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Fall 2018 and Winter 2019 courses locations are being booked now.  Once locations are confirmed we will post them here.  We will be offering ET, RT, PT and GEL, and hopefully a few others.

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 $25 exam fee will apply.

Upcoming events

    • 13 Oct 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • 14 Oct 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • NSCC, Truro
    • 15

     Older Adult Fitness Leader

    Date: October 13 & 14, 2018

    Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm both days

    Course Conductor: Sheila Rafferty

    Location: NSCC, Truro Campus

    Room 229, Forrester Hall

    • 18 Nov 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Mount St. Vincent University

    Details coming soon!  Registration will open mid-August.

    At MSVU, November 18th, 2018, 9:00am to noon

    MSVU: McCain room 105-106

    Presenter : TBA

    Topic: TBA


    • 23 Nov 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • 02 Dec 2018
    • 3:00 PM
    • Private Location in Cole Harbour
    • 5

     Personal Trainer’s Course



    Limited seating - 6 participants only, registration must be received and paid in full no later than November 2nd, 2018 to secure your spot!

    PLEASE NOTE: This course will run over two weekends. 


    November 23rd : 5pm – 9pm 
    November 24th: 9 am – 4pm
    November 25th: 9am - 4pm

    November 30th: 5pm-9pm
    December 1st: 9am-5pm
    December 2nd: 9am-12pm & EXAM : Written exam will begin at 1pm, this exam is 3 hours.

    Location: HRM (Private location in Cole Harbour with field trips to gyms within HRM)


    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)


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