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  Please Note:

- 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 $25 exam fee will apply.



Upcoming events

    • 13 Apr 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    • MSVU, Rosaria Centre
    Register


    This is our 6th Annual Exercise Leadership Summit

    *Early-bird price closes at 11:59pm on April 5th, 2019.

    For full details on the sessions and presenters, please visit our website at nsfitness.ca/ELS-19


    Schedule:

    9-9:30am - Registration

    9:30-10:45 Session A

    11:00-12:15 Session B

    12:15-1:30 - Lunch

    1:30-2:45 - Session C

    3:00-4:15 - Session D

    4:30-7:00 - CPR re-cert, Lifesaving Society (additional fee required)


    This year we are offering something new; Alice House will be joining us to offer their certificate on working with domestic violence.   The program is called SmartAlice Intimate Partner Violence Bystander Intervention Training and us an all day program, meaning participants selecting this option will not take other workshops at the Summit.  More information about the SmartAlice certificate can be found on the Alice House Website, here.

    For those interested in more traditional fitness programming, we have our standard schedule of 2 sessions per time slot (A, B, C, & D).  They are:

    A:  Barre OR Step

    B:  Nutrition OR HIIT

    C:  Chair Yoga OR Fascial Fitness

    D: Personal Development OR Mobility



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    • 27 Apr 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • 05 May 2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • Private Location in Cole Harbour
    • 6
    Register

     Personal Trainer’s Course

     

    Limited seating - 6 participants only, registration must be received and paid in full no later than April 13th, 2019 to secure your spot!

    PLEASE NOTE: This course will run over two weekends.  Attendance is required for all 6 days.

     Dates:

    April 26th : 5pm – 9pm 
    April 27th: 9 am – 4pm
    April 28th: 9am - 4pm

    May 3rd: 5pm-9pm
    May 4th: 9am-5pm
    May 5th: 9am-12pm & EXAM : 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)

     

    • 04 May 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • 05 May 2019
    • 1:00 PM
    • St Mary's University
    Register

    Only 15 spaces available - register today!!


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

    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: May 4th & 5th, 2019

    Times: 10:00am to 6:00pm on Saturday.  10:00am to 1:00pm on Sunday

    Location: St. Mary's University, Homburg Centre 

    920 Tower Rd, Halifax, NS B3H 3C3

    Instructor(s): Bill Norton

    Exams: A written and practical exam are required to complete this course.  All NSFA written exams will be done at the end of June 2019 (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.  Practicals will be arranged between the student and the course conductor.


    • 04 May 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • 26 May 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Purdy's Wharf, Halifax
    Register

    The Spring 2019 Mind & Body Leadership Course Is Now Open For Registration!

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

    Mind & Body Leadership is a 32-hour exercise course that teaches introductory level yoga & meditation skills and protocols for people working with exercise clients.  Students will learn several asanas, as well as teaching tools. class design, risk management, continuing education, and much more.  Those who complete this certification are qualified to teach basic fitness-focused yoga and meditation classes to a general audience , excluding any version of hot yoga or any inversion asanas.

    This course includes a manual and your first year of membership in the NSFA.  Instructor's insurance for 1 year is also included for any students who successfully meet all of the certification requirements.

    **Please note, this course runs over 2 weekends; 4 days total in the classroom**

    All participants must also complete Exercise Theory and have a current 1st Aid & CPR certification before the MBL certificate will be issued.

    Dates: May 4 & 5, AND 25 & 26, 2019

    Times: 10:00am to 6:00pm each day

    Location: Purdy's Wharf Fitness Club (Ground Floor, Tower 2), Halifax

    Instructor(s): Ocean Samuel

    Exams: A written and practical exam are required to complete this course. 

    All NSFA written exams will be done at the end of June 2019 (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.  Practicals will be arranged between the student and the course conductor.


    • 07 Sep 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • 14 Sep 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Mount St. Vincent University (MSVU)
    • 13
    Register

    Exercise Theory (ET)


    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 fall term students will be in January, 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: September 7th, 8th & 14th 2019

    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 is required to complete this course.  All NSFA written exams for the Fall term 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 a private exam proctor can be arranged for you. 

    • 05 Oct 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • 06 Oct 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Mount St. Vincent University
    • 12
    Register

    Group Exercise Leader (GEL)



    *The exam is NOT written during the course. The provincial exam day for the fall term students will be in January, 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: October 5th & 6th, 2019

    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.  All NSFA written exams will be done at the end of June 2019 (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.  Practicals will be arranged between the student and the course conductor.

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    • 02 Nov 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • 03 Nov 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Mount St. Vincent University (MSVU, Halifax)
    Registration is closed

    Resistance Trainer (RT)

    ***Please Note: registration will close 3 weeks (Oct 12/19) before the course to allow time to order text books***

    *The exam is NOT written during the course. The provincial exam day for the fall term students will be in January, 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: November 2nd & 3rd, 2019

    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)

    Exams: A written and practical exam are required to complete this course.  All NSFA Fall term 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 a private exam proctor can be arranged for you.  Practicals will be arranged between the student and the course conductor. 

    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

     

Past events

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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