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Please note:

As the COVID-29 virus continues to keep our usual course and event venues closed, we are working on shifting our course content to online platforms.  Events & Courses will be posted below as they become available.

There will be a virtual Exercise Leadership Summit on October 24th & 25th 2020 to replace our cancelled spring summit.

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.


NSFA doesn't offer any online certifications at this time. We are working on creating our online content.


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

    • 08 Sep 2020
    • 6:00 PM (ADT)
    • 29 Sep 2020
    • 9:00 PM (ADT)
    • online via Zoom
    • 5
    Registration is closed

    Exercise Theory (ET)

    Deadline to register is Aug 31, 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 4 evenings in the classroom 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: September 8, 15, 22, 29

    Time: 6:00pm to 9:00pm

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

    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.  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 we can 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.
    • 07 Oct 2020
    • 6:00 PM (ADT)
    • 21 Oct 2020
    • 9:00 PM (ADT)
    • online via Zoom
    • 10
    Registration is closed

    Group Exercise Leader (GEL)

    Deadline to register is Sept 22, 2020

    Learn to teach choreography-based aerobics & strength training (portable equipment) in large class formats.



    *The exam is NOT written during the course.*

    **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 7th, 14th, 21st, & 28th.  You must attend all 4 sessions.

    Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm

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

    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.  Payment must be received before the course begins.

    Course Conductor(s): Judi Harvey

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

    Venue: ZOOM Video Call.  Please have a camera with video and audio enabled.


    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.  NO certifications will be issued without ET and 1st Aid/CPR completed.

    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 we can 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.Save

    • 10 Oct 2020
    • 10:00 AM (ADT)
    • 17 Oct 2020
    • 5:00 PM (ADT)
    • online via Zoom
    Register

    Resistance Trainer (RT)

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

    ***Please Note: registration will close on September 25th, 2020 to allow time to order text books***

    *The exam is NOT written during the course*

    Exams can be written on provincial exam days in January and June, or students can book a 1-on-1 exam with an NSFA proctor to write at any time.

    **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: October 10th and 17th

    Time: 10:00am-5:00pm

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

    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.  Payment must be received before the course begins.

    Course Conductor(s): Terri Roberts & Susan Hardiman

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

    Venue: ZOOM video platform.  You will need a webcam with video and audio enabled.

    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.  NO certifications will be issued without ET and 1st Aid/CPR completed.

    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 we can 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.

    • 24 Oct 2020
    • (ADT)
    • 25 Oct 2020
    • (ADT)
    • 12 sessions
    • Online via video streaming
    Register
    Welcome to the 2020 Virtual Exercise Summit!


    Nova Scotia Fitness Association (NSFA) and Fitness New Brunswick (FNB) are partnering to host an online summit to replace our usual annual conferences held in-person.  

    This summit is entirely online.  You will need a webcam and high-speed internet connection to participate in the sessions. 


    Dates & Times October 24th & 25th 8:00am to 5:00pm both days.  All session times are for the Atlantic Time Zone.

    Sessions A total of 12 sessions are offered so you can customize your summit experience.  Each session is 1 CEC.  You can take as many as you want!

    Pricing
    - NFLA Members: $20 per session ($25 per session after October 14)

    - Non-NFLA Members: $30 admin fee plus $20 per session ($40 admin fee and $25 per session after October 14).

    The schedule, sessions & presenter information are in the PDF documents below

    Please open both documents before going to the next screen so you can see what sessions you'd like to select. 

    When you click your sessions the price for each will be added to your invoice.  The invoice will be ready at the end of the registration process.

    Click here for Presenter Biographies

    Click here for Session Descriptions

    Click here for Sessions at a Glance

    *Please Note* Session 10 was originally listed as "Using Technology to Your Advantage" but has been changed to "Living Pain Free by Building
    Safe Movement Patterns".

    When you are ready, click the blue "Register" button (below, left) to begin.

    Registration will close at midnight October 22nd to allow technical logistics to be completed.


    Cancellations & Refunds
    - A $20.00 admin fee will be applied to cancellations received by midnight October 14th.​
    - No refunds will be given after midnight October 14th.
    - Payments received via PayPal must be refunded through PayPal, no exceptions. Payments made by cash or cheque will be refunded by cheque.
    - No Shows (people who do not inform us before October 14th they are cancelling) will not get a refund.

    • 20 Nov 2020
    • 6:00 PM (AST)
    • 06 Dec 2020
    • (AST)
    • Zoom / private in home gym
    • 6
    Register

    Personal Trainer’s Course (PT)

    Learn to go beyond the RT/GEL/OAL Level skills and work with clients who need more specialized fitness training.

    We will be conducting the personal trainer's course a little differently this time.  All of the theory and classroom learning with be done via Zoom.  You will be broken into small groups of two to conduct the gym portion of this course, to ensure social distancing.  This course will run over three weekends, however due to the small groups,  they will not be full weekends.  

    **A Zoom link will only be provided AFTER we receive your full payment for the course**

    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)


Past events

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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