The CFES Weight Training Instructor Course is a practical course designed to teach foundation leadership skills for the instruction of basic weight training programs and enable candidates to become CFES certified Weight Training Instructors
CFES Weight Training Instructor Certification Program Content
In this course you will learn:
About the weight training industry, equipment usage and facilities;
Exercise ideas and teaching techniques to be able to set up a program for a variety of ages, stages and special needs groups;
A review of anatomy and physiology;
Health screening and fitness testing;
Counselling and communication skills practiced;
The application of scientific training principles;
Nutrition, supplements and the Canada Health Guide;
Professional ethics and career direction.
Prerequisite: CFES Fitness Knowledge Course or equivalency
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|The following resources are included as part of the complete CFES Weight Training Instructor certification course resources:|
CFES Weight Training Instructor Course Resource Manual, National Library of Canada ISBN: 0-9731320-4-3; Publisher: Canadian Fitness Education Services Ltd., 252 pages, $54.00*
CFES Weight Training Instructor Course Program Booklet/Study Guide
National Library of Canada ISBN: 0-9731320-5-1; Publisher: Canadian Fitness Education Services Ltd., 258 pages, $27.00*
CFES Weight Training Instructor Course Program Educator Kit — For course conductors only
National Library of Canada ISBN: 0-9731320-6-X; Publisher: Canadian Fitness Education Services Ltd. For course conductors, includes: One hard copy student manual, student program booklet, hard copy 247 page Educator Kit and PowerPoint Educator Kit Supplement (300+ slides): $250.00.
Please note: The Ed Kit is only sold to CFES certified course conductors.
Find A CFES Weight Training Instructor Course Near You
For course locations, dates and times please visit our Course Calendar.
CFES National Weight Training Instructor Certification Requirements
Successfully complete (80% +) of the following CFES program steps or present an equivalent.*
1. CFES Fitness Knowledge Classroom or Home Study Course (30+ hours);*
2. Weight Training Instructor Classroom Course (24+ hours);*
3. Practicum Classroom Course or Mentorship Program (12-20 hours);*
4. Instructor Skills Assessment (in practicum or one to one)*;
5. Instructor Exam (80% +, 75-minute, closed book, proctored)*;
6. Maintain current CPR-A minimum and Emergency or Standard First Aid Certifications;
7. Maintain annual liability insurance;
8. Submit to CFES: Certification or Cross-transfer Application form, collateral documents and certification fee;
9. Receive CFES Weight Training Instructor Certification (electronic).
* CFES Weight Training Instructor certification fees:
Pass CFES Weight Training Instructor course, practicum program, closed book exam, and skills assessment requirements and submit Certification Application Form and collateral documents
$120.00 (exam and first year certification fee) + $6.00 (GST) = $126.00
* additional skills assessment fees paid to Educator/Skills Assessment Evaluator
+ Prices subject to change
Note: Practicum Program Alternative Choices For Instructor: Students Unable To Attend A Practicum Program Are Required To Work With A CFES Approved Leadership Mentor (LM) In Their Community At A Facility Offering This Service. When There Is No CFES LM In Your Community, Discuss And Agree With Your Educator How You Will Meet CFES Certification Standard For This Practicum Experience.
When Your Skills And Confidence To Be Employable Are Apparent It Is Time To Book Your CFES Instructor Skills Assessment With A CFES Educator, CFES Instructor Or Personal Trainer Skills Assessment Evaluator [SAE] In Your Region.
CFES National Weight Training Instructor Recertification Requirements
1. Attend eight (8) hours CFES recognized workshops, seminars or conferences* (in-class or online);
2. Submit twelve (12) verified instructional hours per certification*;
3. Maintain CPR; First Aid and annual liability insurance;
4. Submit to CFES: Recertification Application form, collateral documents and recertification fee
5. Receive CFES Weight Training Instructor recertification (electronically).
Annual CFES Weight Training Instructor recertification fee
$70.00 (recertification fee) + $3.50 (GST) = $73.50
+ Prices subject to change
Provincial and national recognition
CFES Fitness Leadership Program Modules: A Path to Certification in Aquafit, Group Fitness, Weight Training, and Personal Training
The CFES Fitness Leadership Program features comprehensive modules designed to guide candidates through the steps in Aquafit, Group Fitness and Weight Training Instructor, and Personal Trainer certification.
The Prerequisite: CFES Fitness Knowledge Course
The initial step in pursuing certification as a fitness instructor or personal trainer is completing the CFES Fitness Knowledge Course. This 24+ hour course covers anatomy, physiology, the skeletal and muscular systems, human movement principles, training principles and program planning, cardiorespiratory fitness, flexibility, active living, nutrition, body weight management, and exercise safety.
Choose Your Learning Path: Home Study or Classroom-Based
The Fitness Knowledge Course is flexible and caters to various learning preferences, offering both home study and classroom-based options. The home study version combines the traditional materials with online e-learning, allowing students to learn at their own pace. It includes a comprehensive resource manual, student program work booklet/study guide, online supplemental courseware, toll-free phone and email tutor support, and marking of the end-of-course open book exam.
Students typically spend 30 to 50 hours completing this module, and there’s no need to write an additional fitness theory exam unless registering with a provincial body.
Becoming a certified CFES Fitness Instructor
To become a full-fledged CFES fitness instructor, candidates must complete a 24+ hour classroom theory and on-the-floor/in-the-water practical training certification course. This is followed by an end-of-course open book completion exam, an 8-20 hour practicum, a 75-minute closed book proctored certification exam, and a 90-minute instructor practical skills assessment. Passing grade is 80%. Instructors are required to maintain CPR and First Aid certifications and obtain liability insurance if necessary.
Path to Personal Trainer Certification
Candidates seeking Personal Trainer certification first need to successfully complete the Weight Training Instructor certification (or equivalency) and then progress to the Personal Trainer course. The PT course consists of 40+ hours of classroom and practical teaching, along with a course completion open book exam, a 12-20-hour practicum, a closed book proctored certification exam, and a practical skills assessment. Passing grade is 80%. Like instructors, PTs must maintain CPR and First Aid certification and obtain liability insurance.
CFES: Recognized and Accredited
CFES is a recognized national certification body and an IDEA Fitness Connect Certification Verification Partner. Additionally, CFES resources are recognized by various specialized fitness leadership agencies, including CALA, CPTN, Canfitpro, and NFLA, among others. The CFES Fitness Knowledge Course is also approved by the Massage Therapist Associations of Saskatchewan for Continuing Education/Professional Development credits.
Integration in Educational Programs
CFES certification courses are offered on a semster-by-semester basis through a variety of private fitness education training companies, civic recreation departments and independent Educators. Our programs are also integrated within college continued education and health and fitness diploma programs, and as an addendum to a university health and exercise sciences curriculm 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.