CFES National and International Certification Program
CFES is pleased to present our enriched and comprehensive fitness education, leadership training, certification and professional advancement program. CFES specialized fitness leadership program modules are designed to take students through the steps in national aquatic, group fitness and weight training instructor and personal trainer certification.
CFES recognizes AFLCA, BCRPA, CALA, FNB, IFC, MFC, OFC, SPRA and National YMCA certification as current equivalency to CFES certification programs. Individuals with these qualifications can cross-transfer into the CFES national certification program. CFES will review cross-transfers on a case by case basis and may determine if additional protocols are required for equivalency.
CFES: Setting a Higher Standard
CFES considers certification of fitness leaders as serious business. Consistent certification standards, authenticity, integrity and leadership effectiveness are the foundation upon which our industry rests its credibility and reputation.
In 2011 CFES launched an enriched and comprehensive national fitness leadership certification and membership program that will provide professionals a new choice, additional credentials and an opportunity for national recognition, achievement and advancement.
CFES: A Pioneer Leader
Since 1980 CFES has distributed comprehensive provincially and nationally recognized program resources to qualified educators, fitness and recreation centres, gyms, private clubs, high schools, colleges, and universities in BC and across Canada. Thousands of students have appreciated the CFES approach to fun, academically credible, challenging, practical and rewarding courses, workshops and conferences.
CFES National Certification Standard
CFES programs, resources, and certification requirements are to be presented the same way all across Canada. Course conductors teaching full national certification programs utilize the required CFES Educator Kits for consistent program delivery. Students receive matching resources to the Educator (student resource manuals, program booklets, study guides, course assignments, course completion and national certification exams, and hands-on practicums) providing a smooth education experience.
Educators issue an Instructor Skills Assessment (ISA) certificate when the student demonstrates effective leadership skills to be employable. This is the CFES standard. Course Educators charge a fee for ISA.
Students needing more instructional practice may attend another practicum program (PP) or sign up with a leadership mentor to practice teach until they are ready for the ISA (PP fees will be charged by your SA Evaluator).
CFES fitness leadership programs are presented with up-to-date, evidence-based research, practically applied for leadership development in CFES learning outcomes, resources and requirements.
Courses, resources, exams, and skills assessments are revised regularly with both educator and student input. A passing grade of 80 percent is required for each certification requirement.
CFES Re-certification Standard
Re-certification requirement steps for each certification designation are consistent across Canada. CFES is developing specialized re-certification programs for professional advancement. Programs will be offered for all CFES certification levels.
CFES Introduces Levels of Advancement Program for Certification and Re-certification
• CFES will begin with Level 1 and present new levels and programs during our pilot year, programs are currently being fine tuned and criteria established for each level;
• Each level will offer required and optional programs with exit criteria to pass;
• All re-certification credit hours from a recognized course or workshop will apply to your next level (e.g. You took a 40 hour course. Eight credit hours will go to your CFES re-certification annual requirement while all 40 credit hours will be applied to your next certification level.).
• Level 1 Certified: Accomplish 100 recognized learning hours
• Level 2 Certified: Accomplish 200 additional recognized learning hours
• Level 3 Certified: Accomplish 300 additional recognized learning hours
Equivalencies for CFES Fitness Leadership Re-certification Requirements
CFES understands it is not always possible to follow the exact CFES re-certification requirements. CFES will review re-certification requests individually with the candidate to determine an appropriate re-certification program. We will accept the following equivalencies to “approximately” match the re-certification requirements for Instructor, Personal Trainer and Educator:
• Develop and present a workshop
• Write a substantial article for CFES website or
• Develop a new classroom or online program or workshop (can be in CFES partnership)
• Teach relevant fitness topics in an educational setting (e.g. elementary or high school Phys Ed teacher, college or university professor) or
• Do a modified Skills Assessment for each leadership certification in which you need to re-certify, or
• Present equivalency ideas to CFES for review.
CFES National Affiliations and Recognition
CFES Fitness Leadership Program modules are designed to take students through the steps in the CFES national fitness instructor and personal trainer certification.
As well as providing national certification CFES is an IDEA Fitness Connect Certification Verification Partner. CFES resources are also recognized by a variety of specialized fitness leadership agencies, including: the Canadian Aquatics Leaders Alliance (CALA); the Canadian Personal Trainers Network (CPTN), Canfitpro (GFI + PT = PT/FIS equivalency) and National Fitness Leadership Alliance (NFLA), which includes the BCRPA Fitness Branch; Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association; Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association Fitness Division; Manitoba Fitness Council; Ontario Fitness Council; Fitness New Brunswick; Island Fitness Council and the Nova Scotia Fitness Association. For further info how to complete with any of the above agencies contact them directly.
The CFES Fitness Knowledge Course is approved by the Massage Therapist Associations of B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan for credits for Continuing Education/Professional Development. Our programs are also integrated within college continued education and health and fitness diploma programs in Canada; and as an addendum to university health and exercise sciences programs for job-ready graduation credentialing.
CFES resources are also recognized by the BC Ministry of Education and Alberta Education and utilized in individual Ontario Board Authorized high school physical education credit courses grades 9 to 12 students. The CFES Fitness Knowledge Course is listed in both the BC Min. of Ed's Integrated Resource Package and highlighted in their Grade Collection for meeting the most learning outcomes for PE 10/12 students and on Education Alberta's Learning Centre.
The CFES Fitness Knowledge Course (homestudy or classroom based) is the prerequisite anatomy/physiology first module for fitness instructor and personal trainer certification. The 27+ hour course covers: an active living chapter; the skeletal system; muscular system; muscle structure and function; the principles of human movement; training principles and program planning; muscular strength and endurance; flexibility; cardiorespiratory fitness; nutrition and body weight management; and a chapter on exercise safety. Please note candidates pursuing the BCRPA registration program must contact them to arrange their national theory exam and registration id.
The homestudy version of the Fitness Knowledge Course is a combination of traditional home study and online elearning -- allowing you to work at your own pace and includes: the hardcopy resource manual and student program work booklet; online supplemental courseware elearning tools; both toll free phone and email tutor service; and marking of the end-of-course open book exam. Unless you wish to also register with a provincial body you do not need to write their fitness theory exam.
Full-fledged CFES instructor courses are 24+ hours of classroom theory and on-the-floor/in-the-water practical training with end of course open book completion exams; followed by an 8-20 hour practicum; a one-hour closed book proctored certification exam; and a 90 minute instructor skills assessment. Passing grade is 80%. Instructors are expected to maintain CPR + First Aid tickets and obtain liability insurance (if necessary).
Candidates wanting Personal Trainer certification must first successfully complete the Weight Training Instructor certification and then progress to the Personal Trainer course. The PT course is 40+ hours of classroom and practical teaching, and also includes a course completion open book exam; followed by a 20-hour practicum, closed book proctored certification exam and skills assessment. Passing grade is 80%. PTs are expected to maintain CPR + First Aid tickets and obtain liability insurance.
In order to become certified as a CFES Group Fitness, Aquafit or Weight Training Instructor or Personal Trainer with CFES, Canfitpro or NFLA affiliates you will complete the certification/registration process with the agency of your choice.
CFES requires both a national closed book exam and Instructor/Personal Trainer Skills Assessment to finalize certification, arranged with the CFES course conductor or skills assessment evaluator.