Internationally Educated Applicants - Regular

For applicants who have completed all or part of their kinesiology education outside of Canada and are applying less than 5 years after graduation

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Academic Requirements

A four-year Bachelor's degree majoring in kinesiology, or an equivalent discipline, which meets the following requirements (equivalency to Canadian kinesiology undergraduate degree program is determined during course review). The required core courses cannot also be be used to meet the elective course requirements.

1) Core Courses


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).


  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)

NOTE: The membership review 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.

Other Requirements and Submission of Support Documents

Supporting Documents

Applicants must provide the following documentation. Additional requirements exist for those who graduated from an educational institution outside of Canada and in situations where more than 2 years has passed since graduation from their degree program.

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, high quality image of your Degree certificate(s) submitted in the correct orientation showing all signatures and seals
  • A proof of graduation or pending graduation letter which includes:
    • Your name
    • Your student number
    • Degree program and any sub-category you were/are enrolled in
    • Confirmation you have applied to graduate if you have not already done so
    • Date of degree conferral
    • A list of courses in progress that impact eligibility to graduate, if you have not yet graduated

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-Assessment of Your Degree Program and Coursework

Consisting of:

NOTE 1: If percent grades are provided, the review committee will assess marks on percent grades rather than letter grade equivalents - in these cases a C- starts at 60%.

Send required documents to:

  • Physical Mail to BCAK, Room 323, #301 - 220 Brew Street, Port Moody, BC V3H 0H6
  • Email to

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
  • Course descriptions prepared by the applicant*

NOTE 1: Official outlines and institutional descriptions are given more weight than applicant written descriptions.
Course outlines or syllabi are only to be submitted for the 7 core and 16 elective courses.

4-Proof of Good Moral Character

Submission of a criminal record check (CRC) clearance letter and 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.

How to Complete a Criminal Record Check

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

Declaration on Past Criminal Convictions and Regulatory Discipline

5-Proof of English Language Proficiency

Internationally educated applicants who completed their education in a country where the national language is other than English must provide proof of English language Proficiency


  • Proof of English language instruction including:
    • A signed affidavit from your educational institution declaring English as the language of instruction
    • Official course outlines in their original English format as provided by the institution


  • Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    • IBT (internet based test) (~$200 depending on center)
      • Listening - Minimum score of 20
      • Writing - Minimum score of 20
      • Reading - Minimum score of 20
      • Speaking - Minimum score of 20
      • Overall - Minimum score of 80
    • Paper delivered
      • Listening - Minimum score of 20
      • Writing - Minimum score of 20
      • Reading - Minimum score of 20
      • Overall - Minimum score of 60


  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    • In person ($319) & Computer delivered ($335)
      • Listening - Minimum score of 6.5
      • Writing - Minimum score of 6.5
      • Reading - Minimum score of 6.5
      • Speaking - Minimum score of 5.5
      • Overall - Minimum score of 6.5

**If you graduated more than 2, but less than 5 years ago, you are required to provide this additional information:**

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 2019, application in spring of 2022:
      2019 - 0 credits required
      2020 - 0 credits required
      2021 - 20 credits required
      TOTAL required = 20 credits (hours) required, since 2019
Core Courses Composite Exam Completion

BCAK Core Courses Composite Exam Completion to Demonstrate Mastery of Kinesiology Core Academic Knowledge

  • Applicants completing their undergraduate kinesiology education outside of Canada are required to pass the BCAK Composite Examination. The BCAK will provide study resources on request.
  • Steps 1 through 6 listed above must be completed and approved by the BCAK prior to writing the exam.
  • Effective July 2022 the Composite exam tests all 7 core courses.
  • Exams must be written at an approved invigilation centre in BC.
  • The Core Course Composite Exam can be written a maximum of 3 times (lifetime). 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 centre's policies, so that contact can be initiated between the centre and BCAK.
  3. We 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 payment we will send the exam to the invigilator.
  6. Following completion of an exam sitting, the invigilator will return the exam to the BCAK for grading.
  7. BCAK will mark the exam questions and report the results to you. This process can take 5 to 7 business days following receipt of the exam from the invigilator.

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