequent stage.

Applicants will be required to submit for Stage 1 (the Desktop Review) at least four months before the date of a practical examination, to allow sufficient time for the applicant to progress to this stage in the process. 

*2018 practical examinations will be held in Brisbane at selected times throughout the year. Please email for more information.