CSEP and ACSM reach historic partnership

Two of the world leaders in exercise science, sports medicine and personal training have established a new collaborative partnership. The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) and the American College of Sports Medicine® have announced the completion and execution of a Master Services Agreement between their respective organizations.

Recognizing the mutual strengths of each organization’s professional standards programs, this agreement will serve to endorse and enhance professional certification credentials and educational programming for Certified Personal Trainers and Clinical Exercise Physiologists in North America. The partnership will also further solidify ACSM and CSEP as the leaders in the areas of medical fitness, exercise science, physiology, and personal training.

Through the agreement, professional members from both organizations will not only be enabled to transfer certifications across the border, it will also include the introduction of ACSM-endorsed content in Canada and CSEP-endorsed content in the United States.

With more than half (approximately 60%) of all Americans and Canadians living with at least one chronic disease, the application of exercise therapy led by Qualified Exercise Professionals is a highly cost-effective means to reduce and manage the risks of disease and treat conditions including cardiac disease, diabetes, cancer, brain health, obesity, neurological disorders, and muscular dysfunction.

According to the World Health Organization, the estimated global costs of noncommunicable diseases attributed to physical inactivity cost $27 billion annually. Interventional programs led by ACSM and CSEP Qualified Exercise Professionals, including Exercise is Medicine®, are highly effective models to support the achievement of healthy physical activity targets and support the prevention and management of chronic disease.


“The American College of Sports Medicine® have been international leaders for nearly 70 years. With widely utilized resources and regularly developed new content, CSEP is very excited to partner with ACSM to support the educational needs of our members and solidify our leadership as the gold standard in medical fitness, exercise science and personal training in Canada. Through this collaboration, we are equally as thrilled to enable a new audience to access and complete world leading and endorsed credentials, such as the CSEP Pre & Post Natal Exercise Specialization™.”

Zach Weston, CSEP-CEP and CEO of the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology

“We are excited about the positive impact this collaboration will have on certified fitness professionals, their clients and the industry as a whole. Partnering with a proven leader like the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology is a natural fit given our shared vision to enrich lives through the science of exercise. We look forward to working together to equip fitness professionals across North America with the education and resources they need to be successful.”

Kristin Belleson, Chief Executive Officer of the American College of Sports Medicine®

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About CSEP and ACSM

In Canada, there are approximately 5,000 CSEP-CPT and CSEP-CEP professionals working with clientele ranging from those living with chronic health conditions to Olympic and Paralympic athletes, supporting CSEP’s Vision that the health, fitness and athletic performance of all Canadians is optimized through the science of exercise.

Representing 70 sports medicine professions, and with more than 50,000 members and certified professionals from 90 countries, the American College of Sports Medicine® helps people worldwide live longer, healthier lives.

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ACSM Qualified Exercise Professional certifications in the United States include:
  • ACSM Certified Personal Trainer®
  • ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist®
  • ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist®
CSEP Qualified Exercise Professional certifications in Canada include:
  • CSEP Certified Personal Trainer®
  • CSEP Clinical Exercise Physiologist™


Michel Hachey
Director – Marketing, Communications and Events
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American College of Sports Medicine®
Sharon Smith
Media and Public Relations Manager
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14th International Standards Meeting (ISM) 2023

22nd & 23rd November 2023

Madrid, Spain

‘Skills and Workforce Development Towards EuropeActive’s 2025 Horizon’

What is the ISM?
The International Standards Meeting (ISM) is EuropeActive’s main event for training providers, employers, practitioners and other key stakeholders in the fitness and physical activity educational Sector.
It has become one of the most important education-focused events in Europe with the goal of ensuring high, comparable and standardised training of fitness professionals.

Why Attend?
2023 is the European Year of Skills, a European Commission initiative targeted at addressing skills gaps and skills mismatches and the ISM programme will focus on skills and workforce development and the Standards that will drive this development.
So, if you would like to be involved in shaping skills policy for the European fitness and physical activity Sector, please join us for this year’s 14th International Standards Meeting.

The CSEP-CEP certification is now a recommended credential in BC

The CSEP Clinical Exercise Physiologist™ certification is now a recommended credential in British Columbia for qualified exercise professionals looking to work in the province’s health care system

February 9, 2023 – Statement from Zach Weston, CSEP CEO

The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) welcomes the British Columbia Ministry of Health’s recent decision and recommendation to hire Clinical Exercise Physiologists (CEPs) to support the health human resource requirements of the province.

LinkedIn Jobs on the Rise 2023: The 25 roles in Australia that are growing in demand

The 2023 LinkedIn Jobs on the Rise list reveals the 25 fastest-growing job titles over the past five years and the trends defining the future world of work.

From the rise in skills-based hiring to the demand for hybrid work, the employment landscape has been undergoing a wave of changes. Throw in a murky global economic outlook and many professionals are left wondering about their best next career move. One way to navigate the uncertainty and prepare for what lies ahead is to take steps to set yourself on a path with resilience and staying power — what’s been deemed “career cushioning”.

Our 2023 Jobs on the Rise list uses unique LinkedIn data to uncover the 25 fastest-growing job titles over the past five years — providing insight into where long-term opportunity lies and where the workforce is headed. Whether you’re currently job seeking or not, the ranking uncovers trends that can help you define your next move and prepare for the future world of work. (You can learn more about our methodology at the bottom of this article.) 

Beyond highlighting growing jobs, this list is full of actionable insights and resources. Here are some ways you can use it in your own career: 

  • Gain skills: Identify what skills are in demand for each role, and dig into LinkedIn Learning courses to learn more (clicking on a skill will bring you directly to a relevant course).
  • Understand the sector: Learn more about factors like remote job availability, related industries and more under each role to help paint a picture of the work in the field.
  • Set goals: Looking to make a change in your career? Explore additional insights around years of experience required for these growing fields and top job transitions into each role to envision a path forward and create goals.
  • Take action: Check out current job openings for each role, as well as people you may know already working in each role. 

Most importantly, this list is a glimpse into emerging trends in the workforce and a resource to navigating a career path with resilience. The workplace will continue to evolve, but we hope this provides some insight into what’s on the horizon. 

Introducing the International Confederation of Sport and Exercise Science Practice (ICSESP)

Nathan Reeves, Nick Draper, Kirstin N Lane, Francis Neric, Keith Tolfrey, Kade Davison

The science of sport and exercise for health and performance has advanced exponentially over recent decades due to its widespread recognition as a distinct scientific discipline and the breadth and depth of research within the field. As the discipline has developed, a number of subdisciplines have emerged, examining key aspects of physical performance measurement and improvement, as well as exploring the role of exercise in various contexts of health and disease. Importantly, this has translated to significant growth in the recognition of university-level qualifications in sport and exercise science and increasing vocational opportunities for graduates. Despite slight variations in roles and titles between jurisdictions, there are now well-established professional roles in the sports and exercise sciences in several countries around the world. These include Clinical Exercise Physiologists specialising in the use of exercise as medicine for preventing and treating injury and illness, and Sport Scientists who use the science of exercise and human movement to enhance athletic development and performance.

British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences forms a Climate Change Action Team