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Events and Courses listed below are now open for registration. 


We are currently working on locations for our *NEW* Indoor Cycling Exercise Leadership and Mind & Body Fitness Leadership courses.  Dates will be posted as soon as they are available.


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

    • 22 Sep 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • 29 Sep 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • Mount St. Vincent University (MSVU)
    • 15
    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, 2019 at MSVU.

    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 22, 23 & 29, 2018

    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


    Rooms:

    Rosaria 212 on Sept 22 & 23

    Rosaria 301A on September 29.

    • 13 Oct 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • 14 Oct 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • NSCC, Truro
    • 15
    Register

    Older Adult Fitness Leader


    Date: October 13 & 14, 2018

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

    Course Conductor: Sheila Rafferty

    Location: NSCC, Truro Campus

    Room 229, Forrester Hall

    • 13 Oct 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • 14 Oct 2018
    • 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, 2019 at MSVU.

    The 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 13 & 14, 2018

    Time: 10:00am-6:00pm

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

    Course Conductor(s): Terri Roberts

    (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


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    • 03 Nov 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • 04 Nov 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • Mount St. Vincent University (MSVU, Halifax)
    Register

    Resistance Trainer (RT)

    ***Please Note: registration will close 3 weeks 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, 2019 at MSVU.

    The program focuses on use of equipment and exercises, safety, exercise precautions, exercise technique, training methods and program design.

    Date: November 3 & 4

    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)

    The Exam will not be written during the course.  It will be written at a later date in June.

    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

     

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

    Details coming soon!  Registration will open mid-August.

    At MSVU, November 18th, 2018, 9:00am to noon

    MSVU: McCain room 105-106

    Presenter : TBA

    Topic: TBA



     

    • 23 Nov 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • 02 Dec 2018
    • 3:00 PM
    • Private Location in Cole Harbour
    • 3
    Register

     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. 

     Dates:

    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)

       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)

     

    • 26 Jan 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Mount St. Vincent University
    • 15
    Register


    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!


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