Who we are


Founded in 1991 Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA), formerly known as the Australian Association for Exercise and Sports Science (AAESS), is a professional organisation which is committed to establishing, promoting and defending the career paths of tertiary trained exercise and sports science practitioners.

Our Vision
To enhance performance, health and well-being through the science of exercise and sport.

Our Mission
Lead and promote the excellence in exercise and sports science for the benefits of society and the professions. 


Who are ESSA accredited professionals?


Degree qualified exercise professionals can be recognised under the following accreditation types:

Accredited Exercise Scientists (AES) – use exercise to improve health, well-being and fitness
Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEP) – use exercise to help manage chronic conditions, disability and injuries 
Accredited Sports Scientists (ASpS) – use exercise to improve sporting performance
Accredited High Performance Managers (AHPM) – manage a range of performance services for elite sport