Continuing Professional Development Program

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Requirements for BCAK Members

BCAK supports the philosophy of lifelong learning and incorporates this premise into its Continuing Professional Development (previously the Continuing Education Standards) Program requirements or "CPD" in short.

The purposes of the program are to

  1. promote the maintenance of professional competency, and
  2. enhance public trust in member kinesiologists.

Credit allocations table update - the current credit allocation table was last updated in the fall of 2023. The categories were simplified and increase emphasis on professional practice-based knowledge competency and greater transparency.

Continuing Professional Development Table (2024)

If you are looking to reinstate your BCAK membership, please see the Membership Reinstatement Page for details on the CPD requirements.

Update Notice: Non-Practicing members are not required to to complete or enter CPD credits for 2025 renewal. This will change for renewal in 2026 when new standards will be implemented in accordance with the Bylaw revisions approved in May of 2024. Details of these standards will be provided to Non-practicing members prior to the 2025 renewal period.

Terms and Conditions

  • New members, and those reapplying after being a non-member for 3 or more years, must meet similar requirements, but are not eligible to claim 'Service to the Profession' or 'Self Directed Study' credits.
    • Previous Course Work - Professional development activities completed prior to becoming a BCAK Practicing Member are not eligible for inclusion at the end of your first year or other years and you cannot carry-forward unused hours to the subsequent year.
  • Course Pre-Approval - Professional development course pre-approval is not required by the BCAK, however only educational coursework that is determined to be within BCAK's Scope of Practice for kinesiologists or necessary business operations/management skills for kinesiology practice are recognized.
  • Record-keeping of CE credits - You are required to maintain your own professional development records (such as certificates of completion, receipts, reference letters, etc.) for three years. The BCAK annually conducts a random audit of members' professional development credits to validate the program - you will be required to provide proof or any credits entered to renew your membership should you randomly be chosen to be audited.

Exceptions to the Requirements

First year members - those who have held Practicing membership for less than 12 months (at the end of the first membership year), require a prorated number of continuing professional development credits are eligible for pro-rated continuing professional development credit requirements.

Pro-rated requirements for new members are based on membership start date as follows:

  • Start Date in Quarter 1 (Jan – Mar) – 15 credits required at renewal
    • 5 credit supplement (select the Credit Waiver category; then the credit supplement in Activity)
  • Start Date in Quarter 2 (Apr – Jun) – 10 credits required at renewal
    • Select the Credit Waiver category; then the '10 credit supplement' in Activity
  • Start Date in Quarter 3 (Jul – Sep) – 5 credits required at renewal
    • Select the Credit Waiver category; then the '15 credit supplement' in Activity
  • Start Date in Quarter 4 (Oct – Nov 15) – 0 credits required
    • Select the Credit Waiver category; then the '20 credit supplement in Activity
  • Start Date (Nov 16 to Dec 31) - Memberships starting after November 15th, are entering a new membership year and will require 20 credits to renew membership when it comes due as your members is 12+ months in duration.

Parental Leave - Members approved for maternity/paternity (parental) leave can request a credit waiver for 20 CE/CPD credits, which can be applied over a 2 calendar year period commensurate with the start of parental leave. Those planning to take parental leave and not work at any time while on leave must contact the BCAK prior to, or within, 30 days of starting leave to discuss their options if they hold a Practicing membership, as the option of switching to a Non-practicing membership may be of financial interest should they be off work for 10 or more months. The benefits of retaining or switching will depend on your individual situation and how long you plan to be off work. Please contact the BCAK office for assistance.

Entering your CPD Credits

Credits are entered through your BCAK online account and should be kept up to date at all times.

Follow These Steps to Add CPD Credits

  1. Login to your BCAK "My Account"
  2. Select 'CPD Credits' from the menu (in the Member section)
  3. Select 'Add Credits'
  4. Select the credit 'Category' from the drop down menu
  5. Select the 'Activity' from the second drop down menu
  6. Enter the 'Completion Date' for the course or event
  7. Enter a brief note or 'Description' of the event (if appropriate)
  8. Read and confirm "Check the Box" verifying your entry complies with the CE/CPD policies, is true and accurate
  9. Click the "Submit" button.

(Repeat these steps for each credit entry)

Your CPD credit information entered will be accessible for a minimum period of 3 years.

Common FAQs

1 - When Should I Record My CPD Credits?

BCAK recommends entering credits shortly after completion of the education item to ensure details are recorded in a timely manner. This will allow you to check back throughout the year to ensure you have enough credits for future membership renewal when required.

2 - My application was approved and I graduated this year, why is the system asking for CDP credits?

CPD credits must be logged for the previous calendar year in order to complete registration. First time registrants must apply a CDP credit waiver to their account manually and should only take one minute to complete. To do this:

  1. Click the blue edit button next to the draft credit waiver.
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2. A pop-up window will appear. Scroll to the bottom of this popup and check the box next to the text that reads "I hereby confirm the activity submitted complies with the BCAK's Continuing ..." and click SUBMIT.
DO NOT ALTER THE DATE OR ANY OTHER FIELD

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3. Once the waiver is confirmed, CREDITS EARNED IN (previous year) will show 20/20 credits and you will be able to proceed to the next step of registration.

3 - I joined part way through the year, am I eligible for pro-rated CPD requirements when I renew?

Yes, however this is not done automatically by the system.
You will need to perform the following steps:

  1. Navigate to the My CPD credits page. (This link will not work if you are not logged in or a member)
  2. Click the green 'Add a Credit' button. (A pop up window will appear)
  3. Under categories select "Continuing Education Standards Program (CESP) credit waiver" from the drop down menu.
  4. Under activities, select the appropriate date range.
  5. Select the date you paid your membership dues as the completion date.
  6. In notes: Say "Joined on __ - __ - ____ (DD/MM/YYYY)"
  7. Check the box and submit the credit.

Click here for more information on our continuing education standards program.

For applicants who began their Practicing Membership application in the previous calendar year and are completing the membership purchase now, please select "first year of membership CPD waiver".

4 - Can I carry over credits completed this year if I have more than the requirement?

No, but with one notable exception.

Any continuing education claimed for the purpose of renewal must have been completed during the current calendar year. The exception is for members who renew early (i.e. before year end) and complete a course after renewing but before the new calendar year begins.
Procedure:

  1. amend the date of completion to the 1st of January in the subsequent calendar year.
  2. Add a note that states "This course was completed after renewal on ______ (the actual completion date)"

Please save proof of course completion in case your continuing education is audited.

e.g.

  • Renewal completed on December 10th, 2024.
  • Course completed on December 15th, 2024.
  • The course can be claimed and you the member would
    • Change the date to January 1st, 2025
    • Add a note saying: This course was completed December 15th, 2023, after membership renewal was completed for 2024.
5 - Does the BCAK Monitor my CPD Compliance?

At the time of membership purchase/renewal, you agree to comply with the Continuing Professional Development CPD requirements detailed in the society's Bylaws. Those who do not comply with the requirement may be declined renewal of their membership. All submissions are the responsibility of the member and fraudulent or misleading entries breach the BCAK's Membership Requirements. The BCAK randomly audits Practicing members to confirm compliance with the program and when/if inappropriate or fraudulent entries are reported to the BCAK or otherwise suspected, a review of your membership qualification will be conducted. In the event of an audit, members are required to provide proof of completion of all activities/credits reported for the previous year.

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