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Continuing Education

Maintaining Standards

Continuing education is integral to maintaining and enhancing professional knowledge and skills.

All Active Practicing AKA Members are required to attain a minimum of 30 Continuing Professional Development Credits (PDC) every 2 years in order to meet and maintain the minimum continuing education requirements.  

The current PDC cycle is:  January 1, 2021 - December 31, 2022

Relevant PDC Forms (click to download):

Professional Development Credits (PDCs)

Below are the Alberta Kinesiology Association’s requirements for Professional Development Credits:


  • 30 credits are required every 2 years for “Active” members - with a maximum of 15 credits per source
  • Submit your Professional Development Credits (PDC)Reporting Form every 2 years along with your Alberta Kinesiology Association Renewal for that year.  
    • NOTE:  AKA membership renewal is required annually, however submission of your PDC reporting form is not required annually


  1. Executive Director (President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary) - 10 credits per year
  2. Other Officer, VP - 7 credits per year 
  3. Committee Member - 5 credits per year 
    1. AGM/General Meeting attendance – 5-10 credits per year per meeting (depending on whether there is a guest presentation at the meeting)


2) CONFERENCES (maximum 30 credits per year)

1 hour of conference = 1 credit (excluding lunch and coffee breaks)

  1. CSEP provincial or national conference - maximum 30 credits (with a maximum of 15 credits per source)



  1. AKA sponsored courses - 1 hour of training = 1 credit
  2. AKA Professional Development events - 1 hour of training = 1 credit
  3. Recognized Courses/Workshops - 1 hour of training = 1 credit 
  4. University and College courses*- 1 hour of training = 1 credit   - Including distance learning
  5. Clinical/Hospital Grand Rounds*- 1 hour of training = 1 credit   
  6. In Services and Seminars*- 1 hour of training = 1 credit    
  7. Recognized Vocationally related courses*- 1 hour of training = ½ credit (0.5 credit)   
    Example:  Professional Development courses not related to Kinesiology (e.g. first aid, computer courses, WHMIS, fire and safety courses, management courses) 
    • NOTE:  *For items d) through f) above, topics must relate to best practices in prevention, assessment and intervention in sport, recreation, work, exercise and activities of daily living.


4) PRESENTING/TEACHING (maximum 10 credits per year) 

  1. Presenting at conference - 1 hour of presenting= 1 credit   
  2. Presenting research to profession - 1 hour of presenting= 1 credit   
  3. Teaching course/workshop/in service - 1 hour of teaching= 1 credit   
    • NOTE:  For repetitive classes, credits are only granted once in the certification time frame


5) SERVICES TO PROFESSION (maximum 10 credits per year)

  1. Training Kinesiology students - 1 hour of supervision = ½ credit (0.5 credit)   
  2. Publications in AKA Newsletter - 1 article = 2 credits
    1. Kinesiology related volunteer work in the community - 1 hour of volunteer participation = ½ credit (0.5 credit) 


6) RESEARCH (maximum 10 credits per year)

  1. Publication in professional journal, books or accepted abstracts - 5 credits per publication
  2. Defending Thesis - 5 credits per thesis
    • NOTE:  For repetitive publications, credits are only granted once in the Certification timeframe


7) MISCELLANEOUS (maximum 5 credits per year)

  1. Membership in related Association - 1 credit per Association per year 


Please note: Regarding CPR

As of May 23, 2020 the Alberta Kinesiology Association DOES NOT require CPR as a requirement of your renewal. It is the responsibility of the Kinesiologist and their employer to determine and enforce if CPR certifications are required for your line of work.


PDC Allocation for CPR courses include:

  • 10 credits - two (2) day certification totalling to greater than a minimum of 10 hours of in-person instruction, OR
  • 5 credits - single day certification totalling to greater than a minimum of 5 hours of in-person instruction. 

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