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

For course descriptions and full certification requirements, please see our Certifications page.

NSFA doesn't offer any online certifications. If you wish to complete the Exercise Theory Course via distance education 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 Exercise Theory exam through the NSFA. You can arrange to do so by emailing info@nsfitness.ca. Please note a $25 exam fee will apply.

Upcoming events

    • 21 Apr 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • MSVU, Rosaria Centre
    Registration is closed

    This is our 5th Annual Exercise Leadership Summit!


    When you register, you will chose 1 workshop from each session for A, B, and C.  This year for session D we are offering 1keynote address for everyone to attend instead of three breakout sessions.  PLEASE still select the Keynote presentation when you register to confirm you will be attending.

    Schedule-at-a-Glance is below. For full descriptions of  sessions and presenters, please visit our #ELS website at nsfitness.ca/els18


    Session A:

    Greg Simmons on Trends vs Fads

    Melissa Millar on Post-natal Posture

    Wanda Martin, STRONG by Zumba master class

     

    Session B:

    Virginia McIntyre on Bone Health

    Maria Radelic on Pelvic Floor

    Judi Harvey on Abs w/ Balls

     

    Session C:

    Laura Lundquist on Valgus Knee

    Emily Rogers & Allison Keller on HIIE

    Grant Hatcher on Meditation

     

    Session D:
    Keynote Presenter Lauri Di Guilio on Hip Hinges



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    • 21 Apr 2018
    • 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Mount St. Vincent University, Halifax
    Registration is closed

    **This is a rec-cert only**

    ***Registration closes on April 18th, no exceptions***


    Provided by Lifesaving Society of Canada


    Location: Mount St. Vincent University, Rosaria Centre  (room # TBA)

    Time: 4:30pm to 7:00pm



    • 27 Apr 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • 06 May 2018
    • 3:00 PM
    • Private Location in Cole Harbour
    • 2
    Registration is closed

     Personal Trainer’s Course

     

     

    Limited seating - 6 participants only, registration must be received and paid in full no later than April 13, 2018 to secure your spot!

    NSFA is proud to offer the Personal trainer’s course this spring.  This course will run over two weekends. 

     Dates:

    April 27th : 5pm – 9pm 
    April 28th: 9 am – 4pm
    April 29th: 9am - 4pm

    May 4th: 5pm-9pm
    May 5th: 9am-5pm
    May 6th: 9am-12pm - Written exam will begin at 1pm, this exam is 3 hours.

    Location: HRM (Private location in Cole Harbour with field trips to gyms within HRM)

       YOU MUST BE ABLE ATTEND ALL CLASSES
     

    Practical exam: You will be required to find a client and arrange a time with them for your practical exam.  The instructor has a gym in her home and will allow the practical exam to be conducted in her home.  If you wish to have the exam in a gym that you are more familiar with, you will be responsible for all fees that are incurred for using the space.                                           

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

    • NSFA  RTL
    • NSFA GEL
    • NSFA OAL

     You will also be require to provide proof of 20 hours of “on floor” experience.  This form will be provided to you and must be completed by your supervisor prior to the start of the course.  If you are self-employed we will accept proof of classes taught.

    At the end of the personal trainer’s course you will be required to write a written exam and have a practical exam. 

    You will also be required to 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’s 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.

    Text book: We will be using the same text book as the RTL course:  Weight Training Steps to Success.  If you do not already have this book, it can be ordered on Amazon.

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

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

     

    • 05 May 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • 06 May 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • Mount St. Vincent University
    • 1
    Register

    Group Exercise Leader (GEL)


    Registration closes: April 25, 2018


    *The exam is NOT written during the course. The provincial exam day for the spring term students is June 22nd, 2018 at MSVU.  Registration details for exam day will be sent out after this course.

    The program focuses on the components of your fitness class, use of music, cueing, teaching methods, choreography and leadership skills. In addition to basic floor aerobics, students will also receive specialization training in the use of portable equipment for group exercise classes.

    Date: May 5 & 6, 2018

    Time: 10:00am-6:00pm

    Fee: $250.00
    Fee includes: manuals, materials, exams, certification, insurance, and NSFA/NFLA  membership.

    Course Conductor(s): Terri Roberts & Judi Harvey

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


    Venue: Room 123, Evaristus Hall

    MSVU  (Mount  St. Vincent University)

    Rosaria Student Centre

    166 Bedford Highway, Halifax

     http://www.msvu.ca/en/home/aboutus/emergencyproceduresguide/campusmap.aspx

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    • 26 May 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • 27 May 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • Mount St. Vincent University (MSVU, Halifax)
    Register

    Resistance Trainer (RT)

    ***Please Note: registration will close 2 weeks before the course to allow time to order text books***

    *The exam is NOT written during the course. The provincial exam day for the spring term students is June 22nd, 2018 at MSVU.  Registration details for exam day will be sent out after this course.

    The program focuses on use of equipment and exercises, safety, exercise precautions, exercise technique, training methods and program design.

    Date: May 26 & 27, 2018

    Time: 10:00am-6:00pm

    Fee: $250.00
    Fee includes: manuals, materials, exams, certification, insurance, and NSFA/NFLA  membership.

    Course Conductor(s): TBA

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

    The Exam will not be written during the course.  It will be written at a later date in June.

    Venue:  Room 123, Evaristus Hall

    MSVU  (Mount  St. Vincent University)

    166 Bedford Highway, Halifax

    http://www.msvu.ca/en/home/aboutus/emergencyproceduresguide/campusmap.aspx

     

     

    • 26 May 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • 27 May 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • Truro NSCC Campus
    • 11
    Register

    OAL: Older Adult Exercise Leader

    ***Please note: the location for this course is subject to change.  See below. 



    Date: May 26 & 27, 2018

    Time: 10:00am-6:00pm both days.

    Course Conductor: Sheila Rafferty

    Prerequisite: Exercise Theory

    Location: Truro NSCC Campus OR Mount St. Vincent University, ***depending on where the majority of students are coming from.

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