The BACPR Advanced Exercise Professionals (AEP) Award

Are you an experienced exercise professional leading the core component of cardiovascular rehabilitation? The BACPR AEP is an assessed award that allows exercise professionals working at an advanced level, leading the exercise component of core cardiovascular rehabilitation, to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and experience.

Application/eligibility requirements

Underpinning qualifications must be one of the following:

  • Registered Physiotherapist OR
  • BACPR Exercise Instructor Qualification OR
  • BASES Certified Exercise Practitioner or Accredited Sport & Exercise Scientist OR
  • RCCP Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist.

Underpinning experience (indicative guide)

  • In the last two years worked a minimum of 1000 hours in a lead role in in the exercise component of core cardiovascular rehabilitation
  • One testimonial from a peer within cardiac rehabilitation and one testimonial from a patient who attended rehabilitation.

Knowledge Transfer Skills and Experience

Demonstrate at least two different examples of knowledge transfer as an exercise expert in cardiovascular disease prevention and rehabilitation (e.g. teaching, lecturing, tutoring to students or peers, including BACPR courses, patients groups, conference oral or poster presentations, writing of educational material for peers and/or patients)


  • Multiple choice knowledge exam
  • Written and oral case-study presentation of a moderate to high-risk patient demonstrating evidence of advanced applications, skills and clinical reasoning.

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