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 Planning 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

    • 07 Sep 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • 14 Sep 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Mount St. Vincent University (MSVU)
    • 3
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    Exercise Theory (ET)

    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 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. 

    • 20 Sep 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • 06 Oct 2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • Cole Harbour Place
    • 3
    Register

    Personal Trainer’s Course (PT)

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

     

    Limited seating - 8 participants only, registration must be received and paid in full no later than August 31st, 2019 to secure your spot!

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

     Dates:

    September 20th : 5pm – 9pm 
    September 21st: 9 am – 4pm
    September 22nd: 9am - 4pm

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

    Location: Cole Harbour Place

    51 Forest Hills Pkwy, Dartmouth, NS B2W 6C6

       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)

     

    • 28 Sep 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 29 Sep 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • RECC Rath Eastlink Community Centre
    Register
    https://www.ratheastlinkcommunitycentre.ca/contact

    Indoor Cycling Exercise (ICE)

    Learn to teach Indoor Cycling (aka "Spin") classes.


    **Please note, all students in ICE must also complete Exercise Theory and have a current 1st Aid & CPR.  You may take the ICE,  ET and 1st Aid & CPR courses in any order, but ALL must be completed before you will be certified to teach. **

    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: September 28th & 29th, 2019

    Times: 9:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday.  9:00am to 1:00pm on Sunday

    Location:  Rath Eastlink Community Centre (RECC)

    625 Abenaki Rd, Truro, NS B2N 0G6


    Instructor(s): Patricia MacDonald

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


    • 28 Sep 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 29 Sep 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • NSCC, Truro Campus
    • 17
    Register

    Older Adult Fitness Leader (OAL)

    Learn to teach cardio, strength, & stretch classes to elderly and other special populations.


    Date: September 28 & 29, 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.



    • 05 Oct 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • 06 Oct 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Mount St. Vincent University
    • 11
    Register

    Group Exercise Leader (GEL)

    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 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)
    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 (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

     

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

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



    *Please Note* This is a tentative date. The official date will be announced when the location is confirmed.

    Registration will be open in early September, 2019.

    Presenter : TBA

    Topic: TBA

    Location: TBA





     

Past events

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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