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.

  • Level 1 Registered Exercise and Sport Scientist (RESS)
  • Level 2 Accredited Exercise and Sport Science Practitioner (AESSP)
  • Level 2 Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP)

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.

If you have any questions please contact Vanessa on and she 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.

Accreditation Fees

  • Initial accreditation and assessment fee: $300
  • Biennial accreditation renewal fee: $50

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.