CFES Certification and Courses
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.
CFES Group Fitness Instructor Course Content
In this course you will learn:
To program plan for all class sections and fitness levels for group exercise 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:
7th edition CFES Group Fitness Instructor Course Student Resource Manual
7th edition CFES Group Fitness Instructor Course Student Program Booklet
Course completion and Group Fitness Instructor Skills Assessment forms
CFES Record of Course Completion.
Find a course near you
For course locations, dates and times click our Course Calendar. To register for classroom courses contact the location near you.
CFES National Group Fitness 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 Group Fitness 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 certificates;
7. Maintain annual liability insurance (if required);
8. Submit to CFES: Certification or cross-transfer application form, collateral document certification fee;
9. Receive CFES Group Fitness Instructor certification.
* CFES Group Fitness Instructor certification fees:
Pass CFES instructor course, practicum program, national closed book exam, and instructor 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 changes.
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 Group Fitness Instructor Re-Certification Requirements
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; and Re-Certification fee
5. Receive CFES Instructor Re-Certification (electronically).
Annual CFES Group Fitness Instructor re-certification fee
$70.00 (re-certification fee) + $3.50 (GST) = $73.50 Total
+ Prices subject to changes.
Provincial and national recognitions
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 a 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).
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.