Applying for Membership

General Information on the Membership Types and Application Process

Special Notice for Recent Graduates Planning to Apply for Practicing Membership

The Academic Core Course requirements include Exercise Physiology, Exercise Prescription and Research Methods, effective January 1st 2021.

All applicants who

  • graduated between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020
  • and 2021 graduates who complete all graduation requirements or graduate prior to August 31st 2021,
  • and apply for membership prior to September 1, 2021,

will be assessed on the academic course requirements in effect prior to January 1, 2021 (grandfather policy).

The new requirements apply to:

  • Everyone who applies to the BCAK after September 1st, 2021.
  • Everyone who graduated before January 1st, 2020.
  • 2021 graduates who will not complete all graduation requirements prior to August 31st, 2021.

Prior to initiating the application process, ensure you understand the membership requirements. If you have questions regarding any of the requirements, please contact the BCAK office.

Work as a professional kinesiologist typically requires a Practicing Membership. Other membership categories do not typically meet employer or insurer (ICBC, WorkSafe BC or Private) requirements for employment or service provision.

Steps to join the BCAK

  1. Get started by creating a user account.
  2. Choose a membership type that fits your needs and determine if you are eligible to submit an application at this time.
  3. Determine the Support Documents required to complete your application.
  4. Understand the application process, membership oath, as well as the applicable timelines.
  5. Membership Oath - Review the guiding documents for membership and learn what is required to maintain membership after application approval.
  6. Submit an application.


STEP 1: Create a user account

Joining the BCAK starts by creating a user account on the website. Please ensure the information provided is up to date, as it will be used to contact you and verify your identity when you contact the office. Once a user account is created, follow the links on the welcome page to begin your application.

Tips for creating a user account

  • Enter your legal name, as this will the support documents you submit for your application. There is a space to provide a preferred name if you use something other than your legal name. (Do not capitalize every letter in your name - this will not benefit you in any way).
  • Ensure all contact information is entered, kept up to date and accurate. Mismatched or incorrect information can result in processing delays and longer response times.
  • All contact information can be updated at any point through your user account on the website. Simply select Edit Info under the My Account tab.
  • Use a personal email address that you check regularly and is not owned by your employer or the educational institution you attended. . You must have access to this email at all times as this is the primary means of contact between you and the BCAK.
  • A minority of Microsoft Outlook users report delays in receiving auto generated (password reset and other) emails from the BCAK website. The BCAK's system successfully sends these email, however Microsoft's system often delays, blocks or flags them as spam. If possible, we encourage new users to avoid creating a new user account under one of the following domains. While we do not endorse any system, we can report that gmail account owners do not appear to encounter the same issues. The BCAK is investigating the issue with Microsoft and hopes to have the issue rectified soon:
    • @live.ca/.com
    • @hotmail.ca/.com
    • @outlook.ca/.com

Click here to CREATE a user account

STEP 2: Choose a Membership Type and Determine Eligibility

Each membership type has specific requirements which must be satisfied for the application to be considered for approval. To begin the application process, select the category below that applies to you. Please follow the corresponding links below to review the requirements and definitions of each membership type.

Practicing Membership

is for qualified professionals who work directly with clients in clinical, gym and other client based settings.

(Professional Liability Insurance is mandatory)


Detailed Definition

A Practicing Member is a person who

  1. has received 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
  2. has educational qualifications deemed by the Board to be equivalent to a four-year degree in kinesiology from a post-secondary education institution in Canada, and
  3. is employed or practices in British Columbia as a kinesiologist, or who wishes to become so employed or practicing,
  4. is of good moral character, and
  5. meets the continuing education requirements set by the Board.

NOTE: Use of the term "Registered Kinesiologist" is not recommended by the BCAK.

Academic Membership

is for students who are enrolled full time in an approved Kinesiology undergraduate or graduate degree program and post-secondary faculty and staff who work in a Kinesiology department.


Detailed Definition

An Academic Member is a person who

  1. is enrolled in a course of studies leading to a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree in kinesiology from a post-secondary educational institution in Canada that is recognized by the Board, or
  2. is or was employed as a professor, instructor, or member of the faculty of a post- secondary educational institution in Canada that is recognized by the Board, in a faculty or department which offers courses in kinesiology, human kinetics, and related subjects, and
  3. is of good moral character

NOTE: Academic membership is a great choice for applicants in their final semester, as it provides job board and Anatomy.tv access as well as discounted practicing application fees.

Non-Practicing Membership

is for qualified professionals who work in management or other roles which do not involve direct client care.

(Professional Liability Insurance is NOT mandatory)


Detailed Definition

A Non-Practicing Member is a person who

  1. has received 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
  2. has educational qualifications deemed by the Board to be equivalent to a four-year degree in kinesiology from a post-secondary education institution in Canada,
  3. is not employed or engaged in the practice of kinesiology in British Columbia who was formerly a Practicing Member, or a person who meets requirements (1) and (2), but does not wish to become a Practicing Member, and
  4. is of good moral character

NOTE: Non-practicing membership is limited to those persons who work in management roles and who are not directly involved in client care or clinical treatment decision making. The application requirements for membership are the same as those for Practicing Membership.

Corporate Membership

is for corporations or organizations who support the industry and wish to stay informed on the profession.


Detailed Definition

A Corporate Member is a corporation, association, or organization which

  1. supports the purposes of the Society, and
  2. operates in the kinesiology industry

NOTE: Corporate membership is a great choice for organizations who provide kinesiology services, hire Kinesiologists, and support the Association's purposes.

STEP 3: Determine Support Document Requirements

Support information/documentation is required for all types of membership. Applicants for Practicing and Non-practicing membership have lengthy requirements. If you are currently an Academic member who is graduating or has graduated and want to become a Practicing member, a new and separate application process must be initiated. Below are examples of the most common situations applicants experience when looking to apply. Please ensure to read steps 4 and 5 before submitting your application (step 6).

Please click on the read more button to review the requirements which best fit your situation

STEP 4: Understand the Application Process and Timelines

Once you have created a user account on the website, you will be able to create and submit an application.

A typical timeline is as follows:

  • A Bachelor's degree in kinesiology is required for professional membership - 4 or more years in duration
  • Submitting your application should only take a few minutes, however all applicants should spend an hour or so reading through the membership requirements and support documents. Not all of the documents listed are required for every membership type and pathway.
    • Scanned Degree certificate (diploma) & Course descriptions should be included in your submitted application - >1 hour
    • Requesting official transcripts from the institution
      • By mail - 7 to 10 business days
      • By email or Fax - 1 to 3 business day.
    • Requesting a criminal record check through the criminal records review program.
      • Online - 5 to 15 business days after payment
      • Manually - ~30 business days after payment
    • ICES or WES comprehensive evaluations - 7 Weeks AFTER all required documents have been submitted
    • English Language Exams - 1-2 months DEPENDING on preparation time
    • BCAK Composite exam - ~2 weeks or more DEPENDING on preparation time

AFTER all supporting documents have been received by the office, Final review will commence.

  • The time required for this review varies depending on where you were educated and how long ago your education was completed.
    • Graduated from a kinesiology program in Canada within the last 2 years - ~ 30 business days
    • Graduated from any other kinesiology related program within the last 2 years ~ 60 days
    • Any Applicant who graduated >2 , but under 20 years from a kinesiology program in Canada ~ 60 days
    • Any applicant who graduated from a program completed outside of Canada -~ 60-90 days

Once your review is completed, the membership committee will provide a decision on your application.

  • If your application is approved, you will have 3 months to activate your membership without needing to contact the office. After 3 months, you will be required to meet continuing education requirements and may be required to reapply.
  • If your application is not approved, you will be informed what requirements have not been satisfied and given general support towards obtaining those requirements for one year from the date the committee recommendations are delivered.
    • If you are missing an Anatomy, Physiology, Biomechanics or Motor Control core requirement, you can complete the course at an approved institution (scoring a C- or better) or challenge an equivalency exam
    • If you are missing an Exercise Prescription, Exercise Physiology and Research Methods core requirement, you can complete the course at an approved institution (scoring a C- or better).
    • If you are missing under 2 elective courses, you can substitute a maximum of 2 approved certifications towards this requirement by providing proof of completion to the office.
    • If you are missing over 2 elective courses, you can complete the course at an approved institution (A maximum of 2 D grades can be accepted across all elective courses, no additional D grades will be accepted).
  • If the membership committee determines that you could not complete the missing requirements within 1 year, your application will be declined and you will be provided with a list of missing requirements and instructed to reapply once all outstanding requirements are completed. No equivalency exams will be offered nor course substitutions accepted and you will be subject to whatever requirements are in place when you reapply.
STEP 5: Review the professional guiding documents

Practicing and Non-Practicing Member Guiding Documents

The documents linked below detail the standards and requirements of obtaining and continuing as a Practicing Member of the BCAK. Please read these documents carefully to ensure you understand the requirements you must abide by. Members who breach these standards/requirements can be suspended or expelled from the BCAK in accordance with the society's bylaws. If you have questions on the terminology or requirements please contact the BCAK office for clarification.

Academic and Corporate Member Guiding Documents


Maintaining/Renewing/Reinstating Membership

Maintaining

Members must abide by the applicable guiding documents to maintain membership, including acting with good moral character in both their professional and personal life.

Renewing

The normal membership renewal period runs from November 15th to December 31st each year for the subsequent year.

Renewal Requirements

  • Practicing Members must:
  • Academic-Student Members must resubmit annual proof they are enrolled in full time classes leading to a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree in kinesiology from a post-secondary educational institution in Canada that is recognized by the Board. Supporting documentation (proof) must be emailed to the BCAK office prior to December 31st, with the subject line Renewing Current Academic Membership.

Annual membership dues are due by the deadline (December 31st) in order for your membership to remain in good standing. Only upon payment, will membership be in-good-standing.

Reinstating

  • Practicing and Non-Practicing Members looking to reinstate membership must request reinstatement with 3-years of last being a member-in-good-standing or begin a new application for membership and meet the current entrance requirements.
  • Academic and Corporate Members can simply reapply.

Review the membership fee schedule for more information.

STEP 6: Submit your application

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