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Fitness Leadership 11

Nova Scotia High School Credit

 Dear Students (& Parents),

 Several years ago, the  Nova Scotia Department of Education  approved a high school course called Fitness Leadership 11 for schools across the province to use as an option for the Phys Ed requirement for graduation.   Most high school teachers cover the material required for our Exercise Theory (ET) course and any combination of Group Exercise Leader, Resistance Trainer, or Mind & Body Exercise Leader (GEL, RT, or MBL). 

 As a student who has completed this work, you can write our national exam for ET and do the written and practical exams for the other course(s) of your choice.  Successful completion of these along with a 1st Aid & CPR certificate will give you the designation of "Youth Fitness Leader" (YFL) plus the title of whichever certificate you complete.  If you'd like to book an exam or evaluation, please contact our Exams & Evaluations Coordinator, Stacey, at exams@nsfitness.ca.  Your annual membership to the NSFA as a YFL is only $10 for the year.  When you pass your exams we will register you as a YFL member. 

 While the high school course you take *might* cover the knowledge required to pass our national exams, there is no guarantee that each individual high school teacher will cover all the necessary material.  Therefore there is no guarantee of passing our exams just because you took the high school course.  Also, please be aware that the pass mark is 80% for all of our written and practical exams, not the 50% required to pass high school courses. 

 We caution you that while you can take our courses and exams as a high school student, you cannot be insured and therefore fully qualified to teach/train clients on your own, until you turn 19 years old.  Anyone under 19 will require an adult to be responsible for them and their clients while teaching.  We and our insurer, HUB International, cannot provide insurance of any kind for anyone who is under 19.  You are welcome to search for an insurance company who will insure you under the age of majority but the likelihood of finding one is very small. 

 When you turn 19, if you are still teaching/training, you will be re-certified and insured in whichever certification you hold.   If there is a break in your teaching practice you can be re-evaluated according to the Challenging and Transferring policy (see the Certifications page) to re-certify. 

 Dear Teachers,

 Please consider joining the NSFA if you are teaching the Fitness Leadership 11 course.  We can provide you with resources and professional development opportunities specific to this line of work.  Please get in touch and get the most up-to-date industry standards.  We can also provide you with a list of guest speakers, depending on what area of Nova Scotia you are in.

 We want to support you in making more young Nova Scotians into professional exercise educators!

 Please contact our Chair, Terri Roberts (terri@nsfitness.ca) who is also a licensed high school teacher, for information and resources. 

In March 2020 the Department of Education launched a new website with new curriculum documents, including Fitness Leadership 11, here.

 Click here for a copy of the older version,  SCOs for Fitness Leadership 11.

Dear Everyone,

 Please Note:

 We, the NSFA, are a professional association of exercise instructors and trainers who set and maintain our industry's standards.  The NSFA is in no way a branch of the provincial government (we are not even funded by them) and our involvement with this course is strictly as a courtesy at their discretion.  We are not in regular contact with the Department of Education's Phys Ed authority nor do we have any authority over them, or their administrative, or their decision making processes.  If you have any concerns about this course or its curriculum you must contact the Department of Education directly.  The current Minister of Education is The Honourable Zach Churchill who can be reached here: https://nslegislature.ca/members/profiles/zach-churchill



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

We acknowledge that we are in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq people.  

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