Membership Overview

Join the Gold Standard in Exercise Science and Personal Training 

Be part of a community of like minded individuals who recognize the need and importance of exercise and health for everyone by joining CSEP's over 5000 members. CSEP members generate outstanding evidence-based research and include the most highly-qualified exercise professionals .  

We are the resource for translating advances in exercise science research into the promotion of fitness performance and health outcomes for Canadians. For 50 years CSEP has set itself apart by uniting the research branch and the certification branch.   

Why you should join the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology:

  • You are part of cutting-edge research in the field which drives CSEP's standards and certifications and sets the association apart 
  • CSEP Certified exercise professionals are the most highly qualified exercise science practitioners in Canada. They provide the best and safest care to the public. 
  • You believe it is important that qualified exercise professionals follow a client-centred process to help clients adapt and maintain a physically active life at all ages and want to support this. 
  • Opportunity to expand your wealth of knowledge with exciting, evidence-based professionals development opportunities both in-person and online. 
  • Enjoy a range of member benefits tailored for CSEP members.  


Join a unique peer network of students, academics, supporters and exercise professionals by choosing the membership that is best for you. Contribute to the gold standard of exercise research whether you are studying or instructing in the field or simply want to support our vision. 

Membership Fee: $225.00



Members have a Graduate Degree (Phd, MD, DC, MSc, MA, MPE).

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Membership Fee: $75.00



Graduate or undergraduate students of the Human Kinetics or Exercise Physiology Faculties. 

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Membership Fee: $100.00



This membership is for individuals who wish to support and advance the CSEP mission and be part of the CSEP community.  You can be on the inside track with a CSEP Supporter membership! 

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Membership Fee: $260.00


Industry & Allied Partner

Private businesses or institutions whose activities and interests are related to CSEP.  As an Industry & Allied partner you are supporting the Gold Standard in Exercise Science and Personal training. 

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Certified Memberships

For those who want to be active in the field of Exercise Science & Personal Training, there are two certification offered by CSEP: CSEP Certified Personal Trainer ® (CSEP-CPT) and CSEP Clinical Exercise Physiologist™  (CSEP-CEP).

CSEP's standardized core competencies, theory and practical exams, continued professional development and renewal requirements ensure CSEP's Certified members' knowledge and skills align with cutting-edge research in exercise science, physiology, health and fitness. 

Click here to learn more about becoming certified.
As of November 2019, the name CSEP Certified Exercise Physiologist® changed to CSEP Clinical Exercise Physiologist™

Application Fee: $45.00



A CSEP-CPT administers the CSEP-PATH to healthy populations and individuals with one chronic, stable condition. They develop and implement tailored physical activity, fitness and lifestyle plans for clients.

Read the full requirements. 

Application Fee: $50.00



A CSEP-CEP performs assessments, prescribes conditioning exercise, as well as exercise supervision, counseling and healthy lifestyle education in apparently healthy individuals, populations with medical conditions, functional limitations or disabilities, and high performance athletes across the lifespan. 

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Member Benefits Overview

Member Benefit CSEP-CPT CSEP-CEP Student Academic Supporter Industry Allied Partner
Eligible to vote and hold elected office (Board of Directors)
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May nominate others to stand for election
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Enrolled in Professional Liability Insurance Program  

Discounted rates on Sun Life extended health, dental and life insurance

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Discounted rates on The Personal Home & Auto Insurance


Opportunity to purchase additional professional insurance items

Access to APNM Journal (online)      For a fee   ✔   ✔    ✔   For a fee
Receive monthly e-newsletter Communiqué        

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Receive monthly e-newsletter Gold Standard News  

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Profile on CSEP Online Member Directory


Access to CSEP member-only content on CSEP Portal online

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Career Opportunities (on csep.ca/opportunities) 

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Discount on web-based advertising on csep.ca & in Communiqué

Attend CSEP Annual Conference at a discounted rate 

Opportunity to present research at CSEP Conference at a reduced rate


Member pricing on CSEP Professional Development Opportunities
(Online Learning & in-person events)

Discount on Conference / Event Exhibitor space   

Connect with a peer network of students, academics
and exercise professionals
Marketing: Visibility / leverage from CSEP affiliation  ✔

Discount on CSEP Publications & Materials     ✔

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Access to CSEP teaching material resources

Annual Renewal Date: March 31st

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 View more details on the memberships and their benefits by visiting their pages. 

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Statement

The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in all aspects of the Society's business.  This includes, but is not limited to, applications for membership, awards and grant review, and employment and volunteer positions. CSEP welcomes applications and participation from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression. In its commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, members of the Society, its committees and employees and/or any award/grant recipients are expected to uphold the same policies in their work related to the Society.