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

Exercise Theory and Weight Trainer Certification (ZM F23)

  • 11 Jul 2024
  • 6:00 PM
  • 10 Aug 2024
  • 9:00 PM
  • online via Zoom and one in-person day
  • 2


  • This bundle includes the Exercise Theory live Zoom course between July 11-Aug 1, and the Weight Trainer certification course (pdf WT manual included) Aug 8th, 6:00-9:00 pm, Aug 9th, 6:00-9:00pm and Aug 10th in person from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Written exam and practical is included.


Exercise Theory and Weight Trainer Combo

Exercise Theory (ET)

Learn the technical knowledge required for all NSFA/FLC teaching certificates (except AQX/AEL).

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.


 Zoom Thursday, July 11, 2024 6:00-9:00pm
 Zoom Sunday, July 14th,  2024 9:00am-2:00pm
 Zoom Thursday, July 18th , 2024 6:00-9:00pm
 Zoom Thursday, July 25th, 2024 6:00-9:00pm
 Zoom Thursday, Aug 1, 2024 6:00-9:00pm
  In-person Exam Date  August 10th

Fee: $199.00
Fee includes:  Live Zoom classes, slide pdfs, written exam, and an NSFA Associate Membership for 1 year.

The Fitness Theory course does not include a manual. If you wish to purchase one you can order it from MFC - Online store product (

Payment: Payment must be received before the course begins.

Course Conductor(s):  Heather Creamer.

Please note:

- This course includes evening sessions and 1 daytime session live via ZOOM (these are recorded so they can be watched later, barring any technical issue).

- The exam is NOT written during the course.

- This course is required for the completion of all fitness teaching certificates. It is not a certificate to teach by itself.


     Weight Trainer (WT)

Learn to teach safe & effective weight training for good health, train clients 1-on-1, teach bootcamp & circuit classes, & supervise fitness centres.

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

Students completing this certificate will be qualified to do basic fitness training with clients who do not present any major health problems.  WTs can train 1-on-1 (i.e. personal training) and can teach non-music, non-dance-based fitness classes such as small group resistance training, circuit training, boot camps, and HIIT classes.


 Zoom  Thursday, August 8, 2024 6:00 to 9:00 pm
 Zoom  Friday, August 9, , 2024 6:00 to 9:00 pm
 In person Saturday Aug 10th (Stellarton) 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

The in-person day will be held at a a facility located at: 

Mobility Health & Fitness

101 Lawrence Blvd

Stellarton, NS

NSFA Member Fee: $300.00 - The fee includes pdf WT manual, materials, exams. 

NSFA Non-Member Fee: $350.00 - The fee includes pdf WT manual, materials, exams.

Payment:  Payment must be received before classes begin. NSFA accepts credit cards. Cheques can be made payable to the Nova Scotia Fitness Association and mailed to 

PO Box 35011, Halifax RPO Bedford, NS B3M 0G3

Course Conductor(s): Heather Creamer

Venue: for the ZOOM sessions you will need a webcam with video and audio enabled. For the in-person portion, please wear workout clothes and bring indoor-only sneakers. 

Exams: Both a written and practical exam is required to complete this course. Full certification also requires completion of Exercise Theory and a 1st Aid & CPR certificate.  No certifications will be issued without ET and 1st Aid/CPR completed.

The WT written exam will be offered on the in-person day and is included in the course price.  If you are unable to write the exam that day, or on any of the provincial exam days,  a 1-on-1 session with an exam proctor can be booked after your course is finished. (An extra $35.00 fee applies for 1-1 proctored exams)

Please also download the WT Completion Guide from our Certifications page for more information on the certification process.

**Please note, all students in WT must also complete Exercise Theory and have a current 1st Aid & CPR certificate before this certification will be issued.**

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

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