Canadian Educated Applicants - Mature/Experienced

Professional Membership Applicants applying five (5) or more years after graduation must demonstrate they are competent to practice in accordance with the Essential Competencies of 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 applicant's retention of the course knowledge for the seven core courses.

Applicants who apply more than ten (10) years after graduation from a Bachelor's, Master's or Doctorate's 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 four-year Bachelor's degree majoring in kinesiology in Canada which meets the BCAK's knowledge competency requirements. Current Academic requirements are listed below and are based on the BCAK standards for competency. The required core courses cannot be be used to meet the elective course requirements. 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.

Core Courses

Satisfactory completion of the seven (7) specified core courses listed below with a mark of 60% or greater/higher. A mark less than 60%, or a D grade, is not accepted for core courses.

  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology
  • Human Motor Control & Learning
  • Biomechanics of Human Movement
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Advanced Exercise Prescription
  • Research Methods

The core courses must include the specified course content and cannot be used twice to meet the elective course requirements.


Elective Courses

Completion of a minimum of sixteen (16) additional elective courses in kinesiology, which meet the following grade and category requirements.

  1. Elective course grade requirements - A passing grade is required for all 16 elective courses, with 14 of the 16 elective courses having a grade not less 60%. A maximum of 2 course grades between 55% and 59% (D) grades will be accepted towards the total 16 elective courses.
  2. Categories:
  • Special Populations, Disease Processes and Health Conditions - minimum one (1) course
  • Professional Practice, Assessment and Interventions - minimum seven (7) courses
  • Kinesiology Theory - Physiologic Processes and General Health - minimum five (5) courses
  • Foundational Sciences - a maximum of three (3) courses can be applied to meet the minimum sixteen (16) electives, if the minimum is not achieved through the other combined categories. No minimum category requirement.

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

Attention BC University/College Applicants

If you have graduated from a BC Post-Secondary Institution, or are currently enrolled in a program at a BC institution one and would like to self-assess your current status, you can review the categorized list of core and electives courses from BC post-Secondary institutions to determine if you qualify (Click here for the BC Universities/Colleges course tables).

Disclaimer: the courses listed were from the current university calendars as of the release date. If you have completed a course (or courses) that you have taken and that are not listed, please provide the course syllabi for all courses which are not listed for our review.

Support Documentation and Other Requirements

Submit the following documentation - mature/experienced applicants.

1 - Proof of Kinesiology Degree Completion

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

Submit a legible quality image (JPG or PDF) of each kinesiology related degree certificate(s) 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 (

2 - Proof of Program Completion - Official transcripts for all relevant degree programs and courses

Request your official transcript(s) from the post-secondary institution(s) and have them by the institution directly to the BCAK by email or postal mail. Refer to the Contact Us page for email and mailing addresses.

NOTE 1: Applicants may submit original sealed copies of official transcripts by postal mail provided they have not been opened and the University seal has not been tampered with. Unsealed transcripts received 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

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

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

NOTE 1: Official outlines and institutional descriptions are given more weight than applicant-written descriptions.
Submit course outlines for the 7 core and other kinesiology related elective courses. (do not submit course outlines for topics not relevant to the academic course requirements).

NOTE 3: Course descriptions are required for all directed studies/seminar/special topics courses or a semester abroad was completed. These should be uploaded during the application process.

4-Proof of Good Moral Character

1- Request a Criminal Record Check (CRC) clearance letter from the BC Criminal Record Review Program (CRRP)

See How to Complete a Criminal Record Check

NOTE 1: BCAK does not accept CRC clearance letters from other jurisdictions or local police departments.


2 - A Declaration on Past Criminal Conviction and Regulatory Discipline - Complete, sign, scan and upload the document when submitting your application documents, or return the signed form by email

See Declaration on Past Criminal Convictions and Regulatory Discipline

5-Letters Required

Submit a Letter of Intent detailing the following

  • 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, including details relating to your knowledge and skills outlined in the BCAK's Essential Competencies of Practice.

Submit Professional Reference Letters

  • Up to two (2) professional reference letters from persons you have known you for more than 1 year, but are not related to you, who can attest to your professional abilities, knowledge and interpersonal skills related to kinesiology practice.

Submit Employment Reference Letter(s)

  • A minimum of one reference letter from an employer attesting to your professionalism, clinical knowledge/competency and communication skills is required.

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


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 by you.

  • If a Master's or Ph.D. degree in Kinesiology have 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 must be in the form of course receipts or certificates of achievement issued by the course/education provider(s) and include the date the coursework was completed, the number of contact hours and the course details.
  • Continuing education coursework must be specific to the field of kinesiology and proof should be submitted during the online application process.
  • Applicants submitting proof of continuing education are encouraged to submit supporting documents at the time of application. If not supplied at time of application, you will be informed of the requirement upon completion of the review and subsequently whether the materials satisfy the requirement.

Work Experience


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.

Note: the work experience must be in the role of a kinesiologist and must include working with a variety of populations (both healthy and unhealthy).

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 satisfactorily 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.
  • The Composite exam assesses competence in the 7 core course subjects.
  • 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 required score of 60% - with a minimum of 50% in each subject area) 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 are permitted), select an invigilation centre of your choice and a date to write the exam. Please ensure that the invigilation centre is able to accommodate online exams, provide continuous monitoring and provide a ‘secure’ computer (i.e., the centre needs to be able to provide you with access to a computer that has restricted access to only the provided exam link). The exam will be emailed to the invigilation centre and the centre must be able to provide a computer terminal for you to complete 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.
  7. BCAK will mark the exam and report the outcome to you. (This process can take up to 5 business days following your completion of the exam).

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