The Chester step test is a standard part of the RUK(wind turbine) renewables medical.
For oil and gas workers: OGUK medical + chester step test (in many cases) can qualify as an RUK medical.
This article explains chester step test
If you are looking to get the certificate, see our medical providers list in the menu.
The Chester step test (CST) is a submaximal, multistage aerobic capacity test used to predict cardiorespiratory fitness.
In simple terms, The Chester step test gauges your level of cardiorespiratory fitness using your heart’s ability to recover from exertion.
Technically, CST predicts aerobic capacity from a statistical line of best fit. The graph is plotted based on the mathematical correlation between oxygen cost, workload, and heart rate. This linear relationship is considered in association with the American College of Sports Medicine’s (ACSM’s) metabolic cost of stepping equation. The result? Aerobic capacity is foretold from a line of best fit.
Chester step tests often follow this general procedure :
You can get the chester step test certificate from an OGUK/RUK medical provider, we have a list of doctors in different cities in the UK, see the medicals tab in the menu. You will need to book an appointment, and perform the test in their clinic. See chester step test Aberdeen.
Also this is a short video of the wind turbine medical, and how the Chester Step Test is used.
The Chester step test is not limited by age or gender. The test is safe for everyone provided there are no medical contraindications.
While the exact time duration may vary from test to test, the Chester step test usually takes about ten minutes.
The wind turbine medical is an assessment of fitness to work offshore as well as on land-based projects for the renewable energy sector. In this sector, the need for cardiorespiratory fitness cannot be overemphasized. Hence CST is adopted as a reliable assessment
While CST remains an effective, inexpensive method to determine aerobic capacity, it does have an error margin of about 10-15%, a margin similar to those of other submaximal tests that operate on a heart rate response-based principle
To take the Chester step test, you’d need:
The Chester step test is a great method of gauging aerobic capacity. Nonetheless, factors such as the inability to maintain the right stepping rhythm, nerves, anxiety, etc may elevate the heart rate, thereby reducing accuracy. So, while CST is perfect where a good range or estimate of aerobic capacity is required, it might be an unsuitable option for more precise measurement.