Steps to obtaining BCRPA registration as a Personal Trainer

Thank you for your interest in becoming a BCRPA-registered fitness professional. The BCRPA is the exclusive provider in BC of the National Fitness Leadership Alliance (NFLA) Performance Standards, which are among the highest in Canada for the credentialing of fitness professionals.

Your registration as a fitness leader with the BCRPA will provide you with a number of benefits. For a list of those benefits, please go here.

For the steps to register as a BCRPA Group Fitness, Aquatic Fitness, Pilates Fitness, Weight Training or Yoga Fitness.Leader, click here.

For the steps to register as a BCRPA Older Adult Fitness Leader, click here.

 

Those interested in registration with the BCRPA should complete the steps outlined below to become a BCRPA Registered Personal Trainer.

Please complete the steps in the listed order, and according to the time limits described in the table below.

Should you have any questions about these requirements, please don’t hesitate to email Registration(at)bcrpa.bc.ca for clarification.  

Prior to writing the Fitness Theory exam, it is strongly recommended that you complete a Fitness Theory course. The course will provide you with the necessary knowledge and improve your chances of successfully passing the exam. A list of BCRPA approved courses can be found here.

Step 1  

Learn

The Fitness Theory course is NOT a requirement for BCRPA registration, however it is highly recommended for exam candidates.

Please refer to a list of BCRPA approved Fitness Theory course provider and the Fitness Theory Performance Standards.

Step 2                                      

Create an Account on The Registry® of Fitness Professionals

All candidates for registration with the BCRPA must create an account on The Registry® of Fitness Professionals. Go to www.thefitnessregistry.com to set up your account.

Access our online user manual for assistance in using The Registry® of Fitness Professionals.
Step 3

Pass the BCRPA Fitness Theory Examination ($80.00 exam fee + $30 ProctorU Service Fee)

To take the exam, log in to your new account on The Registry® of Fitness Professionals and then click on the MANAGE MEMBERSHIP tab on the horizontal menu bar. 

Click the Take Fitness Theory Exam link then follow the instructions to pay for the exam online, either by Visa or Mastercard, or by bank-issued money order*. 

If you choose to pay by Visa or Mastercard, you will receive exam information and further instructions as soon as you complete the purchase transaction. 

*Please note that if you choose the bank-issued money order as your payment method, you will then mail in your payment to the BCRPA office and once it clears the issuing bank, exam information and further instructions will be made available to you. No Debit Cards and Personal Cheques are accepted!

For more information about the exam follow this link.

After you pass the Fitness Theory Examination you will have one year from your Fitness Theory exam date to complete steps 3 and 4.
Step 4

Obtain CPR and First Aid Certifications and record them in your account on The Registry® of Fitness Professionals

(you may complete this step before writing the exam if you so choose)

BCRPA Registered Fitness Leaders and registration candidates are required to have current CPR and First Aid certifications at all times. These certifications must come from the following organizations or from companies that are authorized by them to provide these certifications: Red Cross, St. John’s Ambulance, Canadian Ski Patrol, the Lifesaving Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Note: The BCRPA does NOT accept online CPR or First Aid certifications

Fitness Leaders are required to have a minimum of CPR-A certification and either Emergency First Aid or Standard First Aid certification.

Once you obtain First Aid and/or CPR credentials, you are able to login to The Registry® and update this information into your account. Consult the user manual for The Registry® for instructions on doing so.  

Generally, leader updates to their accounts on The Registry® occur instantaneously, except when they are chosen for random audits. If you receive an audit message when updating your CPR and/or First Aid certifications, please follow the instructions as quickly as you can so that the audit can be completed, and your update accepted, as soon as possible.

Step 5

Register with the BCRPA in Fitness Theory ($95.00 fee)

Your registration with BCRPA also provides you with a number of benefits. For a list of benefits, please go here.

This one-year registration must be completed within one year of your Fitness Theory exam date and before you register for your first specialty module course.

You can purchase this registration through The Registry® once you have completed steps 1 to 3. 

This initial registration is valid for one year. You have until its expiry date to complete at least steps 5-7 below and become registered as a Weight Training Leader. Your registration includes one year of BCRPA Fitness Program membership, initial registration on The Registry® and insurance coverage to complete all required practical elements for your first specialty module registration. 

If you do not complete these steps prior to your registration expiration date, repeat steps step 2 to 4 to then give yourself another year to complete the rest of the registration requirements.

Once your registration fee has been processed ensure you publicly list your profile on The Registry® of Fitness Professionals. This will enable instructors of your specialty module to confirm your registration status - a requirement for enrolment in their courses - and allow the general public and potential employers to review your qualifications. Instructions on publicly listing your profile can be found here.

Step 6

Complete the Weight Training Module

After you have completed your BCRPA Fitness Theory registration you can then take the Weight Training course. A valid registration in Weight Training is one of the pre-requisites for registration in the Personal Training course.

For information on the Scope of Practice for Weight Training click here.

Register for a Weight Training course:

For your convenience, the BCRPA maintains an ongoing list of approved courses across all specialty modules. You must take a BCRPA approved course in order to qualify for registration with the BCRPA.

To see the current course listings, please go here.

Choose a course provider (or more than one) from that list and contact them for more information about course length, dates, times, pre-requisites and fees. Then select the course, and course provider, that suit your situation best.

Let them know what your Fitness Theory registration expiry date is and make sure that you are choosing a course that allows you sufficient time to complete all requirements, including completion of your ICE package processing at the BCRPA office, before your BCRPA registration expiry date.

**The course provider will need your Fitness Leader ID, found on your MAIN PAGE when logged into your Registry® account, in order to register you for the course.

Complete the course and all requirements:

BCRPA approved courses have both classroom theory components and practical, hands on components. Depending on the course and/or the instructor, there are quizzes, exams and projects that must be completed as well. Check with your course provider regarding the requirements for your chosen course.

Step 7

Complete all practicum and Instructor Competency Evaluation (ICE) requirements for the Weight Training Module

Your valid BCRPA Fitness Theory registration provides you with a temporary insurance policy valid for the duration of your registration once you have completed your specialty module course. This temporary policy covers you to work with classmates and members of the public while completing all required practical components, including your ICE evaluation. For this insurance to be valid and BCRPA to accept the work you’ve done:

  • you must have valid CPR and First Aid coverage at all times; and
  • all practicum and ICE requirements, and full registration in the specialty module with the BCRPA, must be completed before the expiry of your Fitness Theory registration. 

To download your ICE Package, go here.

Please submit legible copies of your evaluator-marked ICE package to the BCRPA, and keep the original package for your own records.

Step 8

Register with BCRPA in Weight Training

Once you have completed the specialty module, practicum requirements and ICE evaluation and have submitted your completed ICE Package to the BCRPA, your specialty module registration will be added to your account on The Registry®. 

As long as all other credentials are current (BCRPA Fitness registration, CPR and First Aid) you will be able to publish your profile so that it is visible to your employer as well as to anyone searching The Registry® of Fitness Professionals.

Step 9

Complete 20 Beginner Level Programs Before Registering in a BCRPA-Approved Personal Training Course

Following your registration as a Weight Training Leader with the BCRPA, you must complete 20 beginner-level programs for clients prior to registering for a BCRPA-approved Personal Training course.

For more information about the 20-beginner-program requirement, go here.

A sample tracking sheet designed for that purpose can be found here.

Once you have completed the 20 programs, please present a copy of the completed tracking sheet, AND copies of all 20 programs, to your chosen Personal Training course provider for review before then registering in the Personal Training course.

Please note: Some course providers allow all members of the general public to enroll in their courses without checking for prerequisite training. But if you are seeking BCRPA registration, you must ensure that you have met all BCRPA prerequisite requirements as described here – if you have not met the criteria outlined in this document, you will not be permitted to become registered as a Personal Trainer with the BCRPA.

It is your responsibility to complete the 20 programs, as well as all other previous registration steps, and to provide documentation to the Personal Training course provider, whether or not the course provider requests it. During a random audit, the course provider may be asked to provide BCRPA staff with a copy of your 20 program tracking sheet, signed off by the course provider.

Step 10

Complete the Personal Training Module

After you have completed your BCRPA Fitness Theory registration you can then take the Weight Training course. A valid registration in Weight Training is one of the pre-requisites for registration in the Personal Training course.

For information on the Scope of Practice for Weight Training click here.

Register for a Personal Training course:

For your convenience, the BCRPA maintains an ongoing list of approved courses across all specialty modules. You must take a BCRPA approved course in order to qualify for registration with the BCRPA.

To see the current course listings, please go here.

Choose a course provider (or more than one) from that list and contact them for more information about course length, dates, times, pre-requisites and fees. Then select the course, and course provider, that suit your situation best.

Let them know what your Fitness Theory registration expiry date is and make sure that you are choosing a course that allows you sufficient time to complete all requirements, including completion of your ICE package processing at the BCRPA office, before your BCRPA registration expiry date.

**The course provider will need your Fitness Leader ID, found on your MAIN PAGE when logged into your account on The Registry®, in order to register you for the course.

Complete the Personal Training course and all requirements:

BCRPA approved courses have both classroom theory components and practical, hands on components. Depending on the course and/or the instructor, there are quizzes, exams and projects that must be completed as well. Check with your course provider regarding the requirements for your chosen course.

Step 11

Pass the BCRPA Personal Training Exam ($65.00 fee)

A passing mark on the BCRPA Personal Training Exam is 70%. Your Personal Training course provider will be able to assist you in making arrangements to write this exam. Exams can be arranged through certain course providers offering BCRPA approved courses, through the BCRPA office, or through special arrangements with an external exam proctor. For more information about the personal training exam and exam proctoring follow this link.

After you pass the BCRPA Personal Training Exam you will have one year from your exam date to get registered in Personal Training (step 12 below). Please ensure that you also keep your Weight Training registration current, and that you maintain current CPR and current first aid as well, during the time it takes to do so.

Step 12

Complete all practicum and Instructor Competency Evaluation (ICE) requirements for the Personal Training Module

Your valid BCRPA Fitness Theory registration provides you with a temporary insurance policy valid for the duration of your registration once you have completed your specialty module course. This temporary policy covers you to work with classmates and members of the public while completing all required practical components, including your ICE evaluation. For this insurance to be valid and BCRPA to accept the work you’ve done:

  • you must have valid CPR and First Aid coverage at all times; and
  • all practicum and ICE requirements, and full registration in the specialty module with the BCRPA, must be completed before the expiry of your Fitness Theory registration. 

To download your ICE Package, go here.

Please submit legible copies of your evaluator-marked ICE package to the BCRPA, and keep the original package for your own records.

Step 13

Register with the BCRPA in Personal Training

Once you have completed the Personal Training practical and written ICE requirements and have completed your evaluation and have submitted your completed ICE Package to the BCRPA, your specialty module registration will be added to your account on The Registry®. 

As long as all other credentials are current (BCRPA Fitness registration, CPR and First Aid) you will be able to publish your profile so that it is visible to your employer as well as to anyone searching The Registry® of Fitness Professionals.

Upon completion of the processing of your ICE package, BCRPA staff will update your profile on The Registry®.

At that point: Congratulations! You are now a BCRPA Registered Personal Trainer!