Personal Training Course

The Personal Training Course will equip you with the theoretical and practical knowledge to work as a personal trainer in a variety of roles. No matter what capacity you see yourself working in once fully registered as a personal trainer, this 32 hour course will prepare you for it. You will get hands on experience performing health screening and fitness assessments, building programs for a wide variety of clientele, and learning and teaching advanced free weight exercises such as back squats, front squats, overhead squats, dead lifts, stiff-leg dead lifts, bench presses, pull ups, standing barbell shoulder presses, dips, barbell rows, advanced core and body weight training, and much, much more. We will also play with different pieces of fitness equipment such as barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells, agility ladders, battle ropes, speed ropes and rings. Advanced flexibility training techniques like PNF stretching, foam rolling and mobility work will be discussed. And we will explore various techniques to keep clients engaged and motivated so they achieve their goals, and you keep your client base growing with happy customers. Upon completion of this course you will be prepared to challenge the practical evaluation called the Instructor Competency Evaluation (ICE).

We will also talk about what opportunities there are for a rookie trainer as they enter this exciting and dynamic industry. As this industry grows and evolves, the role of the personal trainer has expanded. Personal trainers now work with all different types of populations, develop all different types of programming, and use all different types of equipment. Although many trainers still work in traditional commercial gym settings, these days more and more personal trainers are branching out and being creative with how they offer their services. Now we have things like CrossFit, Olympic weight lifting, gymnastics, kettlebell training, calisthenics, parkour, strength and conditioning, power lifting, body building, athletic conditioning, strong man training, active rehabilitation, older adult training, bootcamps, circuit classes, pre- and post-natal training, and much, much more. It’s an exciting time in the fitness industry for sure!

Think of this Personal Training Course as giving you the foundation of knowledge and skills for being able to work in any role you end up choosing. Almost all of the roles listed above can be carried out by a BCRPA registered personal trainer. For those that are more specialized such as CrossFit, Olympic weight lifting, kettlebell training, gymnastics, parkour, active rehabilitation, older adult training and pre- and post-natal training, there are additional courses and workshops that you can take that will basically “add-on” to your personal training designation. You can keep going for years adding more and more specializations to expand the services you can offer your clients. Or you can do the opposite and instead focus your attention in just one or two areas and try to become as much of an expert as you can in those. Or you can simply remain as a standard personal trainer working with the healthy general population. That’s the great thing about this career, it’s really up to you!

The BCRPA website has a listing of courses and workshops that you can take to expand your knowledge and skills. And this listing is constantly being updated with new and exciting continuing education opportunities. The BCRPA also hosts an annual fitness conference called BC Fit. You can learn more about each of these educational opportunities by clicking on the links below:

Being registered with the BCRPA as a personal trainer will give you one of the most recognized credentials in British Columbia, and Canada. This is because the BCRPA is part of the National Fitness Leadership Alliance (NFLA) and operates under a Fitness Advisory Committee who ensures the standards are upheld for fitness professionals. They have been doing this since 1984. Even other countries have used the BCRPA as the example model when developing their own personal training designations. Because of this, many countries will either recognize the BCRPA designation outright, or they will allow for an easy transfer over to their own personal training designation. Basically, if you can get insurance coverage in a country outside of Canada with your BCRPA designation, then you can work there as a personal trainer. Because of its long history and successful track record, the BCRPA standards will usually match, if not exceed, those of other countries. There really isn’t any reason why the BCRPA designation wouldn’t be recognized, but it’s always wise to do your research first. This is true for all designations claiming international recognition.

And speaking of insurance, the BCRPA is affiliated with HUB International TOS who has been insuring fitness professionals for decades. They can give you more insight into your questions about working abroad. You can also check with the insurance providers in the country your are considering moving to. If they’ll sell it to you, you’re good to go!

Once registered, you will need to renew your BCRPA designation every two years. The BCRPA provides additional information about registration renewals on their website:

To find this information on the BCRPA website please follow these instructions:

  • click here and then scroll down the page and then click on the drop down menu that says “Renewal for Current Fitness Leaders”

Personal Training Course Rate: $450 + GST

Upcoming Courses:

All Personal Training Courses run over two weekends: Saturday and Sunday, 8:30am – 5:00pm.

Feb 4, 5, 11, 12 REGISTER HERE
Mar 18, 19, 25, 26 REGISTER HERE
Apr 22, 23, 29, 30 REGISTER HERE
May 27, 28, June 3, 4 REGISTER HERE
July 22, 23, 29, 30 REGISTER HERE
Sept 23, 24, 30, Oct 1 REGISTER HERE
Nov 4, 5, 11, 12 REGISTER HERE
Dec 9, 10, 16, 17 REGISTER HERE

For further information about the process for becoming a BCRPA registered Personal Trainer, please click here.