How to Apply for Membership (click here for full overview)

Steps for Membership Application

Special Note to all 2020 Applicants for Practicing (Professional) Membership -

The deadline to complete (finalize) your membership purchase following application approval is extended to December 31st, 2020. This is a temporary change due to the current health pandemic.
If you have any questions, please contact the office.


Special Note to future 2021 Applicants for Practicing (Professional) Membership -

The Core Course requirements are being expanded to include Exercise Physiology, Exercise Prescription and Research Methods.
These changes will take effect for applications submitted after January 1st, 2021 and for all 2021 graduates.
If you have any questions please contact the office.

Before beginning the application process ensure you understand which type of membership you require. See: Types of Membership along with the requirements and Benefits of Membership by type.

It's important to understand the process and requirements for membership before applying. The majority of applicants seek "Practicing" Membership to work as a professional kinesiologist. Other categories of membership are typically not accepted by employers or providers such as ICBC, WorkSafe BC or Private Insurers for employment or service provision.

The Process

The application process is completed online through this website. Follow these steps.

  1. Sign up for (create) a guest account. Once complete you will receive a confirmation email and you can then begin the application process.
  2. Determine the requirements of the membership Category (type) you wish to apply for.
  3. Begin an application through your online BCAK account and submit the application with payment once you have completed the following step.
  4. 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.

Documentation

Applications for Practicing/Non-Practicing membership must include the following documentation

  1. *Official course transcripts;
  2. All Kinesiology course descriptions - (excludes Pathway 1 applicants);
  3. Degree certificate(s) (all if more than 1 degree held);
  4. 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.
  5. *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

Transferring in from another CKA affiliated Canadian provincial kinesiology association, see here for transfer details

Applicants for Academic or Corporate membership must submit the following documentation

Proof of;

  1. academic affiliation such as student enrollment/faculty or staff designation for Academic membership (such as:student transcript, staff website listing/letter from department), or
  2. 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 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).

The current Degree and curriculum requirements are:

A four-year Bachelor of Science degree majoring in kinesiology or an equivalent discipline, including:

  • satisfactory completion of the four (4) 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

  1. Human Anatomy,
  2. Human Physiology,
  3. Human Motor Control & Learning, and
  4. Biomechanics of Human Movement.

Starting on 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 four (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

  1. Human Anatomy,
  2. Human Physiology,
  3. Human Motor Control & Learning, and
  4. Biomechanics of Human Movement.
  5. Exercise Physiology
  6. Exercise Prescription
  7. Research Methods

More information about the new requirements will be released over the few months.

These courses must contain specific course content. The majority of Universities and Colleges have defined core courses in these subjects.View the Core and Elective Course Worksheet used in assessing your application and read more about core course content here.

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.

See: How to Obtain a Criminal Record Review


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;

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.

Pathway 1

For Kinesiologists who graduated from a recognized 4 year undergraduate degree program in Canada

Pathway 2

For Kinesiologists who graduated from all other degree programs in BC, elsewhere in Canada or the World

Applicant FAQ

Refer to this list of frequently asked questions before contacting the office.

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