About the Provincial Fitness Unit
Canada’s Leaders in Certification and Health Promotion
The Provincial Fitness Unit of Alberta is Canada’s leading not-for-profit health and fitness certification organization. We support excellence in fitness leadership, one-on-one fitness appraisal, personal training, and counseling services. With over 3000 certified leaders, personal trainers, appraisers and accredited facilities the Provincial Fitness Unit of Alberta is surpassed by none.
The Provincial Fitness Unit is proudly supported by the Alberta Sports, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation.
Our standards and certification are nationally endorsed by the Canadian Military, RCMP, Parks and Recreation Associations in Canada as well as supported by key educational institutions including the Universities of Alberta, Calgary and Lethbridge; NAIT, Mount Royal, and Red Deer Colleges, and others.
One Unit: Three organizations
The Provincial Fitness Unit of Alberta fulfills its mandate through the activities of three organizations: the Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association (AFLCA); the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP), and the Be Fit for Life Network.
Together we deliver training, certification and outreach programs for health and fitness in the province of Alberta.
First and Best in Canada—Alberta CSEP, AFLCA and the Be Fit for Life Network
The Provincial Fitness Unit of Alberta established the first Accredited Fitness Appraisal Centre in Canada in 1982. Now known as the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, the organization is Canada-wide and provides certification for personal trainers and exercise physiologists.
The Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association was established in 1984 to provide training, evaluation and accreditation to group exercise leaders in Alberta. The AFLCA was the flagship organization in the National Fitness Leadership Alliance, ensuring a consistent standard of training and transferability across Canada.
The Be Fit for Life Network, also established in 1984, provides outreach programs and services to communities across Alberta to provide Albertans with access to accredited fitness professionals and a high standard of fitness programming and information. Be Fit For Life centres are located in nine Alberta regional colleges and universities.
Research in the health sector has consistently proven that the more education a health provider has, the better the outcome for the client.
Through the years, our standards have evolved as knowledge about health and fitness has grown.
What has remained constant is the need for a high level of knowledge in fitness professionals, and a level of certification to maintain quality and safety in the delivery of health and fitness services to Albertans.