Certification Prerequisites

Eligibility for Admission

In order to be eligible for admission and enrolled in the KIEP Certification Program as a Candidate, applicants must:

  1. Be at least 18 years old;
  2. Have a high school diploma or equivalent;
  3. Be accredited or certified as a healthcare or exercise professional; and
  4. Pay the program fee in full.

Candidate for Certification

Once the above requirements have been met, the individual then becomes a “Candidate for Certification” and will have access to all certification materials including eBooks, DVDs, quizzes, and other study materials.  After completing the KIEP courses or self-study materials a Candidate for Certification must demonstrate he/she has successfully accomplished all program requirements.  In order to become certified, a Candidate must:

  1. pass all KIEP exam modules;
  2. pass the final exam for KIEP Certification;
  3. become CPR- and FA-certified* by the American Red Cross (or another qualifying organization); and
  4. receive the Certification of Completion document; thereby, becoming a fully accredited KIEP through the KIEP Certification Program.

Note:  Since healthcare and exercise service providers must be able to respond to medical emergencies, Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid (FA) certifications are required for the KIEP Certification Program.  If you are not currently certified with these prerequisites, contact the American Heart Association or American Red Cross for more information.


If you have not received a formal education as a health or exercise professional and are interested in obtaining KIEP certification, it is important that you are competent in the topics of human anatomy, physiology and exercise science. Knowledge of the following areas is recommended: biomechanics, kinesiology, exercise program design, nutrition, and a general understanding of injury and medical terminology. These competencies can be acquired through organizations such as the National Personal Trainers Institute (NPTI), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) or American College of Exercise (ACE).