Special Topics

Clinical Exercise Physiology

The Clinical Exercise Physiology Association (CEPA) is an affiliate society of ACSM. As such CEPA is autonomous, but operates with the administrative support from ACSM. The primary purpose of CEPA is to advance the scientific and practical application of clinical exercise physiology for the betterment of the health, fitness, and quality of life for patients at high risk or living with a chronic disease.

The focus of CEPA is to advance the profession of clinical exercise physiology through advocacy, education, and career development. Although CEP’s are an integral component of the health care team, there is currently a lack of regulation in the profession. Specifically, it is difficult for employers and the public to distinguish between trained clinical exercise physiologists and the multitude of untrained persons who also call themselves exercise physiologists or various other titles. Licensure will establish a minimum professional standard and help ensure that patients receive appropriate and safe care from credentialed practitioners.

At this pivotal juncture in CEPA’s efforts to secure licensure for the CEP, we first ask any CEP professional who is not a member of CEPA to join us. We need all the help we can get now! If you are a graduate or undergraduate student in the exercise sciences who is interested in clinical exercise physiology, you can join CEPA for $15.

Please check out all sections of the informative CEPA website at http://www.acsm-cepa.org/ to learn more about our association and available resources. For those specifically interested in CEP licensure, choose the legislative resources link than state updates. Check for activity in your state and then contact the legislative committee member heading your state’s work group. Once a CEPA member, you have access to the legislative document repository and the legislative tools link. This was expressly designed for the purpose of helping members initiate the process within each state.

Robert Confessore, Ph.D., FACSM, ACSM-RCEP
Kenneth Ecker, Ph.D., FACSM, ACSM-CES