You need to be a currently registered BCRPA Fitness Leader with a specialty in Weight Training - See "How to become a BCRPA registered Fitness Leader" steps listed above.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!