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When the certification examination is successfully completed with a score of 80% within the two-month expiration time,


If you are unable to complete the examination by the expiration date, call ESA or email, request an extension. You will never need to renew or pay renewal fees. However, continuing education is an industry standard. You will need to earn 6 hours or .6 CECs each year beginning with the year of your ISSUE DATE. It is the certified instructor’s responsibility to keep CEC certificates or validation forms with your certification document. This provides clients, and potential or existing employers with valuable information about the special areas that you have additionally studied to enhance your knowledge and skills. You will also need to earn and maintain a current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification.


All ESA certification examinations test basic competency. Continuing education builds knowledge, skills, and expertise on that foundation.

The ESA Safe Exercise Leader Certification (primary) assures that the instructor has passed the foundational course and is equipped with the scientific knowledge to lead exercise sessions. It must be earned as a prerequisite before earning a specialty certification.


When an additional ESA certification is earned, a new certificate is issued that adds the certification.
When a minimum of three ESA certifications are earned, STAR, the advanced proficiency Certification, is issued. It designates the number of ESA Certifications that have been earned. STAR Certification is a special recognition of achievement that demonstrates training in more than one exercise discipline.
An instructor may add all of the ESA Certifications to STAR. It is a required credential to be recommended as a mentor. The .6 CEC annual requirement is applied to all certifications listed on the certificate and does not need to be earned per certification.

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