The Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences was established in April 2004 under the auspices of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
The primary role of the CoAES is to establish standards and guidelines for academic programs that facilitate the preparation of students seeking employment in the health, fitness, and exercise industry. The secondary role of the CoAES is to establish and implement a process of self-study, review, and recommendation for all programs seeking CAAHEP accreditation.
Programmatic accreditation through CAAHEP is specifically intended for Exercise Science or related departments (Physical Education, Kinesiology, etc.) with a professional preparation tract designed for students seeking employment opportunities in the health, fitness, and exercise industry.
10 Accredited Masters Programs
47 Accredited Bachelors Degree Programs
Personal Fitness Training
3 Associates Degree Programs
WHY ACCREDITATION MATTERS
It provides additional layers of approval to an existing exercise science program. It also makes it easier for prospective students and parents to choose the right program for them as the CoAES accreditation is outcomes based.
The Accreditation Process
Everything you need to know to get started.
REQUESTING ACCREDITATION SERVICES
To begin the process of accreditation for your program, simply complete the Request for Accreditation Services application on the CAAHEP website. Click here to go to the CAAHEP Request for Accreditation Services page, then select the profession from the drop down list that corresponds to your program (Personal Fitness Trainer, Exercise Science, or Exercise Physiology.)
This application allows the CoAES to formalize your intention and send you the complete set of self-study application materials. There is no obligation or cost associated with submitting these request forms.
A complimentary CD containing the complete set of self-study application materials will be sent to the program director listed on the "Request for Accreditation Services" application once it is received by the CoAES.
STANDARDS & GUIDELINES
Click the links below to download the guidelines for your program.
Personal Fitness Trainer Standards & Guidelines
Exercise Science Standards & Guidelines
Exercise Physiology Standards & Guidelines
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
ANNUAL REPORT INFORMATION
If your program is currently accredited, an annual report is due to the CoAES one year from the date of initial accreditation on the original letter from CAAHEP.
There are two sets of fees due annually to start and maintain accreditation. An Annual Institutional fee of $450 is due to CAAHEP each year. The invoice will be sent from CAAHEP and this fee should be paid directly to CAAHEP. In addition, an Annual Fee of $500 per accredited progam is due to the CoAES each year. An invoice can be requested from the CoAES Administrative Officer.
For questions about the annual report, annual fees, or to request an invoice, please email the CoAES Program Coordinator.
The Annual Report Instructions and Annual Report forms can be downloaded below:
CoAES Annual Report Instructions & Forms
Walter R. Thompson PhD, FACSM
Georgia State University
Dept of Kinesiology & Health
Susan Muller, PhD
Dean, Stephens College
Brian Biagioli, EdD
Senior Director of Certification
Carol Cole, MS, ACSM HFD
Sinclair Community College
Exercise, Nutrition & Sport Sciences
Jerry Purvis, MS, RKT
Ben C. Thompson, PhD, FACSM, ACSM EP-C
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Dept. of Human Performance and Sport
Vice President of Operations
NASM Representative TBD
Gregory Ferenchak, PhD, EdD
Dean, Health Sciences