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OTTAWA, February 16, 2021 – The Canadian Kinesiology Alliance is proud to announce that Kinesiologists are now recognized as Level 2 professionals by Exercise is Medicine Canada (EIMC). EIMC is a global health initiative that promotes physical activity as a chronic disease prevention and management strategy to improve the health of Canadians. The EIMC recognition program helps health care professionals identify highly qualified exercise professionals in their community. These professionals, now including Kinesiologists, are critical allies who help patients reach their physical activity goals to prevent and manage chronic disease.

The highest level, EIMC Level 2, groups professionals who have an undergraduate- or higher-level exercise science degree. Kinesiologists are recognized as having advanced knowledge and expertise in exercise management for those with chronic disease. They work with

  • seemingly healthy individuals with no constraints for regular participation in physical activity and exercise;
  • asymptomatic individuals with a single chronic disease or condition controlled with physician-prescribed therapies; and
  • patients at higher risk, including those who have more than one chronic disease or who may require clinical monitoring during exercise.



The EIMC has not yet updated its website, so here are a few more details.


1. There is no longer a $50 or $60 membership. They are redesigning the membership structure to make it free.
2. The registration to the database is not yet complete because they are redoing it with the revision of the website.
3. They are no longer under the governance of the CSEP because they have become independent. This business model of having a country's EIM under the governance of an already existing organization is the model used in the United States. EIM in Canada started under this model and recently withdrew from it to reduce perceptions of conflict of interest.


Exercise is Medicine is a global initiative! Launched by the American College of Sports Medicine in 2007, this initiative can now be found in several countries.



Taken from the previous EIMC webpage:


Registering for Recognition as an EIMC Level 1 or 2 professional, and as a member of the EIMC Professional Network, is an important career step.

EIMC promotes our Recognized Professionals to healthcare professionals as critical allies helping patients reach their physical activity goals for the prevention and management of chronic disease. 

EIMC provides national leadership promoting physical activity as a chronic disease prevention and management strategy to improve the health of Canadians. Through its credible, extensive and growing network of national, provincial and regional health care professional organizations, including family and sports medicine physicians, physiotherapists, chiropractors and dietitians, and now kinesiologists, EIMC will communicate the expertise of EIMC Recognized exercise professionals to health care professionals across Canada.

EIMC educational programming promotes the EIMC Recognition Program levels to help health care professionals identify exercise professionals with knowledge, skills and competencies to build motivation and effect behavioural change, with healthy inactive patients as well as work competently with patients at risk of, or with established chronic disease who are medically cleared for independent or supervised exercise prescription.

Our passionate multidisciplinary expert team is developing educational workshops, exercise prescription and referral and other decision-making tools that support health care professionals to assess, advise, prescribe and refer their patients to community or clinically based physical activity and exercise resources that support their health goals.


How do I enroll in the EIMC Recognition Program?

All current and new EIMC members need to register here.

Registered Kinesiologists in Ontario can join the EIMC Professional Network as 'Providers' alongside other regulated health professionals. 

Kinesiologists registered with the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario (CKO) are welcome to promote their EIMC membership through use of the EIMC Professional Network logo on their professional materials, and to use phrases such as “EIMC Professional Network Member” or “Proud supporter of the EIMC initiative” on business cards, brochures, etc. The CKO however does not permit R.Kins in Ontario to use the "EIMC Level 1 or 2" Recognition as a credential or designation after their name. For further information, Registered Kinesiologists can contact EIMC or the College regarding their participation in the program.


Who is Eligible to be Recognized through the EIMC Exercise Professional Recognition Program?

EIMC recognition is only available to exercise professionals with a minimum 2-year university or college diploma level exercise science background. Exercise professionals may register for EIMC recognition at Level 1 or 2 based on their qualifications to work with patients at different risk levels (See chart below).

EIMC Recognized exercise professionals work within their current scope of practice.


EIMC Exercise Professional Recognition Program Levels:


Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology Certified Personal Trainer (CSEP- CPT)

American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer + EIM Credential Level 1 (ACSM CPT+EIM Lvl 1)

ACSM Exercise Physiologist +EIM Credential Level 2 (ACSM EP + EIM Lvl 2) 


*Applicant must provide evidence of a 2-year college-level or university-level exercise science background, confirmation of above certification and evidence of personal liability insurance.



Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology 

Clinical Exercise Physiologist  (CSEP-CEP)

College of Kinesiologists of Ontario

Registered Kinesiologist (RKin)

Canadian Kinesiology Alliance

Affiliated Kinesiologist

American College of Sports Medicine 

Clinical Exercise Physiologist (ACSM CEP)

Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist (ACSM RCEP)


*Applicant must provide evidence of a 2-year college-level or university-level exercise science background, confirmation of above certification and evidence of personal liability insurance.


How do I promote my EIMC Recognition?

  • Add your EIMC Recognition level to your professional credentials; e.g., Jane Doe, CSEP-CEP, EIMC Level 2 or A.Kin, EIMC Level 2
  • Add your EIMC Recognition level to your associations on-line member directory profile and other professional profiles e.g., LinkedIn.
  • Add the EIMC Professional Network logo to your professional communications materials.

You can also use the "Affiliated Kinesiologist recognized Level 2 EMC" image. Download here.


What other benefits will the EIMC Recognition Program bring?

  • The monthly EIMC Professional Network eNewsletter to keep you updated with new research and EIMC events!
  • Reduced fees for EIMC workshops and continuing education opportunities
  • Access to advanced training modules on exercise in chronic disease: modules available in diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, behavior change and more!
  • Unique access to the EIMC Professional Network logo for your professional communications materials
  • Access to EIMC resources and tools, such as prescription pads, posters, exercise fact sheets and more
  • Identify yourself as an EIMC Professional Network member on your professional profiles e.g., LinkedIn, website, etc.
  • Uniquely for EIMC Recognized exercise professionals, promote your EIMC Level 1 or 2 with your CSEP, CKA / PKA or ACSM certification