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Exams, PLARs, & Transfers


Every NSFA certification requires exams.  Everyone certifying with us for the first time must write the Exercise Theory exam and also complete the written & practical exams for their chosen specialty.

All exams take approximately 1 hour.  The written exams are all multiple choice.  The practical exam require you to have a client or class participants to teach, and you can get a list of everything required in advance be emailing the exam email address below.

Normally the NSFA holds 2 provincial exams days per year during which anyone can do any written exams they wish.  This is currently on hold due to COVID-19 and we do not have an estimation of when this service will return. We are only doing written exams one-on-one with in-person proctors or via Zoom until further notice.  Practical exams can be done in person if social distancing regulations allow.  They can also be done on pre-recorded video. 

To arrange for a proctor for a written exam, or for an evaluator for a practical exam please email us at exams@nsfitness.ca with your location and dates & times you are available, An NSFA volunteer will get back to you as soon as possible with your booking details.  

PLARs & Transfers

 In the event that you have another fitness credential or you have university or college training that could lead to a credential, we may allow you to challenge for certification without doing the courses and assessments. This is a process known as PLAR: Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition.  We may also choose to waive one part of the evaluation process but not others.  Each case will be handled individually.  

  To apply for a PLAR please email your resume and proof of external credentials to Susan at susan@nsfitness.ca.

 Anyone moving to Nova Scotia who is already certified by an NFLA or an ICREPs member organization (see below) needs to simply contact us with proof of your certification and your current 1st Aid & CPR.  We will instruct you on how to set up your online profile and how to pay your annual fee to us when the time comes.   Please email Membership Services Coordinator, Zena, at zena@nsfitness.ca.

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The Nova Scotia Fitness Association is a non-profit organization.

We acknowledge that we are in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq people.  

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