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About SPRA Exercise Theory

Learn the basic theory behind fitness classes including, leadership, health and fitness, anatomy, physiology, applied mechanics, principles of training, workout design and basic nutrition.  This course will give you the knowledge to proceed to the Certification Modules.

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

Check out upcoming Exercise Theory courses at the bottom of this page. 

There are three ways to learn the 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.

  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.

Exam 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.

Upcoming Courses 

Exercise Theory

January 5-7, 2018
Friday 6 - 9 p.m. 
Saturday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Location: City of Regina Sportplex-Fieldhouse
Cost: $357 Please indicate course #206957
Registration opens December 12th, 2017 at www.regina.ca, or call the play line at 306-777-7529


Exercise Theory
January 12 & 13 and 19 & 20, 2018
Fridays: 6–9 p.m.
Saturdays: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Cost: $330.25
Location: Saskatoon Field House

For more information or to register please call (306) 975-7873 
Registration begins Sunday August 13, 2017


Exercise Theory
April 20 & 21
May 4 & 5
Cost: $320.50
Location: Saskatoon Field House
For more information or to register after December 3 call (306) 975-3354


Exercise Theory
May 4-6, 2018
Friday: 5-10 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Cost: $307.25
Location: Humboldt UNIPLEX

For more information or to register please call (306) 682-2597 or email aquatics@humboldt.ca