BCAK recognizes and supports the philosophy of lifelong learning and has incorporated this into its Continuing Education Standards Program (CESP) requirements.
Professional members of the BCAK must demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning as being fundamental to professional practice and social responsibility as a health professional. The purposes are to maintain (1) professional competency related to client care & best practices, (2) public trust of clients who want to receive care/services from competent and qualified kinesiologists.
To renew membership for the subsequent year, Practicing members must complete a minimum of 20 continuing education credits per membership year, in accordance with the Continuing Education Standards Program Credit Table.pdf
- Leave of Absence - Members taking medical/maternity/paternity leave who are not working can request to have credit requirements waived for a maximum of one year. If you are planning to take parental leave and will not be working at any time while on leave you can notify the BCAK office within 30 days of starting your leave and be exempt from the CESP requirements for a maximum period of 1 year during the term of your leave. This can be prorated based on the months of leave taken or credits can be applied over 2 successive membership terms, starting with the year in which the leave begins. Written Notification must be received by the BCAK office within 30 days of beginning leave if you wish to be granted the credit exemption.
- Previous Course Work - Courses or professional development that you take before becoming a Practicing Member are not eligible for inclusion in the CESP requirements.
- Course Pre-Approval - Courses do not require pre-approval by the BCAK, however credit allocations will be based on the BCAK's CESP Credit Categories Table. Courses completed must fall within the scope of practice (if practice related) or be directly related to specific business skill acquisition (if related to business operations or management).
Exception to Requirements
The one exception to the annual CESP requirements is for new members who, at the end of their first membership year, have a pro-rated credit requirement based on the start date of their membership.
Pro-rated CESP requirements for New Members are as follows:
- Start Date in Quarter 1 (Jan – Mar) – 15 credits
- Start Date in Quarter 2 (Apr – Jun) – 10 credits
- Start Date in Quarter 3 (Jul – Sep) – 5 credits
- Start Date in Quarter 4 (Oct – Nov) – 0 credits required (New December members receive a 13 month membership and when this expires a full 20 credits are required)
How to Submit Your Continuing Education Standards Program Credits?
You track and record your course credits through your online (BCAK) account.
Steps to take to Add Credits:
- Login to your MyBCAK account
- Select 'CE Credits' from the menu (in the Member section)
- Select 'Add Credits'
- Select the appropriate 'Category' from the drop down menu
- Select the 'Activity' from the drop down menu
- Enter the 'Completion Date'
- Enter a brief note or 'Description' of the event
- Read and click on the box that requires you to affirm that your CE credit complies with the CESP
- Click on the submit button.
Your CE credit and details will remain in your account history for the duration of your membership.
When do you need to complete the recording of your CESP Credits?
Credits must be input prior to completing the membership renewal process, however it is recommended credits/courses be recorded through the online member portal shortly after they have been earned throughout the year.
Important: The minimum required credits must be recorded in your account prior to renewal or the system will not allow your membership renewal to proceed.
How Does the BCAK Track Compliance?
Compliance with the CESP is a requirement of the society's bylaws. Members who do not comply with the requirement may be declined renewal of their membership.
The submission of continuing education information through your account is based on the honour system, fraudulent entries are in breach of the BCAK's Code of Ethics and may be grounds for removal from the society.
The BCAK may, at its discretion audit Practicing members to assess and confirm compliance with the program or of specific members should fraudulent entries become known, suspected or reported. In the event of an audit, members will be required to provide sufficient proof the activities reported were in fact completed or performed.