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 Regarding Dates & Locations for NSFA Courses:

- Courses will be posted as soon as venue bookings have been confirmed.

- We are currently offering courses in the Truro & Halifax areas only due to interest in those areas. If you would like to have a course offered in another area of Nova Scotia, please contact us at info@nsfitness.ca with a name and contact email for someone at the venue you are recommending.

- Please check the registration closing date on each course as some require early registration for textbook orders.

- Payment plans can be arranged for those in need.  Please contact us at info@nsfitness.ca to arrange a plan before you register.  This is for courses only, not the Summit, Brunch or other events.

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 $30 exam fee will apply.



Upcoming events

    • 16 Nov 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Mount St. Vincent University
    Registration is closed

    5th Annual Fall Fitness Brunch & 30th Anniversary Celebration!

    We are very pleased to announce that the presenter for the Brunch this year is the NSFA's very own Heather Creamer!   She will be presenting her expert knowledge and experience in working with fitness clients who have Lymphedema. 

    Seminar Outline: You will learn-

    • What is Lymphedema, how it develops, associated risks and the 4 stages
    •  What questions you need to ask to determine if your client is at risk for Lymphedema
    •  How to take baseline measurements in the potentially affected limb
    •  The Exercise Protocol to follow for Lymphedema prevention
    •  Upper and Lower body Lymphatic Drainage Exercises you should have your at-risk-client do before each workout

    At the end of this seminar, you will have the information you need so that you can help your client reduce their risk for developing Lymphedema while exercising.

    Presenter : Heather Creamer,  MBA, CES, PFT, R.H.N., CCP

    Topic:  LYMPHEDEMA: DO YOU KNOW IF YOUR CLIENTS ARE AT RISK?

    Location: Mount St. Vincent University,

    166 Bedford Highway, Halifax.

    Building & Room: Seton Academic Centre, room 404 (Faculty Lounge)

    Click HERE for the MSVU Campus Map. Seton Academic Centre is building #5 on the map.

    Presentation Topic:

    LYMPHEDEMA: DO YOU KNOW IF YOUR CLIENTS ARE AT RISK?

    This seminar will provide you with the information you NEED to know as a Fitness Professional working with clients who may be at risk!

    According to the Canadian Cancer Society, one in two Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, that is an astounding number! Chances are that as a Fitness Professional, in your career, you will have someone as a client, or in your group training, that is a survivor. But will you know how to structure or modify their program to mitigate their risk for Lymphedema?

    Why learning about Lymphedema is critical when working with survivors.

    Cancer survivors are at a higher risk for developing Lymphedema, a swelling that occurs when lymph fluid can’t flow normally and builds up in the soft tissues of a limb or other areas of the body. Currently there are over 1 million Canadians living with Lymphedema; it is a serious, and in some cases, irreversible condition that can occur in up to 50% of breast cancer survivors or in anyone who has had cancer surgery with lymph nodes removed. Factor in treatments such as radiation or a BMI of over 30 and the risks are even higher.

    Any Fitness Professional can benefit from this seminar; whether you are a Personal Trainer, Group Instructor, Pilates or Yoga Instructor, a Coach or anyone who trains survivors, knowledge for reducing the risk of Lymphedema for your client is critical. Our clients and group participants rely on us as Fitness Professionals to guide them safely and effectively through an exercise program, to help them achieve their fitness and health goals. But what if some of the practices we do put them at risk for developing Lymphedema? We can’t just rely on what the client may know, because many survivors don’t know what exercise risks are associated with the development of Lymphedema, that is our job to know as a Fitness Professional. Even clients who were “in great shape” prior to surgery and treatment have no idea what their body can now handle.

    Learn what exercise protocols to follow, and what you should avoid, to reduce putting your client at risk for Lymphedema.


    About our presenter:  Heather Creamer, MBA, CES, PFT, R.H.N., CCP

    Heather Creamer is a Fitness and Nutrition Professional who loves what she does! She is an 8 year breast cancer survivor, who through her own journey after surgery and treatment, found a renewed passion for fitness and a healthy lifestyle, lost 45 pounds in the process, and has transitioned that passion into helping her clients to achieve their own health and fitness goals; with a speciality practice in Cancer Exercise.

    Heather is a proud member of the NSFA, a Personal Fitness Trainer (NSFA, Nova Scotia Fitness Association and ISSA, International Sports Science Association), a Cancer Exercise Specialist (Cancer Exercise Training Institute) a Certified Coach Practitioner (Certified Coaches Federation) and a graduate of the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (R.H.N). She has certifications in Mat Pilates for Cancer Exercise, Bosu Balance Trainer and Group TRX.

    Heather also earned an MBA from the Sobeys School of Business at St Mary’s University.

    Heather is the current Canadian National Affiliate for the Cancer Exercise Training Institute and the Chief Operating Officer of MedeXN Fitness Institute (www.medexn.com ), an online provider of Certifications and Courses (CEC’s) for Health and Fitness Professionals, including the Cancer Exercise Specialist® Advanced Qualification. She is a co-author, (along with Andrea Leonard, Founder of the Cancer Exercise Training Institute), of “The Survivors Guide to Lymphedema: What you haven’t been told- And what you need to Know”, which will be published this fall.


    Heather Creamer, MBA, CES, PFT, R.H.N., CCP

    Co-Founder, COO

    MedeXN fitness INSTITUTE

    CETI Canada

    Phone: 1-902-497-4268

    Email: heather@medexn.com

    www.medexn.com

    “Exercise Your Knowledge to Elevate Above”



    • 23 Nov 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 24 Nov 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • NSCC, Truro Campus
    • 8
    Register

    Older Adult Fitness Leader (OAL)

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

    *please note change of date below*

    NEW DATE!!

    Date: November 23, 24 2019

    *this course was previously booked for September 2019*

    Time:  9:00 - 5:00 each day

    Course Conductor: Sheila Rafferty

    Location: NSCC, Truro Campus

    Room 229, Forrester Hall

    Exams: A written and practical exam are required to complete this course.   Full certification also required completion of Exercise Theory and a 1st Aid & CPR certificate.   All NSFA written exams will be done at the end of January 2020 (date to be confirmed) in Halifax at Mount St. Vincent University.   If you cannot write at that time or location, a private exam proctor can be arranged for you.  Practicals will be arranged between the student and the course conductor.



    • 07 Dec 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • Purdy's Wharf Fitness Club
    Register

    Welcome to NSFA's second barre workshop!  Based on enthusiastic feedback from our summit, we have put together a one-day event designed to give our instructors the necessary skills to teach barre fitness classes, or add elements of barre to your existing group fitness classes. 


     This workshop will be considered an add-on certificate to your Group Exercise Leader (GEL) certification.  The workshop starts with a one-hour Masterclass, a full barre class that anyone can attend.  The workshop continues with a description of barre class formats, movement patterns, how to integrate ballet movement patterns and concludes with a mini-practical component.  You can register for only the Masterclass or for the Masterclass and workshop depending on your preference.  A full schedule for the day will be available closer to the event.


    To register for the Masterclass ONLY: Please select the 9-10am option

    To register for the Full WORKSHOP: Please select the 9am-5pm option

    If you have questions about payment options, or the workshop in general, please contact Kaycie Lane at kaycie@nsfitness.ca

    • 11 Jan 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • 18 Jan 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Dalplex
    Register

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


    The ICE Certification Course will give you the knowledge and skills you need to conduct a highly motivated and technically correct cycling class. Your 10 hour 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.


    Dates & Times:

    January 11, 9:00am - 5:00pm

    AND

    January 18, 9:00am-12:00pm

    Location:  Dalplex, Dalhousie University, Halifax NS

    Instructor: Patricia MacDonald

    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. All NSFA written exams for Spring courses will be done at the end of June 2020 (date to be confirmed) in Halifax at Mount St. Vincent University. If you cannot write at that time or location, a private exam proctor can be arranged for you. Practicals will be arranged between the student and the course conductor.

    • 25 Jan 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Mount St. Vincent University
    • 8
    Register


    Provincial Exam Day - Winter 2020!



    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 25th 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!


    • 28 Mar 2020
    • 10:00 AM
    • 04 Apr 2020
    • 6:00 PM
    • Mount St. Vincent University (MSVU)
    • 15
    Register

    Exercise Theory (ET)

    Deadline to register is March 21, 2020. 

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


    Please note:

    - Registration closes 1 week before the course begins

    - This course is 3 days in the classroom, the Saturday, Sunday and following Saturday. 

    - The exam is NOT written during the course. The provincial exam day for the Spring term students will be in June 2020 at MSVU.

    - 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.

    Date: March 28 & 29 AND April 4, 2020.

    Time: 10:00am-6:00pm

    Fee: $300.00
    Fee includes: manuals, materials, exams, certification, insurance, and NSFA/NFLA  associate membership for 1 year.

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

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

    Venue: 

    MSVU (Mount St. Vincent University)

    Rosaria Student Centre

    166 Bedford Highway, Halifax

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

    Room: 212


    Exams: A written exam is required to complete this course.  All NSFA written exams for the Spring term will be done at the end of June 2020 (date to be confirmed) in Halifax at Mount St. Vincent University.   If you cannot write at that time a private exam proctor can be arranged for you. 

    • 04 Apr 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • 05 Apr 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Truro, NS
    • 14
    Register


    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. All NSFA written exams for Spring courses will be done at the end of June 2020 (date to be confirmed) in Halifax at Mount St. Vincent University. If you cannot write at that time or location, a private exam proctor can be arranged for you. Practicals will be arranged between the student and the course conductor.

    • 02 May 2020
    • 10:00 AM
    • 03 May 2020
    • 6:00 PM
    • Mount St. Vincent University
    • 12
    Register
    Group Exercise Leader (GEL)

    Deadline to register is April 25, 2020

    Learn to teach choreography based aerobics and strength training in large class formats.



    *The exam is NOT written during the course. The provincial exam day for the Spring term students will be in June, 2020 at MSVU.

    **Please note, all students in GEL must also complete Exercise Theory and have a current 1st Aid & CPR certificate before this certification will be issued.**

    This 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 2 & 3, 2020

    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, Linda Donnelly

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

    Venue:

    MSVU  (Mount  St. Vincent University)

    Rosaria Student Centre

    166 Bedford Highway, Halifax

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

    Room: Rosaria 212 


    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. All NSFA written exams for Spring courses will be done at the end of June 2020 (date to be confirmed) in Halifax at Mount St. Vincent University. If you cannot write at that time or location, a private exam proctor can be arranged for you. Practicals will be arranged between the student and the course conductor.

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    • 23 May 2020
    • 10:00 AM
    • 24 May 2020
    • 6:00 PM
    • Mount St. Vincent University (MSVU, Halifax)
    Register

    Resistance Trainer (RT)

    Learn to teach individuals or groups in the weight room or weight training classes.

    ***Please Note: registration will close 3 weeks (May 2, 2020) 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 will be in June 2020 at MSVU.

    **Please note, all students in RT must also complete Exercise Theory and have a current 1st Aid & CPR certificate before this certification will be issued.**

    The program focuses on use of equipment and exercises, safety, exercise precautions, exercise technique, training methods and program design.  Students completing this certificate will be qualified to do basic fitness training with clients who do not present any major health problems.  RT's can train 1-on-1 (i.e. personal training) and can teach non-music, non-dance based fitness classes such as small group resistance training, circuit training, bootcamps, and HIIT classes.

    Date: May 23 & 24, 2020

    Time: 10:00am-6:00pm

    Fee: $250.00
    Fee includes: manuals, materials, exams, certification, insurance, and NSFA/NFLA  membership (1 year).

    Course Conductor(s): TBA

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


    Venue: 

    Rosaria Centre, MSVU  (Mount  St. Vincent University)

    166 Bedford Highway, Halifax

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

     

    Room: Rosaria 212

    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. All NSFA written exams for Spring courses will be done at the end of June 2020 (date to be confirmed) in Halifax at Mount St. Vincent University. If you cannot write at that time or location, a private exam proctor can be arranged for you. Practicals will be arranged between the student and the course conductor.

Past events

08 Nov 2019 AEL: Aqua Exercise Leader Course (DP 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
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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