Transferring Professional Membership to the BCAK
Canadian Kinesiology Alliance (CKA) affiliates, including College of Kinesiologists of Ontario (COKO)
The BCAK will permit a “transfer” of professional membership from recognized provincial or territorial kinesiology associations “PKAs” affiliated with the CKA to the BCAK for "Practicing" membership provided the equivalent professional membership is verified by the other PKA/CKA subject to the following terms and conditions.
PKAs from which transfer is permitted.
- Alberta Kinesiology Association (AKA)
- Federation des kinesiologues du Quebec (FKQ)
- Ontario Kinesiology Association (OKA)
- Canadian Kinesiology Alliance (CKA) managed groups;
- New Brunswick Kinesiology Association (NBKA)
- Manitoba Kinesiology Association (MKA)
- Kinesiology Association of Nova Scotia (KANS)
- Newfoundland and Labrador Kinesiology Association (NLKA)
- Kinesiology Prince-Edward-Island.
If your current association or professional organization is not listed above, then you must apply for membership through the regular pathways.
Transfer in Requirements
Under the transfer process applicants are exempt from the application fee provided their PKA and college (in the case of those coming from Ontario who are members of the COKO) can provide all the required support documentation. Applicants are subject to the regular short-rate membership fee schedule applicants. Applicants must arrange for their PKA to provide the following documents to the BCAK;
- Copies of any degree certificate(s) supporting their membership,
- Copies of any official transcripts supporting their membership,
- Proof of current active membership in the other PKA that is equivalent to a BCAK practicing membership,
- A copy of a valid criminal record check* for vulnerable children and adults from the province they are transferring from, and
- Details on any continuing education completed for the previous and current calendar years.
Transfer applicants must complete the BCAKs criminal record clearance letter requirement from the CRRP demonstrating a clean criminal record. Instructions on how to do so can be found here.
After all documents have been received and verified, a course review is conducted to determine if the BCAKs entry requirements for Practicing membership have been met. If a transferring applicant does not meet the academic standards set by the board in this preliminary review, then a final review will be conducted by the membership committee and a decision on membership acceptance to approve, conditionally approve or postpone will be provided to the transfer applicant. If the PKA cannot provide all the required documents, transfer applicant will be asked to provide official transcripts, which must be sent directly from the educational institution(s) and may delay the transfer process.
At the discretion of the membership committee, a transfer may be declined if the transfer applicant, PKA or COKO is unable to or does not provide the required documents. If a transfer is declined, the transfer applicant has the option of proceeding with a regular application (requires payment of the normal application fee) or appealing directly to the board of directors.
Transferring out Requirements
The BCAK will assist Practicing members in transferring professional membership to another CKA affiliated PKA and receive a short rate refund of paid membership dues following the receipt by the BCAK office of;
- Confirmation from the transferring PKA that membership has been approved and completed, and
- Submission of evidence showing the member has permanently moved (relocated) out of the province of BC. (photocopy of government issued ID, credit card or bank statement showing the new out of province address.
Please contact the office prior to initiating a transfer. Please be aware BCAK has no control over the requirements of other PKAs and the requirements for transfer acceptance may differ from that of the BCAK, in regards to transfer policies, professional & academic standards and any additional requirements (up to and including successful completion of an entry to practice or licensing exam).