SPRA Fitness Leadership Certification gives Fitness Leaders national recognition through the National Fitness Leadership Alliance (NFLA) and the qualifications and recognition to instruct across Canada.

Read this brochure to learn more about the benefits of SPRA Fitness Leader Certification.

Watch this video to learn how you can become a Certified Fitness Leader:

Want to Get Certified? Follow These Four Steps: 

Step 1: Complete Exercise Theory Course

Time: 24 Hours

Prerequisite: Applicants must be at least 16 years of age. 

Exercise Theory is a prerequisite to all specialty exercise modules. 

There are three ways Exercise Theory can be completed:

  1. Complete Exercise Theory with an SPRA Course Conductor, and write the NFLA Exercise Theory Exam

  2. Complete the Home Study Program, then write the NFLA Exercise Theory Exam 

  3. Challenge the NFLA Exercise Theory Exam 

In order to complete Exercise Theory you must pass the NFLA Exercise Theory Exam with a grade of 80% or higher.

Learn more about Exercise Theory. 

Step 2: Choose a Certification Path

Within 6 months of passing the NFLA Exercise Theory Exam, you must choose a certification from one of three modules:

Group Exercise


Aquatic Exercise


Exercise for Older Adults

Step 3: Complete CPR and First Aid Training

All applicants must provide proof of CPR/First Aid Training. 

CPR/First Aid Certificates must be current:

  • CPR (minimum Level A) and First Aid  must be current and within two years from date of issue.  

Step 4: Submit All Documents to SPRA

Once you have completed all the previous steps, you must send the following to SPRA: 

  • Payment of the Certification Fee ($85 in 2020)

  • Proof of CPR/First Aid Certificate - SPRA policy for CPR/FA is that it must be current and within two years of the certificate's issue date.  Blended learning is acceptable for certification and renewals, if the service provider offers this option. Blended learning is a combination of in-class and online instruction. The theory information is shared through an online component, and the in-class teaching focuses on skills and applied theory.

  • Completed Fitness Leader Certification Form (Download) 

  • Copy of Practical Evaluation and Lesson Plan

To Renew Your Certification

To renew Certification as an SPRA Fitness Leader, you must provide:

  • Proof of 12 Continuing Education Credits every two years

  • Proof of 20 practical teaching hours every year

  • Annual Certification Fee payable to SPRA

  • CPR/FA certificates must be current and within 2 years from date of issue

Renew Your Certification 



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