Practicing Membership - Pathway 2 (Other degree programs)

Requirements

PATHWAY 2

There are 3 tiers of accreditation requirements based on where your education was completed.

Pathway 2(a) - For persons who graduated from a Post Secondary degree program NOT listed in the Pathway 1 Approved Degree Programs list, and who have completed all of their education in BC/Canada.

Pathway 2(b) - For internationally trained persons, educated in the English language, who completed some or all of their recognized post-secondary education outside of Canada.

Pathway 2(c) - For internationally trained persons, educated in a language other than English, who completed their post-secondary education at a recognized institution where the language of instruction was other than English.


Pathway 2a (requirements for all applicants)

This pathway is for persons who graduated from a Post Secondary degree program NOT listed in the Pathway 1 Approved Degree Programs list, and who have completed all of their education in BC or elsewhere in Canada. Please check the drop down menus in the online application for the most up to date list of approved institutions.

Applicants must meet the following requirements to be approved. There is no set order for completing the requirements, however there may be some components which require more time to complete and you may want to address these first.

Academic Requirements

Have your Educational Institution mail, email or fax your official transcripts directly to the BCAK office:

  • By Mail to: BC Association of Kinesiologists, #301 – 220 Brew Street, Port Moody, BC V3H 0H6
  • By Email to: office@bcak.bc.ca, or
  • By Fax to: (604) 229-8178

Mandatory (Required) Core Courses

Completion of the identified 7 "core" courses in Human Anatomy, Physiology, Biomechanics, Motor Control, Exercise Physiology, Exercise Prescription and Research Methods, with a minimum "C-" grade in each course (or their equivalent combination) is required. The required course content (syllabus) for each course is detailed on the Core Course content Page.

Applicants who do not meet the core course requirement have the following options to satisfy the requirement;

  • Complete the required course at a recognized University/College in Canada and achieve the minimum required grade, or
  • Write and pass the BCAK's Core course equivalency exam(s) for the specific course(s) required, achieving a minimum score of 60% overall.

Elective Courses

Completion of 16 additional elective courses in the field kinesiology.

Applicants must:

*Note: submission of individual course descriptions for BC Universities/Colleges is not required if the courses are current and not a directed study course or seminar course. If this applies to you, include the course outline (or a brief description if not available) of the content and learning objectives. Please contact the BCAK office if you are unsure how to proceed.

Other Requirements

Delayed Application Requirements*

Applicants who are applying for membership more than 5 years after graduating must also submit:

Evidence detailing a minimum of 100 kinesiology related continuing education hours completed within the previous 5 years in the area of intended practice.

  • A letter of intent outlining:
    • Your reason(s) for seeking membership with BCAK and the value you expect to obtain.
    • Previous work and/or volunteer experience in the field of kinesiology completed since graduation.
    • The area(s) (see: Areas of Practice) which you intend to practice. This should include details on your current competency, explaining how you meet the subjective requirements for the scope of practice. This can include education and knowledge relating to coursework and practical experience.
  • Two professional reference letters from persons who have known the applicant for more than 1 year and can attest to the applicant's professional character, clinical knowledge and interpersonal skills.

* Applicants may also be required to pass the BCAK's Core Course Composite examination, as a means to identify their knowledge of core academic knowledge. (additional fee applies)

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Pathway 2B (additional requirements for internationally trained, English language applicants)

This pathway is for international (Foreign) trained, English language educated applicants, who completed some or all of their university education outside of Canada. International applicants are subject to the requirements outlined below.

Academic Requirements

Mandatory (Required) Core Courses

Completion of the identified 7 "core" courses in Human Anatomy, Physiology, Biomechanics, Motor Control, Exercise Physiology, Exercise Prescription and Research Methods, with a minimum "C-" grade in each course (or their equivalent combination) is required. The required course content (syllabus) for each course is detailed on the Core Course content Page.

Applicants who do not meet the core course requirement have the following options to satisfy the requirement;

  • Complete the required course at a recognized University/College in Canada and achieve the minimum required grade, or
  • Write and pass the BCAK's Core course equivalency exam(s) for the specific course(s) required, achieving a minimum score of 60% overall.

Elective Courses

Completion of 16 additional elective courses in the field kinesiology.

Applicants must:

The following Support Documents must be submitted before application processing can begin;

  • A comprehensive International Credit Evaluation Service (ICES) or course by course - ICAP WES report for each international degree (or other Canadian issued equivalent).
  • Course descriptions of the 7 core and 16 elective courses listed on your application.
  • A letter of intent detailing;
    • Your reason(s) for wanting membership with BCAK and what value it provides to you.
    • Evidence of relevant work and/or volunteer experience related to the profession of kinesiology.
    • The area(s) (see: Areas of Practice) in which you intend to practice, including details on your knowledge and experience you possess related to the areas you intend to practice.
  • A maximum of two professional reference letters from individuals, who are (1) known to you, (2) have worked with and observed your work skills for a period of greater than 1 year and (3) can attest to your past ethical conduct, professional/clinical knowledge/skill set and ability to make sound professional decisions.
  • Applicants must write and pass the BCAK's Core Course Composite examination*.
    Exams can be written at any BC recognized invigilation centre without seeking BCAK approval, however exams written at a recognized centre elsewhere in Canada must be approve by the BCAK. Again, the exam must be written at a recognized invigilation centre cannot be written at any center outside of Canada.

*Note: Due to the cost of obtaining an independent credit evaluation, BCAK makes available to applicants, the option, of writing the core course composite exam, prior to submitting other required documentation or submission of the required ICES/WES report. Passing the BCAK composite exam does not guarantee membership will be granted, as all remaining requirements must also be met. Please email the office for additional details.

Delayed Application Requirements

Applicants who are applying for membership more than 5 years after graduating must also submit evidence detailing a minimum of 100 kinesiology related continuing education hours completed within the previous 5 years in the area of intended practice.

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Pathway 2C (additional requirements for internationally trained non-English language applicants

This pathway is for Non English language educated, international (Foreign) trained applicants, who completed their university education at an educational institution where the language of instruction was other than English.

Academic Education

Mandatory (Required) Core Courses

Completion of the identified 7 "core" courses in Human Anatomy, Physiology, Biomechanics, Motor Control, Exercise Physiology, Exercise Prescription and Research Methods, with a minimum "C-" grade in each course (or their equivalent combination) is required. The required course content (syllabus) for each course is detailed on the Core Course content Page.

Applicants who do not meet the core course requirement have the following options to satisfy the requirement;

  • Complete the required course at a recognized University/College in Canada and achieve the minimum required grade, or
  • Write and pass the BCAK's Core course equivalency exam(s) for the specific course(s) required, achieving a minimum score of 60% overall.

Elective Courses

Completion of 16 additional elective courses in the field kinesiology.

Applicants must:

The following Support Documents must be submitted before application processing can begin;

  • A comprehensive International Credit Evaluation Service (ICES) or course by course - ICAP WES report for each international degree (or other Canadian issued equivalent).
  • Course descriptions of the 7 core and 16 elective courses listed on your application.
  • A letter of intent detailing;
    • Your reason(s) for wanting membership with BCAK and what value it provides to you.
    • Evidence of relevant work and/or volunteer experience related to the profession of kinesiology.
    • The area(s) (see: Areas of Practice) in which you intend to practice, including details on your knowledge and experience you possess related to the areas you intend to practice.
  • A maximum of two professional reference letters from individuals, who are (1) known to you, (2) have worked with and observed your work skills for a period of greater than 1 year and (3) can attest to your past ethical conduct, professional/clinical knowledge/skill set and ability to make sound professional decisions.
  • Proof of English Language proficiency (detailed below in section 3.)
  • Applicants must write and pass the BCAK's Core Course Composite examination.
    Exams can be written in BC with no need for BCAK board approval, but the board must approve to have the exam sent anywhere else in Canada. The exam cannot be written at any center outside of Canada.

*Note: Due to the cost of obtaining an independent credit evaluation, BCAK provides applicants the option of writing the composite exam at a Canadian Invigilation centre prior to paying to obtain the ICES/WES report. Passing the BCAK composite exam does not guarantee membership with the association and all other requirements still must be met. Please email the office for additional details.

  • Submission of an English Language Translation of Transcripts and Degree(s) consisting of:
    • Official transcripts issued in their original language, along with a certified literal English translation of the transcripts from the home university’s translation service or from a certified English translator.
    • A copy of the degree awarded translated into English.

Proof of English language proficiency

The following tests are recognized by the BCAK for this purpose.

  • Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    • IBT (internet based test) (~$200 depending on center)
      • Listening - Minimum score of 20
      • Writing - Minimum score of 20
      • Reading - Minimum score of 20
      • Speaking - Minimum score of 20
      • Overall - Minimum score of 80
    • Paper delivered
      • Listening - Minimum score of 20
      • Writing - Minimum score of 20
      • Reading - Minimum score of 20
      • Overall - Minimum score of 60
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    • In person ($319) & Computer delivered ($335)
      • Listening - Minimum score of 6.5
      • Writing - Minimum score of 6.5
      • Reading - Minimum score of 6.5
      • Speaking - Minimum score of 5.5
      • Overall - Minimum score of 6.5
  • Applicants must qualify under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) of “0”, “3” or “A” which correspond to management, academic and health related occupations.

Delayed Application Requirements

Applicants who are applying for membership more than 5 years after graduating must also submit evidence detailing a minimum of 100 kinesiology related continuing education hours completed within the previous 5 years in the area of intended practice.

Begin your Application

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