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SPRA Exercise Theory Course

Exercise Theory is a prerequisite to all specialty modules, and must be completed prior to taking any of the specialty modules.

There are three ways to learn the Fitness Exercise Theory Course knowledge required to write the NFLA Theory exam:

  1. Take an Exercise Theory Course with an 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.

    A list of Course Conductors is available here

    Check our Upcoming Certification Modules for more information.

  2. 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. The exam challenge can be arranged by calling the SPRA office toll free at 1-800-563-2555. 

  3. Home Study Programs
    The Canadian Fitness Education Services (CFES) offer home study courses in Fitness Knowledge. Register for this course through CFES.

    Once you have completed a CFES Fitness Knowledge 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. 


If one of these three options is not applicable to you, call the Fitness Division at 1-800-563-2555 to make other arrangements.

Study Guide


To help you with the exam, we have developed an SPRA Study Guide. The Study Guide covers Exercise Theory exam topics as well as sample questions.

Download the SPRA Study Guide 

Specialty Modules 

Visit our Upcoming Certification Modules for course information. 

For Course Content and Scope of Practice, follow the links below:

Group Exercise (Land)

Aquatic Exercise (Water)

Exercise for Older Adults

Designations:

Group Cycle
Prerequisites:  Exercise Theory and Group Exercise.

Fitness Yoga
Prerequisites:  Exercise Theory and Group Exercise or Exercise for Older Adults.

The Fitness Yoga Specialty Designation will be granted upon completion of an approved yoga teacher training course.

Personal Training

The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) is the principal body for physical activity, health and fitness research and personal training in Canada. CSEP provide certifications to become a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) or Certified Exercise Physiologist (CEP).

For more information on their personal training programs, contact CSEP at 1-877-651-3755 or visit http://www.csep.ca.