This course is to provide comprehensive guidance for performing CPET in the clinical setting, offering a standardised approach to CPET based on current scientific knowledge and best practice. It is targeted at healthcare professionals who plan to, or currently, perform CPET in the clinical setting; and Exercise Science professionals who wish to upskill.

The course informs specific indications for CPET, test protocol selection, testing equipment, appropriate personnel, data interpretation and patient and test safety.

Learning Outcomes

The overall aim of the course is to improve the confidence, knowledge and skills of those delivering CPET. The course will develop their knowledge & skills in the following areas:

  • Normal cardiac and respiratory physiological responses to exercise.
  • Safe practice, contraindications to test, when to terminate test.
  • Preparing the patient for the test.
  • Performing the test.
  • Protocol selection based on reason for referral.
  • Patient set-up.
  • Exercise ECG interpretation.
  • Test termination.
  • Appropriate data collection for analysis.
  • Interpretative strategies based on reason for referral.
  • Identifying an abnormal response to exercise.
  • Generating an effective report and answering the clinical question.
  • Delivering a quality assured service.


Six-weeks of 3-hour sessions

With online delivery initially, gradual in-person practical sessions will be introduced on campus at Edinburgh Napier University’s Sighthill campus.




For more information and to reserve your space, please email cpd_shsc@napier.ac.uk