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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

    • 25 Jan 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Mount St. Vincent University
    • 0
    Registration is closed


    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!


    • 29 Feb 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Canada Games Centre
    • 4
    Register

    LET’S GET SWINGING!

    NSFA is proud to offer our first ever kettlebell workshop, an eight-hour day filled with the necessary skill building to take your experience as a fitness instructor to the next professional level

    What: Kettlebells are popular fitness tools that add diversity and challenge to your fitness classes and workouts, whether you are a personal trainer or a group fitness instructor. This workshop is designed to give you the skills to add kettlebell movements safely and effectively to your professional fitness repertoire. You will learn essential kettlebell movement patterns, how to design a circuit class and participate in a kettlebell Master Class.

    When: Saturday February 28th, 2020, 9:00am-5:00pm

    Where: Canada Games Centre, 26 Thomas Raddall Drive, Halifax, NS, B3S 0E2

    Who: You and of course NSFA. Come meet our kettlebell course conductor, Amber Allan.



    • 28 Mar 2020
    • 10:00 AM
    • 04 Apr 2020
    • 6:00 PM
    • Mount St. Vincent University (MSVU)
    • 9
    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

    Learn to teach fitness for seniors!


    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.

    • 18 Apr 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    • MSVU, Rosaria Centre

    This is our 7th Annual Exercise Leadership Summit

    Save The Date:  April 18th, 2020 at Mount St. Vincent University



    Full details will be posted and registration will open in early March, 2020.

    Schedule:

    9-9:30am - Registration/Check-in

    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)

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    • 25 Apr 2020
    • 10:00 AM
    • 26 Apr 2020
    • 1:00 PM
    • St. Mary's University, Homberg Centre
    Register

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


    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:

    April 25th, 10:00am - 6:00pm

    AND

    April 26th, 10:00am -1:00pm

    Location:  The Homberg Centre, 920 Tower Road, St. Mary's University, Halifax NS

    Instructor: Bill Norton

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

    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

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

    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): Terri Roberts

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


    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.

    • 20 Jun 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Mount St. Vincent University
    • 14
    Registration is closed


    Provincial Exam Day - Spring 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 June 20th 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!


Past events

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
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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