CSEP Certified Personal Trainer (CSEP-CPT)


Next CPT course offering is MARCH 26, 27, 28, 2015.

Times: March 26 (3-6pm) ART 168, March 27 (9-3pm) ART 168, March 28 (9-3pm) Practical Exam ART 168/CCS 252


On March 26, 27, and 28th UBCO School of Health and Exercise Sciences will facilitate a CSEP-CPT workshop and practical exam for students who have completed HMKN 311 (Exercise Prescription). The course will be facilitated by Dr. Gareth Jones. This course is only open to a maximum of 16 students. The 9 hour workshop will review all requirements for the CPT practical exam. All registration and fee transactions must be completed through the links below. All students must have purchased a copy of the CSEP PATH manual and should have reviewed the PATH material in advance of the 2 day workshop and 1 day practical exam. Description The in-curriculum CSEP-CPT course is usually held over 3 days (2 days are practice and review; 1 day is the practical ‘OSPE’ exam). The course is hosted in ART 168 (Healthy Exercise and Aging Laboratory) and is restricted to HMKN students who have completed HMKN 311. Candidates from outside the HMKN program are also encouraged to register but must have been approved by CSEP. The course is designed to prepare the candidate for the practical examination. Although the workshop will help students prepare for the theory (written) exam, this exam is written separately at a Pearson VUE test centre.



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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: 


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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