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Please Note: Due to personal circumstances, our Fall 2018 OAL course has been postponed to January 5th &6th, 2019.

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

    • 18 Nov 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Mount St. Vincent University

    Registration is now open!

    Early-bird pricing for NSFA members and Non-members ends at 11:59pm on October 1st, 2018. 

    Presenter : Heather Stevens, Mi'kmaw Dancer & Educator

    Topic: How dance and physical activity fit within 1st Nations culture, and how we can incorporate 1st Nations content in our fitness programs.

    Location: Mount St. Vincent University (116 Bedford Highway, Halifax), November 18th, 2018, 9:00am to noon

    Where on MSVU's campus:

    We will be in the new McCain building, room 105; A map of the campus can be found here: http://www.msvu.ca/en/home/aboutus/safety-security/campusmap.aspx  McCain is #1 on the map.


    • 23 Nov 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • 02 Dec 2018
    • 3:00 PM
    • Private Location in Cole Harbour
    • 4
    Registration is closed

     Personal Trainer’s Course



    Limited seating - 6 participants only, registration must be received and paid in full no later than November 2nd, 2018 to secure your spot!

    PLEASE NOTE: This course will run over two weekends. 


    November 23rd : 5pm – 9pm 
    November 24th: 9 am – 4pm
    November 25th: 9am - 4pm

    November 30th: 5pm-9pm
    December 1st: 9am-5pm
    December 2nd: 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)


    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)


    • 23 Nov 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • 25 Nov 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • Needham Community Recreation Centre

    Aqua Exercise Leader Course

    Date:  November 23, 24 & 25, 2018    


    Friday 6:00pm to 9:00pm
    Saturday & Sunday 10:00am-6:00pm

    Fee: $275.00
    Fee includes: manuals, materials, exams, certification, insurance, NFLA membership & HST
    Course Conductors: Judi Harvey

    The program focuses on the components of your fitness class - use of  music, cueing, teaching methods, choreography and leadership skills - as well as specialized training for teaching exercise in a swimming pool. 

    Needham Community Recreation Centre

    3372 Devonshire Ave, Halifax, NS B3K 3M2

    Testimonial from a previous AEL student:

    "I used to teach aqua with only fitness leader training. When the module became available, I took it, because it was nice to have that knowledge and I actually learned a bit in the theory that I didn't otherwise know. The knowledge of how the water works with and against the body helped me plan my classes better and throw new and more challenging moves at my participants. And of course, it also taught me "GET ON DECK" and teach out of the water, which is better for your participants. To this day I tell people to try the water as it is a "liquid weight room" and not just for seniors but all ages and levels of fitness! Great workout, and fun to teach." - Trina, Bedford

    • 01 Dec 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • 02 Dec 2018
    • 1:00 PM
    • Purdy's Warh, Halifax

    NEW This Fall!!

    **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: December 1st & 2nd, 2018

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

    Location: Purdy's Wharf Fitness Centre (Ground floor, Tower 2), Halifax
    1969 Upper Water St Suite 100, Halifax, NS B3J 3R7

    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 January 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.

    • 05 Jan 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 06 Jan 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • NSCC, Truro
    • 11

    Older Adult Fitness Leader

    Date: January 5,6, 2019

    Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm both days

    Course Conductor: Sheila Rafferty

    Location: NSCC, Truro Campus

    Room 229, Forrester Hall

    Exams: A written and practical exam are required to complete this course.  All NSFA written exams will be done at the end of January 2019 (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.

    • 26 Jan 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Mount St. Vincent University
    • 13

    Provincial Exam Day - Winter 2019!

    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 19th, 2019 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 26th 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 $25 to take the exam for all exams *except* PT. $75 for the PT examThis includes people who took courses from any organization that is not a member of the NFLA. For other NFLA organizations, see below. 

    - If you took the online ET course through Manitoba Fitness Council you must also pay the $25 exam fee to NSFA.

    - If you took any courses from another NFLA member board (FNB, OFC, MFC, AFLCA, SPRA or BCRPA) please contact us no less than 10 days before your exam to see if the exam fee is being transferred to us from your original province or if it needs to be paid to NSFA. 

    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

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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