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. Meeting these national standards through the BCRPA means that your BCRPA registration is recognized across Canada.

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.

Getting Registered with BCRPA

Currently, you can register with the BCRPA as a Fitness Leader in the following specialities:

  • Group Fitness
  • Aquatic Fitness
  • Weight Training
  • Pilates Fitness
  • Yoga Fitness
  • Personal Trainer
  • Older Adult Fitness Leader
  • Osteofit Leader
  • Advanced Destinations: Supervisor of Fitness Leaders (SFL), and Teacher of Fitness Leaders (TFL)

Registration requirements differ for each specialty and level of registration. For a simplified visual presentation of the registration process, click here. Detailed registration steps and criteria are below. For inquiries, please contact registration@bcrpa.bc.ca or 604.629.0965 ext. 221.

As a new Fitness Leader

Please complete the steps outlined below if you would like to become a BCRPA Registered Fitness Leader in one of the group-related registrations:

  • Group Fitness
  • Aquatic Fitness
  • Pilates Fitness
  • Weight Training or
  • Yoga Fitness.

Please take note of the time limits below for Fitness Theory exams, and for registering for specialty modules.

Should you have any questions about these requirements, please don’t hesitate to email registration@bcrpa.bc.ca for clarification.

Requirements are listed below:

1. Register in Fitness Theory

Step 1: Learn and Prepare for the Fitness Theory Exam

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 courses and the Fitness Theory Performance Standards.

If you do not wish to take a course, the CFES and Body Blueprint Fitness Theory manuals (previously carried by the BCRPA) can be purchased directly from the supplier:

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.

This is where your will manage your registration, and registration purchases.

For assistance in creating an account, access our online user manual.

Step 3: Pass the BCRPA Fitness Theory Examination ($80.00 exam fee + $30 ProctorU Service Fee)

When you are ready 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. 

Select 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. 

*If you choose the bank-issued money order as your payment method, you will be asked to mail your payment to the BCRPA office. Once payment has cleared, exam information and further instructions will be emailed to you. No Debit Cards or Personal Cheques are accepted!

For more information about the exam, please scroll down to the Exams tab.

After you pass your Fitness Theory Examination you will have one year to complete First Aid/CPR and register with us in Fitness Theory (steps 4 and 5).

Step 4: Obtain CPR and First Aid Certifications - record them in your account in The Registry®

(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
  • Lifesaving Society or
  • 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. Higher level certifications are accepted.

Once you have received your First Aid and/or CPR certifications, login to The Registry® and update this information into your account.

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.

Consult The Registry® user manual if you require assistance.

Step 5: Register with the BCRPA in Fitness Theory ($95 - registration valid for 1 year)

As soon as you pass your Fitness Theory Exam, you can register with the BCRPA in Fitness Theory for $95 - valid for one year from the date of registration.

If you wish to delay your Fitness Theory registration, you will be able to purchase your registration within one year of passing your Fitness Theory exam.

Registration can be purchased on your account on The Registry® of Fitness Professionals.

Once you are Registered:

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

We encourage all Registered Fitness Leaders to turn their public profiles on, or to "Listed". 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.

You may now move on to the next step: Selecting a specialty module.

 

2. Register in Group Fitness, Aquatic Fitness, Pilates Fitness, Yoga Fitness or Weight Training

Once you have registered in Fitness Theory, you will now have one year from your Fitness Theory Registration date to select and complete a specialty module.

If the one year timeline passes before you are able to complete a specialty module, you will need to restart the process and re-take the Fitness Theory exam.

Specialty modules include:

  • Group Fitness (can be used as a pre-requisite for Older Adult)
  • Aquatic Fitness
  • Yoga Fitness
  • Pilates Fitness, and
  • Weight Training (a pre-requisite for Personal Training and can be used as a pre-requisite for Older Adult)

For information on the Scope of Practice for specialty modules click here.

Note: Registration in Fitness Theory must be completed before you complete a specialty module.

3. Register for a Specialty Module and complete a BCRPA approved course

Once you have selected your specialty module, you will be required to complete a BCRPA approved course, in order to qualify for registration wtih the BCRPA.

For your convenience, the BCRPA maintains an ongoing list of approved courses across all specialty modules. To see the current course listings, please go here.

Contact the course provider for complete information, including course duration, course outline, course components, time committment and course requirements.

Be prepared when you contact the course provider. Have the following information ready when you contact the course provider:

  • Your Fitness Theory registration expiry date - to ensure that you are choosing a course that allows you sufficient time to complete all requirements, as well as time for the BCRPA office to process your ICE package (4 to 6 weeks), prior to your BCRPA registration expiry date.
  • Your Fitness Leader ID - found on your Main Page on your account on The Registry®

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.

4. Complete a Practicum and Instructor Competency Evaluation (ICE)

Requirements for this step:

  • Complete an 8 hour practicum in which the Candidate "teaches a fitness class" to a current Fitness Instructor.
  • Complete an Instructor Competency Evaluation (ICE) with a qualified ICE Evaluator.
  • Note: Some course providers may include the Practicum and ICE portion as a component of the course.

Completing the Practicum:

Candidates are required to complete 8 hours of practicum, in which they participate with a current Fitness Instructor.

In this practicum component, the Candidate will act as the instructor of a fitness class (in the module that they are learning), with the current Fitness Instructor as the student.

This practicum may be completed with any Fitness Instructor teaching in a fitness facility. Please ensure you also have permission of the facility, and the instructor's class participants that you will be teaching, before you begin your class.

The form for the practicum is included in the ICE package documents.

Completing the ICE component:

The ICE component is completed with a qualified ICE Evaluator. Each fitness specialty will have different requirements.

Before starting on this process:

  • Download your ICE Package, here and review the documents.
  • Then contact a qualified ICE Evaluator for your specialty module.

When you are ready to submit your completed ICE package to the BCRPA, please submit legible copies of your evaluator-marked ICE package to the BCRPA, and keep the original package for your own records.

Note: ICE package processing may take between 4 to 6 weeks.

Insurance coverage:

Your BCRPA Fitness Theory registration provides you with a temporary insurance policy valid for the duration of your one-year registration. 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:

    • 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 must be completed before the expiry of your Fitness Theory registration.

5. Register with the BCRPA in Your Specialty Module

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® of Fitness Professionals by the BCRPA.

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® for 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 have now completed a specialty module as a BCRPA Registered Fitness Leader!

Currently Registered: Becoming a Personal Trainer (PT)

Pre-requisites:

  • Currently registered in Fitness Theory
  • Currently registered in Weight Training
  • Current certifications in First Aid and CPR

See "As a new Fitness Leader" steps listed above for how to become registered in Fitness Theory, and Weight Training.

1. 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. 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 register 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. Complete your Instructor Competency Evaluation (ICE) for the Personal Training Module

Requirements for this step:

  • The Personal Training ICE involves both a written and an in-person component. For the in-person evaluation, you will need to ask friends/family members to act as "clients". You will also need to obtain permission from a local fitness facility to use it for your evaluation.

Completing the ICE component:

The ICE component is completed with a qualified ICE Evaluator. Each fitness specialty will have different requirements.

Before starting on this process:

  • Download your ICE Package, here and review the documents.
  • Then contact a qualified ICE Evaluator for your specialty module.

When you are ready to submit your completed ICE package to the BCRPA, please submit legible copies of your evaluator-marked ICE package to the BCRPA, and keep the original package for your own records.

Note: ICE package processing may take between 4 to 6 weeks.

Insurance coverage:

Your BCRPA Fitness registration provides you with an insurance policy that 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:

    • 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 must be completed before the expiry of your Fitness Theory registration.

5. Register with the BCRPA in Personal 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® of Fitness Professionals by the BCRPA.

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® for 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!

Currently Registered: Becoming an Older Adult (OA) Fitness Leader

Pre-requisites:

  • Currently registered in Fitness Theory
  • Currently registered in Weight Training and/or Group Fitness
  • Current certifications in First Aid and CPR

See "As a new Fitness Leader" steps listed above for how to become registered in Fitness Theory and Weight Training/Group Fitness

 

2. Pass the BCRPA Older Adult exam ($80.00 exam fee plus $15 ProctorU fee).

Once you have been given a “pass” for your Older Adult course in your account on The Registry® of Fitness Professionals, the option to purchase the exam will be available. (Please note that, prior to course completion, you will NOT be able to purchase the exam).

Once the exam is purchased, an automatic email notification will be sent to direct you to the online scheduling website. Please note that each exam is worth one attempt and the passing grade is 83.3% (25/30). 

1. Complete the Older Adult Module.

After you have completed your BCRPA Fitness Theory registration plus have registered in either Weight Training or Group Fitness, you can register for the Older Adult module. 

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

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. 

**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 Older Adult 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.

3. Complete your Instructor Competency Evaluation (ICE) for the Older Adult module.

Plaese note that the exam can be done before the ICE, or vice-versa. 

You can consult with your course conductor regarding the completion of the ICE as all ICE packages must be marked by an Older Adult Fitness TFL.

When you are ready to submit your completed ICE package to the BCRPA, please submit legible copies of your evaluator-marked ICE package to the BCRPA, and keep the original package for your own records.

Note: ICE package processing may take between 4 to 6 weeks.

Insurance coverage:

Your BCRPA Fitness registration provides you with an insurance policy that 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:

    • 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 must be completed before the expiry of your Fitness Theory registration.

4. Register with the BCRPA in Older Adult.

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® of Fitness Professionals by the BCRPA.

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® for 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 Older Adult Specialist!

Currently Registered: Becoming an Osteofit Leader

Osteofit is an exercise intervention program developed in consultation with clinical specialists from BC Women's Hospital's Osteoporosis Program. Osteofit is designed to improve strength, balance and coordination as well as functional ability, independence, and quality of life, and is especially safe for those with osteoporosis and osteopenia. It is medically endorsed and based on published research. Osteofit addresses the need for an accessible community program providing the link between physiotherapy and group fitness classes for those who are at risk for falls and fractures. Participants do not need a referral and are encouraged to contact community centres directly. 

Osteofit Registration

Osteofit Instructors must be registered through British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA). For more information on how to acquire and maintain Osteofit registration, please visit the Osteofit website at www.osteofit.org.

Please note: Fitness Leader must CURRENTLY be registered in Older Adult Fitness in order to pursue Osteofit. 

Currently Registered: Earning Advanced Designations (SFL & TFL)

The BCRPA continues to facilitate Fitness Leader development through two advanced designation offerings. These higher designations allow fitness leaders to take on larger roles in the fitness industry, contributing to the development of other fitness professionals. 

  • Supervisor of Fitness Leaders (SFL)
  • Trainer of Fitness Leaders (TFL)

Supervisor of Fitness Leaders (SFL)

SFLs are generally fitness professionals who have responsibility for overseeing a team of fitness leaders. They are often Fitness Programmers or Managers at fitness facilities and are in a position to hire fitness leaders for their facilities.  

SFLs are able to:

  • perform ICE evaluations to verify the practical competence of new fitness leaders
  • present workshops in their area(s) of expertise and grant BCRPA CECs (continuing education credits)

SFL Application Forms

To see the requirements to become a registered SFL, please see the application form associated with the specific specialty area:

Trainer of Fitness Leaders (TFL)

Trainer of Fitness Leaders (TFL)

TFLs are fitness professionals who have had relevant post-secondary education as well as direct experience in the fitness industry and want to apply that experience and their knowledge to the education of future fitness professionals.  

TFLs are able to:

  • present workshops in their area(s) of expertise and grant BCRPA CECs
  • mentor future TFLs by allowing them to assist in conducting BCRPA approved courses
  • present courses in their area(s) of expertise and grant BCRPA specialty module completion status to candidates for BCRPA registration

TFL Application Forms

To see the requirements to become a registered TFL, please see the application form associated with the specific specialty area:

 

Adult Education Workshop

A Trainer of Trainers/Adult Education Course is a requirement for the TFL application. BCRPA has worked with Brenda Adams, M.Ed., to offer a workshop that fulfills this requirement. For more info on this workshop, please contact Brenda Adams at brenda@brenda-adams.com.

New TFL Resource

To assist BCRPA TFLs in their role as educators, we have created the Facilitator Training Manual. This manual is designed to give you the tools and resources that you need to develop and strengthen your facilitation skills.

Transferring Certifications & Applying Post-Secondary Education

For those who have post-secondary education related to health and fitness, a fitness certification with another governing body or practical experience working as a Fitness Leader, there may be an opportunity to by-pass some of the steps of the certification process. The BCRPA Fitness Program offers three different options depending on the applicant’s education and experience and which Fitness Leader designation they would like to obtain. 

Course Bypass

Those who have post-secondary education covering information equivalent to any of the BCRPA courses can apply to by-pass them and directly challenge the exam and/or practical evaluation (ICE).

The applicant will need to fill out and submit the Course Bypass Application Form along with transcripts (unofficial acceptable) and university-issued course syllabi for the courses they feel were equivalent to the BCRPA course they are trying to by-pass. This information will be reviewed by the BCRPA and if it is determined that the applicant’s education was equivalent, then the BCRPA will send an approval letter to the applicant outlining next steps.

Transfer

Those who are currently certified with another NFLA organization, ICREPs or the YMCA can apply to transfer their credential to a BCRPA Fitness Leader designation. 

The applicant will need to fill out and submit the Transfer Application Form along with all required documentation.  There are two types of transfers available, each with their own criteria:

  • Transfer for leaders with current registration with an NFLA provincial/territorial agency including:
    • Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association (AFLCA)
    • Saskatchewan Parks & Recreation Association (SPRA)
    • Ontario Fitness Council (OFC)
    • Manitoba Fitness Council (MFC)
    • Nova Scotia Fitness Association (NSFA)
    • Fitness New Brunswick (FNB)

Please note that applicants who are approved to transfer will receive additional instructions if they are required to challenge the exam (Fitness Theory or Personal Training) and practical evaluation (ICE) for the particular module they want to transfer into.        

Grandparenting Experience

Those who may not have an official designation with a fitness governing body but have practical experience working as a Fitness Leader can apply to grandparent.  The grandparent policy applies to all of the BCRPA Fitness Leader designations except Personal Training.

Applicants will need to fill out and submit the Grandparent Application Form along with all required documentation. 

Please note: if the Grandparent Application is approved, the BCRPA will send an approval letter to the applicant outlining next steps.

Exams

The BCRPA Fitness Theory exam is a requirement for initial registration with the BCRPA and must be completed before you purchase your New Leader registration and register for your first specialty module. Depending on the designations you wish to attain, you may also need to complete other BCRPA exams:

  • BCRPA Older Adult Exam
  • BCRPA Personal Training Exam
  • BCRPA Advanced Fitness Theory Exam

Please read the complete Online Exam Policy before completing any of your online exams.

Refunds and Expiration Policy

Once you have purchased the exam, there is no expiration date to schedule the exam

However, 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. 

Exam fees are only applicable to the account on which it was purchased.

Note: You have one (1) year from the date of passing the Fitness Theory Exam to purchase your first year of registration; registration is a mandatory pre-requisite prior to starting work on your first specialty.

Fitness Theory Exam

The Fitness Theory exam is a requirement for initial registration with the BCRPA and must be completed before purchasing your New Leader registration. Please note that Fitness Theory exams from associations who are not affiliated with the NFLA are non-transferrable and will not be accepted for registration. 

Exam Format:

  • Cost - $110 ($80 exam + $30 ProctorU service fee)
  • Exam Length - 60 questions, multiple choice
  • Time Given - 60 minutes
  • Passing Grade - 80% (48/60)

Preparing for the Fitness Theory Exam

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 passing the exam. 

A list of BCRPA-approved courses can be found here

You may also find the following resources helpful in preparing to write this exam: 

Fitness Theory Study Guide

NFLA Fitness Theory Performance Standards

Purchasing the Fitness Theory Exam

Step I.  Create an account on The Registry® of Fitness Professionals at www.thefitnessregistry.com

Step II. Purchase the BCRPA Fitness Theory exam

  1. Once logged into your account on The Registry ® click “MANAGE REGISTRATION
  2. Click “Fitness Theory Exam” link
  3. Complete the online checkout process:
    1. by Visa or Mastercard – credit card transactions are processed immediately;
    2. by bank-issued money order - bank-issued money order purchases are not finalized until the money order is received by the BCRPA and processed by the issuing bank. 

Once payment for your exam has been completed, you will receive an email confirming your purchase and a separate email with instructions on how to book your exam.

For assistance with steps I and II above, see Getting Started with The Registry® of Fitness Professionals Reference Sheet.

Taking the Fitness Theory Exam

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.

►  Read the complete Online Exam Policy

Booking your Fitness Theory Exam & ProctorU

Instructions on how to book an exam will ONLY be sent once the exam has been purchased through your account on The Registry® of Fitness Professionals (www.thefitnessregistry.com). Once the exam purchase is finalized and confirmed through The Registry®, you will receive an email from info (at) thefitnessregistry.com that will instruct you on how to book your exam sitting through our independent online proctoring company, ProctorU.

The BCRPA has partnered with ProctorU, an independent online proctoring service, to create a new convenient and flexible exam booking and writing system for you to complete your Fitness Theory or Older Adult exam. With the system open 24/7, these exams can be written at any time of the day or night.

For more information regarding ProctorU, please visit: www.proctoru.com/students

Technical Requirements for Fitness Theory and Older Adult Exam:

  • Computer (laptop or desktop; mobile devices do not work with the system)
  • Internet connection
  • Webcam, microphone, and speakers.

Older Adult Fitness Exam

The Older Adult exam is based on the NFLA's Older Adult Performance Standards. The exam is a REQUIREMENT for registration in the BCRPA Older Adult Fitness module. Please consult with your course conductor regarding other criteria.

Exam Format:

  • Cost - $80 ($65 exam + $15 ProctorU service fee)
  • Exam Length - 30 questions, multiple choice
  • Time Given - 30 minutes
  • Passing Grade - 83.3% (25/30)

To guide your exam preparations, it is highly recommended that you review the Older Adult Performance Standards.

Booking your Older Adult Exam & ProctorU

Instructions on how to book an exam will ONLY be sent once the exam has been purchased through your account on The Registry® of Fitness Professionals (www.thefitnessregistry.com). Once the exam purchase is finalized and confirmed through The Registry®, you will receive an email from info (at) thefitnessregistry.com that will instruct you on how to book your exam sitting through our independent online proctoring company, ProctorU.

The BCRPA has partnered with ProctorU, an independent online proctoring service, to create a new convenient and flexible exam booking and writing system for you to complete your Fitness Theory or Older Adult exam. With the system open 24/7, these exams can be written at any time of the day or night.

For more information regarding ProctorU, please visit: www.proctoru.com/students

Technical Requirements for the Older Adult Exam:

  • Computer (laptop or desktop; mobile devices do not work with the system)
  • Internet connection
  • Webcam, microphone, and speakers.

Personal Training & Advanced Fitness Theory Exam

Writing the Personal Training or Advanced Fitness Theory Exam

Personal Training Exam

The BCRPA Personal Training exam is based on the NFLA's Personal Training Performance Standards and is a requirement for registration in the BCRPA Personal Training module.

Exam Format:

  • Cost - $65 
  • Exam Length - 60 questions (multiple choice), match-ups and one case  study
  • Time Given - 3 hours
  • Passing Grade - 70%

Preparing for the Personal Training Exam

In preparing for the Personal Training exam, you may find the following resources helpful: 

NFLA Personal Training Performance Standards

Personal Training Exam Breakdown

 

Advanced Fitness Theory Exam

Passing the BCRPA Advanced Fitness Theory exam may be a requirement for you if you are planning to become a BCRPA Supervisor or Trainer of Fitness Leaders and are not currently registered as a Personal Trainer. For more information on whether you need to write this exam, see the BCRPA SFL application found here

Exam Format:

  • Cost - $60 
  • Exam Length - 75 questions, multiple choice
  • Time Given - 90 minutes
  • Passing Grade - 70%

Preparing for the Advanced Fitness Theory Exam

In preparing for the Advanced Fitness Theory exam, you may find the following resources helpful: 

Advanced Fitness Theory Study Guide

Both the Personal Training and Advanced Fitness Theory exams are paper exams and must be either proctored by an external proctor or written at the BCRPA office. To write either of these exams please follow the instructions listed here: Proctored Exam Procedure

Renewing your BCRPA Fitness Registration

Renewal for Current Fitness Leaders

To stay current with your BCRPA Fitness Registration, Fitness Leaders must have the following completed before your renewal date:

  • Current CPR certification (minimum: CPR A)
  • Current First Aid certification (minimum: Emergency or Standard First Aid)
  • Proof of Continuing Education Credits - Please check your account on The Registry® of Fitness Professionals to see how many renewal CECs are required
    • Please submit your CEC petitions early. Processing of CEC petitions may take between 5-10 business days.
  • BCRPA Fitness program Membership Fee, paid by your renewal date.

Remember that it is your responsibility to keep your BCRPA Registration and your CPR and your First Aid certifications valid. 

Please NoteOnce any of these expire, you are no longer covered under the BCRPA insurance program.

Updating CPR and First Aid certifications

In order to be considered "current" with your BCRPA Fitness Registration, you must have a valid CPR and First Aid Certification.

To check the expiry date, as well as to update your CPR and First Aid certifications, log-in to your account on The Registry® of Fitness Professionals.

You are not required to submit copies of your certificates, unless you are flagged for a random audit after inputting your details.

Submitting CECs Online

The BCRPA Fitness Registration system is a fully 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.

How Do I Input My CECs?

There are two forms on The Registry® under the "Courses and Workshops" drop down tab that allow you to update your credits:

BCRPA Pre-Approved CEC Form - Training that you have taken that was found off the BCRPA website & has the amount of BCRPA CECs listed on the attendance certificate.

External Training CEC Petition - All other training/workshops.

Both forms will require you to upload a copy of your attendance/completion certificate. This means that if you only have a hard-copy, you will have to scan the certificate or take a picture of it with a digital camera/cell-phone camera to upload an electronic version.

All credits input will be verified by a member of the Fitness Team, so your account will not be immediately updated; please allow 5-10 business days for your CECs to be processed.

Submitting CECs as hard copies

Administrative Fees for hard copy submissions

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.

Providing you support

The BCRPA is committed to providing guidance and assistance on the usage and navigation of The Registry®. Demystifying the Registry® is a workshop hosted by the BCRPA designed to provide hands-on guidance. Check the Workshop listings for the next available offering.

 
The Registry® User Resource is available here
 
Thank you for your cooperation and thank you for your continual support of the BCRPA.

Renewal for Expired Fitness Leaders

Leaders who have allowed their BCRPA registration to expire, will have to meet the same renewal requirements plus additional requirements depending on how long they have been expired.

NOTE: The BCRPA insurance policy does not cover leaders during time periods where they have allowed their registration, their CPR certification or their First Aid certification to expire.

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

Expired 1 day to 12 months

Through your account within The Registry® of Fitness Professionals, you will need to:

  • Update your CEC counter - 16 CECs for fitness leaders or 20 CECs for SFLs/TFLs
  • Update your CPR certification (minimum: CPR-A)
  • Update your current First Aid certification (minimum:  Emergency or Standard First Aid)
  • Pay the BCRPA Fitness Program Registration Fee of $190 ($140 / 2 years registration plus a $50 late fee). 

Your registration with the BCRPA Fitness Registry is completed after all steps have been performed. Your Fitness Registry will be valid for another 2 years.

Expired 12 to 24 months

Leaders will need to contact the BCRPA office to begin the renewal process. Please do not pay any fees before you contact the BCRPA office and are given approval to do so.

Renewal requirements include:

  • $75 re-registration fee, plus
  • BCRPA Fitness Program Registration Fee ($140 / 2 years)
  • 16 CECs for Fitness Leaders or 20 CECs for SFLs/TFLs
  • *Proof of current CPR (minimum: CPR-A)
  • *Proof of current First Aid (minimum: Emergency or Standard First Aid)
  • Must undergo an ICE (practical only) in each specialty they wish to renew in
  • Weight Training (WT) Leaders must complete
    • 5 scenarios (C2 Forms)
    • Form D
      • Part C
      • Part D
  • Personal Training (PT) Leaders must complete
    • Weight Training requirements listed above
    • Personal Training
      • Form E
        • Phase 1
        • Phase 2
      • Form F
        • Part 1
        • Part 3
      • Form G
      • Form H
  • SFLs/TFLs must also re-do a Shadow ICE in each specialty they wish to renew in

ICE Packages can be found here

Expired 24 to 60 months

Leaders will need to contact the BCRPA office to begin the renewal process. Please do not pay any fees before you contact the BCRPA office and are given approval to do so.

Renewal requirements include:

  • $75 re-registration fee, plus
  • BCRPA Fitness Program Membership Fee ($140 / 2 years)
  • 16 CECs for Fitness Leaders or 20 CECs for SFLs/TFLs
  • *Proof of current CPR (minimum: CPR-A)
  • *Proof of current First Aid (minimum: Emergency or Standard First Aid)
  • Repeat all applicable exams
  • Complete the entire ICE package in each specialty they wish to renew in including the practical evaluation
  • PTs must also complete ICE packages in both Weight Training and PT
  • SFLs/TFLs must also re-do a Shadow ICE in each specialty they wish to renew in
  • SFLs/TFLs must also re-take the appropriate BCRPA ICE Workshop(s)
    Note:  an 8-hour resume is not required for any specialty renewal

ICE Packages can be found here

Expired over 60 months (5 years)

Must start at the very beginning of the registration process. Please click on "How to Register with BCRPA" at the top of the page. 

Other Information

Code of Ethics

The Fitness Program Code of Ethics is designed to provide guidance - both individually and collectively - to all registered BCRPA Fitness Leaders, in order to maintain a high level of ethical conduct. The essential principles of the Code of Ethics are honesty and integrity. Fitness Leaders who reflect these characteristics will be a credit to the Association, the institutions they represent and themselves.

Read the complete Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct policy, including Confidentiality and Disciplinary policies.

In summary, BCRPA Registered Fitness Leaders will:

  • Actively support the mission and philosophy of the BCRPA Fitness Program.
  • Be forthright in all dealings with the public; with integrity and without compromise, always act in the best interests of the public's well-being.
  • Treat all people equally and with respect for human dignity.
  • Uphold high ethical standards, bringing integrity and honesty to the profession.
  • Recognize individual boundaries of competence and refer to more qualified fitness or health professionals when appropriate.
  • Participate in continuing education and training to upgrade knowledge and stay current in the fitness profession.
  • Preserve the credibility and dignity of colleagues and associates by exhibiting professionalism in all situations.
  • Comply with the spirit, as well as the letter of all applicable business, employment and copyright laws and regulations.
  • Enhance community well-being by providing a high level of excellence in both professional skills and knowledge
  • Strive to bring credit to the fitness profession by meeting or exceeding the standards of the BCRPA Fitness Program.
  • Present yourself truthfully in conjunction with the BCRPA name and its associated professional credentials

Insurance

Each Fitness Leader (Fitness Theory, Group Fitness, Aquatic Fitness, Yoga Fitness, Pilates Fitness and Weight Training) that obtains BCRPA Registration automatically receives $2 million in Commercial General Liability insurance coverage through HUB International TOS Limited.

This program ensures that you have adequate insurance coverage as long as you are:

  • currently registered with the BCRPA and all credentials are up to date
  • working within your Scope of Practice
  • working at locations within Canada
  • not performing services within your home

The package complements existing coverage provided by some facilities where you may be working. See the Policy below for details, and Amendment effective June 9, 2015.

Policy effective Dec 31, 2016 to Dec 31, 2017

 Remember that it is your responsibility to keep your BCRPA Registration and your CPR and your First Aid certifications valid. 

Please NoteOnce any of these expire, you are no longer covered under the BCRPA insurance program.

Personal Trainers

The BCRPA group insurance program does not cover your work as a Personal Trainer. However, a comprehensive package is available at a reduced premium for BCRPA Registered Personal Trainers.

To find out more about the BCRPA insurance program and the Personal Training package, contact: 

Theresa Wong, BA, CAIB, CIP 
theresa.wong (at) hubinternational.com
Phone: 604-269-1943 

HUB International TOS Limited Insurance.

Temporary Practicum Insurance for Fitness Leaders in the process of BCRPA Registration

For individuals who are in the process of completing their practicum hours towards registration requirements, the BCRPA provides temporary practicum insurance for Group Fitness, Aquatic Fitness, Yoga Fitness, Pilates Fitness, and Weight Training modules.

This is a one year insurance policy that automatically starts when you complete your Fitness Theory registration.

Please Note: You then have one year to complete all practical components of your module, and to submit your ICE Package to BCRPA and become fully registered in this new specialty module.

If you have any questions about your insurance needs, please contact:

Theresa Wong, BA, CAIB, CIP 
theresa.wong (at) hubinternational.com
Phone: 604-269-1943 

HUB International TOS Limited Insurance.


Did we answer your questions?

If we didn't answer your questions about registering and renewing as a Fitness Leader, check out our Frequently Asked Questions page, or  contact us at registration@bcrpa.bc.ca, or by phone: 604.629.0965 ext. 221.