CSEP-CPT Scope of Practice 

The CSEP-CPT Scope of Practice defines the actions and activities that CSEP Certified Personal Trainers® are qualified and insured to perform under their defined certification. 

The CSEP-CPT Scope of Practice (SOP) was updated in November 2018 to remove the age restrictions for CSEP-CPTs. The expanded SOP allows CSEP-CPTs to work with clients of all ages. 

CSEP-CPT Scope of Practice

Effective as of November 3, 2018. 

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The CSEP Certified Personal Trainer® (CSEP-CPT) is a professional with, at minimum, the equivalent of 2-years of full-time study (or 60 credits) of University/College coursework in specific core competency areas related to the exercise sciences, from an accredited post-secondary institution. A CSEP-CPT works with apparently healthy individuals or those with a stable health condition who are able to exercise independently.


  • Conducts basic pre-participation health screening assessments on all clients using evidence-based tools, and gathers information about physical activity and lifestyle behaviours.

  • Administers various fitness assessments on clients including submaximal aerobic fitness, musculoskeletal fitness (muscular strength, endurance, power, flexibility and balance), and anthropometry. 

  • Gathers and applies information about the physical activity, fitness, and lifestyle of a client or group of clients to design, implement, and monitor client-tailored submaximal exercise programs for healthier living. 

  • Recognizes their own area of expertise and refers clients who fall outside that expertise to a CSEP Certified Exercise Physiologist® (CSEP-CEP), physician, or other appropriate health care provider. 

A CSEP-CPT is NOT sanctioned by CSEP to:

  • Use an ECG for any purpose. 
  • Utilize any assessment protocols or design exercise programs that require maximal aerobic or anaerobic effort. 
  • Assess muscular strength using maximal 1RM assessment protocols or design programs based on resistance loads exceeding 90% of the predicted 1RM. 
  • Administer fitness assessments, or design, implement and monitor client- tailored exercise prescription strategies for populations with unstable medical conditions or more than one medical condition, or that the CSEP-CPT feels ill- equipped to address.
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