This course is designed to teach foundation knowledge and instructor skills to successfully complete CFES Canadian national Group Fitness Instructor certification -- enabling you to program and lead basic group fitness exercise classes. Ample practicum opportunities are provided.
In this course you will learn:
To program plan for all class sections and fitness levels for group fitness classes.
How to create a safe and caring atmosphere.
Stabilization ball, step, free weights exercise ideas and techniques.
Cueing and working with music.
Use of space and group formations and choreography skills.
How to teach low/high impact group exercise aerobics classes and use equipment.
Communication skills and professional ethics.
Students will be given ample teaching opportunities within the course and practicums.
CFES Group Fitness Instructor manual and program booklet for the complete national certification program:
6th edition CFES Group Exercise Instructor Course Student Resource Manual
6th edition CFES Group Exercise Instructor Course Student Program Booklet
Course completion and Group Fitness Instructor Skills Assessment forms
CFES Record of Course Completion.
For course locations, dates and times click our Course Calendar. To register for classroom courses contact the location near you.
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 Group Exercise Instructor Classroom Course (24+ hours);*
3. Practicum Classroom Course or Mentorship Program (8-20+ 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 and collateral documents; signed Instructor Code of Honour; CFES Program Evaluation; Exam and Certification fee;
9. Receive CFES Instructor Certification (electronic or at end of classroom program).
* CFES recognizes BCRPA; AFLCA; SPRA; MFC; OFC; FNB; NSFA; IFC; YMCA and CALA equivalency.
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.
Candidates are to successfully complete the following steps or present an equivalent*:
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 and collateral documents; signed Instructor Professional Code of Honour; Program Evaluation and Re-Certification fee
5. Receive CFES Instructor Re-Certification (electronically).
Provincial and national recognitions
CFES Fitness Leadership Program modules are designed to take students through the steps in the CFES Canadian national fitness instructor and personal trainer certification.
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 B.C., Alberta and 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.
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 8-20 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).
In order to become certified as a Group Fitness, Aquafit or Weight Training Instructor or Personal Trainer with CFES, Canfitpro or NFLA affiliates you will complete the certification/registration process with the agency of your choice. CFES requires both a national closed book exam and Instructor/Personal Trainer Skills Assessment to finalize certification, arranged with the CFES course conductor or skills assessment evaluator.