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Please note:

Events & Courses will be posted below as they become available.  If a course you want is not posted below that means dates and/or locations have not been confirmed for that course yet. Please check again at a later date.

As the COVID-19 virus continues to keep our usual course and event venues closed, we are shifting our course content to online platforms. Our hope is to offer a blended - i.e. some online, some in person - format as soon as venues are open for bookings again.  In the mean time, we will continue with Zoom as our delivery platform.

We are offering online programs via Zoom.  If you are not familiar with Zoom please visit the Zoom YouTube channel for tutorials.  Zoom calls are scheduled to begin 15 minutes before the official start time of the event.

We take payments via cheque or PayPal only.  If you are unfamiliar with how to use PayPal you can see their tutorials on the PayPal YouTube channel.

If a course you want is full please add yourself to the wait list (the wait list option will be visible when you try to register).  Many times people de-register before the course begins allowing wait listed students to get in.  If a course has a significant wait list we will also look at putting on an additional offering of that course.

Thank you for your understanding and patience during this unusual time,


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

For course descriptions and full certification requirements, including a free checklist for each certification, please see our Certifications page.

If you wish to complete the Exercise Theory Course via self-directed distance education (i.e. video access you can watch any time, instead of a live Zoom call with us) 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 national Exercise Theory exam. MFC is our partner organization in the NFLA so the content is the same and we all use the same national exam.  You can arrange your exam by emailing exams@nsfitness.ca. Please note a $30 exam fee will apply.

Upcoming events

    • 24 Apr 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (ADT)
    • Zoom
    Annual Members' Forum Day

    We are holding our very first Members Forum sessions on Saturday, April 24th!

    Each community group within the NSFA (geographical zones, certification type, and community groups) will have the chance to meet and talk about ideas, concerns, and COVID.  This is your opportunity to network with each other, meet your Board members, ask questions, & suggest events, CEC, courses, etc.

    It is a very informal forum, open only to NSFA members in the community groups listed below. It is very important to attend if you're available as it will give the NSFA direction in the coming year. You will also be nominating your Representatives on the Board of Directors.

    The lists below tell you the group, session time, and the host/hostess of your session.

    When you proceed to the registration form, please register only for the groups to which you belong.  There is also a space on the registration form to express your interest in being contacted later if you can't attend these meetings.

    Geographical Zones:

    Northern Zone (Pictou, Colchester, & Cumberland counties) - 9:00AM, hosted by Corey

    Eastern Zone (Guysborough, Antigonish, Inverness, Victoria, Richmond, & Cape Breton counties)  and Newfoundland & Labrador - 9:30AM, hosted by Jessica & Lisa 

    Western Zone (Kings, Annapolis, Digby, Yarmouth, Shelburne, Queens, & Lunenburg counties) - 10:00AM hosted by Tracy

    Central Zone (Halifax & Hants Counties) - 10:30AM hosted by Sandra

    Certification Types:

    Group Fitness (GEL, AEL, OAL, MBL, ICE) - 11:30AM hosted by Deanne

    PT & RT - 12:00PM hosted by Rick

    Community Groups:

    Indigenous Members - 12:30PM hosted by Susan/Shanice

    Black Members - 1:00PM hosted by Terri

    LGBTQ+ Members - 1:30PM hosted by Corey

    Racialized Members - 2:00PM hosted by Mo

    Disabled Members - 2:30PM hosted by Jessica

    • 25 Apr 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM (ADT)
    • Zoom

    Welcome to the NSFA 2021 Exercise Leadership Summit, Part 1

    **Please note** Registration closes at 11:59pm on April 23rd, 2021.

    Join us Sunday, April 25, at 11 am for a one hour session on Contraindications in Exercise presented by Susan Skulech-Hardiman and Rick Horsman. 

    At noon, we will be hosting our Annual General Meeting, keeping you up to date with everything that has been going on with the NSFA this past year.

    And then at 1 pm, the final session of the day will be Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in Fitness, presented by Kenton Sefcik.

    Attendance for the day will provide you with 3 CEC's to continue your certification with NSFA.

    Part 2 of our Summit will follow later in May or June (TBD).

    • 04 May 2021
    • 6:30 PM (ADT)
    • 08 Jun 2021
    • 8:30 PM (ADT)
    • online via Zoom
    • 3

    Exercise Theory (ET)

    Learn the technical knowledge required for all NSFA/NFLA teaching certificates.

    Please note:

    - Registration closes 1 week before the course begins

    - This course is 6 evenings in the classroom Via ZOOM software

    - 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.

    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.

    Dates: May 4, 11, 18, 25 and June 1 & 8, 2021

    Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm

    Fee: $300.00
    Fee includes: manuals, materials, exams, and NSFA/NFLA  associate membership for 1 year. ***Please fill in your full mailing address if you're outside of the Halifax area so we can mail your manuals to you***

    Payment:  You can pay online via PayPal (this website will take you to the PayPal interface when you complete the registration information) or you can pay by cheque. The NSFA does not accept any credit cards or e-transfers.  Payment must be received before the course begins.

    Course Conductor(s): Terri Roberts, Linda Donelley, Doreen MacLean

    (See our course conductor's bios here: http://www.nsfitness.ca/Staff-&-Board)

    Exams:  Normally we book a Provincial Exam Day in January and June every year for students to write any NSFA exam.  Due to COVID-19 we don't know yet if we can't hold those days.  We will therefore be doing everyone's exams by private proctoring via Zoom until we can resume in-person exams.   A session with an exam proctor can be booked after your course is finished.

Past events

09 Apr 2021 AEL: Aqua Exercise Leader Course (CS W21)
24 Mar 2021 GEL: Group Exercise Leader -ZM (W21)
20 Mar 2021 RT: Resistance Trainer - ZM (W21)
02 Feb 2021 ET: Exercise Theory - ZM (W21)
20 Nov 2020 PT: Personal Trainer (ZM Fall 2020)
24 Oct 2020 2020 Virtual Exercise Summit
10 Oct 2020 RT: Resistance Trainer - ZM (F20)
07 Oct 2020 GEL: Group Exercise Leader -ZM (F20)
08 Sep 2020 ET: Exercise Theory - ZM (F20)
26 Jul 2020 CEC - Virtual Teaching 101 (Sm20)
22 Jul 2020 CEC - Virtual Teaching 101 (Sm20)
27 May 2020 Virtual Teaching 101 CEC
04 Apr 2020 Older Adult Leader (NSCC S20) CANCELLED
28 Mar 2020 ET: Exercise Theory - MSVU (S20)
29 Feb 2020 Kettlebell Workshop CGC2020
25 Jan 2020 Provincial Exam Day (MSVU W20)
11 Jan 2020 ICE at Dalplex (DP W20)
07 Dec 2019 Barre Workshop - Halifax (PWW19)
23 Nov 2019 OAL - Older Adult Leader (NSCC F19)
16 Nov 2019 Brunch - 5th Annual NSFA Fall Brunch (MSVU F19)
08 Nov 2019 AEL: Aqua Exercise Leader Course (DP F19)
02 Nov 2019 RT: Resistance Trainer - MSVU (F19)
26 Oct 2019 MBL - Mind & Body Leadership Course (PW F19)
05 Oct 2019 GEL: Group Exercise Leader - MSVU (F19)
28 Sep 2019 ICE - Indoor Cycling Exercise Leader (RECC F19)
20 Sep 2019 PT: Personal Trainer Course (CHP F19)
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
22 Apr 2017 Exercise Leadership Summit #ELS17
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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