What are the requirements for affiliation

The STANDARDS required for application for the current year are available in the "Become Affiliated" section. Click here to see

A NEW list of STANDARDS will be effective in January 2022. 

The Canadian Kinesiology Alliance (CKA) has now established a new set of competencies to promote as the standards of the profession across Canada. These standards are competencies deemed necessary to practice kinesiology in Canada. The competency list will serve in decision-making such as in membership/affiliation registration requirements and in continuing education credit requirements.

This competency list was established to include the most university programs to maximize access to membership.

These new standards will become effective as of January 2022.

The Canadian Kinesiology Alliance (CKA), as per its mission, establishes and promotes the standards of the profession across Canada. These standards are competencies deemed necessary to practice kinesiology in Canada. The competency list serves in decision-making such as in membership/affiliation registration requirements and in continuing education credit requirements. The last review of competencies is dated in 2013.

The CKA mandates its Membership, Standards & Continuing Education Committee to review the competency list considering the many changes in the university curriculum over the past seven years.

The goal is to establish the most inclusive competency list; that is, a list of competency included in the most programs to maximize access to membership.

A first list of universities was established from consulting with PKAs, visiting CCUPEKA's website - membership and accredited sections, and previous CKA lists. From a total of 92 university programs, 86 programs were considered as 6 did not meet the minimal competencies to cover the main field of study of science of kinesiology.

To the current CKA Competency List, additional competencies were added as the analysis of the curriculum was done, for a total of 37 competencies.

Gathered from visiting university's website, a list of programs related to kinesiology was established. For each program, the following information was recorded:

  • Total credit to graduate
  • Total core credit
  • Total elective credit
  • Credit value for one course
  • List of competencies (as per current CKA Competency List)

Six programs were rejected in the study for insufficient number of credits related to the science of kinesiology.

The revised competencies are as follows:

  1. MINIMAL REQUIREMENTS:
    1. 60 credits based on a 3 credit-course
      or
      11 credits based on a 0.5 credit-course
    2. Must include:
      Eight mandatory core competency courses:
      and 14 elective kinesiology courses
    3. Note:
      1. Full-year courses lasting 72-80 hours (6.0 credits) may be considered as two courses of 3 credits.
      2. Quebec universities credit equivalence of most universities programs in other provinces is 75% thus 40 credits, including the 6 mandatory core courses.
  2. THE LIST OF COMPETENCIES:

    a) Core Studies ( 8 mandatory courses):

     
    1. Human Anatomy
    2. Physiology (Human Exercise)
    3. Biomechanics
    4. Pscychomotor Behaviour / Motor Control & Learning
    5. Research Design
    6. Statistics.
    7. Exercise Programs / Prescription
    8. Fitness Evaluation / Assessment

    b) Elective Studies: (14 courses)

    1. Adaptive Kin.
    2. Biochemistry
    3. Biology
    4. Chemistry
    5. Chronic Condition/Diseases
    6. Computer Science
    7. Ergonomics/ Human Factors
    8. Exercise Management/ Rehabilitation
    9. Exercise Physiology/Exercise or Work
    10. Gerontology
    11. Health promotion & prevention for different populations
    12. Health science
    13. Human Growth & Development
    14. Human Pathology
    15. Individual Study (Kinesiology)
    16. Info integration and judgement & care
    17. Instr./Functional Measurement/
      Evaluation Kinesiology
    18. Laboratory, tutorial or practicum courses
    19. Leadership skill
    20. Neurophysiology
    21. Nutrition
    22. Organic Chemistry
    23. Philosophy./Ethics (Kinesiology)
    24. Physics
    25. Psychology of Movement
    26. Research Project (Kinesiology)
    27. Kinesiology (Scope of Practice)
    28. Sociology of Movement
    29. Sports Medicine
    30. Wellness

     

  3. The following programs were rejected in the study for insufficient number of credits related to the science of kinesiology.

Entity

Programs

Sheridan College

B Sc. Honors Athletic Therapy - out

 

U of Regina

Therapeutic Recreation

 

Dalhousie U

B. Sc. Recreation - Therapeutic Recreation

 

Dalhousie U

B. Sc. Recreation - Therapeutic Recreation - with honours

 

Memorial U of Newfoundland

BHKRC coop-Therapeutic recreation

 

U of Ottawa

Honours Bachelor of Human Kinetics - Intervention, Promotion and Community Programming Option

 

 

4. COMPETENCY EARNED BEFORE 2000:

For competency earned in programs when the term kinesiology didn’t exist (circas 2000), the CKA invites candidates to submit a list of equivalent competencies earned either in their bachelor degree related to physical activity, physical education or other program names related to kinesiology or in further continuing education activities. For each of the competencies required, one must submit the equivalent course appearing on a transcript or on a proof of successfully achieving a competency in a continuing education activity earned after their bachelor degree. The reliance of science-based competency is mandatory. A brief course description for each competency will be required. The CKA no longer grandfathers applicants.

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