SESNZ has developed an accreditation and quality assurance scheme for professionals working within the field of sport and exercise science.

This scheme enables professionals to be recognised for their expertise by those outside this field, to ensure appropriate levels of professionalism and safety for the public, and align our field with other professions.

  • Current First Aid Certificate
  • Copy of academic transcripts
  • Log book with 140 hours outlined for apparently healthy individuals
  • Current First Aid and CPR Certificate
  • Copy of academic transcripts
  • Log Book which clearly identify the requisite logged/recorded hours of experience with accompanying support from a reputable source should clearly identify the requisite 360 hours of practical experience at level 8.
  • 3 case-studies.  Case Studies must be of clients you have personally worked with and have an intimate knowledge and experience of their condition(s) and subsequent exercise therapy.   Each case study must describe a different condition i.e., not all cardiovascular, or situation.

The case study reports must include the following:

  • Brief introduction that includes relevant background information such as client history and the purpose of the assessment
  • The method including statements which demonstrates you understand the equipment involved in the assessment (e.g. strain-gauge force plate vs. piezoelectric force plate) and any limitations of the assessment (e.g. accuracy, reliability), or
  • The methods used in the intervention/s including statements that demonstrates that you understand any particular methods of assessment used (e.g., psychometric testing, performance profiling etc.) and any limitations of the assessment (e.g. validity or reliability).
  • The client reports – video, written. Supplementary information can be provided on any oral information provided. Include details of any referrals.
  • Where possible, all identifying features of the client should be removed or masked in the report. Written client consent is required prior to submitting any visual material where the identity of the client cannot be protected.  Consent should be limited to the purpose of obtaining your accreditation with SESNZ. Please provide a copy of the client’s consent.
  • An independent reviewer will consider the application and advise whether the application meets the SESNZ accreditation requirements.
  • If an application is unsuccessful, the applicant will be notified and advised of the shortcomings and requirements needed to be successful.  If these requirements are minimal no extra fee will be charged if supplied within the specified period.
  • If the application requires a full review and new application, the full accreditation fee will be payable.
  • This is relevant to applicants who have graduated before 2016. Under the Grandfathering pathway applicants must provide evidence of full time equivalent (FTE) practice in direct servicing or research as defined by SESNZ.
  • To apply for the grandfathering pathway, please look to the bottom of this page
Application Process

How do I apply for Accreditation and Registration?

When you apply to become a Level 1 Registered Exercise and Sport Scientist or a Level 2 Accredited Exercise and Sport Science Practitioner or Accredited Exercise Physiologist, you become a member of Sport and Exercise Science New Zealand (SESNZ).
The cost of this is $120 per year for Full Membership or $10 for a student membership. This is additional to the cost of the accreditation process below:

  • Initial accreditation and assessment fee: $300
  • Biennial accreditation renewal fee: $50
  • Total initial cost will be $420 for full membership and accreditation or $310 for student membership and accreditation

Accreditation fields

Registered Exercise and Sports Scientists (RESS)

Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEP)

Accredited Exercise and Sport Scientists (AESSP)

Strength and Conditioning

This scheme, established by SESNZ over a decade ago, sets minimum standards for both qualifications and competence. The standards were established using recognised discipline experts from within SESNZ membership, including practitioners and academics and approved by the SESNZ Board after consultation with the wider SESNZ membership and interested third parties.

SESNZ recognises accreditation needs to accommodate those already working within the field, and those currently studying.

Further to our alignment with ESSA we have adopted a similar Continuing Professional Development (CPD) scheme for our accredited members.  You will find the guidelines on the point system and logbook here. 

All accredited professionals need to accrue 20 points annually (inclusive of a minimum 15 points from Further Education).

If you have any questions please contact us at and we will answer as soon as possible.

Applicants are required to complete the application forms and provide all evidence listed along with payment to SESNZ.
Applicants may apply for accreditation in more than one discipline but must ensure all the discipline competency requirements are met.

On behalf of Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA), we have released the newest exercise science standards as of 18 November, 2013.

The exercise science standards are based on the minimum professional requirements of graduates working in all areas of exercise science, and they have been developed in consultation with over 45 practitioners and academic experts across fifteen discipline areas. The standards provide a curriculum framework for university courses in exercise, sport and movement sciences, and they define the exercise science qualification, which underpins Exercise Physiology and Sports Science accreditation with ESSA.

Previously accredited applicants from overseas may be eligible for grandparenting their accreditation across.

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