The CSEP Physical Activity Training for Health® Resource Manual

The CSEP Physical Activity Training for Health® (CSEP-PATH®) Resource Manual is an evidence-informed, quality textbook and tool for qualified exercise professionals.

The Second Edition of the manual, released in 2019, has been extensively updated with content to reflect the latest research in exercise science, and an easy to use look and feel.

Learn how to support clients from initial intake to continued support through a client-centred process. The manual provides a comprehensive set of assessment protocols and extensive information on working with a variety of clients and their unique needs from children, to older adults, to those who live with disabilities, or those with a stable medical condition.  

Content Overview

Section 1: Basic Anatomy and Physiology
An overview of key anatomy and physiology concepts relevant to qualified exercise professionals.

Section 2: Lifestyle Behaviours and Health
This section contains four subsections: Physical Activity, Fitness, and Health; Sedentary Behaviour; Healthy Eating; and Healthy Sleep. Each subsection provides a general introduction to the topic and highlights how qualified exercise professionals can advance the promotion of the lifestyle behaviour to health.

Section 3: Behaviour Change 
This section provides a basic overview of the main theories of behaviour change and models used within the physical activity domain, highlights key areas for action or intervention based on the tenets of these theories, and then outlines approaches that qualified exercise professionals will find beneficial as they seek to guide clients to make lasting changes to improve their health and fitness. 

Section 4: CSEP-PATH
This section presents the CSEP-PATH itself, a streamlined 6-step sequence based on the 6-As (Ask, Assess, Advise, Agree, Assist, and Arrange) that is a foundation of effective health behaviour intervention.

Section 5: Training for Health & Performance 
This section focuses on both training for health and fitness and training for performance-related fitness (sport and physically demanding occupations). The content reviews key training principles and variables for enhancing cardiovascular and musculoskeletal fitness.

Section 6: Training for Children and Youth 
This section enhances knowledge when working with children and youth and considerations to help younger populations meet the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines.  

Section 7: Training for Pregnant Women
This section highlights key considerations to consider when working with pregnancy women through their gestational period using the SOGC / CSEP 2019 Canadian Guideline for Physical Activity throughout Pregnancy as a foundation.

Section 8: Training for Clients Living with being Overweight or Obese
This brand new section highlights key factors to consider when developing an effective physical activity strategy for clients who have weight loss as a goal.

Section 9: Training for Persons with a Disability
This section contains general information to support the qualified exercise professional's efforts to provide inclusive services to clients with all abilities, and highlights strategies to create quality physical activity opportunities for clients with a disability.

Section 10: Training for Older Adults
This section identifies pertinent physiological age-related changes and prescribing practices unique to the older adult.

Section 11: Training for Clients Living with Chronic Conditions 
This section offers general information on the more common chronic conditions diagnosed in Canada and how they typically affect an individual’s ability to engage in regular physical activity. 

Professional Concepts
This section contains information of relevance to those interested in or pursuing certification with CSEP. This section also provides an overview of professional liability, standard of care, and tips for building a strong professional reputation and practice.

The CSEP-PATH® Toolkit includes client questionnaires, handouts, and worksheets to support the qualified exercise professional in administering the CSEP-PATH® protocols. 


Already have a CSEP-PATH Manual? Access tools & more!

Register your CSEP-PATH manual to access the digital toolkit and more. Use the unique serial code that came with your manual to access the digital toolkit. If you are an eligible CSEP-CPT candidate the code will help purchase the CSEP-CPT Theory Exam. Once you use the code it will be saved to your account.

Redeem your free CSEP-PATH Toolkit with a new code

To access the CSEP-PATH Toolkit and download PDF copies of the tools follow these steps:

  1. Go to this product: Free CSEP-PATH Toolkit (redeem with code)
  2. Enter the unique serial code you received with your CSEP-PATH Manual and click Continue. (If you're logged in and you have previously entered your code, it will recognize your saved code)
  3. Add the Free CSEP-PATH Toolkit to your cart. During the checkout process, you will be asked to create an account (or log into an existing account) on the CSEP Store. By creating an account, your unique serial code will be registered to you and saved in your account.
  4. After you complete your order, you will have access to the download link in three places:
    1. On the order confirmation page when you complete your order.
    2. In the order confirmation email sent to you.
    3. On your account page under 'orders'.

Redeem your free CSEP-PATH Toolkit if you've already used your code

If you previously used Omniconnex ( to access the tools, follow these steps to access your CSEP-PATH Toolkit:

  1. Create an account on the CSEP Store: "Create CSEP Store Account". Make sure to use the same email address you used to register your account with Omniconnex so it connects the code you previously entered.
  2. Navigate to the product "Free CSEP-PATH Toolkit (redeem with code)". The store should recognize the code already on your account.
  3. Add the product to your cart and checkout.
  4. You will have access to the download link in three places:
    1. On the order confirmation page when you complete your order.
    2. In the order confirmation email sent to you.
    3. On your account page under 'orders'.
If you can't remember which email address you used to register your CSEP-PATH manual with Omniconnex, or if you no longer have access to that email address, please contact

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