About the Provincial Fitness Unit
The Provincial Fitness Unit of Alberta is one of Canada’s longest-standing not for profit organizations working to promote healthy active lifestyles for all Albertans. Established in 1982, we opened Canada’s first Fitness Appraisal Centre and worked to develop provincial, and national partnerships to support active living. We fulfill our mandate through the activities of two organizations: the Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association (AFLCA) and the *Be Fit for Life Network.
Together we deliver education, accreditation and standards for exercise professionals, plus services, education and resources for communities across the province of Alberta.
Certification for Exercise Professionals
Our standards and certifications 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, Lethbridge and Mount Royal; NAIT, Red Deer College, and others. The Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association was established in 1984 to provide training, evaluation and accreditation to exercise and fitness professionals in Alberta.
! As the flagship organization of the National Fitness Leadership Alliance, we partner with sister organizations across Canada to ensure a consistent standard of training and transferability across the country.
The NFLA has the distinction of being the only north American accreditation organization to be accepted into the International Confederation of Registers for Exercise Professionals . This ensures international portability and a clear professional pathway for all AFLCA and NFLA registered members.
At the Grass Roots
The Be Fit for Life Network, also established in 1984, provides outreach programs and services to provide Albertans with a high standard of fitness programming and information. Be Fit For Life centres are located in nine Alberta regional colleges and universities.
The AFLCA also offers training to individuals who work with children, youth and older adults. These Ever Active Programs are practical, hands on, and taught by qualified educators to help you get the training you need to offer safe, fun fitness programs.
The Provincial Fitness Unit is proudly supported by Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation and the Alberta Sports, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation.
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.