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British Columbia Parks & Recreation Association (BCRPA)

Interested in becoming a fitness instructor or personal trainer?

North Vancouver Centres offer BCRPA-approved courses that will give you the skills to work in the fitness, health and wellness industry. Whether you want to teach safe, enjoyable group classes or become an independent personal trainer, the combination of courses, exams and practicum work listed below will give you the background you need to succeed.

Courses Offered

To learn more about our courses or about becoming a fitness trainer call Donna Robertson at 604-983-6541.

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Become a fitness professional! All courses are BCRPA approved to provide you with work-ready

skills in the fitness, health and wellness area. Visit for more information. Here's

how to get started:

Prior to writing the Fitness Theory exam in Step 1, most Fitness Leader candidates enroll in a Fitness Theory course.

1. Create an Account on the Registry of Fitness Professionals
(All candidates for registration with the BCRPA must create an account on the Registry of Fitness Professionals. Go to to set up your account.)

2. Pass the NFLA Fitness Theory Examination ($80)
(To take the exam, log in to your new account on The Registry of Fitness Professionals and then click on the Manage Membership tab on the horizontal menu bar. After you pass the Fitness Theory Examination you will have one year from your Fitness Theory exam date to complete steps 3 and 4.)

3. Obtain CPR and First Aid Certification and record them in your account in the Regisrty (you may complete this step before writing the exam if you choose).

4. Register with the BCPRA in Fitness Theory ($95)

5. Choose a Specialty Module.

6. Complete all practicum and Instructor Competency Evalution (ICE) requirements for that Specialty Module.

7. Register with the BCRPA in your Specialty Module.

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