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Please note:

  Events & Courses will be posted below as they become available.  If a course you want is not posted below that means dates and/or locations have not been confirmed for that course yet. Please check again at a later date.

  Any courses currently planned are subject to COVID-19 restrictions.  Should a course have to be cancelled a refund or a credit for a later course will be given to all who registered and paid.

PT (personal trainer), MBL (yoga fitness leader), OAL (older adult leader), and the Barre add-on course for GELs will not be offered until 2022.

  We take payments via cheque or PayPal only.  If you are unfamiliar with how to use PayPal you can see their tutorials on the PayPal YouTube channel. If you are mailing a cheque our address is at the bottom of this, and every, page.

  If a course you want is full please add yourself to the wait list (the wait list option will be visible when you try to register).  Many times people de-register before the course begins allowing wait listed students to get in.  If a course has a significant wait list we will also look at putting on an additional offering of that course.

  Thank you for your understanding and patience during this unusual time,

 NSFA

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

For course descriptions and full certification requirements, including a free checklist for each certification, please see our Certifications page.


If you wish to complete the Exercise Theory Course via self-directed distance education (i.e. video access you can watch any time, instead of a live Zoom call with us) please purchase the course through the Manitoba Fitness Council at this link  https://manitobafitnesscouncil.ca/product/exercise-theory-distance-education-package/. To complete this course you must write and pass the national Exercise Theory exam. MFC is our partner organization in the NFLA so the content is the same and we all use the same national exam.  You can arrange your exam by emailing exams@nsfitness.ca. Please note a $30 exam fee will apply.

Upcoming events

    • 06 Oct 2021
    • 6:30 PM
    • 03 Nov 2021
    • 8:30 PM
    • online via Zoom
    • 1
    Register

    Exercise Theory (ET)

    Learn the technical knowledge required for all NSFA/NFLA teaching certificates.

    ***Date Change*** See below for new dates for this course.


    Please note:

    - Registration closes 1 week before the course begins

    - This course is 5 evenings, live Via ZOOM software

    - The exam is NOT written during the course.*

    - This course is required for the completion of all fitness teaching certificates. It is not a certificate to teach by itself.

    This is the pre-requisite module in the Nova Scotia Fitness Association’s (NSFA) Certification Program. This course covers the Anatomy, Exercise Physiology, Bio-mechanics, Nutrition, Safety and Legal Liability required to successfully complete the course work, and to work in the exercise industry with one of our specialization certificates.

    Dates: October 6, 13, 20, 27,  & November 3, 2021

    ***This course was originally listed for Tuesday evenings. It has been moved to Wednesdays***

    Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm

    Fee: $300.00
    Fee includes: manuals, materials, exams, and NSFA/NFLA  associate membership for 1 year. ***Please fill in your full mailing address if you're outside of the Halifax area so we can mail your manuals to you***

    Payment:  You can pay online via PayPal (this website will take you to the PayPal interface when you complete the registration information) or you can pay by cheque. The NSFA does not accept any credit cards or e-transfers.  Payment must be received before the course begins.

    Course Conductor(s): Terri Roberts, Linda Donelley, Doreen MacLean

    (See our course conductor's bios here: http://www.nsfitness.ca/Staff-&-Board)

    Exams:  Normally we book a Provincial Exam Day in January and June every year for students to write any NSFA exam.  Due to COVID-19 we don't know yet if/when we can't hold those days.  We will therefore be doing everyone's exams by private proctoring via Zoom until we can resume in-person exams.   A session with an exam proctor can be booked after your course is finished.
    • 27 Nov 2021
    • 9:00 AM
    • 28 Nov 2021
    • 3:00 PM
    • Purdy's Warf, Halifax
    Register

    Learn to teach Indoor Cycling (aka "spin")!


    The ICE Certification Course will give you the knowledge and skills you need to conduct a highly motivated and technically correct cycling class. This course will include an Intro to Cycling which covers bike safety and bike setup, tips on how to dress and remain comfortable while participating in a cycling class. The chapter on Cycling Basics will include body positions, bio-mechanical and alignment considerations, pedal stroke efficiency and intensity. And finally, Physiology and Class Design covers class breakdown, training principals, cycling physiology, training zones, sample class designs paired with music, and leadership.

    **Please Note** This course by itself does not qualify you to teach or be insured. To compete the full certification you must also successfully complete Exercise Theory and have a 1st Aid & CPR certificate from a recognized provider. Please see our Certifications page for complete details.

    Dates:

    November 27th & 28th, 2021

    Times:

    Saturday: 9:00am to 3:00pm

    Sunday: 9:00am to 3:00pm

    Location:  Purdy's Warf Fitness Club, https://www.pwfitness.ca/, 1969 Upper Water St #100, Halifax, NS

    Instructor: Susan Hardiman

    For course conductor biographies, please see our Staff & Board page.

    Fee: $150

    Payment:  You can pay online via PayPal (this website will take you to the PayPal interface when you complete the registration information) or you can pay by cash or cheque. The NSFA does not accept any credit cards or e-transfers.

    Exams: A written and practical exam are required to complete this course. Full certification also requires completion of Exercise Theory and a 1st Aid & CPR certificate.  COVID-permitting we will offer provincial exam days twice a year.  If that is not possible, or doesn't work for you, please contact exams@nsfitness.ca to book a 1-on-1 exam with a a proctor. 

    • 10 Dec 2021
    • 6:00 PM
    • 12 Dec 2021
    • 6:00 PM
    • Captain William Spry Centre
    Register

    Learn to teach exercise in the pool!

    Aqua Exercise Leader Course

    The program focuses on the components of your fitness class - use of  music, cueing, teaching methods, choreography and leadership skills - as well as specialized training for teaching exercise in a swimming pool.

    Date:  December 10, 11, & 12, 2021

    Times:

    Friday 6:00pm to 8:00pm
    Saturday & Sunday 9:00am-6:00 pm

    Fee: $275.00
    Fee includes manuals, materials, exams, certification, insurance, NFLA membership.

    Course Conductor: Judi Harvey

    Location: Captain William Spry Centre

    16 Sussex St
    Halifax, NS  B3R 1N9

    ***Please arrive early to find parking***


    Testimonial from a previous AEL student:

    "I used to teach aqua with only fitness leader training. When the module became available, I took it, because it was nice to have that knowledge and I actually learned a bit in the theory that I didn't otherwise know. The knowledge of how the water works with and against the body helped me plan my classes better and throw new and more challenging moves at my participants. And of course, it also taught me "GET ON DECK" and teach out of the water, which is better for your participants. To this day I tell people to try the water as it is a "liquid weight room" and not just for seniors but all ages and levels of fitness! Great workout, and fun to teach." - Trina, Bedford

    • 07 Jan 2022
    • 6:00 PM
    • 20 Mar 2022
    • 8:00 PM
    • Private Location in Cole Harbour
    • 7
    Register

     Personal Trainer Course

     

    Limited seating - 8 participants only, registration must be received and paid in full no later than December 2nd, 2021 to secure your spot!

    PLEASE NOTE: This course will run over ten weeks on Friday evenings via Zoom, PLUS an in-person, 2-day session in the Halifax area.

     Dates: Friday evenings on Zoom from 6:00 to 8:00pm

    Online Class dates:

    January 7, 14, 21, 28

    February 4, 11, 18, 25

    March 4, 11

    In-person class dates:  March 19, 20, 2022. The location has yet to be confirmed but it will be in the Halifax/Dartmouth area.

    Written & Practical exam: You will be required to find a client & a gyms space for your practical exam - we will not arrange this for you.  If you cannot do the written exam with the class you can book a separate date.  Both exams can be booked by emailing exams@nsfitnes.ca.  

    Pre-requisites You must be currently certified in good standing in at least one of the following:

    - NFLA Resistance Trainer

    - NFLA Group Exercise Leader

    - NFLA Older Adult Leader

    * Anyone applying with non-NFLA certifications must complete a PLAR. Please email Susan (susan@nsfitness.ca) to book that.

     You will also be required to provide proof of 20 hours of “on floor” experience.  This form will be provided to you and must be completed prior to the start of the course. 

    At the end of the personal trainer’s course you will be required to write a written exam and have a practical exam.  In addition, for final course evaluation you must present 10 written programs in a log format to show diversity in your skill set.  You will have six months after the completion of the course to complete the log.  You will NOT receive your Personal Trainer certificate until the log is completed.

    Once you have signed up and paid for the course, you will be sent the course package, which will include : The at-home study package, the supervisor’s form,  and The Personal Trainer’s log book.

    All questions can be forwarded to Susan Hardiman :  susan@nsfitness.ca

     (See our course conductor's bios here: http://www.nsfitness.ca/Staff-&-Board)

     

    • 12 Jan 2022
    • 6:00 PM
    • 02 Feb 2022
    • 8:30 PM
    • Zoom
    • 14
    Register

    Older Adult Fitness Leader (OAL)

    Learn to teach basic cardio, strength, & stretch classes to older adults of varying levels of fitness.


    Dates: January 12, 19, 26, & February 2.

    Time:  6:00 to 8:30pm 

    Course Conductors: Linda Donnelly & Judi Harvey

    Location: Online via Zoom

    Exams: A written and practical exam are required to complete this course. Full certification also requires completion of Exercise Theory and a 1st Aid & CPR certificate.  COVID-permitting, we will offer in-person provincial exam days twice a year.  If that is not possible, or doesn't work for you, please contact exams@nsfitness.ca to book a 1-on-1 exam with a proctor. 

    • 29 Jan 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Mount St. Vincent University
    • 14
    Register


    Provincial Exam Day - Winter 2022!


    **Please Note** This exam session is subject to changes or cancellation depending on the COVID-19 situation in Halifax at the time of the event. Permission to enter the MSVU campus will also require strict adherence to the campus' protocols at the time.

    Any NSFA/NFLA exam can be written on this day.  You must register in advance to be able to write - this is so we can have the exam ready for you when you arrive.

    Registration for this Exam Day closes on Saturday, January 18th, 2020 at 5:00pm (Atlantic Time).  Students will only be permitted to register after this date if someone else drops out.

    Please note: merely writing and passing an exam does NOT equal being certified.  No certifications will be awarded until ALL of the requirements for the credential are complete.

    Where: Mount St. Vincent University, Rosaria Centre, Student Union's Board Room (1st floor). 

    When: Saturday January 29th from 10:00am to 1:00pm.

    Fees (*please read all of the options below):

    - Students who are writing an exam for a course they took with NSFA do not have to pay a fee for their exam as it is included in the course fee.

    - Anyone challenging an exam (i.e.you didn't take our course but feel you have enough knowledge to pass the exam) must pay $30 to take the exam for all exams *except* PT. $80 for the PT exam.  

    To pay the fee you can select the fee option in this event registration page or you can bring cash or a cheque (written to Nova Scotia Fitness Association) to the exam.

    All exams, except PT, are 1 hour.  PT is 3 hours.  Anyone needing more time due to disabilities or language barrier, please request this by email (to exams@nsfitness.ca) no less than 10 days before the exam.

    All exams are closed-book and electronic devices are not permitted except for calculators.  We will have a few calculators on hand for those who do not bring their own.  Extra pencils, erasers and sharpeners will also be available for those who do not bring their own.

    Good luck everyone!


Past events

29 May 2021 Exercise Leadership Summit 2021 - Part 2
04 May 2021 ET: Exercise Theory - ZM (S21)
25 Apr 2021 Exercise Leadership Summit 2021 - Part 1
24 Apr 2021 Annual Members' Forum Day (ZmSp21)
09 Apr 2021 AEL: Aqua Exercise Leader Course (CS W21)
24 Mar 2021 GEL: Group Exercise Leader -ZM (W21)
20 Mar 2021 RT: Resistance Trainer - ZM (W21)
02 Feb 2021 ET: Exercise Theory - ZM (W21)
20 Nov 2020 PT: Personal Trainer (ZM Fall 2020)
24 Oct 2020 2020 Virtual Exercise Summit
10 Oct 2020 RT: Resistance Trainer - ZM (F20)
07 Oct 2020 GEL: Group Exercise Leader -ZM (F20)
08 Sep 2020 ET: Exercise Theory - ZM (F20)
26 Jul 2020 CEC - Virtual Teaching 101 (Sm20)
22 Jul 2020 CEC - Virtual Teaching 101 (Sm20)
27 May 2020 Virtual Teaching 101 CEC
04 Apr 2020 Older Adult Leader (NSCC S20) CANCELLED
28 Mar 2020 ET: Exercise Theory - MSVU (S20)
29 Feb 2020 Kettlebell Workshop CGC2020
25 Jan 2020 Provincial Exam Day (MSVU W20)
11 Jan 2020 ICE at Dalplex (DP W20)
07 Dec 2019 Barre Workshop - Halifax (PWW19)
23 Nov 2019 OAL - Older Adult Leader (NSCC F19)
16 Nov 2019 Brunch - 5th Annual NSFA Fall Brunch (MSVU F19)
08 Nov 2019 AEL: Aqua Exercise Leader Course (DP F19)
02 Nov 2019 RT: Resistance Trainer - MSVU (F19)
26 Oct 2019 MBL - Mind & Body Leadership Course (PW F19)
05 Oct 2019 GEL: Group Exercise Leader - MSVU (F19)
28 Sep 2019 ICE - Indoor Cycling Exercise Leader (RECC F19)
20 Sep 2019 PT: Personal Trainer Course (CHP F19)
14 Sep 2019 Barre Workshop - Halifax (PWF19)
07 Sep 2019 ET: Exercise Theory - MSVU (F19)
22 Jun 2019 Provincial Exam Day (MSVU S19)
04 May 2019 MBL - Mind & Body Leadership Course (PW S19)
13 Apr 2019 ELS19: Exercise Leadership Summit
16 Mar 2019 RT: Resistance Trainer - MSVU W19
08 Feb 2019 OAL: Older Adult Fitness Leadership - Truro F18
02 Feb 2019 GEL: Group Exercise Leader - MSVU W19
26 Jan 2019 Provincial Exam Day (MSVU W19)
01 Dec 2018 ICE - Indoor Cycling Exercise Leader (Purdy's F18;2)
18 Nov 2018 Brunch - 4th Annual NSFA Fall Brunch (MSVU F18)
03 Nov 2018 RT: Resistance Trainer - MSVU F18
27 Oct 2018 ICE - Indoor Cycling Exercise Leader (Purdy's F18;1)
13 Oct 2018 GEL: Group Exercise Leader - MSVU F18
22 Sep 2018 ET: Exercise Theory - MSVU F18
30 Jun 2018 Provincial Exam Day (Spring 2018)
16 Jun 2018 OAL: Older Adult Exercise Leader S18
26 May 2018 RT: Resistance Trainer - MSVU S18
05 May 2018 GEL: Group Exercise Leader - MSVU S18
27 Apr 2018 PT: Personal Trainer Course S18
21 Apr 2018 Spring 2018 CPR Recert
21 Apr 2018 Exercise Leadership Summit #ELS18
17 Mar 2018 ET: Exercise Theory - MSVU S18
25 Nov 2017 RT: Resistance Trainer - SMU F17
18 Nov 2017 GEL: Group Exercise Leader - MSVU F17
28 Oct 2017 3rd Annual NSFA Fall Brunch
14 Oct 2017 ET: Exercise Theory - MSVU F17
13 Oct 2017 Personal Trainer Course
06 May 2017 GEL: Group Exercise Leader Course (CHP)
29 Apr 2017 OAL: Older Adult Exercise Leader Course
22 Apr 2017 Exercise Leadership Summit #ELS17
25 Mar 2017 ET: Exercise Theory Course (CHP)
12 Mar 2017 NSFA T-Shirts and Coffee Mugs for sale!
05 Mar 2017 CPR re-cert (March 2017)
27 Nov 2016 The 2nd Annual Fall Brunch
26 Nov 2016 RTL: Resistance Training Leader Course (CHP)
12 Nov 2016 GEL: Group Exercise Leader Course (CHP)
22 Oct 2016 ET: Exercise Theory Course (CHP)
30 Sep 2016 ET: Exercise Theory Course (RECC)
28 May 2016 T4T - Training 4 Trainers (Course Conductors' PD Day)
16 Apr 2016 CPR Re-cert (Lifesaving Society)
16 Apr 2016 Exercise Leadership Summit 2016 (ELS'16)
20 Feb 2016 SFIC: Senior's Fitness Instructor Course
30 Jan 2016 ET: Exercise Theory Course
21 Nov 2015 Fall Brunch 'N' Learn

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