The Benefits of Certification
How to Become a SPRA Certified Fitness Leader
Step 1 - Exercise Theory Course
Step 2 - Specialty Modules and Designations
Transferring your Current Certification to SPRA
If you have committed to a lifestyle that is active and healthy and would like to become a leader that will motivate and energize people to do the same, then the SPRA Fitness Leadership Certification Program is
Since 1985, the SPRA Fitness Division has certified hundreds of dedicated Fitness Leaders to instruct a variety of fitness classes at facilities through out Saskatchewan. SPRA certification gives Fitness Leaders national recognition through the National Fitness Leadership Alliance (NFLA) and the qualifications and recognition to instruct across Canada.
Benefits of Fitness Certification
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- Must be 16 years of age or older
- A passing grade of 80% on the NFLA Exercise Theory Exam and completion of at least one specialty module:
- Group Exercise (Land) Module, a passing grade of 80% on the written exam and a Practical Evaluation
- Aquatic Exercise (Water) Module, a passing grade of 80% on the written exam and a Practical Evaluation
- Exercise for Older Adults Module, a passing grade of 80% on the written exam and a Practical Evaluation
- Proof of "CPR -Level A" minimum. Certificate must be current and within 1 year of date of issue.
Standard First Aid must be current as per the certificate issued by the service provider.
- On-line CPR courses will not be accepted.
- Submission of Certification Fee ($80.00 for 2016)
Please note: To renew your Certification as an SPRA Fitness Leader there are 2 additional requirements:
- SPRA Fitness Leaders must submit proof of 12 Continuing Education Credits (CEC's) every two years
- SPRA Fitness Leaders must submit proof of 20 Practical Teaching Hours every year
Step 1 - Exercise Theory Course
Exercise Theory is a pre-requisite to all specialty modules and it must be completed
prior to taking any of the specialty module.
SPRA Exercise Theory Course
There are three methods available in learning the Fitness Exercise Theory Course knowledge required
to write the NFLA Theory exam:
Take the Exercise Theory Course by a SPRA Course Conductor
This 24-hour course covers the basic principles of anatomy and physiology as well as a variety of activity experiences. The NFLA exam must be written within 6 months of taking the Exercise Theory Course. A passing grade of 80% or higher is required. A supplemental exam for participants who fail to pass the exam on the first attempt can be written within a 1-year period. Visit our Upcoming Certification Modules
for more information.
Challenge the NFLA Exercise Theory Exam Anyone can challenge the NFLA theory exam, without taking a workshop. The cost to challenge the exam is $75.00 and a passing grade of 80% or higher is required. If the attempt is unsuccessful, the challenger may attempt a supplemental exam but if the second attempt is unsuccessful, the challenger will be required to take the SPRA Exercise Theory Course.
Home Study Programs
Once you have completed a course, you are required to write NFLA exam with SPRA. The cost of the exam is $75.00 and a passing grade of 80% or higher is required. A supplemental exam for participants who fail to pass the exam on the first attempt can be written within a 1-year period.
The exam challenge can be arranged by calling the SPRA office toll free at 1-800-563-2555.
The Exercise Theory exam can be challenged at any of our SPRA offices or click here for a list of SPRA Course Conductors. If one of these options is not applicable, please call the Fitness Division at 1-800-563-2555 to make other arrangements.
Click here to download the SPRA Study Guide that covers the Exercise Theory exam topics and their weighing with sample questions.
Step 2 - Specialty Modules
Visit our Upcoming Certification Modules for course information. For Course Content and Scope of Practice, click on the links below:
Group Cycle - Pre-requisites: Exercise Theory and Group Exercise.
Fitness Yoga - Pre-requisites: Exercise Theory and Group Exercise or Exercise for Older Adults Note: The Fitness Yoga Specialty Designation will be granted upon completion of an approved yoga teacher training course.
Certification Timeline Requirements
SPRA Fitness Leadership Certification will be granted to those candidates who meet the following requirements:
- Prerequisite is the completion of the Exercise Theory Course and/or Passing of the NFLA Exercise Theory exam. If taking the Exercise Theory Course, the written exam must be completed within 6 months of taking the course.
- A specialty module must be taken within 6 months of completing the Exercise Theory. Exceptions may be considered depending on specialty module availability.
- Successful completion of the appropriate practical evaluation and NFLA written exam must be completed within 6 months of the initial specialty module.
The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) is the principal body for physical activity, health and fitness research and personal training in Canada. CSEP provides certifications to become a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) or Certified Exercise Physiologist (CEP).
For more information on their personal training programs, please contact CSEP at 1-877-651-3755 or visit http://www.csep.ca.