Basic Requirements

All active members of the Alberta Kinesiology Association will have received a Bachelor's degree or higher in Kinesiology, Exercise Science, or Human Kinetics from an accredited University. While most of our members are graduates of the University of AlbertaUniversity of Calgary or University of Lethbridge, the AKA has a strong member base of graduates from other Canadian and International universities.

Course work is required or accepted in the following areas some courses go by different names at different universities some topics are covered within multiple courses. Click to download our Course Requirement Checklist.

Core courses:


Human Anatomy Psychomotor Behaviour (motor or movement learning)
Human Physiology Biomechanics



16 Elective courses are required (a minimum of 11 areas of study must be represented by the 16 courses, and a maximum of 2 courses can be claimed for any study area):

 Adapted Physical Activity


Exercise Physiology

Human Anatomy



Research Project (Kinesiology)


Computer Science

Fitness Evaluation

Human Growth and Development


Psychology of Movement

Sociology of Movement




Human Pathology


Psychomotor Behaviour

Sports Medicine


Exercise Management

Health Science

Human Physiology


Research Design



Continuing Professional Education

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. President (Elect, Active and Past) - 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 

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