Our Memberships

Sport Scientists Canada provides three types of memberships that entitle the sport scientist to a number of resources and professional development opportunities. Each membership is attributed a range of benefits in terms of resources and access to Sport Scientist Canada initiatives and events.

As per the Town Hall on December 8th, 2021 we will temporarily suspend new membership applications for the month of January 2022 while we update our system. More information will be uploaded to Sport Scientist Canada in February, and registered members will receive direct communication in the coming weeks.

High Performance Practitioner Membership

This membership is for practitioners working with Olympic, Paralympic, or NextGen athletes in Canada. Practitioners will be required to verify role with a NSO or PSO on an annual basis.

Please note this membership will transition to HP Certification Membership in the Fall 2021 as HP Practitioners in Canada earn certification status from the new HP Certification program.


Professional Membership

Open to those possessing a Bachelor's, Master's or Doctoral degree in a field related to sport and exercise science; or a degree in another area but working within the sport and/or exercise sciences field. This membership is ideal for University researchers, high performance coaches and practitioners who do not work with National Team programs. Professional membership requires an annual renewal to ensure ongoing work in high performance sport in Canada.



A student enrolled in a Canadian university degree (Bachelor's, Master's or PhD) or college diploma program, focused on the study of sport and exercise science. Sport Scientist Canada offers a 4 year student membership designed for undergraduate students. After 4 years as a student member, SSC requires evidence of continuing study to process student membership renewal. Members who are enrolled on a PhD program are eligible to remain as graduate members until the completion of their PhD.


Membership Benefits

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Be part of Canada's network of high performance sport scientist professionalscheck markcheck markcheck mark
SPIN Summit Annual Discountscheck markcheck markcheck mark
Access SPIN Summit SSC Discipline Meetingcheck markcheck markcheck mark
Access to SSC Workshopscheck markcheck markcheck mark
Access to SSC Position and Consensus Statementscheck markcheck markcheck mark
Access to High Performance Research Librarycheck markcheck markcheck mark
Access to SPIN Summit Multimedia Librarycheck markcheck mark
Access to Innovation For Gold (I4G) & Mitacs Librarycheck mark

Access to National Protocols & Best Practice Librarycheck mark

Access to LEAD Professional Development Program for Sport Scientistscheck mark

Eligible for SSC National Committee rolescheck mark




Is there a cost to becoming a member?

No. The membership packages do not cost a fee. There are specific criteria that must be satisfied for each membership. An application must be submitted to be provided a membership.

How do I renew a membership?

The HP Certification membership will require a collection of Professional Development points.  The Professional membership requires an annual renewal.  The Student membership requires evidence of continuing study to process student membership renewal.

Why does the High Performance Certification Membership not start until 2022?

As a new program, the existing practitioners of the Canadian Olympic & Paralympic Sport Institute are being assessed against the competency framework and being prepared to assume the ‘certified’ status following a rigorous transition process.