Applying for Practicing Membership - Canadian Education (Delayed)

For applicants who have completed all of their kinesiology degree in Canada, applying more than 2 years after graduation

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Academic Requirements

A four-year Bachelor's degree majoring in kinesiology OR an equivalent discipline meeting the following requirements (equivalency is determined during course review)

1) Core Courses


2) Elective Courses

  • Satisfactory completion of a minimum of sixteen (16) additional elective courses (there are category minimums as well) as specified 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).
  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 but at least 1 course in this category is desirable; maximum of 2)
  4. Physiologic Processes and General Health (minimum 5 courses)

NOTE: Do not contact the office to determine whether you meet the elective requirements prior to applying. The membership committee will assess each course on its merit during the course by course review phase of the assessment.

Full details on the elective categories and subtopics can be found here.

Supporting Documents

1-Proof of Kinesiology (or Equivalent) Degree Completion

Submit one of the following during the online application process for each kinesiology related degree you have completed or directly to the BCAK office by email if your application has already been submitted.

  • A legible quality image of your Degree certificate submitted in the proper orientation showing all signatures and seals.
  • A proof of graduation or pending graduation letter which includes:
    • 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.

2 - Proof of Education Program Completion and Courses

Official transcripts for all relevant degree programs and courses

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

  • Physical Mail
  • Email
  • Transcripts that are mailed by you directly to the BCAK must be in the original intact sealed envelope

NOTE 1: Applicants may submit original sealed copies of official transcripts by mail. Unsealed transcripts received from applicants or transcripts submitted in any other way will not be accepted.

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

Upload course details during the application process or send by email if you have already submitted your application.

  • Official Course Outlines, or
  • PDF course descriptions obtained through your educational institutions 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: 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 descriptions for that courses(s) should be submitted along with your application.

4-Proof of Good Moral Character

Complete a criminal record check (CRC) and a declaration on past criminal convictions and regulatory discipline

  • A Criminal Record Check clearance letter obtained through the BC Criminal Record Review Program (CRRP) - note the BCAK does not accept CRCs from other jurisdictions or local police departments, please follow the guidelines in the requirements link here: Requirements can be found here - please read.
  • Effective January 2022, all practicing and non-practicing applicants are required to sign, scan and upload the Practicing/Non Practicing Member Applicant Declaration on Past Criminal Convictions and Regulatory Discipline. Click here for the form.

5-Letter of Intent and Declaration of Practice Area

(Applies only to applicants who are applying more than 5 years after graduation)

Submit a letter of intent outlining:

  • The reasons for seeking membership with BCAK and why it is important to you.
  • Evidence of your relevant work and/or volunteer experience related to the field of kinesiology.
  • The area(s) (see: Areas of Practice) in which you intend to practice, which may include explaining subjectively how you meet the scope of practice, including coursework and experience.

Along with a maximum of two professional reference letters from persons known to you for more than 1 year, who can attest to your professional acumen, clinical knowledge and interpersonal skills.

6-Continuing Education since Graduation

Continuing Education support documents are required for applicants who graduated more than 2 years prior to their application date. The requirements are dependent on the number of years since graduation and explained below. If a Master's degree or PhD in Kinesiology has been completed, in addition to the undergraduate kinesiology degree, the date of the most recent kinesiology specific degree applies for continuing education requirements. Applicants needing to provide proof of continuing education are encouraged to submit at the time of application. If not supplied at time of application, applicants will be informed of the requirements upon completion of the review and if they meet all other requirements. Please note that the continuing education must support professional development in the field of kinesiology.

Consisting of:

Course receipts or certificates of achievement issued by the course/education providers which confirm the date the coursework was completed and the number of contact hours.

The requirements are:

  • >2 but <5 years since graduation - 20 credits per year minus the year of, and the year after, graduation
    • Example: Degree completion in spring of 2018, application in spring of 2022:
      2018 - 0 credits required
      2019 - 0 credits required
      2020 - 20 credits required
      2021 - 20 credits required
      TOTAL required = 40 credits (hours) required, since 2018
  • >5 but <10 years since graduation - 100 Credits (hours) completed in the last 5 years.
    • Example: Degree completion in 2016, applied in 2022:
      Total required = 100 credits completed since 2017
  • >10 but <15 years since graduation - 100 Credits (hours) completed in the last 5 years AND completion of the Core Course Composite Exam, achieving a 60% grade or higher.
    • Example: Graduated in 2008, applied in 2022:
      Total required = 100 credits
  • 15 years or greater since graduation and employed full time in the profession for the previous 5 years - Special Application Process Required
  • 15 years or greater since graduation, not employed or marginally employed in the profession for the previous 5 years - INELIGIBLE FOR MEMBERSHIP
    Contact the office for information additional information on eligibility or on how to proceed.

7-Core Course Composite Exam

Applicants who have been >10 years since graduation, or those applicants who do not meet the core and elective requirements at the time of application, may be required to complete a Core Composite Exam (and achieve a minimum overall 60% pass) or a Core Course exam(s) if missing one or more core courses (and achieve a minimum 65% in the core exam to pass).


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