CSEP Certified Personal Trainer (CSEP-CPT)

May 6-8, 2014

9:00 am to 3:00 pm

UBC Okanagan, Room CCS 252

This course is limited to ONLY students who have completed HMKN 311. Only 16 spots available.


The CSEP-CPT designation is the industry minimum standard for fitness appraisal and personal fitness training. This is the ideal certification for students working in health and fitness centres with healthy participants. CSEP-CPTs are sanctioned to administer appropriate submaximal appraisal protocols to apparently healthy individuals, interpret appraisal results, develop a specific health-related program of exercise for the appraised individual, and act as a personal trainer. There is no comparable personal fitness training certification in Canada.


The CSEP-CPT course will be held over 3 days. The course will be run in CCS 252 and is restricted to HMKN students who have completed HMKN 311. The course will involve both theory and practical components, covering NEW updated material related to the CSEP-PATH program. You should come prepared each day to be active. The course will run from 9:00am to 3:00pm each day, with additional practice time, if needed. Day 1-2, will involve a review and practice that will prepare candidates for the practical examination to be given on Day 3. Although the workshop will help students prepare for the theory (written) exam, this exam is written separately at a Pearson VUE test centre in Kelowna.


The cost for this workshop and exam is $300 payable to CSEP via cheque or credit card.


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1. Complete the application form.


2. Use the ?CSEP core competencies vs UBCO HK template? to complete the course competency chart within the application form CPT CEP Core Competencies for UBCO SHES

3. Include a copy of your University transcripts, current CPR-C certification and copy of your first- aid certificate (does not have to be current). Scan and send the entire document (Application, Transcripts, CPR-C, and First Aid) as one e-file to aburford@csep.ca or send it via regular mail to the address at the bottom of the application form. Registration admin fee is $35 plus tax.

4. Make sure you have a copy of the CSEP-PATH manual AND  CPT study guide.

Some CSEP-PATH manuals are still available in the bookstore or online, the CPT study guide is available online



5. You must make your own arrangements to write the theory at a Person Vue test centre

http://www.pearsonvue.com/vtclocator/ search under - Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology CSEP.



Requirements for taking the CPT course are:

  • 3rd year standing in an HK/Kinesiology program
  • Maximum of 16 students

Course materials

All students must purchase the CSEP-CPT resources (CSEP-PATH and CPT Certification Guide) in advance of the course, available to order through the CSEP national office bookstore.

The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) is proud to present this 2013CSEP-Physical Activity Training for Health (CSEP-PATH), the exciting result of a comprehensive overhaul and update of the 2003 Canadian Physical Activity, Fitness and Lifestyle Approach (CPAFLA). With a new title, new process and a wealth of new content, the CSEP-PATH delivers the kind of comprehensive, evidence-based resource needed to support the training and work of qualified exercise professionals including CSEP Certified Personal Trainers? (CSEP-CPTs) and CSEP Certified Exercise Physiologists? (CSEP-CEPs).


This guide will assist all candidates in their preparation in obtaining the most professional and highly regarded personal training certification in Canada. As a candidate with formal academic training in the subject area this study guide will assist candidates to prepare for the CSEP Certified Personal Trainer? certification. Contents include: the scope of practice for a CSEP-CPT; a description of the certification process (i.e. prerequisites and required core competencies); sample theory exam questions, practical exam format, and exercise prescription case studies. For more information about becoming a CSEP Certified Personal Trainer?, visit


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If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email or call me.

Gareth R. Jones PhD CSEP-CEP
School of Health and Exercise Sciences
Faculty of Health and Social Development
The University of British Columbia
Okanagan campus
Tel: 250 807 8102
Fax: 250 807 8085
Email: gareth.jones@ubc.ca

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