Pathway 2 (All other degree programs) - Practicing Membership

For applicants who have graduated from an unapproved degree program

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

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:, or
  • By Fax to: (604) 229-8178

Effective January 1st, 2021 the Academic Requirements are:

Core Courses

Completion of the 7 "core" courses in Human Anatomy, Physiology, Biomechanics, Motor Control, Exercise Physiology, Exercise Prescription and Research Methods, having achieved a minimum "C-" grade in each core course (or their combined equivalents). 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:

*Please Note: submission of individual course descriptions for BC Universities/Colleges is not required if the courses are current and they are not a directed study course or seminar course. If this applies to you, include a brief description (or course outline if available) of the course 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 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 (additional requirements)

  1. All of the academic requirements from Pathway 2a, excluding official transcripts, which are incorporated as part of the ICES evaluation.
  2. The following additional information;
  • 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 4 core and 16 additional 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.
  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)

Applies to 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.

Completion/submission of all the requirements in 2(b) in addition to the following:

Additional Requirement(s)

  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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