Applying for Practicing Membership - Canadian Applicants

Canadian Education (Degree)

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Academic Requirements

A four-year Bachelor degree majoring in kinesiology OR an equivalent discipline (equivalency is determined during course review), including

  • satisfactory completion of the seven (7) specified core courses (minimum grade requirement = C- (>60%) in each course):
    • Human Anatomy,
    • Human Physiology,
    • Human Motor Control & Learning,
    • Biomechanics of Human Movement.
    • Exercise Physiology
    • Exercise Prescription
    • Research Methods,

These Core courses must contain specific course content. The majority of BC Universities and Colleges have defined core courses in these subjects.


  • satisfactory completion of sixteen (16) additional elective courses, covering five (5) course categories specific to the practice of kinesiology (elective course grade requirements = A maximum of 2 D (<60%) grades will be accepted towards the 16 elective course total):
    • Knowledge of Special Populations and Disease Processes
    • Knowledge of Assessment and Interventions
    • Knowledge of Professionalism and Ethics
    • Knowledge of Foundational Sciences
    • Knowledge of Physiologic Processes and General Health
      NOTE 1: Do not contact the office to determine whether you meet the elective requirements prior to applying. This determination is made by the membership committee during course review (the final step of the application process)
      NOTE 2: Applicants with three or more D grades may have difficulty meeting this requirement.

Definitions of the elective categories and subtopics can be found here.

Support Document Requirements

Applicants for Practicing membership must provide documentation in support of their membership. These support document requirements are based on whether the applicant graduated from a kinesiology program in Canada and how long ago they graduated.

1-Proof of Degree Completion

Consisting of:

  • 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 - Proof of Program Completion

Consisting of:

  • *Official transcripts for all relevant courses sent directly from the institution via:
    • mail to:
      BC Association of Kinesiologists
      #301 – 220 Brew Street, Port Moody, BC V3H 0H6,
    • email to:, (Including documents sent through proprietary secure document sharing systems)
    • faxed to: (604) 229-8178

NOTE 1: Applicants may mail original sealed copies of their official transcript. Unsealed transcripts sent from applicants or transcripts submitted any other way will not be considered official by the BCAK.

NOTE 2: For applicants who have completed multiple degrees or attended courses at multiple schools, you will be required to submit official transcripts from each institution where relevant coursework was completed.

3-Proof of Course Content

Consisting of:

  • 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.
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 this should be submitted along with your application.

4-Proof of Good Moral Character

Consisting of:

  • A Criminal Record Check clearance letter obtained through the BC Criminal Record Review Program (CRRP)
    • Online through the ministry website
    • Manually through the BCAK (if the online process does not work for whatever reason)

Details on the process can be found here.

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