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the ACSEP Training Program


The Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians is a specialist medical college that provides training to doctors in Australia and New Zealand through the ACSEP Postgraduate Sport & Exercise Medicine Specialist Training Program.  Our Training Program's core medical speciality is Sport and Exercise Medicine.  At the completion of the Specialist Training Program, the doctor becomes a "Sport and Exercise Physician".

DID YOU KNOW?  Doctors that have graduated from our college are known as "Fellows" of ACSEP and can use the initials "FACSEP" at the end of their name and be called "Sport and Exercise Physician" (SEP).  Doctors that have not graduated from our College, but have an interest in sport and exercise medicine, can only refer to themselves "Sport Doctors".



what is sport and exercise medicine?

Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM) is a discipline that concentrates on and promotes:

  • Health through increased use of exercise and physical activity
  • Provides advice on the safe use of physical exercise in both prevention and treatment of illness
  • Provides a holistic approach to addressing medical conditions and injuries in individuals who wish to exercise

You can read more about what Who we are, Why become a SEP?, our Community and our Industry.



Who does our training program suit?

Our trainees are very varied - we have young trainees who are fresh out of their medicine degree and have competed three years of postgraduate employment; and we have trainees who are senior doctors with other College Fellowships, running their own practices with established families.  We have a good balance between male and female trainees and encourage indigenous doctors to apply to the college.

Usually our trainees:

  • Have a passion for sport and exercise - some are elite athletes themselves, while others simply enjoy casual fitness and enjoy promoting the benefits of it
  • Have a strong passion for sport and exercise medicine
  • Want to help patients with an "exercise as medicine" focus
  • Want to help patients of varying ages and abilities - as well as helping a good cross section of the sporting and non-sporting community - such as those patients with no sporting background, exercise enthusiasts and elite athletes
  • Enjoy working within a clinical settings as well as being out in the field/travelling with teams and events
  • Enjoy working with, and building partnerships with a wide range of health professionals
  • Have a passion for research within the SEM domain
  • Are passionate about the College, are self directed and want to push their own boundaries and knowledge to be the best Sport & Exercise Physician they can be

Did you know?  We have a range of College membership opportunities available - this includes membership for medical students and associate membership.  As a member you get special perks - such as access to College newsletters, invites to College events and access to over 30 FREE online SEM eLearning modules.



ACSEP Training Program

The ACSEP Postgraduate Sport & Exercise Medicine Specialist Training Program consists of four years full time training (minimum). 

The majority of our training occurs in privately owned SEM clinics or practices across Australia and New Zealand, which are managed by our own ACSEP Fellows - these Fellows become our Trainee's core teachers and supervisors during their training.  We also emphasis on-field training within Sporting Teams and at Sporting Events.  Trainees can also expand their own learning by working within hospitals assisting within surgery or working in emergency departments.  Trainees are encouraged to foster partnerships and work alongside other health professionals, such as paramedics, radiologists, physiotherapists, podiatrists and general practitioners.

The ACSEP Curriculum is in-depth and covers a wide range of topics.  Trainees must complete a a number of Training Program deliverables and assessments throughout their Training Pathway.  At the completion of the Training Program, trainees must complete a final Fellowship Examination. 

We encourage work/life balance and allow trainees to complete the Training Program with part-time loading (min 50%) or they can take some time of leave off the Training Program.

Find out more about what is included in the Training Program here.

If you are an Overseas Trained Specialist (outside of Australia and New Zealand), please refer to our OTS page.




To be eligible to apply to the Training Program, you must be:

  • A permanent resident or citizen of Australia or New Zealand
  • Hold a current and valid unconditional medical registration from the applicable Medical Board or Council in Australia or New Zealand

The Entrance Application process into the ACSEP Training Program is:

If you are an Overseas Trained Specialist (outside of Australia and New Zealand), please refer to our OTS page.