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Academic 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.


Note: For a course to be included, you must have received a grade equal to or greater than a C- or (55%).


Core courses - click here to view descriptions:

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 Development Requirements

AKA recognizes and supports the philosophy of lifelong learning and has incorporated this into its Professional Development Credit (PDC) requirements.

Active members of the AKA must demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning as being fundamental to professional practice and social responsibility as a health professional. The purposes are to maintain (1) professional competency related to client care & best practices, (2) public trust of clients in receiving care/services from kinesiologists.


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. Canadian National Kinesiology Conference - 15 credits per year
  2. CSEP provincial or national conference - Note: A maximum of 15 credits per year



  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 


Mature Applicants

Those who graduated greater than 5 years ago must provide proof of 50 Professional Development Credits (PDCs) attained within the last 5 years in accordance with the Continuing Professional Development Outline above, and satisfy our academic requirements outlined above.

International Applicants

Those who graduated from post-secondary institutions that are outside of Canada are required to have all documents and academic records (high school and post-secondary) professionally translated into English. In addition, all academic records (high school and post-secondary) must undergo an "Educational - Tier 2" - International Qualification Assessment (IQAS) through the Alberta Government in order to determine how your credits and PDC hours translate. The purpose of this assessment is to determine the equivalency of your degree with respect to Canadian academia. Cost for this assessment is $100 CAD, plus courier fees, and is processed through the Alberta Government website. Once this assessment is complete, please click "Apply Now" and submit your IQAS in place of your international transcripts. Note: A copy of your degree and Course Requirement Checklist is still required.

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