Please note:

Please see our Refund Policy for full details on refunds of events & courses.

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 you are mailing a cheque our address is at the bottom of this page (and every page of our website).

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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 or we will attempt to find a larger venue.

Our courses & events will be offered again in the spring & fall of 2023, as we do every year. Details and registration for those will be posted later in the fall of 2022.

Thank you,

NSFA

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. 

NSFA courses may be taken in any order, but all of the courses required for each certification must be completed (including passing all exams) before the certification will be issued. A course by itself is not a certification or a credential for teaching/training.

If you wish to complete the Exercise Theory Course via self-directed distance education please purchase the course through the Manitoba Fitness Council at this link.

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 & 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

    • 01 May 2024
    • 01 May 2026
    Register

    Options for PT Exam Challenge

    1. Purchase the PT Manual $40 
    2. PT Written Exam Challenge $75 - 2 hour proctored exam and case study
    3. PT Written Exam Challenge and PT Manual combo $105
    4. PT Practical Exam $40 




    • 25 May 2024
    • 12:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    • The Dance Room, Cole Harbour Place, Forest Hills Parkway, Dartmouth
    Register



    Love Barre?

    In this new Interactive Barre Workshop you will learn the basics of teaching Barre and moves you can incorporate into your programs that can be modified for all fitness levels! 

      The workshop will take place on Saturday May 25th from 12:30 pm to 5:30 pm in the Dance Room at Cole Harbour Place, Forest Hill Parkway, Dartmouth.

      Your Instructor: Emilie Gilbert

      This 5-hour workshop is $119.00. All participants will receive a certificate of attendance and NSFA members will receive 5 CECs.

      This workshop is perfect for Group Instructors, Barre enthusiasts and any Fitness Professional who wishes to add Barre to their repertoire. 

      Don't miss out, Register today!

      • 05 Jun 2024
      • 6:30 PM
      • 22 Jun 2024
      • 5:00 PM
      • Zoom & In-Person Day Location Zatzman Sportsplex
      Register

      Mind + Body Leadership (MBL)

      Learn to teach fitness-level Yoga and Meditation classes.

      Mind & Body Leadership is a group fitness certification that is based in yoga and incorporates other exercise formats that are calming & non-competitive.   

      Students will learn fundamentals of a yoga-fitness class format with focus on teaching alignment, core work, pelvic floor health, balance, stretching, breathing, vocalizations, and meditation/visualization. This course is primarily about yoga, but students who certify in MBL are allowed to incorporate elements from other slow physical activity methods such as Pilates, tai chi, qi gong, ballet & other dance forms, (if they have additional training). Certified MBLs can also, with additional training & exams, incorporate portable equipment such as yoga props, foam rollers, and dance or martial arts props, in their classes.  Students will also learn skills needed for teaching any fitness class such as lesson planning, cueing, giving corrections, safety, and proper use of music.

      This certification (and the related insurance) excludes any version of hot yoga or any inversion asanas.

      This course includes a digital manual and your first year of membership in the NSFA ( June 2024- June 2025)  which includes Instructor's insurance for any students who successfully meet all of the certification requirements.

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

      Location/Date/Time:

      Please note: this course will be delivered via a blend of live video stream & in-person sessions.

       Zoom Wednesday, June 5, 2024 6:30 to 8:30pm
       Zoom Wednesday , June 12, 2024 6:30 to 8:30pm
       Zoom Wednesday, June 19, 2024 6:30 to 8:30pm
       In-person Zatzman Sportsplex Saturday, June 22, 2024 9:00am to 5:00pm


      Locations: Zoom and In-person Practical Day, Zatzman Sportsplex, Dartmouth

      Instructor(s):  AndrĂ©a Morrison

      Exams: A written and practical exam are 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.

      Note: We require a minimum of 5 registrants to run the course. Registrants will be notified in the event we do not have enough people registered  to run the course, and your money will be refunded.


      • 08 Jun 2024
      • 9:00 AM
      • 15 Jun 2024
      • 3:00 PM
      • Online via Zoom
      Register

      Exercise Theory (ET)

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


      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.

      Location/Date/Time:

       Zoom Saturday, June 8 2024 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
       Zoom Sunday,  June 9  2024 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
       Zoom Saturday, June 15 2024 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
      Exam Day Saturday, June 22 2024


      Fee: $199.00
      Fee includes:  Materials, exams, and NSFA  Associate Membership for 1 year.

      Add a Fitness Theory Textbook: Fee:$299 ***Please fill in your full mailing address if you're outside of the Halifax area so we can mail your manuals to you.

      Payment: Payment must be received before the course begins.

      Course Conductor(s):  Heather Creamer

      Exams:  Exam Day will be June 22, 2024.   If you cannot attend the exam day, a 1-on-1 session with an exam proctor can be booked after your course is finished.

      If a proctor is not available in your area, their are online exam options through other provincial organizations (an exam fee may apply). NSFA will have an online exam option coming in the fall. 

      Please note:

      - For the option including a manual, registration closes 10 days before the course begins to allow time for shipping text books

      - This course is 3 days, live via ZOOM (these are recorded so they can be watched later). 

      - The exam day will be held in the HRM area and is optional. Other arrangements for writing the exam can be made via proctor if required. 

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


      Note: We require a minimum of 5 registrants to run the course. Registrants will be notified in the event we do not have enough people registered  to run the course, and your money will be refunded.


      • 22 Jun 2024
      • 9:00 AM
      • 07 Jul 2024
      • 5:00 PM
      • Zoom and In-person
      Register

       Personal Trainer Course

      Expand on your previous certifications, learn advanced teaching & assessment techniques.


      The PT course builds on the Weight Trainer scope of practice & includes more detailed work on programming for individual clients, assessment of client fitness, and prescribing exercise for those with specific needs beyond the basic exercise learners level.

      Location/Date/Time:

      Zoom Saturday June 22, 2024 9:00 am to 2:00 pm  
      Zoom  Sunday June 23, 2024 9:00 am to 2:00 pm


      In-person/HRM area Saturday, July 6, 2024 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
      In-person/HRM area  Sunday, July 7, 2024 9:00 am to 4:00 pm


      In-person class location: These 2 days will be held at at a facility in the HRM area. Option to write the exam on Sunday July 7th.

      Prerequisites: You must be currently certified in good standing in at least one of the following:

      • FLC Resistance Trainer/ Weight Trainer
      • FLC Group Exercise Leader
      • FLC Older Adult/ADE Leader

      Certification Cost:

      NSFA Member pricing: $475

      Non-member Pricing*: $550

      *Anyone applying with non-FLC (Fitness Leadership Canada) certifications must complete a PLAR Before registering, please email info@nsfitness.ca to arrange for one.

      You will be sent the course package, which will include: a digital course manual that will be emailed to you, and course materials when registration closes.

      Your Instructors: Heather Creamer, Andrea Morrison

      Exams: The written exam is done on the final day of the in-person session. Students who opt not to write the final exam on that day can book a session with an exam proctor for an additional fee of $35. Any written or practical exams needed can be booked by emailing info@nsfitness.ca.  

      Note: We require a minimum of 5 registrants to run the course. Registrants will be notified in the event we do not have enough people registered  to run the course, and your money will be refunded.


    Past events

    27 Apr 2024 ELS24: Experience NSFA Exercise Leadership Summit 2024
    23 Mar 2024 Exam Day Saturday March 23, 2024 1:00pm
    16 Mar 2024 Learn to Teach STEP!
    17 Feb 2024 ICE - Indoor Cycling Exercise Leader (CGCF23)
    23 Jan 2024 ADE (formerly Older Adult) Leader (ZM W24)
    20 Jan 2024 Provincial Exam Day January 20, 2024
    22 Nov 2023 WT - Weight Trainer (ZmF23)
    25 Oct 2023 MBL - Mind+Body Leadership Course (ZmF23)
    10 Oct 2023 GEL - Group Exercise Leader (ZM F23)
    20 Sep 2023 PT - Personal Trainer (H F23)
    13 Sep 2023 ET: Exercise Theory (ZM F23)
    24 Jun 2023 Summer Provincial Exam Day (MSVU S23)
    10 Jun 2023 ICE - Indoor Cycling Exercise Leader (CGC S23)
    28 Apr 2023 AEL: Aqua Exercise Leader Course (Zz W23)
    24 Apr 2023 ET: Exercise Theory (MSVU S23)
    22 Apr 2023 ELS23: Exercise Leadership Summit 2023
    19 Apr 2023 MBL - Mind+Body Leadership Course (S23)
    11 Apr 2023 ADE (formerly Older Adult) Leader (ZM W23)
    15 Mar 2023 WT - Weight Trainer (ZmW23)
    28 Jan 2023 Winter Provincial Exam Day (MSVU W23)
    25 Jan 2023 ET: Exercise Theory (ZM W23)
    18 Jan 2023 Coffee & Chat For Community Organizations - Winter Edition (W23)
    26 Nov 2022 6th Annual NSFA Fall Brunch (MSVU F22)
    16 Nov 2022 RT: Resistance Trainer - ZM (F22)
    03 Oct 2022 MBL - Mind+Body Leadership Course (F22)
    30 Sep 2022 GEL: Group Exercise Leader - ZM F22
    28 Sep 2022 ET: Exercise Theory (ZM F22)
    17 Sep 2022 ICE - Indoor Cycling Exercise Leader (CGCW22)
    14 Sep 2022 Terri's Research Results Session
    23 Jul 2022 Community Organizations Coffee & Chat (1st Annual)
    25 Jun 2022 Summer Provincial Exam Day (MSVU S22)
    18 Jun 2022 ICE - Indoor Cycling Exercise Leader (CGCS22)
    27 Apr 2022 RT: Resistance Trainer - ZM (F21)
    23 Apr 2022 ELS22: Exercise Leadership Summit 2022
    09 Mar 2022 ET: Exercise Theory (ZM W22)
    09 Feb 2022 GEL: Group Exercise Leader - (ZM W22)
    29 Jan 2022 Provincial Exam Day (MSVU W22)
    12 Jan 2022 OAL - Older Adult Leader (ZM W22)
    10 Dec 2021 AEL: Aqua Exercise Leader Course (CS W21)
    27 Nov 2021 ICE - Indoor Cycling Exercise Leader (PW F21)
    06 Oct 2021 ET: Exercise Theory (ZM F21)
    29 May 2021 Exercise Leadership Summit 2021 - Part 2
    04 May 2021 ET: Exercise Theory - ZM (S21)
    25 Apr 2021 Exercise Leadership Summit 2021 - Part 1
    24 Apr 2021 Annual Members' Forum Day (ZmSp21)
    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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