Pathway 2 (All other degree programs) - Practicing Membership

For applicants who graduated from a program that is not approved

Pathway 2(a)

This pathway is for persons who have 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. 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:

Academic Education Requirements & Steps to Complete

1) Have official course transcripts mailed, emailed or faxed directly to the BCAK office by the Educational Institution to:

  • By Mail to: to BC Association of Kinesiologists, PO Box 64777 Sunwood Square 810 - 3025 Lougheed HWY Coquitlam, BC V3B 6S0 , or
  • By Email to: office@bcak.bc.ca, or by Fax to: (604) 229-8178

2) You must have completed the 4 specific "core" courses in Anatomy, Physiology, Biomechanics and Motor Control/Learning and achieved a minimum grade of “C-“in all the core courses or their equivalents. The course content is specific and details can be found here on the Core Course Qualifying Examination Page.

Applicants who do not meet this 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 equivalency exam(s) for the specific course subject(s) required, achieving a minimum score of 65%. (See BCAK Core Course Qualifying Exam details for additional information)

3) Completion of 16 additional elective courses over 10 course categories (see category details here) in the field kinesiology with no more than 2 courses in each specific category. Applicants must:

*Please Note: submission of individual course descriptions for BC Universities/Colleges is typically not required. Please contact the office if you are unsure.

Other Requirements

Delayed Application Requirements

Applicants who are applying over 5 years after graduating must also submit:

  • Evidence detailing a minimum of 100 continuing education credit hours completed within the previous 5 years in the area which you intend to practice.
  • A letter of intent detailing..
    • Reasons for seeking membership with BCAK and the value you expect to obtain.
    • Evidence of relevant work and/or volunteer experience in the field of kinesiology.
    • The area(s) (see: Areas of Practice) which you intend to practice, which may include explaining subjectively how you meet the scope of practice, including coursework and experience.
  • A maximum of two professional reference letters from an individual close to the applicant who has known the applicant for more than 1 year and can attest to the applicant's professional acumen, clinical knowledge and interpersonal skills.

* applicants may also be required to demonstrate their theoretical knowledge by passing a BCAK's Core Course Composite examination. (additional fee applies)

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Pathway 2(b)

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 Education

  1. All of the academic requirements from Pathway 2a except for official transcripts, which are incorporated as part of the ICES evaluation.
  2. Support documentation; In addition to fulfilling the academic requirements for Practicing Membership, international applicants must submit additional information;
  • A comprehensive International Credit Evaluation Service (ICES) or equivalent evaluation.
  • Course descriptions of the 4 core courses and 16 additional courses listed on the application
  • A letter of intent detailing your.
    • Reasons for wanting membership with BCAK and what value it provides to you.
    • Evidence of relevant work and/or volunteer experience in the field of kinesiology.
    • The area(s) (see: Areas of Practice) which you intend to practice, which may include explaining subjectively how you meet the scope of practice, including coursework and experience.
  • A maximum of two professional reference letters from an individual close to the applicant who has known the applicant for more than 1 year and can attest to the applicant's professional acumen, clinical knowledge and interpersonal skills.
  1. Applicants must write and pass the BCAK's Core Course Composite examination.

*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 obtaining an ICES report. Passing the BCAK composite exam does not guarantee membership with the association. Please email the office for additional details.

Other Requirements

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Pathway 2(c)

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

Completion/submission of all the requirements in 2(b)

Academic Education

  1. English Language Translation: Applicants who graduated from institution(s) where the courses are taught in a language other than English must also submit;
  • 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.

    Demonstrate 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.
  • Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) scores of not less than 6 (six) in each category (speaking, listening, reading & writing) are required to meet these classifications. (The results from English language proficiency tests should be submitted directly to the BCAK office)

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