CFES Certification and Courses
The CFES Weight Training Instructor Course is a practical course designed to teach foundation leadership skills for instruction of basic weight training programs and enable candidates to become nationally certified Weight Training Instructors
CFES Weight Training Instructor Certification Program Content
In this course you will learn:
About the weight training industry, equipment usage and facilities
Exercise ideas and teaching techniques to be able to set up a program for a variety of ages, stages and special needs groups
A review of anatomy and physiology
Health screening and fitness testing
Counseling and communication skills practiced
The application of scientific training principles
Professional ethics and career direction.
The following resources are included as part of the complete CFES Weight Training Instructor certification process:8th edition CFES Weight Training Instructor Course Resource Manual
8th edition CFES Weight Training Instructor Course Program Booklet
Course completion and WT Instructor Skills Assessment forms
CFES Record of Course Completion.
Find a CFES Weight Training Instructor Course Near You
For course locations, dates and times please visit our Course Calendar.
CFES National Weight Training Instructor Certification Requirements
Successfully complete (80% +) of the following CFES program steps or present an equivalent.*
1 CFES Fitness Knowledge Classroom or Home Study Course (30+ hours);*
2 Weight Training Instructor Classroom Course (24+ hours);*
3. Practicum Classroom Course or Mentorship Program (12-20 hours);*
4. National Instructor Skills Assessment (in practicum or one to one)*;
5. National Instructor Exam (one hour, closed book, supervised)*;
6. Maintain current CPR-A minimum and Emergency or Standard First Aid Certifications;
7. Maintain annual liability insurance (if required);
8. Submit to CFES: Certification or Cross-transfer Application form, collateral documents and certification fee;
9. Receive CFES Weight Training Instructor Certification (electronic).
* CFES Weight Training Instructor certification fees:
Pass CFES Weight Training Instructor course, practicum program, national closed book exam, and skills assessment requirements and submit Certification Application Form and collateral documents
$120.00 (national exam and first year certification fee) + $6.00 (GST) = $126.00 Total
* additional skills assessment fees paid to Educator/Skills Assessment Evaluator
+ Prices subject to change
Note: Practicum Program Alternative Choices for Instructor: Students unable to attend a practicum program are required to work with a CFES Certified Leadership Mentor (LM) in their community at a facility offering this service. When there is no CFES Certified LM in your community, discuss and agree with your educator how you will meet CFES certification standard for this practicum experience.
When your skills and confidence to be employable are apparent it is time to book your CFES Instructor Skills Assessment with a CFES Educator, CFES Instructor or Personal Trainer Skills Assessment Evaluator [SAE] in your region.
CFES National Weight Training Instructor Re-Certification Requirements
1. Attend eight (8) hours CFES recognized workshops, seminars or conferences* (in-class or online);
2. Submit twelve (12) verified instructional hours per certification*;
3. Maintain CPR; First Aid and annual liability insurance (if insurance required);
4. Submit to CFES: Re-certification Application form, collateral documents and re-certification fee
5. Receive CFES Weight Training Instructor Re-Certification (electronically).
Annual CFES Weght Training Instructor re-certification fee
$70.00 (re-certification fee) + $3.50 (GST) = $73.50 Total
+ Prices subject to change
Provincial and national recognition:
CFES Fitness Leadership Program modules are designed to take students through the steps in the CFES national Aquafit, Group Fitness and Weight Training Instructor and Personal Trainer certification.
Full-fledged CFES instructor courses are 24+ hours of classroom theory and on-the-floor/in-the-water practical training with end of course open book completion exams; followed by an 12-20 hour practicum; a one-hour closed book proctored certification exam; and a 90 minute instructor skills assessment. Passing grade is 80%. Instructors are expected to maintain CPR + First Aid tickets and obtain liability insurance (if necessary).
Candidates wanting Personal Trainer certification must first successfully complete the Weight Training Instructor certification and then progress to the Personal Trainer course. The PT course is 40+ hours of classroom and practical teaching, and also includes a course completion open book exam; followed by a 20-hour practicum, closed book proctored certification exam and skills assessment. Passing grade is 80%. PTs are expected to maintain CPR + First Aid tickets and obtain liability insurance.
As well as providing national certification CFES is an IDEA Fitness Connect Certification Verification Partner. CFES resources are also recognized by a variety of specialized fitness leadership agencies, including: the Canadian Aquatics Leaders Alliance (CALA); the Canadian Personal Trainers Network (CPTN), Canfitpro (GFI + PT = PT/FIS equivalency) and National Fitness Leadership Alliance (NFLA), which includes the BCRPA Fitness Branch; Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association; Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association Fitness Division; Manitoba Fitness Council; Ontario Fitness Council; Fitness New Brunswick; Island Fitness Council and the Nova Scotia Fitness Association. For further info how to complete with any of the above agencies contact them directly.
The CFES Fitness Knowledge Course is approved by the Massage Therapist Associations of Saskatchewan for credits for Continuing Education/Professional Development. Our programs are also integrated within college continued education and health and fitness diploma programs in Canada; and as an addendum to university health and exercise sciences programs for job-ready graduation credentialing.
CFES resources are also recognized by the BC Ministry of Education and Alberta Education and utilized in individual Ontario Board Authorized high school physical education credit courses grades 9 to 12 students. The CFES Fitness Knowledge Course is listed in both the BC Min. of Ed's Integrated Resource Package and highlighted in their Grade Collection for meeting the most learning outcomes for PE 10/12 students and on Education Alberta's Learning Centre.