Certified Sports Event Professional (CSEP)

The Certified Sports Event Professional (CSEP) designation is a distinguished certification aimed at empowering professionals with a robust set of skills and knowledge essential for planning, organizing, and managing sports events at all levels. Recognizing the unique challenges and opportunities within the sports event industry, the CSEP program has been meticulously designed to cover all aspects of sports event management, including logistics, marketing, sponsorship, risk management, and legacy planning. This certification provides a comprehensive framework that integrates industry best practices with a focus on the operational, financial, and ethical aspects of sports event management.

Certification Program Objectives:

By completing the Certified Sports Event Professional (CSEP) program, participants will be prepared to:

  • Grasp the Dynamics of Sports Event Management: Develop a thorough understanding of the multifaceted nature of organizing sports events, including pre-event planning, in-event management, and post-event evaluations.
  • Navigate Sports Event Logistics: Gain expertise in the logistical planning necessary to execute successful sports events, from venue selection to transportation coordination.
  • Leverage Marketing and Sponsorship: Learn to effectively market sports events and secure sponsorships that enhance event visibility and financial viability.
  • Implement Risk Management Strategies: Understand the critical importance of risk management in sports events, including safety planning, emergency response, and liability mitigation.
  • Craft a Lasting Legacy: Equip oneself with the skills to ensure that sports events leave a positive legacy, contributing to community development and the promotion of sport.

Certification Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree


  • 2 – 5 years of relevant work experience

Certifying Examination:

  • To be certified as CSEP, student should take up a 1.5 hours online exam conducted by AIBM.
  • The qualifying exam would consist of 50 multiple choice questions, testing core certification modules.
  • Professionals with relevant experience and other qualifying criteria may be exempted from the examination.

Certification Modules:

  1. Foundations of Sports Event Management
  2. Sports Event Logistics and Operations
  3. Sports Marketing and Sponsorship Strategies
  4. Risk Management and Safety Planning
  5. Athlete Management and Participant Experience Enhancement
  6. Venue Selection and Facility Management for Sports Events

* The modules of the certification are constantly updated and are subject to change.

Who Should Do This Certification:

The Certified Sports Event Professional (CSEP) certification is highly suitable for various professionals within the sports industry, including:

  • Sports Event Managers: Individuals already in the profession who wish to consolidate their expertise and advance their careers.
  • Marketing and Sponsorship Executives: Professionals specializing in promoting and obtaining funding for sports events.
  • Risk Management Officers: Individuals responsible for the safety and risk assessments of sports events.
  • Venue Managers: Those who oversee the operation of sports facilities and event venues.
  • Students and Career Seekers: People looking to break into the sports event management industry or enhance their current qualifications in the field.

By obtaining the CSEP certification, you can elevate your professional profile in sports event management, enhance your skills to deliver exceptional sports events, and contribute to the sustainable and responsible growth of the sports industry.