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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.

Check for new updates

Practical Assessment Exception for recertifying leaders – December 15

If you are not able to complete your practical assessment for recertification due to the current restrictions, we will accept your recertification documents without the practical assessment. We’ll provide you with a temporary certification card. Email all of your documents to info@provincialfitnessunit.ca and let us know if you would like to use the practical assessment exception. If you are using this exception you are not fully certified or insured to teach in-person or online classes/sessions (in these designations) until the practical assessment is submitted with your recertification documents.

Your practical assessment is due by March 31, 2021.

New Stronger Public Health Measures announced

Stronger Public Health Measures

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 info@provincialfitnessunit.ca 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.
  • Updated CPR with an exception is due by March 31, 2021.
  • 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.

Insurance for live virtual training and leading during the COVID crisis and out of Canada participants (Recent update – September 23, 2020)

We have worked with our insurer to ensure that you have coverage while you deliver virtual (live) classes. There have been some recent updates to the previously provided information.

*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.
  • Coverage is available for an additional premium of $15 (includes gst and fees)
  • $5 million coverage is available for Personal Trainers for $25
  • This coverage is valid for until March 31, 2021 with a current AFLCA certification.
  • Leaders will be required to renew their certification if their expiry date falls before March 31, 2021.
  • 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.

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

- 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

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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

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.

Check for new updates

Steps to Certification
Recertification information

New Exercise Theory Distance Education Course Offerings

March 17, 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:

February 1 – March 31
February 15 – April 15

More information and registration

AFLCA Arthritis & Exercise Online Course

March 16, 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:


Like us on FB & Follow us on Twitter

March 16, 2020

The Provincial Fitness Unit of Alberta is on FB and Twitter

Follow our FB page and Twitter for upcoming events, courses, conferences, research and news about physical activity in Alberta.

Our intention is for the Provincial Fitness Unit of Alberta Facebook and Twitter pages to be a resource for our community to share information and knowledge with each other.

The pages are moderated: negative and inappropriate content will be deleted.

Click here to reach the FB page.

or cut and paste the address:


Follow us on Twitter and tweet: https://twitter.com/AbFitnessUnit

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.


March 14, 2020

We’ve developed an online workshop series to support your professional development. Each session will be two hours and qualify for 2 AFLCA CECs. There will be plenty of offerings to earn your full complement of CECs for recertification and more.

Connect (virtually) with your peers, stay healthy, stay certified and learn!

Check back for the live online workshop series

Other Self Study Online courses

*Arthritis & Exercise Course – 4 CECs
*Functional Independence Training for Older Adults – 6 CECs
*Fitness Informer Education Articles – 2 CECs