Exercise Science and Personal Training Certifications

 Many students are interested in certifications for different aspects of fitness leadership. Through our program, we provide opportunities to obtain certifications from the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP), "which is the gold standard in exercise science and personal training". CSEP offers two certifications -the CPT Certified Personal Trainer® and CEP Certified Exercise Physiologist®. What follows, is a brief description of these certifications and a description on how to obtain these qualifications through our Kinesiology Program.

 

 CSEP - Certified Personal Trainer®

This is the minimum proffessional fitness appraiser/personal trainer certification recommended in Canada. It is developed by CSEP to standardize training of personnel working in the physical activity, fitness and lifestyle appraisal and personal training industry. This certification prepares you to conduct a basic fitness and lifestyle assessment and conduct counseling and training with clients regarding their physical activity programming. Because it is organized by CSEP, it is nationally standardized and highly regarded. A minimum of 2 years of university courses in Kinesiology is a pre-requisite. The theory portion of this certification will be obtained through Fitness Programming (KINE 3343), with an additional practical testing component that will be outside of the course at minimal cost. This certification requires an annual registration which includes liability insurance (a substantial benefit). This certification is appropriate for working in fitness centres, workplace fitness, and community health.

 CSEP - Certified Exercise Physiologist®

This is the advanced, gold-standard exercise science certification in Canada. It requires experience as a CPT and course work in advanced fitness testing and exercise prescription (Physiological Assessment, and Training Methods Courses, and Exercise Promotion in Chronic conditions at Acadia), in addition to a practicum (32h). The CSEP-CEP prepares you to work in fitness centres, workplace fitness, university testing centres, community healthcare teams, in a wide variety of populations from healthy to those with chronic disease or disability, athletes or workers in physically demanding occupations. The course can cost anywhere from $1000-$2000, depending on what university is offering the course, but this cost will be greatly reduced through our program. Yearly registration includes liability insurance. This is a comprehensive and highly regarded certification and requires a degree in Kinesiology - or related area as a pre-requisite (i.e. you take the exams at the end of your 4th year).

 How do you work toward these qualifications?

It is important to note that you DO NOT HAVE TO get the certifications as part of the courses in the Kinesiology curriculum, the opportunities to get the certifications will accompany the course material. You can choose any courses within our curriculum; what follows is the recommended path for those who want to progress to the CEP. It is presumed that ~ 20 students per year will be interested in the CPT in 3rd year and ~ 8 students per year in the CEP in 4th yr. Selection into the CEP stream will be through consultation with a faculty member. These certifications require faculty supervision but are partly self-directed. Due to faculty scheduling, not all certification components can be offered every year. It is up to you to determine your schedule and plan early.

 Obtaining Certifications

Recommend:

  • KINE 190B Resistance Training
  • KINE 190C Agility Quickness and Speed Training
  • KINE 2023 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
  • KINE 2493 Health Promotion & Wellness

 CPT® (Certified Personal Trainer)

Required:

  • KINE 3343 Fitness Programming (take in 3rd year)
  • Certified Personal Trainer Examinations (2-4 hours outside of course requirements)

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The CPT covers basic health, activity, and fitness appraisal, consultation, and exercise programming. You learn specific appraisal and counseling techniques, and how to promote behaviour change to adopt appropriate health and fitness strategies. There is a practical exam (counseling, fitness testing), a written (theory) exam, and the major project is to complete a one-on-one consultation (appraisal, program) with a person from the community. Other components of the course include Health & Fitness Programming in the workplace, schools and community, leading group fitness activities, and designing specific fitness training techniques (such as weight training).

 CEP® (Certified Exercise Physiologist)

In addition to the courses required for CPT:

  • KINE 4013 Training Methods (take in 3rd year)
  • KINE 4333 Physiological Assessment (take in 3th year)
  • KINE 4693 Special Topics in Exercise Promotion in Disease populations (take in 4th year)
  • KINE 4193xo Practicum (take in 4th year)

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The advanced fitness assessment methods are covered in KINE 4333. The advanced training theory and methodology particular to the CEP are covered in KINE 4013 and KINE 4693, but can wait till 4th year to accommodate your schedule. KINE 4013 include a major program prescription for an individual. KINE 4693 covers pathophysiology, pharmacology and exercise promotion in individuals with chronic conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, musculoskeletal disorders etc. KINE 4193 (Practicum) will be for the 4-8 students who specifically pursue the CEP. This will include 3-5 practicum hours per week doing health appraisals, weight room orientations, personal training, or with varsity athletics leading strength training and conditioning sessions, advanced fitness testing, program design and one-on-one consultations and working with special populations such as cardiac rehabilitation and musculoskeletal or metabolic disorders. KINE 4193 (Practicum) will also include a weekly meeting with the instructor to review testing protocols, specific case study reviews, and specific questions relevant to the CEP theory exams.

A comprehensive practical assessment (4h) and written examination (3h) is required at the end of your 4th year to obtain the CEP as it is a post-graduate certification. The CEP will allow you to work with advanced clients, with athletes, and with persons with known metabolic or other disorders (such as in cardiac rehabilitation or as a kinesiologist in a rehabilitation clinic).

For more information about CSEP certifications contact Jonathon Fowles.

Course Summary Table for the CSEP-CEP
Recommended:
Term 1   Term 2 Year

KINE 2023

KINE 190C

and

KINE 2493

KINE 190B

2
Required:
Term 1 Term 2 Year
KINE 3343

KINE 4013

KINE 4333

  3
Required:
Term 1 Term 2 Year
KINE 4693   4
KINE 4193.X0 KINE 4193.X0 4


We have also decided to bring on stream preparation for the National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (NSCA-CSCS). This is a post-graduate certification that you must apply to the NSCA to do and write the exam off-campus (usually in Halifax, Toronto, or a few other major Canadian cities). This certification is a recognized standard for working with athletes specifically. Primary preparation for this certification is provided through KINE 4013 Training Methods, the activity courses on resistance training (KINE 190B) and Agility Quickness and Speed Training (KINE 190C), KINE 3343 Fitness Programming and the Exercise and Training Practicum (KINE 4193). Success with this certification will be enhanced by taking KINE 2023 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries and 4333 Physiological Assessment. Your experience in the practicum will be primarily doing fitness testing and facilitating training with Acadia Varsity Athletes, under the direction of the Varsity Head Strength & Conditioning Coach, but will also include working with other community athletes and teams.

 CSCS® (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist)

Recommend:

  • KINE 2023 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
  • KINE 4333 Physiological Assessment

Required:

  • KINE 190B Resistance Training
  • KINE 190C Agility Quickness and Speed Training
  • KINE 3343 Fitness Programming
  • KINE 4013 Training Methods
  • KINE 4193 Exercise and Training Practicum
Course Summary Table for the NCSA-CSCS
Recommended:
Term 1   Term 2 Year

KINE 2023

KINE 190B

and

KINE 190C

2
Required:
Term 1 Term 2 Year
KINE 3343

KINE 4013

KINE 4333

3
Required:
Term 1 Term 2 Year
KINE 4193.X0 KINE 4193.X0 4

 



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