Notice to Aspiring 2021 Practicing Membership Applicants
Practicing Membership Core Course requirements will expand to include Exercise Physiology, Exercise Prescription and Research Methods beginning January 1st 2021. Kinesiology students graduating in Winter 2021 (Final courses completed in April/May) will be exempt from the new/changed requirements (aka grandfathered), if they applied for practicing membership before December 31, 2020.
If you have questions regarding this change, please email the BCAK office.
Prior to starting the application process ensure you understand the requirements for the membership category you which you are applying. See: Types of Membership along with the requirements and Benefits of Membership by type.
The majority of applicants are seeking "Practicing" Membership, which allows them to work as a professional kinesiologist. Other categories of membership do not meet employer or insurer (ICBC, WorkSafe BC or Private Insurers) requirements for employment or service access.
Steps to Membership Application
The application process is completed online through this website.
- Create (Sign up) for a user account, through the link in the upper right corner of the page. Once complete you will receive an account confirmation email, allowing you to begin the application process.
- Confirm the requirements of the membership Category (type) you wish to apply for.
- Initiate your application through your online BCAK account, follow and complete the required steps (if applicable).
- Gather (or order) the required documents for the the type of membership you are applying for in electronic (digital document) format. Each membership type has specific requirements and you will be prompted to upload the required documents during the online application process. Full details are provided below.
Applicants for Practicing/Non-Practicing membership must include the following:
- *Official University/College Degree transcripts;
- Course descriptions for all Kinesiology courses - (excludes Pathway 1 applicants);
- University/College Degree certificate(s) (all if more than 1 degree held);
- Criminal records review or CRC. This must be obtained through the Government of BC Criminal Records Review Program or "CRRP" and is detailed further below.
- *Foreign trained graduates must provide additional documentation, based on the language in which education was provided.
*These Documents must be requested by the applicant and sent directly from the educational institution to the BCAK office. In the case of graduates educated outside of Canada, the comprehensive or course by course evaluation produced by the international Credential Evaluation Service (ICES) or World Evaluation Service (WES) respectively must be sent directly by the ICES or WES to the BCAK office.
Please see the Pathways to Professional Membership for confirmation of which documents you will be required to provide
Persons looking to transfer from another CKA affiliated Canadian provincial kinesiology association, see here for transfer policy details
Applicants for Academic or Corporate membership must submit the following documentation
- academic affiliation such as student enrollment/faculty or staff designation for Academic membership (such as: student transcript, staff website listing/letter from department), or
- business details (name, address and type of business operation) for Corporate membership.
Detailed Requirements for those Applying for Practicing or Non-Practicing Membership
1) Academic Education + NEW CORE COURSE REQUIREMENTS (effective 01/01/2021)
Practicing/Non-Practicing Membership applicants must have satisfactorily completed a four-year undergraduate degree in kinesiology from a post-secondary educational institution in Canada where the degree and institution meet the standard set by the Board, or have educational qualifications deemed by the Board to be equivalent to a four-year degree in kinesiology from a post-secondary education institution in Canada (All applicants must have a minimum of a 4-year University Undergraduate degree).
As of January 1st, 2020 Degree and curriculum requirements will be:
A four-year Bachelor of Science degree majoring in kinesiology or an equivalent discipline, including:
- satisfactory completion of the seven (7) core courses (minimum grade requirement = C-), and
- satisfactory completion of sixteen (16) additional elective courses, spread over a minimum of 10 course categories specific to the practice of kinesiology (grade requirement = no more than 2 'D' grades in the 16 courses.
The Core Courses are
- Human Anatomy,
- Human Physiology,
- Human Motor Control & Learning, and
- Biomechanics of Human Movement.
- Exercise Physiology
- Exercise Prescription
- Research Methods
The BCAK's academic requirements are historically based on the CCUPEKA Accreditation Standards for Kinesiology Undergraduate Degree Programs in Canada. Additional details on the content requirements of the core courses can be obtained by reviewing the Core Course Qualifying Exam page.
2) Moral Character
You must demonstrate good moral character to hold membership in the BCAK. Good moral character describes the presence (or lack thereof) of certain behaviours relating to public trust, safety, access to personal information and working with, or treating, vulnerable persons. (see details here: Defining Good Moral Character)
3) Criminal Record Review/Check
All applicants must demonstrate the lack of criminal conviction for offenses related to working with vulnerable adults and youth.
4) Professional Ethics and Standards (Conduct)
All Practicing members of the BCAK must act ethically and conduct themselves in a professional manner.
This requires Practicing and Non-Practicing members of the society to comply with the BCAK's;
- Code of Ethics,
- Scope of Practice, Reserved Acts and Delegation, including member guidelines
- Professional Practice Standards for Kinesiologists
- Continuing Education Standards Program (CESP)
- Dual Scope of Practice Statement (if Practicing more than one allied health profession)
It is the applicant/member's responsibility to read and understand the requirements to ensure an informed decision is being made when agreeing to the membership oath upon purchasing or renewing membership. If you have any questions regarding the requirements please contact the BCAK office for assistance. If accepted and upon becoming a Practicing or Non-Practicing member of the BCAK you will be required to agree to abide by these standards. Failure to do so may result in punitive action being taken against you by the Association's Board of Directors or the general members and can include:
- Temporary suspension of membership for unprofessional conduct,
- Expulsion by the board of directors for substantial breach of bylaws or standards, or
- Notice to appear at a general meeting of the members by special resolution, proposing expulsion for conduct which breaches the Societies Act of BC, the Society's bylaws, rules, regulations and policies, code of ethics, and any 'rules of order' governing the conduct of members at general meetings and of meetings of the Board of Directors. (See bylaws section 2.9)
Fees for Membership
See Fee Schedule page.
For Kinesiologists who graduated from a recognized 4 year undergraduate degree program in Canada
For Kinesiologists who graduated from all other degree programs in BC, elsewhere in Canada or the World
I have read and understand the requirements for applying to the BCAK. I understand and accept that failure to submit all of the required documents in a timely manner will result in a delay in application processing