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General Information on Applying for Membership

Special Notice to New Practicing Membership Applicants

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).

Who is NOT eligible for admission under the old requirements:

  • 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, understand the application process, membership oath, as well as the applicable timelines
  4. Membership Oath - Review the guiding documents for membership and learn what is required to maintain membership after application approval
  5. Submit an application

1) Getting Started

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 go by 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 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. 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

NOTE: This wont work if you are already signed into a user account.


2) Choose a Membership Type and Determine Your Eligibility

Each membership type has specific requirements which must be satisfied in order for the application to be considered for approval. Please follow the corresponding links below to review the requirements and definitions of each membership type.

NOTE: Internationally educated and delayed applicants (i.e. those who graduated over 2 years ago) should proceed to the next section for more specific requirements for their circumstances

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)


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.

Degree and Curriculum Requirements

A four-year Bachelor degree majoring in kinesiology OR an equivalent discipline (equivalency is based on a detailed course review), including

  • Satisfactory completion of the seven (7) specified core courses (minimum grade requirement = C- (>60%) in each course).
    The 7 core courses are:
    • Anatomy
    • Physiology
    • Biomechanics
    • Motor Control
    • Exercise Physiology
    • Exercise Prescription
    • Research Methods

AND

  • Satisfactory completion of sixteen (16) additional elective courses, covering five (5) course categories specific to the practice of kinesiology (elective course grade requirements = A maximum of 2 D (<60% but >50%) grades will be accepted towards the 16 elective course total)
    The 5 elective course categories are:
    • Knowledge of Special Populations, Disease Processes and Health Conditions
    • Knowledge of Assessments and Interventions
    • Knowledge of Professionalism and Ethics
    • Knowledge of Foundational Sciences
    • Knowledge of Physiologic Processes and General health

The Core courses must contain specific course content. The majority of BC Universities and Colleges have defined core courses in these subjects.

Definitions of the elective categories and subtopics can be found here. Applicants are encouraged to take a wide range of elective courses but should consider how relevant these courses are to the practice area they intend to work within.

NOTE 1: Do not contact the office to determine whether you meet the elective requirements prior to applying. This determination is made by the membership committee during course review (the final step of the application process)
NOTE 2: Applicants with three or more D grades may have difficulty meeting this requirement.

Demonstrate Good 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). Proof of good moral character includes submission of a criminal record review/check demonstrating the absence of criminal conviction for offenses related to working with vulnerable adults and youth .

See: How to Obtain a Criminal Record Review

Professional Ethics and Standards

All members of the BCAK must act ethically and conduct themselves in a professional manner.
Practicing and Non-Practicing members must abide by the BCAK's;

It is the applicant/member's responsibility to read and understand the requirements, prior to 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 your application is approved, 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 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. (BCAK bylaw 2.9)
General Support Documents Required (Does not apply to delayed applicants or those educated outside of Canada)

Proof of Graduation or Eligibility to Graduate in the form of:

  • A legible quality image of your Degree certificate submitted in the proper orientation showing all signatures and seals
    OR
  • A proof of graduation or eligibility to graduate letter that must include:
    • Your name
    • Your student number
    • The program you are enrolled in
    • Whether you have applied to graduate yet
    • When the earliest conferral date will be.
    • A list of courses in progress that impact eligibility to graduate

NOTE: Any courses in progress must show as completed on any official transcripts the BCAK office receives, otherwise you will need to order new transcripts once the final grades for the courses in progress are available.

Proof of Course Completion in the form of:

  • Official transcripts for all relevant courses sent directly from the institution via:
    • mail to:
      BC Association of Kinesiologists
      #301 – 220 Brew Street, Port Moody, BC V3H 0H6,
      OR
    • email to: office@bcak.bc.ca, (Including documents sent through proprietary secure document sharing systems)
      OR
    • faxed to: (604) 229-8178

NOTE 1: Applicants may mail original sealed copies of their official transcript. Unsealed transcripts sent from applicants or transcripts submitted any other way will not be considered official by the BCAK.

NOTE 2: For applicants who have completed multiple degrees or attended courses at multiple schools, you will be required to submit official transcripts from each institution where relevant coursework was completed.

Proof of Course Content in the form of:

  • Official Course Outlines
  • A pdf of course descriptions obtained through your institutions website
  • Course descriptions prepared by the applicant

NOTE 1: Official outlines and institutional descriptions are given more weight than applicant written descriptions.
NOTE 2: Course outlines need only be submitted for the 7 core and 16 elective courses.
NOTE 3: Course descriptions are typically not required for new BC graduates. However, if a seminar/special topics course or a semester abroad was completed, then this should be submitted along with your application.

Proof of Good Moral Character in the form of:

  • A Vulnerable Sector clearance letter sent directly to the BCAK office by the Criminal Record Review Program (CRRP)
    • Online through the ministry website
      OR
    • Manually through the BCAK (if the online process does not work for whatever reason)

More information on either process can be found here.

Additional requirements

Additional requirements exist for delayed applicants (>2 years after graduation) and international applicants. A full list of requirements can be found further down this page.

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.


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.

Good Moral Character

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).

Support Document Requirements

Student

Proof of current enrollment in 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 (i.e. must be enrolled in a program from this list).

One of the following must be uploaded directly to your application in the space provided

  • Proof of enrollment letter
    OR
  • Letter of standing from the registrar
    OR
  • A screenshot of your student portal that must include:
    • Your name
    • Student number
    • Some indication of where you are in your degree (i.e. enrolled in term 3 of 4)

Faculty/Staff

Proof of employment 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

One of the following must be uploaded directly to your application in the space provided

  • A PDF copy of your CV (with links to your contact information on the faculty website
    OR
  • Proof of employment letter from faculty head
    OR
  • Scanned copy of you business card

Practicing Membership

is for qualified professionals who work directly with clients in clinical, gym and other client based settings. (Professional Liability Insurance is mandatory)


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.

Degree and Curriculum Requirements

A four-year Bachelor degree majoring in kinesiology OR an equivalent discipline (equivalency is based on a detailed course review), including

  • Satisfactory completion of the seven (7) specified core courses (minimum grade requirement = C- (>60%) in each course).
    The 7 core courses are:
    • Anatomy
    • Physiology
    • Biomechanics
    • Motor Control
    • Exercise Physiology
    • Exercise Prescription
    • Research Methods

AND

  • Satisfactory completion of sixteen (16) additional elective courses, covering five (5) course categories specific to the practice of kinesiology (elective course grade requirements = A maximum of 2 D (<60% but >50%) grades will be accepted towards the 16 elective course total)
    The 5 elective course categories are:
    • Knowledge of Special Populations, Disease Processes and Health Conditions
    • Knowledge of Assessments and Interventions
    • Knowledge of Professionalism and Ethics
    • Knowledge of Foundational Sciences
    • Knowledge of Physiologic Processes and General health

The Core courses must contain specific course content. The majority of BC Universities and Colleges have defined core courses in these subjects.

Definitions of the elective categories and subtopics can be found here. Applicants are encouraged to take a wide range of elective courses but should consider how relevant these courses are to the practice area they intend to work within.

NOTE 1: Do not contact the office to determine whether you meet the elective requirements prior to applying. This determination is made by the membership committee during course review (the final step of the application process)
NOTE 2: Applicants with three or more D grades may have difficulty meeting this requirement.

Demonstrate Good 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). Proof of good moral character includes submission of a criminal record review/check demonstrating the absence of criminal conviction for offenses related to working with vulnerable adults and youth .

See: How to Obtain a Criminal Record Review


Professional Ethics and Standards

All members of the BCAK must act ethically and conduct themselves in a professional manner.
Practicing and Non-Practicing members must abide by the BCAK's;

It is the applicant/member's responsibility to read and understand the requirements, prior to 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 your application is approved, 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 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. (BCAK bylaw 2.9)
General Support Documents Required (Does not apply to delayed applicants or those educated outside of Canada)

Proof of Graduation or Eligibility to Graduate in the form of:

  • A legible quality image of your Degree certificate submitted in the proper orientation showing all signatures and seals
    OR
  • A proof of graduation or eligibility to graduate letter that must include:
    • Your name
    • Your student number
    • The program you are enrolled in
    • Whether you have applied to graduate yet
    • When the earliest conferral date will be.
    • A list of courses in progress that impact eligibility to graduate

NOTE: Any courses in progress must show as completed on any official transcripts the BCAK office receives, otherwise you will need to order new transcripts once the final grades for the courses in progress are available.

Proof of Course Completion in the form of:

  • Official transcripts sent directly from the institution via:
    • mail to:
      BC Association of Kinesiologists
      #301 – 220 Brew Street, Port Moody, BC V3H 0H6,
      OR
    • email to: office@bcak.bc.ca, (Including documents sent through proprietary secure document sharing systems)
      OR
    • faxed to: (604) 229-8178

NOTE: Applicants may mail original sealed copies of their official transcript. Unsealed transcripts sent from applicants or transcripts submitted any other way will not be considered official by the BCAK.

Proof of Course Content in the form of:

  • Official Course Outlines
  • A pdf of course descriptions obtained through your institutions website
  • Course descriptions prepared by the applicant

NOTE 1: Official outlines and institutional descriptions are given more weight than applicant written descriptions.
NOTE 2: Course outlines need only be submitted for the 7 core and 16 elective courses.
NOTE 3: Course descriptions are typically not required for new BC graduates. However, if a seminar/special topics course or a semester abroad was completed, then this should be submitted along with your application.

Proof of Good Moral Character in the form of:

  • A Vulnerable Sector clearance letter sent directly to the BCAK office by the Criminal Record Review Program (CRRP)
    • Online through the ministry website
      OR
    • Manually through the BCAK (if the online process does not work for whatever reason)

More information on either process can be found here.

Additional requirements

Additional requirements exist for delayed applicants (>2 years after graduation) and international applicants. A full list of requirements can be found further down this page.

Corporate Membership

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


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.

Support Document Requirements

Proof that the applicant operates in the kinesiology industry.

The following must be uploaded directly to your application in the space provided

  • Business Registration/Legal Entity number
    OR
  • WorkSafeBC account number
    OR
  • Scanned copy of your corporate business card
    AND
  • A Copy of your Municipal Business License (in the corporation's name)


3) Identify Support Document Requirements

Certain documents must be submitted in order to for application processing to commence. Applications for practicing and non practicing membership are processed the same as these membership types are transferrable. No other membership types can be transferred to a practicing or non-practicing membership. Instead, a new application must be submitted. We have compiled the most common types of applicants below and linked to specific requirements and more information. Please click on the read more button for the example that best describes your current situation.

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 Bachelors of Science in kinesiology or equivalent is required for membership - 4+ years
  • 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 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 or course substitutions will be accepted and you will be subject to whatever requirements are in place when you reapply.

5) Review the guiding documents for membership

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 Membership

Members must exhibit good moral character and pay their membership dues for subsequent years by the renewal payment deadline (December 31st) in order to remain in good standing with the association.

During the renewal period (Typically November 15th to December 31st every year)

  • Student-Academic Members must be provide proof that they are still enrolled in a full time 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. This must be emailed to the office before December 31st, with the subject line Renewing Current Academic Membership.
  • Practicing Members must:

*Practicing and Non-Practicing Members who allow their membership to lapse for more than 3 consecutive years since last being a Practicing or Non-Practicing member in good standing, must reapply for membership and meet the current entrance standards and are not eligible for reinstatement.

Review the membership fee schedule for more information.

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