There are Four Types of BCAK Members
- Practicing (Professional)
- Academic (includes Students)
Before applying for membership, be sure to review the types of memberships as well as the requirements and benefits of each type. It's important to understand the process and requirements for membership before applying.
Applying for membership is done online through this website.
The first step, is to sign up for (create) a guest account. Once complete you will receive a confirmation email and then you can begin the application process.
The next step is to determine the requirements of the membership type (category) you wish to apply for.
If applying for Practicing, Non-Practicing or Academic membership, you will be required to submit a number of documents in support of your application. Each membership type has specific requirements and you will be prompted to supply required documents, which may include: transcripts (educational program evidence); course descriptions; undergraduate/graduate degree certificate(s); criminal records check (CRC); for practicing/non-practicing membership applications), along with other documents depending on the country where you received your education and the language of your education (may require international credential evaluation services).
Requirements for Membership (Excluding Associate/Corporate)
Core course requirements: The core courses include Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Motor Learning/Control and Biomechanics. The courses include specific course content which is required for acceptance as a practicing member. Most Universities and Colleges will have defined core courses in these subjects.
Degree and curriculum requirements include a four-year Bachelor of Science degree majoring in kinesiology or an equivalent discipline and completion of the core courses with a minimum grade of C- or better, along with an additional 16 elective courses covering a minimum of 10 course categories, with no more than 2 'D' Grades in those courses.
The BCAK's academic standards originate from and are primarily based on the CCUPEKA Accreditation Standards for Kinesiology Undergraduate Degree Programs in Canada. Additional details on the content of core courses can be obtained by reviewing the content of the Core Course Qualifying Examinations document.
You must be of 'good moral character' to hold membership in the BCAK. Good moral character describes the presence (or lack thereof) of certain behaviours. These behaviours relate to public trust, safety, access to personal information and working with, or treating, vulnerable persons.
Criminal Records Check
Practicing membership applicants are required to undergo a criminal records review to verify the lack of certain types of criminal convictions related to working with vulnerable adults or children. The review must to be completed through the BC Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General's Criminal Records Review Program (CRRP) website. You may also share the results from a previous records review (criminal record check) or "eCRC" completed through the Ministry (valid for eCRCs completed within the past 5 years).
CRCs completed through local police or RCMP will only be accepted if you do not qualify for a review through the Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General or are applying from outside of Canada. Criminal records checks provided by mybackcheck.com or through the Commissionaires are not accepted. You will be required to pay any fees required to complete this process (base fee is currently $28.00) when you request your eCRC. If you do not qualify for the Electronic Identity Verification (EIV) you will be required to submit manually by mail, email or fax.
To complete the Online "eCRC" process
- Log into the BC Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General-Criminal Records Check (eCRC) site, and follow the directions provided.
- You will be required to input the BCAK's eCRC access code to complete the process online: 7VT9H59Y3V
To complete the Manual eCRC process by mail, email or fax
- Go to: Consenting to a Criminal Record Check by Mail, Fax or E-Mail and follow the directions to complete the Employee Criminal Record Check Consent Form CRR010 (PDF), or share your results of a previously completed criminal records check using the Sharing Form - CRR022 (PDF).
- To complete the process you will require a party ID number. Please email the office to complete this process.
Local Police/RCMP criminal records checks are not recommended as they are more costly, take longer to complete and are not valid under the Criminal Records Review Act. They will however be accepted if they are dated no more than 3 months prior to your application date. A listing of local law enforcement offices can be found here.
Professional Ethics and Standards
You must act in a professional manner. For the BCAK, this requires that you abide by its Ethics Policy, Scope of Practice, Reserved Acts and Delegation, including member guidelines, Professional Practice Standards, and that you are proficient in the English language, in addition to maintaining and enhancing your skills and knowledge through ongoing continuing education.
Fees for Membership
- Practicing $300 plus GST
- Non-Practicing $175* plus GST
- Academic (incl. Students) $25* plus GST
- Associate/Corporate $175* plus GST
The regular membership period is January 1st through December 31st of each year. All memberships expire on December 31st of the current year.
For the full details of membership fees (including application fees, late renewal fees, reinstatement fees, and pro-rated fees for membership application during the year), visit our Fee Schedule page.
*Pro-rated Fees are not available for these membership categories.