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 Planning for NSFA Courses

- Courses will be posted as soon as venue bookings have been confirmed.

- We are currently offering courses in the Truro & Halifax areas only due to interest in those areas. If you would like to have a course offered in another area of Nova Scotia, please contact us at info@nsfitness.ca with a name and contact email for someone at the venue you are recommending.

- Please check the registration closing date on each course as some require early registration for textbook orders.

- Payment plans can be arranged for those in need.  Please contact us at info@nsfitness.ca to arrange a plan before you register.  This is for courses only, not the Summit, Brunch or other events.

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 $30 exam fee will apply.



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    • 20 Sep 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • 06 Oct 2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • Cole Harbour Place
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Personal Trainer’s Course (PT)

    *Please note ET & RT must be completed before you register for PT*

    Learn to go beyond the RT Level skills and work with clients who need more specialized fitness training.

     

    Limited seating - 8 participants only, registration must be received and paid in full no later than August 31st, 2019 to secure your spot!

    PLEASE NOTE: This course will run over two weekends.  Attendance is required for all 6 days.

     Dates:

    September 20th : 5pm – 9pm 
    September 21st: 9 am – 4pm
    September 22nd: 9am - 4pm

    October 4th: 5pm-9pm
    October 5th: 9am-5pm
    October 6th: 9am-12pm & EXAM : Written exam will begin at 1pm, this exam is 3 hours.

    Location: Cole Harbour Place

    51 Forest Hills Pkwy, Dartmouth, NS B2W 6C6

       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)

     

    • 28 Sep 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 29 Sep 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • RECC Rath Eastlink Community Centre
    Register
    https://www.ratheastlinkcommunitycentre.ca/contact

    Indoor Cycling Exercise (ICE)

    Learn to teach Indoor Cycling (aka "Spin") classes.


    **Please note, all students in ICE must also complete Exercise Theory and have a current 1st Aid & CPR.  You may take the ICE,  ET and 1st Aid & CPR courses in any order, but ALL must be completed before you will be certified to teach. **

    The ICE Certification Course will give you the knowledge and skills you need to conduct a highly motivated and technically correct cycling class. Your 10 hour course will include an Intro to Cycling which covers bike safety and bike setup, tips on how to dress and remain comfortable while participating in a cycling class. The chapter on Cycling Basics will include body positions, bio-mechanical and alignment considerations, pedal stroke efficiency and intensity. And finally, Physiology and Class Design covers class breakdown, training principals, cycling physiology, training zones, sample class designs paired with music, and leadership.

    Dates: September 28th & 29th, 2019

    Times: 9:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday.  9:00am to 1:00pm on Sunday

    Location:  Rath Eastlink Community Centre (RECC)

    625 Abenaki Rd, Truro, NS B2N 0G6


    Instructor(s): Patricia MacDonald

    Exams: A written and practical exam are required to complete this course.  All NSFA written exams will be done at the end of January 2020 (date to be confirmed) in Halifax at Mount St. Vincent University.   If you cannot write at that time a private exam proctor can be arranged for you.  Practicals will be arranged between the student and the course conductor.


    • 28 Sep 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 29 Sep 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • NSCC, Truro Campus
    • 14
    Register

    Older Adult Fitness Leader (OAL)

    Learn to teach cardio, strength, & stretch classes to older adults of varying levels of fitness.


    Date: September 28 & 29, 2019

    Time:  9:00 - 5:00 each day

    Course Conductor: Sheila Rafferty

    Location: NSCC, Truro Campus

    Room 229, Forrester Hall

    Exams: A written and practical exam are required to complete this course.   Full certification also required completion of Exercise Theory and a 1st Aid & CPR certificate.   All NSFA written exams will be done at the end of January 2020 (date to be confirmed) in Halifax at Mount St. Vincent University.   If you cannot write at that time or location, a private exam proctor can be arranged for you.  Practicals will be arranged between the student and the course conductor.



    • 05 Oct 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • 06 Oct 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Mount St. Vincent University
    • 4
    Register

    Group Exercise Leader (GEL)

    Learn to teach choreography based aerobics and strength training in large class formats.



    *The exam is NOT written during the course. The provincial exam day for the fall term students will be in January, 2020 at MSVU.

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

    This 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 5th & 6th, 2019

    Time: 10:00am-6:00pm

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

    Course Conductor(s): Terri Roberts, Judi Harvey, Linda Donnelly

    (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 


    Exams: A written and practical exam are required to complete this course.  All NSFA written exams will be done at the end of June 2019 (date to be confirmed) in Halifax at Mount St. Vincent University.   If you cannot write at that time a private exam proctor can be arranged for you.  Practicals will be arranged between the student and the course conductor.

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    • 12 Oct 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • 26 Oct 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Purdy's Wharf, Halifax
    Register

    Mind & Body Leadership (MBL)

    Learn to teach fitness-level Yoga and Meditation classes.

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

    Mind & Body Leadership is a 32-hour exercise course that teaches introductory level yoga & meditation skills and protocols for people working with exercise clients.  Students will learn several asanas, as well as teaching tools. class design, risk management, continuing education, and much more.  Those who complete this certification are qualified to teach basic fitness-focused yoga and meditation classes to a general audience , excluding any version of hot yoga or any inversion asanas.

    This course includes a manual and your first year of membership in the NSFA.  Instructor's insurance for 1 year is also included for any students who successfully meet all of the certification requirements.

    **Please note, this course runs over 2 weekends; 4 days total in the classroom**

    All participants must also complete Exercise Theory and have a current 1st Aid & CPR certification before the MBL certificate will be issued.

    Dates: October 12 & 13, AND October 26 & 27, 2019 (4 days total)

    Times: 10:00am to 6:00pm each day

    Location: Purdy's Wharf Fitness Club (Ground Floor, Tower 2), Halifax

    Instructor(s): Ocean Samuel

    Exams: A written and practical exam are required to complete this course. 

    All NSFA written exams will be done at the end of June 2019 (date to be confirmed) in Halifax at Mount St. Vincent University.   If you cannot write at that time a private exam proctor can be arranged for you.  Practicals will be arranged between the student and the course conductor.


    • 27 Oct 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • 200 Dufferin Street, Bridgewater, NS, B4V 2G7
    • 10
    Register


    Welcome to NSFA's first barre workshop outside of HRM!  Based on enthusiastic feedback from our summit, we have put together a one-day event designed to give our instructors the necessary skills to teach barre fitness classes, or add elements of barre to your existing group fitness classes.  This workshop will be considered an add-on certificate to your Group Exercise Leader (GEL) certification.  The workshop starts with a one-hour Masterclass, a full barre class that anyone can attend.  The workshop continues with a description of barre class formats, movement patterns, how to integrate ballet movement patterns and concludes with a mini-practical component.  You can register for only the Masterclass or for the Masterclass and workshop depending on your preference.  A full schedule for the day will be available closer to the event.


    To register for the Masterclass ONLY: Please select the 9-10am option

    To register for the Full WORKSHOP: Please select the 9am-5pm option

    If you have questions about payment options, or the workshop in general, please contact Kaycie Lane at kaycie@nsfitness.ca


    • 02 Nov 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • 03 Nov 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Mount St. Vincent University (MSVU, Halifax)
    Register

    Resistance Trainer (RT)

    Learn to teach individuals or groups in the weight room or weight training classes.

    ***Please Note: registration will close 3 weeks (Oct 12/19) 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, 2020 at MSVU.

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

    The 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.  RT's 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, bootcamps, and HIIT classes.

    Date: November 2nd & 3rd, 2019

    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)

    Exams: A written and practical exam are required to complete this course.  All NSFA Fall term written exams will be done at the end of January 2020 (date to be confirmed) in Halifax at Mount St. Vincent University.   If you cannot write at that time a private exam proctor can be arranged for you.  Practicals will be arranged between the student and the course conductor. 

    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

     

    • 16 Nov 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Mount St. Vincent University
    Register

    5th Annual Fall Fitness Brunch & 30th Anniversary Celebration!

    We are very pleased to announce that the presenter for the Brunch this year is the NSFA's very own Heather Creamer!   She will be presenting her expert knowledge and experience in working with fitness clients who have Lymphedema. 

    Seminar Outline: You will learn-

    • What is Lymphedema, how it develops, associated risks and the 4 stages
    •  What questions you need to ask to determine if your client is at risk for Lymphedema
    •  How to take baseline measurements in the potentially affected limb
    •  The Exercise Protocol to follow for Lymphedema prevention
    •  Upper and Lower body Lymphatic Drainage Exercises you should have your at-risk-client do before each workout

    At the end of this seminar, you will have the information you need so that you can help your client reduce their risk for developing Lymphedema while exercising.

    Presenter : Heather Creamer,  MBA, CES, PFT, R.H.N., CCP

    Topic:  LYMPHEDEMA: DO YOU KNOW IF YOUR CLIENTS ARE AT RISK?

    Location: Mount St. Vincent University,

    166 Bedford Highway, Halifax.

    Building & Room: Seton Academic Centre, room 404 (Faculty Lounge)

    Click HERE for the MSVU Campus Map. Seton Academic Centre is building #5 on the map.

    Presentation Topic:

    LYMPHEDEMA: DO YOU KNOW IF YOUR CLIENTS ARE AT RISK?

    This seminar will provide you with the information you NEED to know as a Fitness Professional working with clients who may be at risk!

    According to the Canadian Cancer Society, one in two Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, that is an astounding number! Chances are that as a Fitness Professional, in your career, you will have someone as a client, or in your group training, that is a survivor. But will you know how to structure or modify their program to mitigate their risk for Lymphedema?

    Why learning about Lymphedema is critical when working with survivors.

    Cancer survivors are at a higher risk for developing Lymphedema, a swelling that occurs when lymph fluid can’t flow normally and builds up in the soft tissues of a limb or other areas of the body. Currently there are over 1 million Canadians living with Lymphedema; it is a serious, and in some cases, irreversible condition that can occur in up to 50% of breast cancer survivors or in anyone who has had cancer surgery with lymph nodes removed. Factor in treatments such as radiation or a BMI of over 30 and the risks are even higher.

    Any Fitness Professional can benefit from this seminar; whether you are a Personal Trainer, Group Instructor, Pilates or Yoga Instructor, a Coach or anyone who trains survivors, knowledge for reducing the risk of Lymphedema for your client is critical. Our clients and group participants rely on us as Fitness Professionals to guide them safely and effectively through an exercise program, to help them achieve their fitness and health goals. But what if some of the practices we do put them at risk for developing Lymphedema? We can’t just rely on what the client may know, because many survivors don’t know what exercise risks are associated with the development of Lymphedema, that is our job to know as a Fitness Professional. Even clients who were “in great shape” prior to surgery and treatment have no idea what their body can now handle.

    Learn what exercise protocols to follow, and what you should avoid, to reduce putting your client at risk for Lymphedema.


    About our presenter:  Heather Creamer, MBA, CES, PFT, R.H.N., CCP

    Heather Creamer is a Fitness and Nutrition Professional who loves what she does! She is an 8 year breast cancer survivor, who through her own journey after surgery and treatment, found a renewed passion for fitness and a healthy lifestyle, lost 45 pounds in the process, and has transitioned that passion into helping her clients to achieve their own health and fitness goals; with a speciality practice in Cancer Exercise.

    Heather is a proud member of the NSFA, a Personal Fitness Trainer (NSFA, Nova Scotia Fitness Association and ISSA, International Sports Science Association), a Cancer Exercise Specialist (Cancer Exercise Training Institute) a Certified Coach Practitioner (Certified Coaches Federation) and a graduate of the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (R.H.N). She has certifications in Mat Pilates for Cancer Exercise, Bosu Balance Trainer and Group TRX.

    Heather also earned an MBA from the Sobeys School of Business at St Mary’s University.

    Heather is the current Canadian National Affiliate for the Cancer Exercise Training Institute and the Chief Operating Officer of MedeXN Fitness Institute (www.medexn.com ), an online provider of Certifications and Courses (CEC’s) for Health and Fitness Professionals, including the Cancer Exercise Specialist® Advanced Qualification. She is a co-author, (along with Andrea Leonard, Founder of the Cancer Exercise Training Institute), of “The Survivors Guide to Lymphedema: What you haven’t been told- And what you need to Know”, which will be published this fall.


    Heather Creamer, MBA, CES, PFT, R.H.N., CCP

    Co-Founder, COO

    MedeXN fitness INSTITUTE

    CETI Canada

    Phone: 1-902-497-4268

    Email: heather@medexn.com

    www.medexn.com

    “Exercise Your Knowledge to Elevate Above”



    • 25 Jan 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Mount St. Vincent University
    • 14
    Register


    Provincial Exam Day - Winter 2020!



    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 18th, 2020 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 25th 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 $30 to take the exam for all exams *except* PT. $80 for the PT exam.  

    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!


Past events

14 Sep 2019 Barre Workshop - Halifax (PWF19)
07 Sep 2019 ET: Exercise Theory - MSVU (F19)
22 Jun 2019 Provincial Exam Day (MSVU S19)
04 May 2019 MBL - Mind & Body Leadership Course (PW S19)
13 Apr 2019 ELS19: Exercise Leadership Summit
16 Mar 2019 RT: Resistance Trainer - MSVU W19
08 Feb 2019 OAL: Older Adult Fitness Leadership - Truro F18
02 Feb 2019 GEL: Group Exercise Leader - MSVU W19
26 Jan 2019 Provincial Exam Day (MSVU W19)
01 Dec 2018 ICE - Indoor Cycling Exercise Leader (Purdy's F18;2)
18 Nov 2018 Brunch - 4th Annual NSFA Fall Brunch (MSVU F18)
03 Nov 2018 RT: Resistance Trainer - MSVU F18
27 Oct 2018 ICE - Indoor Cycling Exercise Leader (Purdy's F18;1)
13 Oct 2018 GEL: Group Exercise Leader - MSVU F18
22 Sep 2018 ET: Exercise Theory - MSVU F18
30 Jun 2018 Provincial Exam Day (Spring 2018)
16 Jun 2018 OAL: Older Adult Exercise Leader S18
26 May 2018 RT: Resistance Trainer - MSVU S18
05 May 2018 GEL: Group Exercise Leader - MSVU S18
27 Apr 2018 PT: Personal Trainer Course S18
21 Apr 2018 Spring 2018 CPR Recert
21 Apr 2018 Exercise Leadership Summit #ELS18
17 Mar 2018 ET: Exercise Theory - MSVU S18
25 Nov 2017 RT: Resistance Trainer - SMU F17
18 Nov 2017 GEL: Group Exercise Leader - MSVU F17
28 Oct 2017 3rd Annual NSFA Fall Brunch
14 Oct 2017 ET: Exercise Theory - MSVU F17
13 Oct 2017 Personal Trainer Course
06 May 2017 GEL: Group Exercise Leader Course (CHP)
29 Apr 2017 OAL: Older Adult Exercise Leader Course
25 Mar 2017 ET: Exercise Theory Course (CHP)
12 Mar 2017 NSFA T-Shirts and Coffee Mugs for sale!
05 Mar 2017 CPR re-cert (March 2017)
27 Nov 2016 The 2nd Annual Fall Brunch
26 Nov 2016 RTL: Resistance Training Leader Course (CHP)
12 Nov 2016 GEL: Group Exercise Leader Course (CHP)
22 Oct 2016 ET: Exercise Theory Course (CHP)
30 Sep 2016 ET: Exercise Theory Course (RECC)
28 May 2016 T4T - Training 4 Trainers (Course Conductors' PD Day)
16 Apr 2016 CPR Re-cert (Lifesaving Society)
16 Apr 2016 Exercise Leadership Summit 2016 (ELS'16)
20 Feb 2016 SFIC: Senior's Fitness Instructor Course
30 Jan 2016 ET: Exercise Theory Course
21 Nov 2015 Fall Brunch 'N' Learn
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