Become a Yoga Fitness Instructor

Yoga Fitness Instructors design, modify and lead safe beginner yoga fitness groups by providing effective and appropriate exercises in order to meet the needs of the participants. 

Step1 Create Account V2 Step2 Fitness Theory V2  Step3 Cpr First Aid V2 
Step4 Year1 V2 Step5 Specialty V2  Step6 Practicial Ice V2 

 


Step 1: Create an Account on The Registry® of Fitness Professionals

The Registry® of Fitness Professionals is where you create your professional profile. Similar to LinkedIn, The Registry® is where potential employers and clients can find you and verify your credentials.  

This is also where you will track your Speciality Module Courses, CPR/First Aid certifications, and your Continuing Education Credits (CECs). For more information on The Registry® click here.

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Step 2: Complete the Fitness Theory Course and Exam

Fitness Theory Course 

The Fitness Theory Course is NOT a requirement for BCRPA Fitness Program registration. However, it is highly recommended as it will prepare you for the mandatory Fitness Theory Exam. 

View the Fitness Theory Course Schedule

Contact the course provider for complete information, including course duration, course outline, course components, time commitment and course requirements. Prices for the Fitness Theory Course ranges from $315 - $565 depending on the course provider and format of delivery (i.e. Smaller class sizes or 1-on-1 may see higher fees). 

If you do not wish to take a course, the CFES and Body Blueprint Fitness Theory manuals can be purchased directly from the suppliers.  

You may also find the following resource helpful in preparing to write this Exam:


Fitness Theory Exam

The Fitness Theory Exam is a requirement for initial registration with BCRPA and must be completed before purchasing your first-year registration.  

When you are ready to take the Exam:
  1. Log in to your new account on The Registry® of Fitness Professionals  
  2. Click on the Exam History tab towards the bottom of your User Account page.  
  3. Click the Purchase Exam button.Exam Purchase button
  4. Then, follow the instructions to purchase your Fitness Theory Exam.  
    • Payment is accepted by credit card. Credit/Debit, Debit Cards, or Personal Cheques are not accepted. 

Once payment has cleared, exam information and further instructions will be emailed to you. Please check your spam/junk folder if you do not see the email in your inbox.  

Exam format:
  • This Exam is written online only and is hosted on ProctorU. Photo ID, along with a webcam, microphone, speaker, and computer with Internet connection are required.  
  • Cost - $110 + GST ($80 exam + $30 ProctorU service fee)
  • Exam Length - 60 questions, multiple choice 
  • Time Given - 60 minutes 
  • Passing Grade - 80% (48/60) 

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

Refunds and Expiration Policy

Once you have purchased the Exam, there is no expiration date to schedule and write 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 Fitness Student.  

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 registration; registration is a mandatory pre-requisite prior to starting work on your Core Specialty. 

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Step 3: Obtain CPR and First Aid Certification

After you pass your Fitness Theory Exam you will have one year to complete your First Aid and CPR certification and purchase your first-year registration. However, you may complete this step before writing the Exam.  

BCRPA Registered Fitness Leaders and Fitness Students 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: 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. Prices for the First Aid and CPR classes range from $100-$200 depending on the provider. 

Once you have received your First Aid and/or CPR certifications, log in to The Registry® and update this information in your account under the "CPR Certificate" and "First Aid Certificate" tabs of your User 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.

Consult The Registry®User Manual if you require assistance.

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Step 4: Purchase Your First-Year Registration

As soon as you pass your Fitness Theory Exam, you can register with BCRPA for $105 - valid for one year from the date of registration. Registration can be purchased through your account on The Registry® under the "Manage Registration" tab.  

During your first-year registration you are considered a Fitness Student and are required to complete your Core Speciality Module Course and pass your Instructor Competency Evaluation (ICE) (Steps 5 and 6) within this one year timeframe.

Note: You are not required to earn continuing education credits (CECs) during your first-year registration.  

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

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Step 5: Take the Yoga Fitness Core Specialty Module Course

BCRPA-approved Yoga Fitness Core Specialty Module Courses were developed in accordance to the Fitness Leadership Canada's Yoga Fitness Performance Standards and are a minimum of 35 hours in length.

BCRPA-approved specialty module 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.


Important Notice

Please be advised that all courses are offered and/or facilitated by independent presenters / providers. While BCRPA's Fitness Program approves that the proposed content of the course is applicable to Fitness Leaders and fulfills registration requirements as a specialty module, BCRPA's Fitness Program is not affiliated with their operation and delivery and assumes no further responsibility or liability to registrants / participants taking these courses.  All inquiries, registrations and any other issues are to be referred directly to the course providers.

 

Contact the course provider for complete information, including course duration, course outline, course components, time commitment and course requirements. Prices for the Yoga Fitness Specialty Module Course ranges from $500 - $640 depending on the course provider.

View the Yoga Fitness Course Schedule

The course providers listed in the PDF above have been verified by BCRPA and meet the course requirements for BCRPA Fitness Registration. These specialty module courses are the only courses accepted for BCRPA Fitness Registration.

Note: Fitness related in-person and online workshops count toward professional development and are for CECs only – they do not qualify as a specialty module course. CECs are a registration renewal requirement that comes into effect once you have completed your first year of registration. Fitness Students are not required to earn CECs. 

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Step 6: Complete the Practical and Instructor Competency Evaluation (ICE)

Requirements for this step

  1. Complete an 8 hour practicum in which you teach a "fitness class" to a Fitness Instructor.
  2. 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

You will be required to complete 8 hours of practicum, in which you participate with a current Fitness Instructor. Practicum hours can also be completed virtually, please review the information included on your ICE package and direct any questions to your evaluator.  

In this practicum component, you will act as the instructor of a yoga fitness class, with the 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 fees for practicum mentoring varies depending on if it is included as part of the course, occurs in a group setting, or as one to one mentoring. Please check with the facilitator / school for the cost of the practicum or mentoring.

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. Prices for the ICE typically range from $60 - $200.

Before starting on this process:

When you have completed and passed your ICE, your evaluator will inform BCRPA. 

Note: ICE package processing may take between 5 to 10 business days.


Insurance Coverage

Your BCRPA First-Year 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 
  • You must complete and pass the Yoga Fitness specialty module before your First-Year Registration expires.

Once you have completed the 6 steps listed above, your specialty  will be added to your account on The Registry® of Fitness Professionals.


Congratulations!

You have now completed a Core Specialty Module and are a BCRPA Registered Fitness Leader!

Note: Your registration status will be updated from Fitness Student to Fitness Leader after you have renewed your registration. Review this page for more details on maintaining your registration.  

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