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AFLCA Coronavirus updates and information

This page is to keep you updated on changes to processes during the COVID crisis. As the situation evolves, we will continue to notify you via this website, our Enews, and social media.

November 18

Notification from the Office of the Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women
Temporary targeted COVID-19 measures for sport, recreation and physical activity groups

October 20

Expired CPR – what to do

If you are due to certify or recertify and are not able to renew your CPR due to the current situation, AFLCA will accept your documents without CPR and will provide you with a temporary certification card. Email and you will be directed to an appropriate store product to submit your documents.

Expired CPR can be accepted for certifications and recertifications; however, leaders are not fully certified or insured.

  • AFLCA members are unable to teach in-person or online classes/sessions until updated CPR is received and certification documents have been sent out.
  • The deadline to submit updated CPR with an exception is December 31, 2020.
  • The CPR Exception allows individuals to maintain their certification timeline and avoid late fees, register for CEC workshops and receive discounts, and maintains their credentials with the AFLCA.

Here is a list of locations open for CPR courses: Heart and Stroke, St John Ambulance, Red Cross, Lifesaving Society
Note: Blended online and in-person courses are accepted as long as the in-person portion has been completed. No Online CPR courses will be accepted.

CECs Online
CECs Online – AFLCA exercise professionals can obtain the entire 12 CECs (20 CECs for CFTs) for recertification through online education if needed. Our CEC program is under review so watch for additional updates.

September 23 Update

AFLCA Insurance for live virtual class delivery and out of Canada participants

*All currently certified AFLCA members who are engaged in any online/virtual training and/or leading classes would need to purchase added insurance coverage.

This additional Insurance coverage includes:

  • AFLCA insured members working virtually – part time, full time or contract. There are no limits on annual revenue for this insurance add on.
  • For AFLCA members that have already purchased the virtual insurance premium – coverage is extended to March 31, 2021.
  • Virtual insurance is valid until March 31, 2021.
  • AFLCA certification must be kept current. If AFLCA certification expires – insurance is void.
  • Coverage is available for an additional premium of $15 (includes gst and fees) or $5 million coverage for $25

*Participants and clients living outside of Canada – AFLCA virtual insurance is valid however, there are differences and restrictions to adhere

- Services outside Canada must be less than 10% of total operations / revenues
– No marketing or advertising outside of Canada
– Client or participants must be existing ones from Canada, who are temporarily out of the country
– Any claim or suit has to be filed within Canada

  • AFLCA certified professionals will be required to only work with existing participants/clients. Any new participants/clients must complete a PAR-Q+ and informed consent form
  • Leaders must use an online platform where participants need to login or register or by maintaining a list of all participants attending your sessions electronically or paper copy. Record keeping is important.
  • Music copyright and license rules should also be observed.

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July 27 Update

Online exams are now available, visit our website for more details

June 19 Update

Resources for Reopening operations

Fitness Industry Council of Canada COVID_19 Operations

Considerations for Reopening Safely

June 9, 2020 Updates

Beginning June 12 Indoor recreation facilities can reopen. Please adhere to CMOH-Government of Alberta guidelines.

Indoor sport, physical activity and recreation guidelinesGuidelines for Indoor sport, recreation and physical activity

Outdoor Fitness Classes during COVIDGuidelines for Outdoor Fitness Classes

April 17, 2020 Updates

CECs Online
CECs Online – AFLCA exercise professionals can obtain the entire 12 CECs (20 CECs for CFTs) for recertification through online education if needed. Our CEC program is under review so watch for additional updates.

AFLCA CEC Online Opportunities New AFLCA options now available and check back for more.

Practical Assessments – Virtual (live or recorded video) – All recertifying leaders will receive 1 AFLCA CEC if they complete a practical assessment
1. Contact an AFLCA Trainer or Assistant Trainer for details and to set up an assessment. –
2. Access the practical assessment forms
3. Complete, receive feedback and the forms.
4. Note it and submit with recertification documents.

• Minimum – 45 minute class/session
• Leader must be in view at all times so instruction techniques can be seen
• Minimum – 2 participants (who are 14 years and older)
• Music should be heard but not overpowering the leader’s voice
• Any new participants/clients must complete an informed consent and PAR-Q+
• Adhere to AHS social distancing guidelines

March 18, 2020 Updates

The AFLCA Scheduled Exam Sittings
  • Scheduled Exam Sittings are postponed at this time for the March and April sittings. This is in response to the current unprecedented public health crisis with COVID-19 and in alignment with current Alberta Health Services guidelines. We’ll have further information by mid April or sooner on next steps for the new exam protocol.
AFLCA Independent Exams
  • At this time the alternative to the scheduled exam sitting is to register for an Independent exam. Additional costs are required for administrative and proctor fees, 3 weeks notice required and candidate must locate a qualified proctor. Further details listed in the online store product, this link will direct you there.
Practical Assessment
  • Practical assessments can be completed by video submission; however, it must follow government guidelines for social distancing and number of participants. Please watch for details upcoming here on the website.
CPR Certification
  • The AFLCA is currently working with our insurer to provide the best possible coverage and guidelines to support all of our members. This includes cpr extensions along with your certification and recertification extensions Please check back here as we will post information as it comes available.
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 AFLCA course listing pages 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.
  • Insurance coverage is not valid during the extension. We urge you to complete your certification as soon as you can.
Continuing Education Credits (CECs)
  • There have been cancellations due to AHS guidelines. We are currently working hard with our board and our staff on alternative options for CECs. We will update you with more information as it becomes available. Stay tuned!
Exercise Theory Distance Courses