Pathway 2 (All other programs)

For applicants who graduated from a program that has not been approved

Pathway 2(a)

This pathway is for those who have graduated from a British Columbian or Canadian degree program other than those listed in the Pathway 1 Approved Degree Programs (BC), and who have completed all of their education in Canada. Please check the drop down menus in the online application for the most up to date list of approved institutions.

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

Academic Education

  1. Have Official transcripts mailed directly to the BCAK office from the Educational Institution to:
    BC Association of Kinesiologists
    PO Box 64777 Sunwood Square Post Office
    Coquitlam, BC V3B 6S0

    sent by email to: office@bcak.bc.ca or faxed to: (604) 229-8178
  2. Completion of the 4 core courses; Anatomy, Physiology, Biomechanics and Motor Control/Learning.
  • Applicants must have achieved a minimum grade of “C-“in all core courses
  • Applicants who do not meet this requirement have the following options
    • Complete the required course at a recognized University/College in Canada and achieve the minimum required grade, or
    • Write and pass the BCAK equivalency exam for the specific course subject, required minimum score of 65%. (See BCAK Core Course Qualifying Exam details for additional information)
  1. Completion of 16 additional elective courses in the field kinesiology with no more than 2 courses in each specific category.

*Please Note: submission of course descriptions for BC Universities/Colleges is typically not required. Please contact the office if you are unsure.

Other Requirements

Applicants who are applying over 5 years after graduating must also be prepared to submit:

  • a minimum of 100 credit/hours of recent (within the last 5 years) continuing education in a field in which they intend to practice.
  • A letter of intent detailing..
    • Detailing the reasons for seeking membership with BCAK and why it is important to them.
    • Evidence of relevant work and/or volunteer experience related to the field of kinesiology.
    • The field they intend to practice in, which may include explaining subjectively how they meet the scope of practice, including course work and experience
  • A maximum of two professional reference letters from an individual close to the applicant who has known the applicant for more than 1 year and can attest to the applicant's professional acumen, clinical knowledge and interpersonal skills.

* applicants may also be required to demonstrate their theoretical knowledge by passing a BCAK composite exam.

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Pathway 2(b)

This pathway is for English speaking international (Foreign) trained applicants, who completed their university education outside of Canada. International applicants are subject to additional requirements when applying for Practicing Membership.

Academic Education

  1. All of the academic requirements from Pathway 2a except for official transcripts.
  2. Support documentation; In addition to fulfilling the academic requirements for Practicing Membership, international applicants must submit additional information;
  • A comprehensive International Credit Evaluation Service (ICES) or equivalent evaluation.
  • Course descriptions of the 4 core courses and 16 additional courses listed on their application
  • A letter of intent detailing..
    • Detailing the reasons for seeking membership with BCAK and why it is important to them.
    • Evidence of relevant work and/or volunteer experience related to the field of kinesiology.
    • The field they intend to practice in, which may include explaining subjectively how they meet the scope of practice, including course work and experience
  • A maximum of two professional reference letters from an individual close to the applicant who has known the applicant for more than 1 year and can attest to the applicant's professional acumen, clinical knowledge and interpersonal skills.

3. Applicants must pass the BCAK composite exam. Due to the cost of obtaining a credit evaluation, we strongly encourage applicants to write the composite exam prior to obtaining an ICES report. Please note that passing the BCAK composite exam does not guarantee membership with the association.

Other Requirements

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Pathway 2(c)

This pathway is for international (Foreign) trained applicants, who completed their university education outside of Canada. International applicants are subject to additional requirements when applying for Practicing Membership.

Academic Education

  1. All of the academic requirements from Pathway 2b
  2. English Language Translation: Applicants who graduated from institution(s) where the courses are taught in a language other than English must also;
  • Submit the official transcripts issued in their original language, along with,
    • A certified literal English translation of the transcripts from the home university’s translation service or from a certified English translator,
    • A copy of the degree awarded translated into English.
  • Demonstrate English language proficiency: The following tests are recognized by the BCAK for this purpose.
    • Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
      Applicants must achieve a minimum score as follows;
      Paper based - 600,
      Computer based - 250, and
      iBT (Internet based) - 88 (minimum of 20 in each category). For further information on obtaining a TOEFL score prior to submitting your application please see the TOEFL website for further details.
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Applicants must qualify under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) of “0”, “3” or “A” which correspond to management, academic and health related occupations.
    Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) scores of not less than 6 (six) in each category (speaking, listening, reading & writing) are required to meet these classifications. (The results from English language proficiency tests should be submitted directly to the BCAK office)
  • Applicants who are applying over 5 years after graduating must also be prepared to submit:
    • a minimum of 100 credit/hours of recent (within the last 5 years) continuing education in a field in which they intend to practice.

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