Become a Personal Trainer


If you want to be a certified Fitness leader in Canada and recognized in many other countries around the world you will need to be recognized by the FLC - Fitness Leadership Canada (formerly the National Fitness Leadership Association of Canada -NFLA). All provinces and territories are affiliated with the FLC including BCRPA (British Columbia), AFLCA (Alberta), SPRA (Saskatchewan), MFC (Manitoba), OFC (Ontario), NSFA (Nova Scotia) and FNB (New Brunswick).

You have come to the right place for getting a Canada-wide certification. We have been certifying Personal Trainers and Fitness Instructors for 40 years! All of our courses are recognized across Canada so we can easily help you with the steps to get registered as an elite fitness professional. 

Body Blueprint is looking forward to helping you with all of the steps to become a Personal Trainer. It can all be done online or in class here in Victoria (or through private courses at your request). 

Note that if you plan to take all 3 of our courses (Fitness Theory, Weight Training, and Personal Training) online, we have a package option which saves you over $100 (note this package price does not include exams or registration fees).


Step 1: Fitness Theory Course (in class in Victoria or online from anywhere)

In Class

This hands on class is engaging, fun and will have you learning the material presented in no time.

The In Class Fitness Theory course runs over 3 days: Friday evening 5:30 to 9:30pm, Saturday and Sunday 8:30am to 4:30pm. Please see the dates this class will be running in Victoria. Each student receives a full-colour hard copy of the Fitness Theory and Exercise Physiology manual and workbook as well as access to our online lectures and tutorials. 


With the online course, you can begin right away. The Body Blueprint Fitness Theory & Exercise Physiology course includes videos, tutorials and the Theory manual that is easy to read, in full colour and gives you all the information you need to successfully pass the Fitness Theory exam. There are a few assignments that you can easily do online and we return it to you with thorough feedback so you can easily learn the material presented and prepare for the exam and future courses. 

Our team of tutor/markers are here to help you every step of the way by phone, email or live chat when you need it. Unlike other companies, real people mark your work and are happy to help you on your fitness journey. 


Step 2: Fitness Theory Exam

When you are ready, you may take a Fitness Theory exam through the registering body of your choice. Our course prepares you for exams with the B.C. Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA), the Manitoba Fitness Council (MFC), Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association (AFLCA), the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association (SPRA) and the Nova Scotia Fitness Association (NSFA). Body Blueprint Fitness Education (BBFE) also offers a registration process for Personal Trainers interested in working privately. 

This exam is a prerequisite for your specialty module course (Weight, Group, Aqua, etc). 


Step 3: Register with a Registering Body

If you wish to get registered with a registering body, simply pay the provinces registration fee prior to taking your next course. 

If you want to switch organizations later on, other registering organizations of Fitness Leadership Canada (FLC), may allow you to challenge their exams/evaluations once you've taken Body Blueprint's courses.


First Aid and CPR

Your First Aid and CPR must be complete and up-to-date before you can be fully registered. 

For First Aid and CPR, we recommend Alert First Aid if you are on Vancouver Island or the lower mainland (Vancouver). 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, the Lifesaving Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Fitness Leaders are required to have a minimum of CPR-A certification and either Emergency First Aid or Standard First Aid certification.


Step 4 – Weight Training Course

This enjoyable and thorough course covers every aspect of weight room instructing including how to design safe and effective programs, different types of programs to match different goals, how use machines in the gym as well as body-weighted exercises and lots of free weight and cable exercises. Once you complete this course, you will be able to design and implement great programs for your clients.   

In Class

The In Class Weight Training course runs over 3 days: Friday evening 5:30 to 9:30pm, Saturday and Sunday 8:30am to 4:30pm. Please see the dates these classes will be running in Victoria. You will complete a final assignment within two months of finishing this course. You will receive a hard copy manual in this course as well as access to our online lectures and tutorials. 

Our educators make the courses enjoyable and educational and have been teaching fitness pros, like you, for many years. 


The online course includes a full colour e-book (or hard copy if you wish), videos and tutorials to help you learn how to use equipment, perform exercises from basic to advanced, and write great fitness programs from beginner to advanced. You will be asked to submit written and video assignments.   

Our tutor/markers are here to help you, and if you have questions we are happy to answer them. We can help you by phone, live chat or email and will get back to your right away. 


Step 5 - Weight Practical Evaluation

Once you finish the Weight course you must complete the Weight PE or ICE (this can be done in person or over video), which involves completing forms to fill out and a small practical session.  


Step 6 – Personal Training course 

Become an elite personal trainer with Body Blueprint Fitness. Our well trained students are sought after and well recognized in Canada. If you are looking for a career as a Personal Trainer, we can help you get the education you need. 

As one gym owner put it "We can tell the Body Blueprint trained PTs as they are more knowledgeable and can handle more complex situations and clients". 

In Class

The In Class Personal Training course runs over 4 days: Thursday and Friday evening 5:30 to 9:30pm, Saturday and Sunday 8:30am to 4:30pm. Please see the dates these classes will be running in Victoria. This course includes a hard copy manual and workbook as well as access to our online lectures and tutorials.

Our educators have been teaching for years and make the classes fun, engaging and educational. 


The online course includes written and video assignments.  You will have 4 months to complete all of your assignments, though it can easily be done within one month or less. 

After you complete the Personal Training course, you will receive a Personal Training certificate from Body Blueprint and be part of a recognized group of fitness professionals.


Step 7 - Written Personal Training Exam 

Once you finish the PT course, you have a PT exam. Body Blueprint's courses thoroughly prepare you for the exams and evaluations. 


Step 8 - Personal Training Practical Evaluation

The final step in becoming a registered Personal Trainer, there is one final step to ensure you will be a safe, thorough and educated fitness professional. This is called the Practical Evaluation (PE) or Instructor Competency Exam (ICE) and can easily be done on the same day as your Exam (or at a time that suits you).

It can be done in person with us or over video from the comfort of your own home or gym. Once this is marked and submitted to your registering body for approval, you will be a fully certified Personal Trainer.