Membership Requirements & Fees

For kinesiology professionals entering practice.

Professional Kinesiologist

Base Fee: $250 (including $25 Membership Processing Fee)

OVERVIEW

Every Professional Kinesiologist with the Alberta Kinesiology Association (AKA) must:

  • Have completed a minimum of a 4-year Canadian (or equivalent) degree in kinesiology or related field that satisfy our Course Requirement Checklist and Core Course Descriptions
  • Be employed or practice in Alberta as a Kinesiologist, or wish to become employed or practicing
  • Meets the continuing education requirements of 30 Professional Development Credits biannually - see our Professional Development Page for more details.

For international, mature and transfer applicants, please see "Special Cases" below for further details.

 

Individuals are entitled to become a Professional Kinesiologist with the AKA if they:

  • Have applied and met our membership requirements to become a Professional Kinesiologist, 

  • Agree to engage in the practice of kinesiology in Alberta as defined by our Scope of Practice and thus obtain professional liability insurance as a Kinesiologist, and

  • Are of good moral character and are in good professional standing with no past or pending legal allegations

 

Documents Required (PDF Format only):

  • Course Requirement Form will be submitted in our system when applying. To verify that course requirements are met, please refer to our Course Requirement Checklist. 
    • NOTE: If courses from multiple institutions are used to meet requirements, please indicate which institutions each course is from. Note: For a course to be considered, you must have received a grade equal to or greater than a C- or (55%). Please view our Core Course Descriptions for details on the content covered. 
  • Official transcripts of all institutions that are to be considered are to be sent via:
    • Direct Email: admin@albertakinesiology.ca (ex: MyCreds)
    • Direct Mail: P.O. Box 4358, Edmonton, AB, T6E 4T3
  • Scanned copy of your official degree or program completion letter can be accepted if prior to convocation date.
  • Criminal record checks must be completed by all new applicants upon initial registration. For privacy reasons, all of our members must complete their CRC through Sterling Backcheck. If a CRC through Sterling Backcheck was completed as part of our Practicing Student Membership this does not apply to you. See "AKA-026 -Criminal Record Checks" for more details. 

BENEFITS

  • Practice: Scope of practice and affordable and high-quality insurance plans with LMS Prolink

    • Free legal advice from Trisura with LMS Prolink - legal advice sought does not need to be tied to Kinesiology practice

  • Opportunities: Work, remote volunteer (ask about our student representatives), and mentorship

  • Discounts: Courses, conferences and vendors (25-45% off) including Hexfit, Fitterfirst, Rocktape, Polar, and much more

  • Physiotec: All Professional Kinesiologist members have free access to Physiotec

  • Preferred rates: for AKA Courses such as Motivational Interviewing - Level 1 certification course

  • Free Resources: Webinars, forms, resources and tools to help your practice;

  • Kinesiology Newsletter Communications: Updates on practice in the province;

  • Collaboration: Ongoing support from the AKA

  • Voting Rights: In AGMs, surveys and special meetings.

 

OPTIONS - SPECIAL CASES

Mature Applicants

Those who graduated greater than 5 years ago are required to apply according to standard application requirements outlined above for Professional Kinesiologists.

Once registration process complete please upload the following documents:

  • Provide proof of 50 Professional Development Credits (PDCs) within the last 5 years - Must manually upload to your file after registration complete. 

To submit documents please:

  1. Visit the website and log in using your email address and password. If you can’t remember your password, click on “Forgotten password”
  2. Click on “My Memberships” (left-hand menu in your member portal)
  3. Click on “Manage documents” and upload additional document(s) outlined above

 

International Applicants

Those who have graduated from post-secondary institutions outside of Canada must:

Apply according to standard application requirements outlined above for Professional Kinesiologists. All documents must be in English, for those that are not, you must have them professionally translated.

  1. Preferred: World Education Services (WES) 

    • Have all academic records (high school and post-secondary) undergo a WES ICAP. Your evaluation will be completed by WES in seven (7) business days after receipt, review, and approval of all documents, and payment in full.

    • At the request of an Applicant, WES will release copies of these verified academic transcripts and documents to the Alberta Kinesiology Association.

  2. Alternatively: Have all academic records (high school and post-secondary) undergo an "Educational - Tier 2" - International Qualification Assessment (IQAS) through the Alberta Government in order to determine how your credits and credit hours translate. 
    • IQAS Details: 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.

Expired memberships 

For Professional Kinesiologists that have allowed their memberships to expire beyond January 31 of the given renewal year and within 5 years must reactivate their membership by reapplying. If you have been expired for 5 years or greater, you must reapply as a Mature applicant - see details above. These measures were implemented as a means to prevent kinesiologists from practicing without an active membership status and null and void insurance. In order to apply as an expired member please:

  1. Apply according to standard application requirements outlined above for Professional Kinesiologists.
  2. Provide required documentation substituions outlined below:
    • "Copy of Degree"  SUBSTITUTE FOR  "Proof of previous membership" (ex: membership card),
    • "Course Checklist"  SUBSTITUTE FOR  "Proof of 10 PDCs" for each year expired (ex: 1.5 years = 15 PDCs).

 

Note: The $25.00 Membership Processing Fee and $50.00 Application Fee are non-refundable. The processing time for New Applications is 5-10 business days under normal circumstances.

For more details or to find out if a Professional Kinesiologist Membership is right for you, please email: admin@albertakinesiology.ca

For kinesioloigsts not currently providing services under our scope of practice.

Non-Practicing AKA Member

Base Fee: $175 (including $25 Membership Processing Fee)

Membership Overview

This category is for extended leaves from the profession such as individuals who were formerly a professional Kinesiologist, or a person who meets the requirements but does not wish to become a Kinesiologist. A non-practicing membership is not intended for applicants who are looking for work, have yet to find a job, or are in-between jobs. This category is reserved for individuals who have extended leave of absences from the profession or those who have assumed a management role and are no longer directly involved in client care or clinical decision making. Requirements are the same as a Professional Kinesiologist - see above for more information.

Individuals are entitled to become a Non-Practicing AKA Member if they:

  • Have applied and meet our membership requirements to become a Professional Kinesiologist, 
  • Are not employed or engaged in the practice of kinesiology in Alberta as defined by our Scope of Practice and thus do not require professional liability insurance as a Kinesiologist, and
  • Are of good moral character and are in good professional standing with no past or pending legal allegations.

BENEFITS

  • Opportunities: Work, remote volunteer (ask about our student representatives), and mentorship.

  • Discounts: Courses, conferences and vendors (25-45% off) including Hexfit, Fitterfirst, Rocktape, Polar, and much more;

  • Preferred rates: for AKA Courses such as Motivational Interviewing - Level 1 certification course

  • Free Resources: Webinars, forms, resources and tools to help your practice;

  • Kinesiology Newsletter Communications: Updates on practice in the province;

  • Collaboration: Ongoing support from the AKA;

  • Voting Rights: In AGMs, surveys and special meetings.

Benefits if you choose to be a Professional Kinesiologist with the AKA include:

  • Practice: Scope of practice and affordable and high quality insurance plans with LMS Prolink;

    • Free legal advice from Trisura with LMS Prolink - legal advice sought does not need to be tied to Kinesiology practice;

NOTE: The $50.00 Membership Processing Fee is non-refundable. The processing time for New Applications is 5-10 business days under normal circumstances.

For more details or to find out if a Non-Practicing Membership is right for you, please email: admin@albertakinesiology.ca

For students enrolled in an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology.

Student Member

Base fee: $75

Student membership is intended for a student enrolled in an undergraduate degree program in kinesiology recognized by the Association.

Benefits

  • Opportunities: Work, remote volunteer, and leadership.

    • Ask about our student representatives!

  • Practice: Transfer to a Practicing Student Membership for only $25

    • Email admin@albertakinesiology.ca for discount code

  • Free Applications: For Professional Kinesiology Membership ($50 value)

    • Email admin@albertakinesiology.ca for discount code

  • Discounts: Students receive 25-45% off courses, conferences and vendors

  • Free Resources: Webinars, forms, resources and tools to help your practice

  • Kinesiology Newsletter Communications: Updates on practice in the province

  • Collaboration: Ongoing support from the AKA

Once you are a registered Professional Kinesiologist you gain access the following additional benefits:

  • Practice: Scope of practice and affordable and high quality insurance plans with LMS Prolink

  • Voting Rights: In AGMS, surveys and special meetings

  • *Free legal advice from Trisura with LMS Prolink if insurance policy purchased - legal advice sought does not need to be tied to Kinesiology practice

For more details or to find out if an Affiliate Membership is right for you, please email: admin@albertakinesiology.ca

 

Note: The $25.00 Membership Processing Fee is non-refundable. The processing time for New Applications is 5-10 business days under normal circumstances.

For professionals from non-kinesiology related fileds.

Affiliate Member

Base fee: $95

Affiliate Membership is available to professionals from non-kinesiology related fields with an interest in joining the Alberta Kinesiology Association, or networking among Kinesiology professionals. We encourage Professors, Researchers, employers, or individuals passionate about Kinesiology to acquire this membership to stay informed on the profession and collaboration opportunities. There are no requirements needed to attain or hold an Affiliate membership.

Benefits

  • Opportunities: Work, remote volunteer (ask about our student representatives), and mentorship;

  • Free Applications: For Professional Kinesiology Membership ($50 value) with the AKA upon graduation - email admin@albertakinesiology.ca for discount code;

  • Discounts: Courses, conferences and vendors (25-45% off) including Hexfit, Fitterfirst, Rocktape, Polar, and much more;

  • Preferred rates: for AKA Courses such as Motivational Interviewing - Level 1 certification course;

  • Free Resources: Webinars, forms, resources and tools to help your practice;

  • Kinesiology Newsletter Communications: Updates on practice in the province;

  • Collaboration: Ongoing support from the AKA.

Once you are a registered Professional Kinesiologist you gain access the following additional benefits:

  • Practice: Scope of practice and affordable and high quality insurance plans with LMS Prolink;

  • Voting Rights: In AGMS, surveys and special meetings;

  • Free legal advice from Trisura with LMS Prolink - legal advice sought does not need to be tied to Kinesiology practice.

Note: The $25.00 Membership Processing Fee is non-refundable. The processing time for New Applications is 5-10 business days under normal circumstances.

For more details or to find out if an Affiliate Membership is right for you, please email: admin@albertakinesiology.ca

 

For practicing students enrolled in an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology.

Practicing Student Member

Base Fee: $100

Membership Overview

Practicing student membership is intended for any student who meet the requirements outlined below who plan to gain practical experience in the field of kinesiology. Currently active Student Members receive a 50% discount on Practicing Student Membership dues. To receive this discount please email: admin@albertakinesiology.ca

SCOPE OF PRACTICE: PRACTICING STUDENT MEMBER

Ability to practice under the Scope of Practice of a Professional AKA Kinesiologist under the direct supervision* of a Professional AKA Kinesiologist. A practicing student member agrees to adhere to the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice in relation to the Core Competency Profile. Practicing Student Members may only deliver services that they have taken appropriate training and education for. The practicing student member is expected to refer clients to their supervisor or another health care professional when they are confronted with issues that fall outside their knowledge base.

*DIRECT SUPERVISION means: Trisura does not expect that a CKA Affiliated Kin be present beside the student while the care is given. Supervised means that care plan. Programs and acts to be executed has been reviewed and approved by a CKA (AKA) Affiliated Kin and that the student brings feedback and reports back of the care to this CKA (AKA) Affiliated Kin.

REQUIREMENTS: PRACTICING STUDENT MEMBER

1) Ensure you meet the Definition of a Practicing Student: CKA E&O Liability Policy

  • "Student means an individual student member of a provincial kinesiology association who has completed a minimum of 2 years of study in an accredited kinesiology program at a Canadian post-secondary educational institution that is recognized by the provincial regulatory college, by CKA/ACK or by the provincial kinesiology association.” All patient work performed by any Practicing Student Kinesiologist must be under the direct supervision of a Professional AKA Kinesiologist.

2) "Become a Member" and submit the following documents

  • Unofficial transcript as proof that you meet the AKA - Core Academic Course Requirements with a minimum grade of a C- (55%). Core courses include: Biomechanics, Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, and Psychomotor Behaviour.

3) Acquire Professional Liability Insurance through Prolink as part of the registration process. If you face any challenges, please contact Lindsay Fish with Prolink at: lindsayf@prolink.insure

  • Additional Protection for Students:
    • Since January 2020, The Trisura E&O Liability policy offered to enable student members to purchase their own E&O Liability policy in their own name regardless of them working under the direct supervision of the Insured CKA Kinesiology member. The E&O Liability policy is the same program for students as it is for Kinesiologists (click here to view). Additional information on insurance can be found here.

4) Complete criminal record checks (CRCs) upon initial registration. See "Criminal Record Checks" tab at the bottom of the membership list for details. CRCs are completed through Sterling Backcheck - link is also available during your membership registration process. Once this CRC is complete, you will not be required to complete a CRC when registering as a Professional Kineisologist.

BENEFITS

  • Practice: Scope of practice and affordable and high quality insurance plans with LMS Prolink

    • Free legal advice from Trisura with LMS Prolink - legal advice sought does not need to be tied to Kinesiology practice

  • Opportunities: Work, remote volunteer (ask about our student representatives), and mentorship

  • Physiotec: All Practicing Student members have free access to Physiotec - email admin@albertakinesiology.ca to request access

  • Free Applications: For Professional Kinesiology Membership ($50 value) with the AKA upon graduation - email admin@albertakinesiology.ca for discount code

  • Discounts: Courses, conferences and vendors (25-45% off) including Hexfit, Fitterfirst, Rocktape, Polar, and much more

  • Preferred rates: for AKA Courses such as Motivational Interviewing - Level 1 certification course

  • Free Resources: Webinars, forms, resources and tools to help your practice

  • Kinesiology Newsletter Communications: Updates on practice in the province

  • Collaboration: Ongoing support from the AKA

Once you are a registered Professional Kinesiologist you gain access the following additional benefits:

  • Practice independently without the direct supervision of a Professional Kinesiologist;

  • Voting Rights: In AGMs, surveys and special meetings.

 

Note: The $50.00 Membership Processing Fee is non-refundable. The processing time for new applications is 5-10 business days under normal circumstances.

 

For more details or to find out if an Affiliate Membership is right for you, please email: admin@albertakinesiology.ca

For members that want to transfer from another PKA to the AKA.

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”

Membership Policies

Grand Prairie Regional College - PEAK Program

The AKA has partnered up with Grand Prairie Regional College, and this partnership is designed for applicants who want to challenge exams/courses when they fall short of our grade requirements. 

Steps to challenge an exam or take a course through independent study:

  • Apply to the college (open studies is fine).
  • Make a note that you are going to be doing a self-study course or challenging an exam through PEAK
  • Once the application is complete Student Services will reach out to the PEAK Department
  • PEAK will then complete the form and get the course started with you

Application for Challenge Examination

For more information about the program, see Recognition of Prior Learning Policy.

For all current memberships and new applicants, effective January 1st, 2022, a criminal record check (CRC) will be required. 

Every applicant for registration as an AKA member must provide written evidence of having good character and reputation by submitting the results of a criminal record check (CRC) through Sterling Talent Solutions (note: the applicant is responsible for paying any fees associated with the criminal record check and must be repeated annually) and if necessary:

  • a statement by the applicant as to whether the applicant has ever pleaded guilty or has been found guilty of a criminal offence in Canada or an offence of a similar nature in a jurisdiction outside of Canada for which the applicant has not been pardoned,

  • a statement by the applicant as to whether the applicant is currently undergoing an investigation or is subject to an unprofessional conduct process or has been previously been disciplined by another body responsible for the Kinesiology association or of another profession, and

  • references from colleagues and when applicable, from another jurisdiction in which the applicant is currently registered.

 

If an applicant’s CRC has positive findings, the Vice President shall contact the individual and request that further information be provided (at their discretion) regarding the nature of the offence. The applicant may be required to provide any or all of the following documentation:

  • explanation, including the efforts at rehabilitation or remediated actions taken,

  • completed professional resume or portfolio detailing previous work history, volunteer work, education, continuing education, and professional development, 

  • reference letter(s) from past and current employers, professional colleagues, and other applicable sources,

  • letter(s) of good standing from any other health authority, regulators, or associations,

  • if applicable, statements/reports from other relevant individuals such as police officers, parole officers, probation officers, college registrars, victim(s) or employers,  

  • if applicable, relevant documents connected to the criminal offence, such as: records, media reports, orders, pardons, probation orders, or court documents including court transcripts and regulatory college files, and, 

  • any other relevant document(s) the applicant may deem necessary for the AKA to consider during the review. 

 

The executive Board of Directors will then make a judgement call based on the findings of the criminal record check, the risk to the public, and any relevant extra information that the Board requests to substantiate there being no risk of re-offending. The objective is to determine whether:

  1. The applicant has acted, or there is reason to believe they are liable in the future to act:

    • in such a way that puts risk on the health, safety, and/or wellbeing of a patient or other member of the public,

    • in such a way that their registration would undermine public confidence in the profession, 

    • in such a way that indicates an unwillingness to act in accordance with AKA’s standards of practice or code of ethical conduct for the profession, and

    • in a dishonest manner.

  2. To determine if the applicant has been rehabilitated, the executive Board of Directors may require the applicant to provide evidence of the following:

    • demonstrates insight and awareness, 

    • understands their personal risk factors which contributed to the offence,

    • can make choices considering their risk factors to reoffend,

    • followed through with sanctions (if applicable),

    • made a character change, and if so, determine sustainability, and,

    • shows remorse for past conduct. 

  3. To determine if the applicant is competent to be registered with the AKA, the executive Board of Directors may require the applicant to provide evidence of the following:

    • followed through with sanctions (if applicable), and

    • jurisprudence knowledge is adequate.

 

To assist with answering the above questions, the executive Board of Directors will consider: the time period and seriousness of the conviction, the relevance of the offence to the practice of Kinesiology, competence of the applicant to be admitted to the profession, and the behaviour/character of the applicant after the offence. In complex cases, the Board may seek legal advice to assist in making this call; the applicant would be responsible for any and all legal fees that may arise. The only exception being convictions related to sexual abuse or sexual misconduct, applicants will not be allowed to register with the AKA.

 

If a new conviction occurs following registration for the year, the member must report the offence within thirty (30) calendar days to the Vice President.

The annual membership period is January 1st through December 31st of each calendar year.

Professional Kinesiologist - *$225

Non-Practicing Member - *$150

Practicing Student - *$75

Student - $75 (no processing or application fee applies)

Affiliate - $95 (no processing or application fee applies)

* All membership fees paid to the AKA are non-refundable and mid-term refunds are not available.

* The membership fee listed above is for the AKA only and does not include;

  • Membership processing fee: $25
  • Application processing or reinstatement fees: $50
  • Transcripts: At the discretion of the academic institution
  • Criminal record checks through Sterling Backcheck: $31.50 (prices may vary)
  • International qualification assessment service: $100 + applicable courier fees
  • Liability insurance: At the discretion of the PLP provider
  • Canadian Kinesiology Alliance "CKA" (national kinesiology association) dues, collected during the insurance purchase process through the group insurance provider

If you are approved for AKA membership under alternative insurance (non CKA/AKA group program) you have the option of purchasing CKA membership directly through the CKA, but will need to provide the CKA with a copy of your current membership purchase receipt to do this.

More information on the cost's and benefits of CKA membership can be found here.


New Professional Kinesiologist Pro-rated fees

Membership dues for new Professional Kinesiologists are adjusted (reduced) based on the month in which you complete your membership purchase.

Prorated Fee Table

  • Q-1, January to March -------------- $225
  • Q-2, April to June --------------------- $200
  • Q-3, July to September-------------- $150 
  • Q-4, **October 1-31 ----- $50
  • Q4, November to December -------------- $275 (includes following year's membership dues)

** Applicants who complete their membership purchase (or reinstatement) during the second half of November will receive a 13 and 1/2 -month membership, valid until December 31 of the year following and will be subject to the full annual dues.

Current AKA Student and Practicing Student members are eligible to receive free applications for Practicing Kinesiologist membership. In order to receive this discount, please email: admin@albertakinesiology.ca


Membership Fee Terms

Professional Kinesiologist/Non-Practicing Membership Application Processing Fee

Practicing/Non-Practicing Membership applicants are subject to a processing fee of $50.00 + GST, paid in advance.

Membership dues are paid when applying and are fully refundable if your application is not accepted. Applications remain active for the duration of the membership purchased. If Practicing membership is approved, membership is activated upon validation.

Failure to comply with the following terms:

  1. complete the application process within the duration of the membership purchased,
  2. contact the office in writing within the duration of your membership purchased to request an application extension or request approval of alternate arrangements.

Will result in the termination of your application for practicing/non-practicing membership. Documentation received from applicants whose applications are closed will be retained/destroyed in accordance with the AKA's Privacy Policy.

Professional Kinesiologist/Non-Practicing Membership Reinstatement Fees

Professional Kinesiologist/Non-practicing members wanting to renew membership after January 31st of the previous year are required to reapply and are subject to pay the application processing fee outlined above. When reapplying, you may include proof of previous membership in place of your Course Requirement Checklist, but we require you to submit your proof of degree. Official transcripts are not required. The purpose for the "late and reinstatement fees" is to encourage members who continue to practice or intend to continue to practice to maintain continuity of membership and Professional Liability insurance coverage. A lapse in membership status and/or insurance coverage exposes a kinesiologist to potential uninsured losses/claims made after their membership and/or insurance coverage has expired.

Practicing/Non-Practicing Members may request reinstatement up to 3 years (36 months) from when they were last a member in good standing.

Registration Process

The information in this guide is for applicants who want a more detail outlook in how the processes of becoming a member of the Alberta Kinesiology Association look like. For a more detailed overview of the different requirements for the membership types, please visit Membership Requirements & Fees.