We care about your ongoing education and want you to feel equipped to be the best fitness professionals you can be. Having been in this industry for many years, we’ve made some amazing connections and have learned who provides the most reliable and genuine services (there are also many that aren’t on this page who we love and trust!). On this page, you will find resources you can use to increase your fitness and health knowledge. If there is a subject you would like to know about that is currently not found here, please reach out and let us know and we will do our best to point you in the right direction.
Alert First Aid
Alert First Aid presents reliable, fun, and educational First Aid and CPR courses. You need to keep current with your First Aid and CPR certifications with most governing bodies.
BCRPA requires Emergency first aid or higher (Occupational First aid is okay) and CPRLevel A or higher.
Fitness First aid qualifies as long as it’s consists of the equivalent of emergency-level first aid. For example, the fitness first aid course offered by Alert First Aid: Click Here.
The British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association is the governing body of fitness professionals in B.C, and across Canada. You can download the ICE forms for group fitness, aqua fitness, weight training and personal training from the BCRPA web site.
Pacific Rim College
Pacific Rim College is a wonderful, well-rounded natural health college with in-depth courses on Nutrition, Herbal Medicine, and Acupuncture. It’s where our Office Manager, Lauren, received her 3-year Herbal Medicine diploma. They now offer online classes.
Health Renegade YouTube Channel
Health Renegade SiB Nutrition YouTube Channel. Simon Brazier is an incredible Holistic Nutritionist with a youtube page packed full of useful nutrition information.
EMERGE fitness resources
Here is some useful information on how to save your knees during Crossfit. Emerge also has many other useful resources on their page.
Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN)
IIN provides online health coach training with plenty of nutrition knowledge to add to your skills.
A fantastic phone app for education.
Working Out Without Going out
Family Living Today is focused on what people can do at home to improve their lives and the lives of their family members.
Fitness Governing Bodies
BCRPA (BC Recreation and Parks Association)
BCRPA is nationally and internationally recognized through affiliation with the Fitness Leadership Canada (FLC) and International Confederation of Registers for Exercise Professionals (ICREPs).
FLC - https://fitnessleadershipcanada.ca/
ICREP - http://www.icreps.org/
BCRPA is the only registering body in BC under FLC, which means their leaders abide by national performance standards. The FLC is a membership-based organization made up of one representing registration body per province. Many community centres and municipalities will only accept BCRPA registration for its provincial recognition and standards. One thing to note as well is that as an FLC member, BCRPA’s registration is directly transferrable to other FLC members. So you could transfer your BCRPA registration easily to an Ontario registration, an Alberta registration, a Manitoba registration, etc. In addition, the FLC is a part of a larger registering body called ICREPs, which is the international version of the FLC – so BCRPA registration is transferrable all across the world.
ACE (American Council on Exercise)
Our courses can prepare you to take the ACE Personal Trainer exam. Anyone who is 18 years or older with a high school diploma and has current Adult CPR/AED can take this exam. Students can register through this portal www.acefitness.org/students. They will be able to register and any testing centre that is listed.
NSFA (Nova Scotia Fitness Association)
Many of our courses are approved with the Nova Scotia Fitness Association for credits and certification.
canfitpro is one of the governing bodies recognized across Canada. Many of our CEC workshops are approved by canfitpro for credits.
MFC (Manitoba Fitness Council)
Though Manitoba has their own way of certifying their members, many MFC members have taken our training courses (namely Aqua Fitness) to obtain their MFC certifications. We also have CEC workshops approved for MFC credits.
MTAS (Massage Therapy Association of Saskatchewan)
Registered Massage Therapists with the Massage Therapy Association of Saskatchewan can gain their continuing education credits by taking many of our online workshops.
CMTNL (College of Massage Therapy of Newfoundland and Labrador)
Registered Massage Therapists with CMTNL can take our online workshops to gain their continuing education credits.
In association with Newfoundland and Labrador Massage Therapist Association
AFLCA (Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association)
AFLCA no longer pre-approves our courses, but courses can be taken and then petitioned for credits with AFLCA (not guaranteed).
Fitness Australia and Australian Institute of Fitness
If you are a Fitness Professional moving to Australia, the two governing bodies to be aware of in Australia are Fitness Australia and Australian Institute of Fitness
Once you are BCRPA certified, you will be a member of Fitness Leadership Canada (https://fitnessleadershipcanada.ca/), which is part of the International Confederation of Registrars for Exercise Professionals (see here) which includes Fitness Australia. You may be able transfer but please do your research!
A place to train your Personal Training clients in Victoria BC.
Oxygen Yoga and Fitness Vancouver Island
BCRPA-certified Group Fitness Instructors.
A gym highly recommended by Body Blueprint Fitness Education!
Breathing Space Mind & Body Studio
Great HIIT and Zumba classes, as well as yoga and healing classes.
Fun, energetic classes with BCRPA-certified instructors.