The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences


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BASES is concerned with setting, maintaining and enhancing the professional and ethical standards of its members who are actively involved in sport and exercise science.

High standards are promoted in two particular ways:

1. Through the adoption of a strict BASES Code of Conduct to which all members must adhere. Violation of this code of conduct can result in sanctions, including removal of accreditation. The code of conduct serves to ensure a minimum level of service to individuals or groups who make use of the range of services offered by sport and exercise scientists.

2. BASES accreditation is awarded to those practitioners who are deemed by the Association to have the minimum knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to be safe and fit to practice as a sport and exercise scientist.

Members may achieve accreditation as a result of work in applied sport/exercise science support, research or pedagogy. In all cases the process and the judgement of generic knowledge, skills and professional practice will apply although how these are expressed and the "client" group will differ.

Those accredited by BASES are entitled to use the term ‘BASES Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist’ while they still fully meet all the relevant accreditation criteria.

To search for a BASES Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist on the BASES Consultant Finder

Routes to Accrediation

  1. The normal route to accreditation is via successfully completing the BASES supervised experience process; this is the route that it is recommended applicants take, especially those who are in the early stages of their sport and exercise science career.
  2. Applicants who already have significant experience working within the profession may be in a position to apply directly for accreditation.

All accredited individuals and those undergoing supervised experience towards accreditation are expected to work only within their areas of competence. Thus, the system provides potential clients from sport and exercise groups with the means to ensure that the services they receive will be both safe and effective as possible.

Application Documents and Guidelines

  1. BASES highly recommends that you read the BASES Accreditation Guidelines  before submitting your application. Included in this document are case study guidelines, Guidance Notes on assesseing non BUES Degrees, BASES M-Level Equivalency Mapping Matrix, Common Application Errors and FAQs
  2. Accreditation application documents  (with optional CSci). This document includes the application form,  required competency profile and reference request template.

For guidance see completed examples

Application Information

The two annual submission deadlines are 1pm on 6 January or 1 July.

Applications are accepted from 29 November and 1 June respectively. We are unable to accept applications earlier than this.

  • The application fee is £100.00
  • The application form must be sent as a Word document so that we are able to delete your payment details
  • All other supporting evidence must be sent in one readable pdf file
  • If you are unable to do this then you may send a CD or memory stick containing 1 pdf file to the BASES office
  • BASES is unable to return items sent
  • Completed application forms should be emailed, in the correct format, by the specified date, to 
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The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences
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Membership Benefits

Membership includes the following:

  • BASES Conferences
  • BASES Workshops
  • Sport and Exercise Scientist
  • Apply for Awards and Grants

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