CSEP

 

The first of its kind in Canada, the CSEP High Performance Specialization™, focuses on performance and occupational testing and training for qualified exercise professionals working with elite athletes, emergency services personnel, armed forces, and high performance clients.

Whether seeking to officially challenge the CSEP High Performance Specialization™ exam, or to simply enhance your professional knowledge for working in High Performance settings, CSEP has you covered. Three modules plus case studies have been developed and are ready for purchase and download. Each module includes links to journal articles and other study resources to broaden your professional knowledge.

 

High Performance Specialization Guide

The CSEP High Performance Specialization™ Guide is available to members to learn more about the core competencies, exam information and practice questions.

Download the High Performance Specialization™ Guide

 

  

Eligibility

All CSEP certified members in good standing are eligible to pursue the CSEP High Performance Specialization™. By pursuing this cutting edge specialization, your advanced knowledge of high performance and occupational testing and training will be confirmed by the leading organization in exercise science and personal training in Canada.

To earn the CSEP High Performance Specialization™, qualified candidates must successfully challenge a 60-question Theory Exam. There are no additional prerequisites.

Apply now to challenge the CSEP High Performance Theory Exam:

  1. Schedule an exam date and time with Pearson Vue
  2. Review the Core Competencies and prepare for the exam with the CSEP recommended resources. 
  3. Challenge the Theory Exam (requires a score of 70% or higher)
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The Exam

CSEP High Performance Specialization™ candidates must challenge a Theory Exam which will demonstrate they have the appropriate theoretical knowledge in all five core competency areas. The Theory Exam is a 60-question, 120-minute, multiple choice exam. It is hosted by independent, third-party testing centres across Canada, as well as online

The exam sitting fee is $200.00* and the required passing score is 70%.

Exam Content Breakdown:

  • Sport and occupational biomechanics, physiology, and performance psychology
  • Sport and occupational performance assessment
  • Sport and occupational performance exercise design and prescription
  • Energy intake for sport and occupational performance
  • Professional and ethical practice

* Price as of December 2019. Price subject to change and all applicable taxes.

Enhance Scope of Practice

As a CSEP High Performance Specialist™, CSEP has confirmed a members’ advanced knowledge of high performance testing and training.

Upon successfully completing the exam for the CSEP High Performance Specialization™ the member’s current Scope of Practice is enhanced:

For the CSEP Certified Personal Trainer® (CSEP-CPT)

  • Previous restrictions on maximal aerobic and anaerobic assessment protocols or exercise program development are lifted.
  • Previous restrictions on muscular strength assessment protocols or program design that exceed 90% of 1-RM are lifted. 

For the CSEP Clinical Exercise Physiologist™ (CSEP-CEP)

As a CSEP-CEP, your pre-existing advanced knowledge in the field of exercise physiology does not restrict you from safely working with high performance or occupational clients. However, as a CSEP High Performance Specialist™, you have demonstrated your knowledge of high performance testing and training strategies at a more advanced level.

*All qualified exercise professionals (QEP) are expected to recognize their own area of expertise and refer clients who fall outside that expertise to another QEP, a physician, or other appropriate health care provider

Preparation Modules

Module 1: Physiology and Training Prescriptions for the Components of Fitness

  • Section 1: Endurance
  • Section 2: Strength
  • Section 3: Speed and Agility
  • Section 4: Stature
  • Section 5: Flexibility

Total run time: 6 hours plus recommended additional resources 

CSEP PDCs: 10
Introductory Prices (for four month subscription): Members: $95.00 | Non-Members: $115.00*

*Introductory pricing, subject to change 

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Module 2: Performance Assessment 

  • Section 1: Properties of Measurement
  • Section 2: Considerations for Testing
  • Section 3: Methods of Assessment

 

Total run time: 2hrs, 10 min plus recommended additional resources

CSEP PDCs: 5
Introductory Prices (for four month subscription): Members: $75.00 | Non-Members: $85.00*

*Introductory pricing, subject to change 

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Module 3: Planning and Management Training

  • Section 1: Periodization
  • Section 2: Principles of Training
  • Section 3: Training for Speed and Agility
  • Section 4: Special Topics
  • Case Study 1: Hockey
  • Case Study 2: Military
Total run time: 2hrs plus recommended additional resources 

CSEP PDCs: 5
Introductory Prices (for four month subscription): Members: $115.00 | Non-Members: $125.00*

*Introductory pricing, subject to change 

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Frequently Asked Questions

I'm a CSEP-CEP interested in working in Performance settings. How do I obtain the CSEP High Performance Specialization™?

CSEP-CEPs who become certified by December 28, 2019 will be automatically granted the CSEP High Performance Specialization™. When the specialization is released, all current CSEP-CEPs will be conferred with the membership title a CSEP-CEP, CSEP High Performance Specialist™.

After January 2, 2020 will have the opportunity to earn the CSEP High Performance Specialization by successfully completing a 60 questions multiple-choice theory exam.**


I'm a CSEP-CPT interested in working in Performance settings. How do I obtain the CSEP High Performance Specialization™?

All CSEP-CPTs will have the opportunity to earn the CSEP High Performance Specialization™ by successfully completing a 60 questions multiple-choice theory exam.**

Once a CSEP-CPT has obtained the CSEP High Performance Specialization designation, they may utilize assessment protocols or design exercise programs that require maximal aerobic or anaerobic effort. They may also assess muscular strength using maximal 1-RM assessment protocols or design programs based on resistance loads exceeding 90% of the predicted 1-RM.

What is the cost of the CSEP High Performance Specialization™?

  • Online Preparation Modules: Please visit csep.ca/onlinelearning for all pricing
  • Theory Exam: $200.00 (multiple choice theory exam is administered through PearsonVUE at testing centres, or through secure online proctoring).

Is there a Practical Exam?

No. The CSEP High Performance Specialization is obtained by successfully completing the 60 question, multiple-choice theory exam. There is no practical exam for the High Performance Specialization.


How do I maintain my CSEP High Performance Specialization™?

CSEP High Performance Specialization™ renews annually with your CSEP Certified membership. There are no additional fees or professional development required to renew the Specialization. CSEP members’ comprehensive CSEP Professional and General Liability insurance remains unchanged. .


Will I need to earn PDCs with the CSEP High Performance Specialization?

No. You will however, need to earn your required CSEP-CPT or CSEP-CEP Professional Development Credits (PDCs) in order to hold the CSEP High Performance Specialization™ designation.


Is there a maximum number of attempts at the Theory Exam?

Please consult the CSEP Certification Exam Attempts Policy


Other helpful information:
  • Any current CSEP-CEP candidate pursuing certification who completes their CSEP-CEP Theory Exam and Practical Exam by December 28, 2019* will automatically be granted the CSEP High Performance Specialization when registering as a CSEP-CEP. 
  • Any CSEP-CEP candidate who does not complete both exams successfully by December 28, 2019* will not automatically receive the CSEP High Performance Specialization and will need to pursue the CSEP High Performance Specialization to work with these populations. 
  • Any CSEP-CEP applicant who applies after December 2*, will not be automatically granted the CSEP High Performance Specialization, and will need to complete the online learning modules (or providing evidence of relevant post-secondary coursework), and the CSEP High Performance Specialization Theory Exam.

We will provide ongoing updates throughout the year with release dates, pre-registration options, and other important details.

*Prices and timeline subject to change. 

**The CSEP-CPT and CSEP-CEP Scope of Practice will have a special denotation for those with the High Performance Specialization designation allowing for expanded Scope of Practice.