Scope of Practice and Professional Practice Standards

What do Kinesiologists do?

Procedures and Activities that a Kinesiologist can undertake

The British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists (BCAK) is a non-profit organization that advocates and promotes the advancement of the profession of kinesiology in British Columbia. Kinesiologists provide services to improve human movement.

The BCAK is not a college recognized under the Health Professions Act (the “Act”) of BC, and therefore the BCAK does not have the authority to govern the profession of Kinesiology in British Columbia.

However, the association recognizes the importance to Kinesiologists, and to all stakeholders, of providing a clear scope of practice for its members.

A scope of practice must:

  1. Protect the public interest.
  2. Conform to the standards required by the Health Professions Act, and any regulation under the Act defining the practice of Kinesiology.
  3. Be consistent with those of existing health care professions.
  4. Clearly identify and address any areas where the practice of Kinesiology “overlaps” with that of other professions.
  5. Be consistent with the professional errors and omissions insurance policy that BCAK's insurance provider, LMS Prolink Ltd., or that a Kinesiologist’s independent insurer, provides.
  6. Be a useful and readable tool to guide members in practice.

View the Scope of Practice, Reserved Acts and Delegation, including member guidelines.


Professional Practice Standards

The BC Association of Kinesiologists has established practice standards based on the scope of practice for kinesiologists as defined by the BC Association of Kinesiologists and the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario (COKO).

Professional practice standards

  • Provide guidance in both clinical and non-clinical decision-making,
  • Outline practice expectations to protect the public and provide assurance of high-quality service,
  • Demonstrate a standard of practice such that the public will place their confidence in those providing kinesiology services,
  • Reflect a minimum service level expected of a BCAK Practicing Kinesiologist.

View the Professional Practice Standards for Kinesiologists document.