Membership Requirements & Fees

For kinesiology professionals entering practice.

Professional Kinesiologist

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

OVERVIEW

In order to be considered for a membership as a Professional Kinesiologist with the Alberta Kinesiology Association, applicants must have completed a minimum of a 4-year degree in kinesiology or related field that meets the standards set by the board. All applicants must satisfy our Course Requirement Checklist and Core Course Descriptions. For international, mature and transfer applicants, please see "Special Cases" below for further details.

The student member is a student enrolled in an undergraduate degree program in kinesiology recognized by the Federation. They may join the Federation free of charge.

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

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

  • Agree to engaged 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 in good professional standing with no past or pending legal allegations.

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;

  • 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.

Documents Required (PDF Format only):

Submitting Course Requirement Form in our system. If courses from multiple institutions are used to meet requirements, please indicate which institutions each course is from. Note: For a course to be included, you must have received a grade equal to or greater than a C- or (55%). 

  • 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.
  • Official transcripts of all institutions that are to be considered are to be sent via:
    • Direct Email: admin@albertakinesiology.ca 
    • Direct Mail: P.O. Box 4358, Edmonton, AB, T6E 4T3
  • Scanned copy of your official degree program completion letter can be accepted if prior to convocation date.

For further information, please check the "Requirements for Kinesiologist" page (found under FOR APPLICANTS tab) for Basic Requirements: Education and Continuing Professional Education. In addition, please view our Core Course Descriptions for details on content covered. 

 

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,
  • Select "Mature Applicant" option upon registration.

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

All documents must be in English, for those that are not, you must have them professionally translated. 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 credit 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.

  • Select Option "International applicant" when registering
  • Upload documents requested.

Once registration process complete please upload the following additional documents:

  • Provide proof of 10 PDCs for each year expired, ex: 1.5 years = 15 PDCs (In place of "Proof of Degree Completion").

To submit documents please:

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

 

Expired memberships beyond January 31 of the given renewal year and within 5 years of expiry must reactivate their membership by reapplying. In order to apply as an expired member please:

  • Upon registration, selection the option "Expired membership"
  • Provide required documentation substituions outlined below:
    • Copy of Degree (SUBSTITUTE) Proof of previous membership,
    • Course Checklist (SUBSTITUTE) Proof of 10 PDCs for each year expired (ex: 1.5 years = 15 PDCs).

Note: 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.

 

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 an Affiliate 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: are on Maternity/Paternity Leave, assumed a management role and no longer directly involved in client care or clinical treatment decision making related to Kinesiology. Requirements are the same as a Professional Kinesiologist.

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 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 students enrolled in an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology.

Student Member

Base fee: $75 (Including service fee)

The student member is a student enrolled in an undergraduate degree program in kinesiology recognized by the Federation. They may join the Federation free of charge.

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: $125 (Including service fee)

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

  • 2 letters of reference (Minimum of 1 academic/professional)
  • 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.

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.

  • 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) 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

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.