CSEP Certified Personal Trainer®
CSEP-CPT accreditation is available to individuals who have completed a minimum of 2 years of formal post-secondary training in physical activity/exercise prescription focusing on health-related physical fitness. All educational course work must be completed at an accredited college/university.
Please visit CSEP for more information about accreditation.
- Transcript evaluation is REQUIRED for all CPT Candidates prior to CPT Certification course enrollment and/or exam registration.
- If your educational institution is not listed; please provide course syllabus’ AND course outlines for all applicable courses. Core competencies and prerequisite areas must still be satisfied.
- If your post-secondary education was completed outside of Canada, a Canadian equivalency report is required. Such reports can be ordered through Employment Alberta IQAS . The IQAS report must be submitted to the Alberta CSEP Office prior to CPT Course enrollment.
- Provide proof (official transcripts) of (minimum) 2 year college/university study in an approved program in: human kinetics, kinesiology, physical education, health and/or exercise science.
- Copy of Diploma is required from all Candidates that have completed a recognized program. Please refer to the Prerequisite Courses for applicable programs. CSEP CPT Prerequisite Courses
- Approved courses must address the core competencies of the CSEP-CPT. These are outlined on the Core Competencies page of this website.
Successful completion BOTH the written CSEP-CPT Theory Exam (with a minimum of 70%) and the CSEP-CPT Practical Assessment Exam (pass/fail).
The Practical Exam requires demonstration of practical skills and knowledge in an applied setting. This examination will be conducted by a CSEP-CPT Instructor Examiner and assessed on a Pass/Fail basis (i.e. Acceptable/Unacceptable practices).
Study Resources – CSEP National Resource Order Form
Submit a complete CSEP-CPT Certification Application package.
Provide proof of a minimum 25 hours of practical training experience with clients (Training Log) and Letter of Support (from a supervisor) within 6 months after becoming certified.
CPR and First Aid
Candidates are required to hold a current/valid CPR – Level C or Health Care Provider and to have successfully completed a course in Standard First Aid or Emergency First Aid. All CPR documents must be current = within one year of date of issue, and current at date of certification/renewal. First Aid must be active/current as per expiry date(s) detailed on card/certificate. All CPR and/or 1st Aid Instructors must also provide proof of valid/current CPR at time of certification AND renewal. Please note: on-line CPR and/or 1st Aid training is NOT accepted by CSEP.