Maintaining your certification

Introduction

As part of the ongoing certification process Fitness New Brunswick (FNB) requires all leaders maintain their FNB membership and insurance on a yearly basis.  Other certification requirements vary depending on the specialty and these ensure that leaders remain up-to-date on current trends in the fitness field.

Requirements for Maintaining Certifications

  • Maintain annual CPR Level A or C.
  • Maintain annual CPR Level C (PFT only).
  • Maintain Current Standard First Aid – (PFT only).
  • Maintain current Fitness NB membership annually.
  • Maintain current FNB liability insurance annually – (All FNB certifications).
  • Maintain additional annual Personal Training Liability Insurance (PFT only).
  • Obtain 12 Continuing Education Credits (CEC’s) every 2 years –
    (All Fitness Leaders Specialties and RTL)
  • Obtain 21 Continuing Education Credits (CEC’s) every 2 years – (PFT).
  • Obtain 30 Continuing Education Credits (CEC’s) every 2 years – (FNB Course Conductor/Evaluator).
  • On-floor practical evaluations by a certified FNB evaluator – (All FNB certifications). One evaluation within 12 months of the initial certification and subsequent evaluations every 3 years.

Multiple Certifications: Some FNB members have multiple certifications, in these cases the following requirements apply.

  • CEC’s: The Fitness Leader is required to obtain the highest number of Continuing Education Credits (CEC’s) required by any of their certifications.
  • Practical Evaluations: Every individual that has more than one certification must receive an evaluation in each specialty to keep it current.

Introduction

Leaders who allow their certification to lapse by not renewing their membership and/or insurance premium payment annually or, by not fulfilling their continuing certification requirements by the expiry date, may request that their certification be reinstated.

Requirements for Lapsed Certifications

Candidates whose certification expiry date is less than 6 months overdue must:

  • submit a letter requesting an extension to their renewal.
  • pay all overdue membership fees and insurance premiums.
  • fulfill applicable continuing certification requirements within the extension time granted.

Candidates whose certification expiry date is 6 months to 1 year overdue must:

  • submit a letter requesting reinstatement of their certification(s).
  • pay all overdue membership fees and insurance premiums.
  • rewrite the specialty theory exam in their designation(s). *
  • fulfill applicable continuing certification requirements within the decided time frame.

Candidates whose certification expiry date is more than 1 year overdue:

  • submit a letter requesting reinstatement of the certification(s)
  • pay applicable membership fees and insurance premiums
  • re-do the leadership certification workshop in the specialty area(s) to be maintained, or re-write the specialty theory exam in their
  • designation(s). This choice will be made in consultation with the FNB ED. *
  • fulfill applicable continuing certification requirements within the decided time frame.

*All fees will be the responsibility of the instructor and will be according to the fee(s) set by the Fitness NB office.

Introduction

As public knowledge increases and with the growing interest in self health care, fitness leaders are required to design more sophisticated fitness programs and answer more in-depth questions. The certification process ensures that the fitness leader has met the minimum standards to lead a
safe, fun, and effective exercise program.

To keep up with the industry standards and changes Fitness NB members are encouraged to attended any professional development opportunities (which can take the form of conferences, courses, lectures and/or seminars) to obtain CECs in order to maintain certification(s).

2019 Fitness NB Pre-Approved CECs Chart With Form

CEC’s will be assessed according to the following criteria:

Theory Seminars
These seminars are designed to increase the understanding of facts, concepts, research and theories. The teaching format is one or a combination of lecture, group work, reading or other learning strategies intended for increasing knowledge. Movement may be a part of the learning process but only to illustrate, reinforce or analyze the new knowledge. Sample theory seminar topics include but are not limited to:

  • anatomy
  • exercise analysis
  • health
  • safety tips
  • injury prevention
  • new research
  • nutrition
  • physiology of exercise
  • weight management

Practical Seminars
These seminars are designed to increase the diversity of exercise design. Practical seminars must have some elements of theory and leadership to enhance the practical components. Sample practical seminar topics include but are not limited to:

  • special populations (e.g. older adults, youth, people with physical disabilities)
  • use of equipment/apparatus (e.g. strength training equipment, skinfold calipers)
  • testing techniques
  • specialty classes (e.g. step, stability ball)
  • choreography

Leadership Seminars
These seminars are designed to increase the leader’s understanding of human behavior, either understanding a leader’s own behavior or others. Sample leadership seminar topics include but are not limited to:

  • motivation
  • customer service
  • climate setting
  • counseling
  • group dynamics
  • presentation skills
  • behavior change
  • management training
  • communication
  • leadership theories
  • psychology
  • goal setting
  • adult education

Trainer/Facilitator Criteria
In order for a training seminar to qualify for Continuing Education Credits (CEC’s), trainers/facilitators must have:

  • a Fitness NB Fitness Leader Certification or certification through either a Provincial or National fitness program based on the NFLA Performance Standards,

AND/OR

  • a degree, diploma and/or current status within a provincial/national organization specifically qualifying them in their specialized area (e.g. Kinesiology, National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), Physiotherapy, Adult Education Specialist, Medicine, etc.).

Introduction

  • Fitness service providers shall recognize that professional ethics are founded upon integrity, competence, devotion to service and to the advancement of human welfare. This concept shall guide their conduct at all times. In this way, each professional’s actions will enhance the dignity and status of the profession.
  • Fitness service providers, through their practice, are charged with extending public understanding of the profession and should serve in public affairs when their professional knowledge may be of benefit to the public.
  • Fitness service providers will build their reputation on the basis of merit of the services performed or offered and shall not compete unfairly with others or compete primarily on the basis of fees without due consideration of other factors.
  • Fitness service providers, who have apprentice leaders under their supervision, will maintain a special obligation to demonstrate understanding, professionalism and technical expertise. Fitness service providers will conduct themselves in a manner that reflects positively in the field of active living.

Definitions

  • Association: Fitness New Brunswick
  • Fitness Service Provider: A person who provides fitness services and is currently certified to do so under the requirements determined by Fitness New Brunswick.
  • Client: A person or persons toward whom a fitness service provider directs their services.
  • Employer: A club, organization, private company or individual who engages the services of a fitness service provider.

Code of Conduct

  • Fitness service providers shall consider the client’s best interest with respect to health and safety as the first concern and shall be sensitive to their perceived position.
  • Fitness service providers shall undertake only work they are competent to perform by virtue of their training and experience and shall express opinions on matters relating to their scope of practice only on the basis of adequate knowledge and honest conviction. When information requested or duties assigned are beyond their realm of knowledge or skill, fitness service providers shall make every effort to refer the client or employer to an alternate source.
  • Fitness service providers shall sign and/or seal only programs, reports, or documents that they have prepared or that they have directly supervised and controlled throughout their preparation.
  • Fitness service providers shall accord all individuals a reasonable level of respect, understanding and compassion in their professional practice and shall treat members of the public and one another fairly to ensure freedom from discrimination and harassment.
  • Fitness service providers shall conduct themselves toward other fitness service providers, employees and all others with fairness and good faith.
  • Fitness service providers shall not engage in activities or accept remuneration for services rendered that may cause a conflict of interest with their clients, peers, or employers, without the knowledge and consent of their peers, clients and employers.
  • Fitness service providers shall respect the privacy, dignity and personal modesty of others and shall not disclose confidential information without the written consent of their clients, peers, and employers.
  • Fitness service providers shall not offer or accept any covert payment for the purposes of securing any work or assignments.
  • Fitness service providers shall represent their qualifications and competence, or advertise professional services offered, only through factual representation without exaggeration.
  • Fitness service providers shall advise the certifying body of any practice by a member of the Association that they believe to be contrary to this Code of Conduct.

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The certifications of Fitness NB are nationally recognized and transferable across Canada.
In some cases additional evaluations may apply.