Practice

All Kinesiologists are expected to register with the association in the province that they reside and provide services within. There is the potential for cross-border service for those kinesiologists who live near borders of other provinces; for example, in the border towns along Highways 1 and 3 between the AB and BC. 

If you have insurance with an alternative provider, you must contact your broker directly to clarify. For those with CKA Professional Liability Insurance policies through Prolink, your policy provides coverage for any advice, services, and training that you provide in a digital format (i.e. online or virtual care)— as long as you ensure that you are operating within your scope as a Kinesiologist as defined by the CKA. 

However, please be advised that this policy will only respond if a lawsuit or allegation is brought against you in Canada.

If you are providing online services to clients and patients based outside of Canada (such as within the US), please contact PROLINK at CKA@prolink.insure. We will help you secure separate coverage for lawsuits and allegations brought against you outside of Canada. 

There are some instances where registration with BCAK is required to treat ICBC motor vehicle clients and bill the corporation directly, but AKA members could still bill the client directly, with the client submitting bills for reimbursement to the corporation. This is only an issue currently while Telehealth treatment is permitted, but will resolve once ICBC reinstates its in-person treatment requirements after the pandemic has resolved. To clarify this instance, please email the BCAK at: office@bcak.bc.ca

Membership

Step 1


You must hold an active membership with your respective PKA to be entitled to this benefit. In order to transfer your membership between provinces into Alberta, please either ensure you are publicly listed in your PKA’s directory OR submit a request for PKA to “Send the AKA verification of my current membership status”. 

This message must be received directly from your PKA if you choose this option. Appropriate contacts vary between PKA’s but this information can be found on your PKA website.

 

Step 2


We will get in touch with you once we receive confirmation of membership from the other PKA (step 1). Next, for the PKA transfer, you will then be required to apply to the Alberta Kinesiology Association as a “Professional Kinesiologist.”  

In your application submission please attach the following documents:

  • Official or Unofficial transcripts of all applicable institutions that are to be sent via:
  • Scanned copy of your official degree - program completion letter can be accepted if prior to convocation date.
  • PKA Membership Card - In place of the “Course Requirement Checklist”

To be a Practicing Student Member we require the member to be under direct supervision. The supervisor must be an AKA Professional Kinesiologist as they are more aware of the scope of practice.

As for where the Kin is located, supervising can take place virtually as long as you keep them well informed of the services and programs you are offering.

There is a frequent and common misconception of what CSEP certification insurance covers in comparison to Prolink insurance available with the AKA. A perfect example is that CSEP CEP does not cover the following services:

  • Return to work planning,
  • Ergonomic intervention,
  • Wellness intervention at the population level,
  • Brain injury, physical demands and functional capacity evaluations, and much more.

As a result, please read the formal statement below that was provided by our insurance underwriter:

The Professional Liability Policy is exclusively available to AKA members and extends to cover the CEP/CPT scope of practice; however, insurance for a CEP/CPT does not cover the full scope of practice for a Kinesiologist, and will not be sufficient to register with the AKA. All AKA members providing professional services related under their CEP/CPT certification will be covered under the AKA Professional Liability policy.  To reiterate, you do not need to purchase a separate Professional Liability Policy to cover your CEP certification under the Professional Liability Policy available to AKA Members under LMS Prolink.

That being said, any job position that lists CSEP-CEP as a requirement should consider AKA membership as superior to CSEP certifications due to the limited scope of practice and professional liability insurance available under CSEP certifications.