Canadian Educated Applicants - Mature/Experienced

Professional Membership Applicants applying five (5) or more years after graduation must demonstrate they are competent to practice.

Competency can be demonstrated by (1) providing proof of work experience as a kinesiologist, which meets the BCAK's requirements or (2) passing of the BCAK's Core Course Composite examination, which assesses an applicants retention of the course knowledge for the seven core courses.

Applicants who apply more than ten (10) years after graduation from a Bachelor, Master's or Doctorate Degree in Kinesiology and who do not meet the BCAK's work experience requirements are ineligible for professional membership.

For additional information on membership eligibility requirements Contact the BCAK office.


Academic Requirements

A minimum four-year Bachelor's degree majoring in kinesiology in Canada, or an equivalent discipline, which meets the BCAK's knowledge competency requirements. Current Academic requirements are listed below. Equivalency is determined by the BCAK during the review process and will take into consideration academic coursework, grades, work experience and continuing education coursework, including additional training certifications.

1) Standard Core Courses

and

2) Elective Courses

  • Satisfactory completion of a minimum of sixteen (16) additional elective courses, which also satisfy the elective category minimums outlined below, relating to the practice of kinesiology.
  • Elective course grade requirements = A passing grade is required for all 16 elective courses and 14 of 16 elective courses must have minimum C- (60%) grade/score or greater (maximum of 2 D (<60%) grades will be accepted towards the 16 elective course total).

Categories

  1. Special Populations, Disease Processes and Health Conditions (minimum 1 course)
  2. Professional Practice, Assessment and Interventions (minimum 7 courses)
  3. Foundational Sciences (no minimum requirement - up to 3 courses can be applied to meet the minimum 16 electives requirement if the minimum is not achieved through the other combined categories)
  4. Physiologic Processes and General Health (minimum 5 courses)

Follow this link for full details on the elective categories and subtopics

General Requirements and Support Documentation

The following documentation must be submitted as part of the professional application process for mature/experienced applicants.

1-Proof of Kinesiology (or Equivalent) Degree Completion

Application process for each kinesiology-related degree you have completed:

Submit a legible quality image (JPG or PDF) of your Degree certificate(s) for each kinesiology-related degree in the proper orientation showing all signatures and seals. Note: If your application has already been submitted, submit additional kinesiology-related degree documents directly to the BCAK by email (office@bcak.bc.ca).

2 - Proof of Education Program Completion and Courses

Request your official transcript(s) from the post-secondary institution(s) where you completed your education and have them sent directly to the BCAK by the institution(s), using one of these methods

  • Secure email (University Transcript delivery system) to office@bcak.bc.ca
  • Physical Mail (to BCAK at #301 - 220 Brew Street, Port Moody, BC V3H 0H6)

NOTE 1: Transcripts submitted directly by applicants will not be accepted if the seal on the official envelope has been broken or tampered with.

NOTE 2: Applicants who have completed multiple degrees or attended multiple post-secondary institutions are required to submit official transcripts from each institution where kinesiology-related coursework was completed.

3-Proof of Course Content

Provide course outlines/descriptions/syllabi for all available courses. This can be completed by

  • Uploading available official Course Outlines to your application account, or
  • PDF course descriptions (or a list of links to those descriptions) obtained through your educational institution's website, or
  • Course descriptions prepared by the applicant*

NOTE 1: Official outlines and institutional descriptions are given more weight than applicant-written descriptions.
NOTE 2:
Submit course outlines only for the 7 core and 16 elective courses (i.e. do not submit course outlines for topics not relevant to the academic requirements for membership).
NOTE 3:
Course descriptions are not required for those who have completed all their education at a recognized BC post-secondary institution offering an undergraduate degree(s) in kinesiology however, if you have completed a 'seminar/special topics' course or completed a semester abroad, then descriptions for the courses(s) are to be submitted along with your application.

4-Proof of Good Moral Character

Submit (1) a criminal record check (CRC) clearance letter and (2) a declaration on past criminal convictions and regulatory discipline

  • Obtain a Criminal Record Check clearance letter through the BC Criminal Record Review Program (CRRP) - note the BCAK does not accept CRCs from other jurisdictions or local police departments.

How to Complete a Criminal Record Check

  • Complete, sign, scan and upload during the application process or return by email the form below (click the button):

Declaration on Past Criminal Convictions and Regulatory Discipline

5-Letters Required

Submit a Letter of Intent and Declaration of Practice Area detailing:

  • Your reasons for seeking membership with BCAK and why it is important to you.
  • The area(s) (see: Areas of Practice) in which you intend to practice, which should include details relating to your knowledge and skills related to the BCAK's scope of practice for kinesiologists.

Submit Professional Reference Letters:

  • A maximum of two professional reference letters from persons known to you (but not related to you) for more than 1 year, who can attest to your professional acumen, clinical knowledge and interpersonal skills.

Submit Employment Reference Letter:

  • At least one employment reference letter from an employer attesting to your professionalism, clinical knowledge/competency and communication skills must be provided.

Submit Volunteer/Mentorship Reference Letter:

  • If part of your work experience/history includes volunteer (unpaid) hours of work, and/or work where you provided unpaid mentorship, please provide a letter of reference for that unpaid work.

6-Continuing Education Requirement since Graduation

  • If a Master's degree or PhD in Kinesiology has been completed within the past 5 years, in addition to an undergraduate kinesiology degree, the educational coursework can be applied to meet the continuing education requirements provided the courses are not used to meet the primary academic requirements.
  • Proof of continuing education may be in the form of course receipts or certificates of achievement issued by the course/education provider(s) and must include the date the coursework was completed, the number of contact hours and the course details.
  • Continuing education must be specific to the field of kinesiology and should be submitted during the online application process.

Requirement

  • A minimum of 100 hours of continuing education within the field of kinesiology, completed within the past 5 years. Forty (40) of the one hundred (100) hours must be directly related to the intended area of practiced indicated in the letter of intent provided.

Work Experience

Requirements

1) Type of Experience

Kinesiology practice experience must be within the scope of practice as defined by the BCAK and should support your competencies and ability to perform tasks typically related to professional practice. For additional information please refer to: Professional Membership Work Experience Criteria.

2) Volume/Hours of Experience

  • a minimum of 1500 work hours in the field of kinesiology in the past 2 years, with 300 of those hours in Canada ( the 300 hours can be as an employee or intern under the direct supervision of another BCAK practicing or non-practicing member (who must have a minimum of 2 years full time experience), or
  • a minimum of 5000 work hours in the field of kinesiology in the past 5 years, with 300 of those hours in Canada in the past 2 years (the 300 hours can be as an employee or intern under the direct supervision of another BCAK practicing or non-practicing member(who must have a minimum of 2 years full time experience) ).

3) Proof of Experience/Employment (Paid and/or unpaid)

  • A notarized work history/experience declaration list must be submitted by the applicant,
  • All experience entries, including hours completed, must be verifiable through employment, service, payroll, or letter of reference (applies to volunteer work only) by BCAK,
  • Tax records may be considered for work completed as an independent contractor, in the absence of other verifiable proof,
  • Volunteer work cannot account for more than 300 hours of the total required work experience,
  • The BCAK at its sole discretion will determine whether the work experience meets its requirements.

Experience must be submitted on the following form and be notarized by a lawyer or notary public licensed to practice in the province of BC.

Contact the office for the Record of Work Experience form that must be completed and notarized as part of your application package.

Core Course Composite Examination

Applicants who apply more than 5 years after graduation and who do not meet the work experience requirements must write and pass the BCAK's Core Course Composite Exam.

  • Prior to being permitted to write the exam, applicants must meet all the General Requirements previously indicated.
  • Effective July 2022 the Composite exam tests all 7 core courses.
  • Exams must be written at an approved invigilation centre in BC.
  • Applicants are permitted a maximum of 3 attempts (lifetime) to pass the examination. Those who do not pass (minimum overall mark of 60% - and minimum of 50% in each core subject) the exam by the third (3rd) attempt must complete approved courses in the subjects when a score of 65% has not been achieved in the applicable exam section.

Below are the steps for booking an exam

  1. Follow the link to the BC invigilation service (Only in-person invigilation services may be selected) and choose a date and invigilation centre. Please ensure that the invigilation centre accepts online exams (i.e. the exam will be emailed to the invigilation centre and the centre must be able to provide a computer for the exam).
  2. Once your exam date and time are booked with the invigilator, provide the invigilator (service) with the BCAK's contact information or vice versa based on the testing centres policies, so that contact can be initiated between the invigilation centre and BCAK.
  3. BCAK will confirm the invigilator meets the standards set by the BCAK following initial contact and advise you if there are any concerns.
  4. We will send you an exam payment (invoice) link to complete payment of the exam fee.
  5. Upon receipt of examination payment BCAK will deliver the exam to the invigilator.
  6. After you have written the examination, the invigilator will notify the BCAK and return the exam to the BCAK for marking.
  7. BCAK will mark the exam and report the resulting outcome to you. (This process can take 5 to 7 business days following receipt of the exam from the invigilator).

Cookies are used to analyze traffic to this site and improve your on-site experience. By continuing, you consent to the use of cookies. Read more