We are pleased to announce that as of January 2023 the names of RT (Resistance Trainer) and OAL (Older Adult Leader) certifications have been updated to reflect our growing industry & the diversity of the people of Nova Scotia. 

RT is now called WT for Weight Trainer.

OAL is now called ADE for Adapting for Diversity in Exercise.


Who Do I Hire?

Who Do I Hire?  is a brochure for gym owners, recreation managers, event planners, and anyone who might be in the role of hiring an exercise educator. It explains what each certification trains these professionals to do so you can save time searching for the right instructor or trainer for your needs. 

NSFA Provincial Registry of Fitness Instructors & Personal Trainers

 1. All NSFA members are on the provincial Registry, however only those who are Regular members, i.e. they have certifications issued by the NSFA, are nationally and internationally registered.  Associate members may have outside certifications or be students in the process of obtaining NSFA certification. 

Only members in good standing appear on this registry. 

The NSFA and our national & international affiliates cannot vouch for certifications not administered by the NSFA (listed as Non-NSFA Certifications in the table below).  We allow our members to list them here as a courtesy, not as an endorsement from us of these certifications.

There are multiple exercise education certification non-profits & corporations across Canada, so the trainer/instructor you are looking for might not be with us. Please check with your exercise educator regarding which certification(s) they have.

 2. Please do not send messages to NSFA members asking for information on NSFA courses, pricing, policies or events. Please direct all such inquiries to  The contact form for individual members is for hiring purposes and individual business inquiries directly to the member only. 

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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