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About the Provincial Fitness Unit

The Provincial Fitness Unit – We work at the grass roots 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 advocacy and the activities of the Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association (AFLCA), Fitness Alberta™ and the Be Fit for Life Network programs. We host a registry of current, certified and insured exercise professionals in Alberta.

Our certified members work in 260 Alberta communities and their programs reach over 600,000 Albertans each year.

Certification for Exercise Professionals – The AFLCA

The Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association was established in 1984 to provide evidence-informed training, evaluation and accreditation to exercise and fitness professionals in Alberta. AFLCA is Alberta’s longest-standing not-for-profit fitness / certification organization. We provide a range of certifications from group exercise to one-on-one fitness training. Read more about how to get certified.

As the flagship organization of the National Fitness Leadership Alliance, we partner with sister organizations across Canada to ensure consistent standards and transferability across the country. The NFLA is the first north American physical activity accreditation organization to be accepted into the International Confederation of Registers for Exercise Professionals , ICREPs. is the ICREPs-endorsed register for qualified exercise professionals in Alberta.

Be Fit For Life Network

Be Fit For Life Centre programs are run through nine college and university campuses across Alberta. BFFL provides services, education and resources to encourage Albertans to be physically active. At school, work, home or in your community we will work with you to create or support a program or initiative that fits your needs and resources.

Support – Affiliations

The Provincial Fitness Unit is proudly supported by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism RPAD – Recreation and Physical Activity Division, and the University of Alberta, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation. We are the founding member of the National Fitness Leadership Association, an internationally recognized register of over 10,000 Canadian exercise professionals and member of ICREPs.

Why Certification?

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 evidence-informed knowledge for fitness professionals, and a level of certification to maintain quality and safety in the delivery of fitness and physical activity services to Albertans.