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News from March 2020


March 20, 2020

We have made some adjustments to our processes to ensure the integrity of your certification as the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to impact our community, in particular because of the course cancellations and facility closures occurring at this time. Your health is important to us and so is your professional certification status.

AFLCA Certification Extensions (in-process certification candidates)

- All AFLCA Certifying Leaders and CFTs will automatically be provided with a 3-month extension to their certification deadline, and the certification extension fee will be waived.

- Check our course listing for current information on cancellations and updates on AFLCA course options.


- AFLCA members due to recertify from March 31 to June 30 will be provided with a three month extension, if extra time is needed to complete your recertification requirements.

Continuing Education Credits (CECs)

There have been cancellations due to AHS guidelines, and we are currently working hard with our board and our staff on alternative options for CECs. As well, we are in discussions with our regional and national partners to share leading practice and ideas.

Insurance for live virtual class delivery

*Available for AFLCA Certified Leaders, Trainers, Assistant Trainers, and Certified Fitness Trainers

- Currently certified AFLCA exercise professionals earning less than 10% of annual revenue from live virtual leading and training

All currently certified AFLCA members will be covered by the AFLCA insurance program to engage and support online/virtual training and/or leading classes to a maximum of 10% of their annual revenues, regardless if working as an employee or contractor at no extra fee.

- Currently certified AFLCA members who will be earning more than 10% of their annual revenues from online/virtual training and leading classes (no limit on revenue)
– premium of $15 (includes gst and fees)

We will keep in touch with more information as it becomes available.

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Steps to Certification
Recertification information

New Exercise Theory Distance Education Course Offerings

March 16, 2020

The AFLCA will be offering the Exercise Theory Distance Education course on a monthly basis to assist individuals in completing their first step to certification.

The course is designed to allow participants to work through the Exercise Theory Manual through independent study and on their own time. Please note this course takes two months to complete from its start date. An AFLCA Trainer oversees the course and is available to answer any questions you may have. The Trainer will provide assignments throughout the course to assist participants with their learning. Course topics include: anatomy, physiology, movement mechanics, training and conditioning, nutrition, leadership and health and fitness.

Note: An Exercise Theory manual and Distance Education Workbook are included in the course fee. The Exercise Theory course is the prerequisite to Specialization courses.

Upcoming course offerings:

April 1 – May 31
May 1 – June 30
June 1 – July 31
July 1 – August 31

More information and registration

Fit Rendezvous 2020 - Cancellation

March 15, 2020

In consultation with the University of Alberta and in compliance with the Alberta government’s recent request for organizers to cancel any events that have more than 250 attendees, including: large sporting events, conferences and community events, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the annual Fit Rendezvous 2020 conference.

We have not made this decision lightly, but our community’s health is our top priority.

We understand that this may leave you with a gap in programs to support your CEC requirements. To address this, we will be working hard to offer solutions and will update you as we work with our board and staff to determine next steps on this regard.

Thank you for your understanding. On behalf of the Provincial Fitness Unit and the AFLCA, stay well.

AFLCA Arthritis & Exercise Online Course

March 14, 2020

Learn about the latest on arthritis and exercise and earn professional development credits for your recertification. This online course provides basic knowledge about arthritic conditions, an understanding of the barriers associated with arthritis and exercise, benefits of regular exercise, and general recommendations for the instruction of mild to moderate exercise. For more information and registration: