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 *This page is about Continuing Education Credits for people who are already certified fitness leaders. 

To find out how to become certified please visit our Certifications page. 

 The NSFA requires all of our members to earn CECs (continuing education credits) every year in order to maintain their certifications.  We offer two signature events of our own, and we recognize credits earned through events or courses recognized by our fellow NFLA members across Canada. 

 Credits not being offered by NSFA or a NFLA member organization can also be recognized by NSFA with approval from our office.  Members can also earn CECs for volunteering on the Board of Directors or committees and by writing guest blogs or contributing to our themed YouTube campaigns. 

 For a Canadian provider of online CEC workshops please visit Body Blueprint.  Their CECs are recognized by us as well as our partner members of NFLA. 

Social Media

The NSFA will award 1 CEC to members who create guest blogs, vlogs, infographics or podcasts on an exercise topic for our website and social media outlets (Facebook, YouTube, etc), providing they meet our stated guidelines and are approved by an evaluator.  Members can earn up to a maximum of 60% of their annual CEC requirements via this format.

Exercise Leadership Summit (ELS)

 The ELS (Exercise Leadership Summit) is the NSFA's annual professional development conference.  It  is held in the spring of each year, usually at a university campus in the Halifax area.  We award 5 CECs for the full day (4 workshops plus the AGM) and 2 for the 1/2 day (2 workshops).

For information on the 2017 ELS, please visit our Events & Courses page.

Past Presenters & Topics:

2016 at Mount St. Vincent University, Halifax.

  • Eric Skinner & Brigite MacInnes: Ripped with HIIT
  • Kelly Marney Intro to Ayurvedic Yoga
  • Susan Hardiman: PT for Kids
  • Donna McCarthy: Clients with Special Needs
  • Elizabeth MacDonald: Sets & Sena-nos (Irish Dance) for Seniors *Presented by Dance Nova Scotia
  • Jason Davis: Purpose & Passrion AND Scale Your Sessions
  • Elinor Crosby: Facebook for Fitness Educators
  • Michelle Amos: Everyday Tax Issues for Proprietors
  • Amy Marshall: NIA® Master Class

2015 at Mount St. Vincent University, Halifax.

  • Sheila Rafferty: Fit2Function for Older Adults
  • Mary Ann Zinck: Power & Grace Master Class
  • Kenney Fitzpatrick: Social Media Bootcamp
  • Stephanie McWilliams: Nutrition
  • Dana Echtner: GROOVE Method® Master Class
  • Scott Robinson: Boot camp Master Class
  • Michelle Kempton: How to Run a Running Club
  • Jennifer Ross: Multi Step
  • Patricia MacDonald, Donna McCarthy & Kenney Fitzpatrick: Expert Panel on Working with Difficult Clients
2014 (then known as Fitness Friendzy) At St. Mary's University, Halifax.
  • Sonny Wilson: Kettlebells 101
  • April Stroink: Absoglutely Fabulous
  • Laura Newton: Intro to Foam Rolling
  • Wendy McCallum: New Issues in Nutrition
  • Jessica Goreham-Penney: Barefoot Fitness
  • Chelsea Aboud: Spin Master Class
  • Elana Liberman: Barre Master Class
  • Debbie Murphy: Chair Aerobics for Seniors & Special Populations

The Fall Brunch

 On November 21st, 2015 we launched a new annual event, the Brunch'n'Learn.  This is a seminar style session with a presenter and of course, brunch.  People quickly started calling it "The Fall Brunch" and the name has stuck.

2015: presenter was Dr. Laurene Rehman of Dalhousie University (Halifax, Canada) who presented the topic "Relationship Marketing - Why Emotional Connections to Your Clients Are So Important". 

2016: our presenter was Kenney Fitzpatrick of the MSVU Students' Union.  Kenney took us through a great variety of software applications for creating videos and graphics we can use to promote our fitness businesses. 

The Nova Scotia Fitness Association is a non-profit organization.

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