Continuing Education Credits (CECs)
This page is about Continuing Education Credits for people who are already certified fitness leaders.
To find out how to become certified please visit our Certifications page.
We accept CECs from a variety of categories & providers (scroll down for details):
- Fitness CEC Providers
- Non-fitness CEC Providers
- Social Media CECs
- CEC Events
- Online Quiz CECs
- Volunteering CECs
NSFA Members: To have CECs added to your record, or to ask if a program qualifies for CECs, please email our Volunteer CEC Records Coordinator, Tracy Cormier (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The NSFA requires all of our members to earn CECs (continuing education credits) every year in order to maintain their certifications. We offer two signature events of our own, and we recognize credits earned through events or courses recognized by our fellow NFLA members across Canada.
How many CECs do you need?
- Group Exercise, Aqua Exercise, Adapting for Diversity in Exercise, Indoor Cycling Exercise, Mind & Body, & Weight Trainer Leaders all require 6 credits per year.
- Personal Trainers & Course Conductors require 12 credits per year.
CECs generally take the form of workshops and webinars. We offer 2 signature events per year (see below) in which members can earn credits in person. Credits from external organizations can be granted to NSFA members with approval from our office. Members can also earn CECs for completing our annual online quiz, volunteering for the NSFA, & by writing guest blogs or contributing to our social media campaigns.
Please note: We are always looking for new CECs we can approve for our members. If you have any suggestions, please email Tracy with the name, company, and a website link for her to consider.
Fitness CEC Providers
The following CEC providers have been pre-approved. That means ALL of their workshops qualify for CECs with us. Please Complete your workshop or course and forward the proof of completion to Tracy (email@example.com) to be added to your file.
Any workshops offered directly by our FLC and ICReps partners are automatically pre-approved, including their annual fitness conferences.
- Brookbush Institute
- Canfit Pro
We have pre-approved the following courses from Fitness Education Online:
Mobility Essentials for Fitness Professionals Level 1 (10CECs): https://fitnesseducationonline.com/mobility-certification/
Mobility Essentials for Fitness Professionals Level 2: (10CECs) https://fitnesseducationonline.com/mobility-certification/
Kettlebell Essentials for Fitness Professionals Level 1: (10CECs) https://fitnesseducationonline.com/kettlebell-certification-nasm/
Kettlebell Essentials for Fitness Professionals Level 2: (12CECs) https://fitnesseducationonline.com/kettlebell-certification-nasm/
Battle Rope Essentials for Fitness Professionals:(5CECs) https://fitnesseducationonline.com/battle-rope-certification/
Training Older Adults Level 1: (10CECs) https://fitnesseducationonline.com/seniors-fitness-certification/
Training Older Adults Level 2: (12CECs) https://fitnesseducationonline.com/seniors-fitness-certification/
Training Females Level 1: (10CECs) https://fitnesseducationonline.com/pre-post-natal-personal-training-certification/
Training Females Level 2: (10CECs) https://fitnesseducationonline.com/pre-post-natal-personal-training-certification/
Training Pregnant and Post Natal Women (10CECs): https://fitnesseducationonline.com/pre-post-natal-personal-training-certification/
Online Essentials: Start Training Clients Online (10CECs): https://fitnesseducationonline.com/howtostartanonlinepersonaltrainingbusiness/
Facebook Essentials for Fitness Professionals (12CECs): https://fitnesseducationonline.com/fitnessmarketingcourses/
Instagram Essentials for Fitness Professionals (11CECs) https://fitnesseducationonline.com/fitnessmarketingcourses/
Non-fitness CEC providers
These do not relate directly to fitness but they have some content that either overlaps with fitness and/or can be used to improve the educational experience provided by fitness instructors. The NSFA is not responsible for the content or delivery of these programs and reminders members that anything in them that contradicts our NSFA Code of Ethics or our Standards of Practice should be disregarded.
NSFA members taking these programs must send proof of completion to the CEC manager for crediting.
Social Media CECs
The NSFA will award 1 CEC to members who create guest blogs, vlogs, infographics or podcasts on an exercise topic for our website and social media outlets (Facebook, YouTube, etc), providing they meet our stated guidelines and are approved by an evaluator. Members can earn up to a maximum of 60% of their annual CEC requirements via this format.
Exercise Leadership Summit (ELS)
The ELS is the NSFA's annual professional development conference. It is held annually at the end of April at Mount St. Vincent University in Halifax, NS. Non-members may also attend and can receive a letter of participation upon request. The day features several simultaneous sessions with presenters on a wide variety of topics. Full day participants can earn 5 CECs (4 sessions plus the Annual General Meeting). We also offer a half-day option with which participants can earn 2 CECs.
The Fall Brunch
The annual Fall Brunch is held every year at Mount St. Vincent University (Halifax) and is our kick off to the holiday season. The event features one key note speaker and, of course, a delicious array of breakfast treats and plenty of fresh coffee! Participants receive 2 CECS for attending.
NEW!! The recording of the 2016 Brunch with Kenney Fitzpatrick is now available in our online store for purchase. You will get access to the 2-hour video and a PDF of the slides. Please Note: In order to get credit for the workshop you must also submit the homework to Tracy. Details are on the store page.
On November 21st, 2015 we launched a new annual event, the Brunch'n'Learn. This is a seminar style session with a presenter and of course, brunch. People quickly started calling it "The Fall Brunch" and the name has stuck.
2015: Our presenter was Dr. Laurene Rehman of Dalhousie University (Halifax, Canada) who presented the very interesting topic, "Relationship Marketing - Why Emotional Connections to Your Clients Are So Important".
2016: Our presenter was Kenney Fitzpatrick of the MSVU Students' Union. Kenney took us through a fabulous variety of software applications for creating videos and graphics we can use to promote our fitness businesses.
2017: Our presenter was Laurie Di Guilio. Laurie presented on Balance & Proprioception and "wowed" us with her knowledge and insights on the latest research and best practices.
2018: Our presenter was Heather Stevens. Heather is a teacher and traditional Mi'kmaq dancer. She taught us information about the value and meaning of dance, and other types of physical activity, in the First Nations traditions, and how to be culturally sensitive and inclusive of First Nations exercisers.
2019: Our presenter was Heather Creamer. Heather is a cancer survivor and the founder of MedexN, a company that provided training for fitness instructors who work with clients with serious medical needs. In the session she taught us about what post-cancer-treatment clients need to know about Lymphedema and how to keep them safe and comfortable while exercising.
The 2020 and 2021 Brunches were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Brunch is Back for 2022! We will be meeting on November 26th at MSVU. See the Events page for details.
Online Quiz CECs
A few time per year the NSFA offers CECs via online quizzes. Details are emailed to members when the quizzes are launched. These quizzes involve reading an article or watching a video and answering a quiz via our online software. They are worth 1 credit each. We offer one free one every December as our holiday gift to our members.
The NSFA is a volunteer run organization. We award CECs to volunteers because their contribution directly reflects learning about & contributing to the fitness industry in Nova Scotia. Members can earn CECs for roles on the Board of Directors & sub-committees, managing our social media, database, or website, taking a leadership role in planning our events, or any other tasks that keep the NSFA running.
We often post calls for volunteers for specific tasks, but we are also open to new ideas. If you have a skill you can offer us, please let us know and we will come up with a plan for your volunteer time. Please email Terri (firstname.lastname@example.org) do discuss this further.
The Nova Scotia Fitness Association is a non-profit organization.