There are three (3) membership categories to choose from. Click on the blue bar to open the relevant information sections.
Practicing and Non-Practicing Memberships
1) Practicing Membership - Is for qualified professionals who work with clients in clinical, gym and other client-based settings. (Professional Practice Liability Insurance is mandatory)
For those who
- Have completed 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 BCAK Board, or have educational qualifications deemed by the BCAK Board to be equivalent to a four-year degree in kinesiology from a post-secondary education institution in Canada, and
- Are employed or wish to be employed or practice in British Columbia as a kinesiologist, and,
- Are of good moral character and uphold the BCAK's Professional Standards, and
- Meet and comply with the continuing education standards program (CESP) requirements.
2) Non-Practicing Membership - Is for qualified professionals who work in healthcare management or other roles which do not involve direct client care. (Professional Practice Liability Insurance is not mandatory and access to member group insurance policy coverage is not available.)
For those who
- Have completed 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 BCAK Board, or have educational qualifications deemed by the BCAK Board to be equivalent to a four-year degree in kinesiology from a post-secondary education institution in Canada, and,
- Are not employed or engaged in the clinical practice of kinesiology in British Columbia, were formerly a Practicing Member, or a person who meets requirements of Practicing membership, but does not wish to become a Practicing Member, and
- Are of good moral character and uphold the BCAK's Professional Standards.
Non-Practicing membership applicants must meet the same requirements as Practicing membership applicants.
To review the membership application requirements, select the option below which fits your situation
I completed all of my kinesiology education (coursework and degrees) IN Canada and
- I am applying within five (5) years after graduation
- I am applying five (5) or more years after graduation
If you are currently an Academic member who will be graduating, or has graduated, and want to become a Professional member, a new and separate application process must be initiated and completed using a different email address from your student account. Please contact the office if you want to use your current account email address from your student account for your Professional membership account.
I completed some or all of my kinesiology education (coursework and/or degrees) internationally (outside of Canada) and
3) Academic Membership - Is for (1) students who are enrolled in a full time Kinesiology undergraduate or graduate degree program, which is recognized by the BCAK, or (2) Post-Secondary Kinesiology department faculty and staff.
For those who are
- (1) are enrolled in a course of studies leading to a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree in kinesiology at a post-secondary educational institution in Canada that is recognized by the Board (Student), or
- (2) are, or have been, employed in a department which offers post-secondary kinesiology degree programs, as a professor, instructor, faculty or staff in Canada that is recognized by the Board (Faculty), and
- Willing to abide by the BCAK's Code of Ethics
- Not concurrently working in a professional (practicing or non-practicing) capacity as a kinesiologist.
To review the membership application requirements, select the option below which fits your situation
If you are a full time Kinesiology student at a BC Post-Secondary Educational Institution, but will not be graduating within 60 days (If you are within 60 days of graduation we recommend you start your Professional "Practicing" membership application. Call the office if you wish to discuss your options further.)
Student academic membership is designed for students in the final year of their bachelor's degree program, as it provides access to job postings and other benefits to help get started in their career.
Is for corporations, associations or organizations who support the profession of kinesiology as employers of kinesiologists or provide continuing education services to kinesiologists.
Requirements (Corporate affiliates are not members of the BCAK)
- Proof of incorporation or limited company status and relation to the healthcare industry.
- One or more of the following must be provided (uploaded) as part of the online application process: a designated contact person, corporate email address and business address.
- Viewing access to the BCAK Job Postings Page.
- One free, annual job posting or course advertisement (e-blast) and discounted rates for subsequent advertisements.
- The option of receiving newsletters and e-blasts that deliver current information related to Kinesiology practice in British Columbia (contact the office after purchase of corporate affiliation for the form to register for association communications).
For information and additional information on establishing a corporate affiliation, please contact the BCAK at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steps to Apply for Membership
STEP 1: Create a user account
Create a BCAK user account through the BCAK's website. Ensure the information you provide is accurate, as it will be used to contact you and verify your identity should you have questions. Once a user account is created, follow the links on the welcome page to begin your application.
Tips for creating a user account
- When setting up your account, enter your 'full legal name', as it appears on your government issued identification or transcripts. You name must match the support documents submitted 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.)
- Ensure all contact information entered is accurate and kept up to date. Mismatched or incorrect information can result in processing delays and longer response times.
- You are responsible for maintaining current contact information. You can complete this quickly and easily through your online account - after logging into your account through the BCAK website, select 'Edit Info" under the 'My Account' tab, and make the necessary changes.
- The BCAK communicates with primarily by e-mail for all membership related matters. If your email address is no longer accessible, you will not receive important communications from the BCAK.
- Tip - Use a personal email address that you check regularly, and not an email address provided by your employer or Post-Secondary institution you are attending/or attended for school. School and corporate accounts are controlled by the institution/employer, are not personal and can be closed by the organization after completing your education or terminating your employment.
Note: A small number of Microsoft Outlook email users report delays in receiving auto generated (password reset and other) emails from the BCAK. BCAK's client management system sends these emails, however Microsoft's email system frequently filters, delay, or blocks autogenerated messages as spam. Users need to ensure that emails from the bcak.bc.ca domain are added to the safe sender list so that important emails are received. This applies to:
STEP 2: Review and Understand the Application Submission and Review Process
Once you have created a user account on the website, you can initiate the application process.
Professional (Practicing and Non-Practicing) Applicants
- An application fee must be paid by all Practicing and Non-practicing applicants. This fee does not include the membership dues, which are paid if your application is approved.
- You must have completed a minimum four (4) year undergraduate degree in kinesiology - 2 year associate and 3 year undergraduate degrees do not qualify for Practicing or Non-practicing membership.
- Processing timelines for membership application tasks/steps are estimated below:
- Applicant degree (diploma) submission - online through the application portal or by email to the BCAK. Time required, < 1 hour
- Applicant itemizes and sends course descriptions or list of links to course descriptions (applies to those who have completed directed studies courses in BC or elsewhere in Canada and for all internationally educated applicants). Time required, > 1 hour (to be provided by applicant during the document upload process).
- Request official transcripts from your post-Secondary educational institution(s) - these are to be sent by the institution directly to the BCAK - Delivery time, Postal mail - 10 to 20 business days, Email or Fax - 1 to 3 business days (Internationally educated applicants see below)
- Request your criminal record check through the Criminal Records Review Program - Time required, typically less than one hour. Delivery time, Online - 7 to 30 business days after payment; Manually - ~45 business days after payment
Internationally Educated Professional Membership Applicants
- Foreign Credential Evaluation - ICES comprehensive evaluation, or WES Course-by-Course + ICAP evaluation - Delivery time, approximately 7 Weeks following receipt of all required documents by the review agency.
- English Language Proficiency Exam (required for those not educated in the English language - Completion time, 1 to 2 months, not including your required preparation time, which will vary.
- Work Experience and/or BCAK Core Course Composite exam - Invigilation centre examination booking ~ 2 weeks, not including your required study/preparation time.
Academic and Corporate Applicants
- A user account must be set up and the required documents must be submitted for review. No application fee applies. Payment of the membership fee is required prior to activation of membership.
Review Process Timelines
Following BCAK's receipt of the required supporting documents, your application will enter the review phase. The time required for review of your application will vary depending on category of membership, whether you completed your education in Canada or Internationally (whole or in part) and how long ago your education was completed.
- Approximately 30 days for those who graduated in BC within the last 2 years
- Approximately 60 days for those who graduated elsewhere in Canada within the last 2 years
- Approximately 60 days for those who graduated more than 2 years ago and less than 5 years ago from a kinesiology program in Canada
- Approximately 60-90 days for all remaining applicants.
- Approximately 10 to 15 days
Once your application review is completed, you will receive notification by email as to the outcome of your review.
- If your application is approved, you will have 3 months to complete payment of the membership dues to activate your membership. After 3 months have elapsed, you will need to contact the BCAK office as additional requirements may apply.
- If your application is not approved, you will be informed what requirements have not been satisfied during the review and provided general information towards achieving the outstanding requirements when possible. You will have one year from the date you are sent notice of your application review findings to meet any additional requirements specified, after this time you will be required to meet any new requirements implemented since you first applied if changes have occurred. Please see Applicant FAQ - My Grades in the required courses and/or elective courses do not meet the BCAK's requirements, what are my options?
STEP 3: Review the Guiding Documents
Professional Member Guiding Documents
The documents linked below detail the standards and requirements of obtaining and continuing as a Practicing or Non-Practicing Member of the BCAK. You are expected to understand and abide by the established standards of professional practice (conduct) and mastered all the Essential Competencies of Practice. Those accepted for Membership who breach these standards can be suspended or expelled from the BCAK in accordance with the society's bylaws. If you have questions on the terminology or expectations, please contact the BCAK office for clarification.
- BCAK Code of Ethics
- Good Moral Character Guidelines
- Scope of Practice, Reserved Acts & Delegation, (with member guidelines)
- Professional Practice Standards for Kinesiologists
- Essential Competencies of Practice
- Dual Practice Guidelines
Academic Member Guiding Documents
Step 4: Review Information on the Terms of Membership (Expiry, Renewal, Late Renewal and Reinstatement)
- All memberships expire on December 31st of the year to which the membership applies. (Memberships do not run for 365 days from your date of membership purchase)
- To continue as a member in good standing, your membership must be renewed by December 31st for the following year.
- If you allow your membership to expire (lapse), you will be subject to additional fees if you want to renew your membership at a later date (late renewal or reinstatement).
- If you allow your membership to lapse for 3 or more years, you will need to initiate a new membership application and meet the current standards.