Distance Education (Online) Courses

This policy is related to BCRPA approved courses in an online/distance education environment.

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Blended-learning Courses

This policy is related to BCRPA approved courses using a combination of online/distance education and in-person classes, with theory and practical components.

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Continuing Education Credits

  • CEC’s are approved at increments of 0.25, 0.5, and  0.75.     
  • ICE evaluations can be approved for 1.5 CEC’s; maximum 1 ICE per renewal period.
  • First Aid and CPR are registration renewal REQUIREMENTS therefore, NOT eligible for CEC's

Fitness Theory Exam Purchases — Refund & Expiration

  • Once you have purchased the exam, there is no expiration date to schedule the exam.
  • A refund can only be granted within 3 months of the purchase date.
  • Exam fees are non-transferrable and cannot be used for another candidate.
  • First year registration must be purchased within 1 year of passing the Fitness Theory Exam.

Taking the BCRPA Fitness Theory Exams - Online Exam Policy

Test takers are expected to follow regulations set out by ProctorU as described by the proctor at the beginning of the exam session, and as they are laid out in the notification sent by The Registry® upon purchase of the exam. If misconduct is deemed plausible, the exam score will be nulled.

Payment Method

No personal cheques

Personal Cheques will not be accepted for registration, renewal and events registration. BCRPA reserves the right to suspend the registration status of a Fitness Leader who has not met all renewal requirements, including providing full payment via credit cards or money orders.

Privacy Policy -- Authorization to contact the BCRPA on behalf of Fitness Leaders

In compliance with Provincial Privacy legislation, the BCRPA does not discuss matters relating, but not limited to, the registration progress, registration status, exam results, SFL or TFL application progress with anyone other than the individual Fitness Leader him/herself.

Online Registration Renewal System — Administrative Fee for hard copy submissions

The BCRPA has fully transitioned to an automated self-serve registration renewal system. All renewals must be processed online through The Registry® of Fitness Professionals (no exceptions). All registration renewal submissions to the BCRPA must be done online through the accounts of individual Fitness Leaders.

The BCRPA reserves the right to refuse renewal documents (i. e. CEC certificates) that are submitted as hard-copies. Manual handling of such documents (i. e. BCRPA staff’s inputting of the renewal documents into a Fitness Leader’s account) will be subjected to an administration fee of $25 per submission.

First Aid and CPR

Online First Aid and CPR training is NOT accepted for registration or renewal. 

Renewal dates for the CPR and First Aid certifications depend on the expiration date set by the issuing certifier/s. If your certificate does not have an expiry date, the BCRPA will accept it as current for two years from the issue date. For insurance purposes, the BCRPA requires confirmation that the certificates are valid at the time of your Fitness Leader renewal and that they remain current for the duration of your registration period (2 years). 

An invalid First Aid and/or CPR automatically indicates an invalid BCRPA registration (i. e. your BCRPA registration not current).

Parental and Medical Leave

BCRPA allows registered Fitness Leaders to apply for a maximum one year parental or medical leave from their practice.  For terms and conditions and the application form, click here.