Continuing Education Credits (CECs)

Professions require that practitioners pursue Continuing Education Credits (CECs) each year to ensure that they are up to date with current practices in their field. Proof of credits earned is necessary in order to renew your fitness registration with the BCRPA and continue to be publicly listed on The Registry® of Fitness Professionals.

The BCRPA requires fitness leaders registered in a specialty module to complete 16 CECs within each 2 year registration period. BCRPA SFLs and TFLs are required to complete 20 CECs within each 2 year registration period. CECs must be earned during the 2 year renewal period and cannot be carried forward. Generally, one hour of instruction time = 1 CEC. 

Fitness Leaders who are only registered in Fitness Theory are not required to complete CECs.  Fitness Theory Leaders are required to become fully registered with BCRPA in a specialty module before their one year Fitness Theory registration expires.

Renewal Credit Policies

  1. All CECs must be obtained within your renewal period (i.e. if you were registered from June 30, 2014 until June 30, 2016, only CECs obtained between those two dates would be accepted).
  2. CECs cannot be carried forward to future renewal periods, even if you have more CECs than you need to renew your registration.
  3. The number of CECs that a course or workshop is approved for are based on the number of educational hours they contain. Generally, 1 CEC = 1 educational hour. (i.e. a 5 hour workshop will be approved for 5 CECs). Lunch and other breaks do not count towards CECs.
  4. A copy of the Certificate of Completion or letter from the course/workshop instructor confirming course completion is required. Proof of payment is not accepted as verification of course completion.
  5. CECs are not given for CPR or First Aid training.

NOTE: Fitness Program Policies regarding CEC approvals, payment information, processing fees and refunds and expirations are available here.

 

Renewal Credit Options:

BCRPA Pre-Approved Workshops FitLifeBC Magazine CEC Article
BCRPA Approved Fitness Leader Courses Original, Published Article in FItLifeBC
Pre-approved Workshops and Courses Petition Process BCRPA E-Learn Course
External Workshops Not Pre-Approved by the BCRPA Pool Operators Course: Level 1 & 2
College/University Courses PoolSafe BC
Volunteering on a BCRPA Committee or Task Group HIGH FIVE®
Volunteering at the BCFitTM Conference Everybody Gets To Play™

 

BCRPA Pre-Approved Workshops

The BCRPA provides a current listing of approved workshops. These workshops are offered in a variety of topic areas and are conducted in classroom settings, online and/or through correspondence. The BCRPA reviews and approves workshop content and presenter credentials to confirm their appropriateness for Fitness Leaders. The BCRPA does not administer nor collect any revenue from courses/workshops. It is the instructor, not the BCRPA, who determines when and where the workshops are run and how much is charged.

How do I verify my CECs for this option?

Instructors of BCRPA pre-approved workshops listed on the BCRPA website are required to submit your results online through The Registry® of Fitness Professionals on your behalf within 5 business days of the workshop completion date. You can verify that this has occurred by logging into your account on The Registry® and checking your CEC chart to see if the correct number of CECs have been credited to you. You can also check your My Workshop History page to see if the correct number of CECs have been credited to you. You will also see a listing of workshops that you have completed since the launch of The Registry®. 

 

BCRPA Approved Fitness Leader Courses

If you are already a Fitness Leader and you take complete specialty module course, you can put that educational time towards your CEC criteria for your upcoming renewal. Please note that adding another module will not increase your CEC requirements at future renewal periods.

How do I verify my CECs for this option?

The instructor of your BCRPA approved course is required to submit your results online through The Registry® on your behalf. You can verify that this has occurred by logging into your account on The Registry® and checking your My Course History page to see if the course conductor has done so.  You can also see a listing of courses that you have completed since the launch of The Registry®. 

 

Pre-approved Workshops and Courses Petition Process

Fitness leaders who have taken workshops or courses that have already been BCRPA approved but were not listed on The Registry® must submit the workshop/course certificate in order to have the CEC’s added to their profile.

To complete a pre-approved BCRPA CEC petition form, log into your account on The Registry®, go to the COURSES AND WORKSHOPS located in the top navigation bar of your account and select ‘BCRPA Pre-Approved CEC Form’ from the drop down list. Enter the necessary information; upload the certificate; read and check the Terms and Conditions box and submit the form.

The BCRPA will review your application and update your account with the pre-approved CEC’s.

How do I verify my CECs for this option?

If you have submitted the pre-approved CEC’s application form, you can check the status of your request in your CEC Petition History tab on your account within The Registry®. Once the workshop/course CEC’s have been entered you will see the CEC’s on your “My Workshop History” or “My Course History” page.
 

External Workshops Not Pre-Approved by the BCRPA

If you have attended a conference or taken a course, workshop or some other kind of educational training that wasn’t pre-approved by the BCRPA for CECs, you may still be able to receive credits for it.

How do I have my non BCRPA pre-approved workshop reviewed?

In order to receive CECs for an external workshop, you will need to log into your account on The Registry® of Fitness Professionals and complete the 'External Training - CEC Petition' form. This form is located under ‘COURSES AND WORKSHOPS’ in the top navigation bar of your account. Instructions on completing that form are included in the document entitled ‘Input CECs already earned’ found under ‘USER RESOURCES’, located in the same top navigation bar.

Your submission will be reviewed and you will be sent an email letting you know if your workshop/training has been accepted and the number of CECs earned.

Approvals will be given to professional development workshops/training only. The content must demonstrate that it meets BCRPA continuing education standards. The content must also show that the workshop/training was targeted at improving the professional quality of a fitness leader. While personal development workshops enhance all aspects of a fitness leader's capabilities and BCRPA encourages such undertakings, they will not be granted continuing education credits.

How do I verify my CECs for this option?

You can then verify this information by logging in to your account on The Registry® and checking your My Workshop History page to see if the correct number of CECs have been credited to you. You can also see a listing of workshops that you have completed since the launch of The Registry®.

It is highly recommended that you ask the workshop presenter of any external workshop to provide you with written proof of your completion of their workshop. It also important that you keep all materials provided during the workshop and have these and your proof of completion available for inspection by the BCRPA should it become necessary to verify your work.

 

College/University Courses

If you are currently taking a college/university course and it’s related to your role as a Fitness Leader, you can receive CECs. 1 college/university credit = 10 BCRPA CECs.

How do I verify my CECs for this option?

In order to receive CECs for a college/university course, you will need to log in to your account on The Registry® and go to the External Training-CEC Petition page.  Once you are on this page you will be at an online form you will then fill out and submit to the BCRPA. Your submission will be reviewed and you will be sent an email letting you know if your workshop has been accepted and the number of CECs earned. You can then verify this information by logging in to your account on The Registry® and checking your CEC counter to see if the correct number of CECs have been credited to you. You can also check the My Workshop History page again to see a listing of workshops that you have completed since the launch of The Registry®. 

 

Volunteering on a BCRPA Committee or Task Group

The BCRPA offers a variety of volunteering opportunities. Those who volunteer with the BCRPA are eligible to receive CECs for their contributions. Credits are determined by the BCRPA after the volunteer duties have been completed.

How do I verify my CECs for this option?

CECs will be processed by BCRPA staff on your behalf. You can then verify that your account has been updated by logging in to your account on The Registry® and checking your CEC counter to see if the correct number of CECs have been credited to you.

 

Volunteering at the BCFitTM Conference

BCFitTM is a one day conference bringing together professionals and volunteers from across the Province to discuss fitness-related topics and professional development. The BCRPA needs many volunteers to make this event possible. Volunteer call-outs take place a few months before the conference and application forms can be found on the conference webpage.

How do I verify my CECs for this option?

CECs will be processed by BCRPA staff on your behalf. You can then verify that your account has been updated by logging in to your account on The Registry® and checking your CEC counter to see if the correct number of CECs have been credited to you.

 

FitLifeBC Magazine CEC Article

Each issue of FitLifeBC contains a CEC article and related quiz. Fitness Leaders can obtain CECs by completing the quiz and submitting it to the BCRPA (if they pass the quiz). A score of 80% is required to pass. Each quiz is worth 1 CEC.

How do I verify my CECs for this option?

CECs will be processed by the BCRPA staff on your behalf. You can then verify that your account has been updated by logging in to your account on The Registry® and checking your CEC counter to see if the correct number of CECs have been credited to you.

 

Original, Published Article in FItLifeBC

If you have written an article for FitLifeBC and it was published, you can receive CECs. Article authors receive 2 CECs for each article to a maximum of 4 article related CECs per renewal period. To learn more about writing articles for FitLifeBC, please visit FitLifeBC webpage.

How do I verify my CECs for this option?

CECs will be processed by the BCRPA staff on your behalf. You can then verify that your account has been updated by logging in to your account on The Registry® and checking your CEC counter to see if the correct number of CECs have been credited to you.

 

BCRPA E-Learn Course

CEC credits can be earned through the successful completion of an online course offered through the BCRPA's E-Learn site.

How do I verify my CECs for this option?

Follow the instructions as listed here.

 

Pool Operators Course: Level 1 & 2

Those who take the Pool Operators courses are eligible to receive CECs. Each course is worth 14 CECs.

Fitness leaders who have taken workshops or courses that have already been BCRPA approved but were not listed on The Registry® must submit the workshop/course certificate in order to have the CEC’s added to their profile. 

To complete a pre-approved BCRPA CEC petition form, log into your account on The Registry®, go to the COURSES AND WORKSHOPS located in the top navigation bar of your account and select ‘BCRPA Pre-Approved CEC Form’ from the drop down list. Enter the necessary information; upload the certificate; read and check the Terms and Conditions box and submit the form.

The BCRPA will review your application and update your account with the pre-approved CEC’s.

How do I verify my CECs for this option?

If you have submitted the pre-approved CEC’s application form, you can check the status of your request in your CEC Petition History tab on your account within The Registry®. Once the workshop/course CEC’s have been entered you will see the CEC’s on your “My Workshop History” or “My Course History” page. 

 

PoolSafe BC

Those who take the PoolSafe BC courses are eligible to receive CECs. Each course is worth 7 CECs.

Fitness leaders who have taken workshops or courses that have already been BCRPA approved but were not listed on The Registry® must submit the workshop/course certificate in order to have the CEC’s added to their profile. 

To complete a pre-approved BCRPA CEC petition form, log into your account on The Registry®, go to the COURSES AND WORKSHOPS located in the top navigation bar of your account and select ‘BCRPA Pre-Approved CEC Form’ from the drop down list. Enter the necessary information; upload the certificate; read and check the Terms and Conditions box and submit the form.

The BCRPA will review your application and update your account with the pre-approved CEC’s.

How do I verify my CECs for this option?

If you have submitted the pre-approved CEC’s application form, you can check the status of your request in your CEC Petition History tab on your account within The Registry®. Once the workshop/course CEC’s have been entered you will see the CEC’s on your “My Workshop History” or “My Course History” page. 

 

HIGH FIVE®

Those who take HIGH FIVE® training courses are eligible to receive 7 CECs.

Fitness leaders who have taken workshops or courses that have already been BCRPA approved but were not listed on The Registry® must submit the workshop/course certificate in order to have the CEC’s added to their profile. 

To complete a pre-approved BCRPA CEC petition form, log into your account on The Registry®, go to the COURSES AND WORKSHOPS located in the top navigation bar of your account and select ‘BCRPA Pre-Approved CEC Form’ from the drop down list. Enter the necessary information; upload the certificate; read and check the Terms and Conditions box and submit the form.

The BCRPA will review your application and update your account with the pre-approved CEC’s.

How do I verify my CECs for this option?

If you have submitted the pre-approved CEC’s application form, you can check the status of your request in your CEC Petition History tab on your account within The Registry®. Once the workshop/course CEC’s have been entered you will see the CEC’s on your “My Workshop History” or “My Course History” page. 

 

Everybody Gets To Play™

Those who take Everybody Gets to Play™ courses are eligible to receive 7 CECs.

Fitness leaders who have taken workshops or courses that have already been BCRPA approved but were not listed on The Registry® must submit the workshop/course certificate in order to have the CEC’s added to their profile. 

To complete a pre-approved BCRPA CEC petition form, log into your account on The Registry®, go to the COURSES AND WORKSHOPS located in the top navigation bar of your account and select ‘BCRPA Pre-Approved CEC Form’ from the drop down list. Enter the necessary information; upload the certificate; read and check the Terms and Conditions box and submit the form.

The BCRPA will review your application and update your account with the pre-approved CEC’s.

How do I verify my CECs for this option?

If you have submitted the pre-approved CEC’s application form, you can check the status of your request in your CEC Petition History tab on your account within The Registry®. Once the workshop/course CEC’s have been entered you will see the CEC’s on your “My Workshop History” or “My Course History” page. 


 

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