Continuing Education Requirements for Practicing Members
BCAK supports the philosphy of lifelong education and has incorporated the related concepts into its Continuing Education Standards Program (CESP) requirements.
The purpose is to improve individual knowledge, skills and competencies in professional (employment), personal, civic, social and cultural environments.
Practicing members must complete a minimum of 20 continuing education credits per membership year, in accordance with the CESP Credit Categories List below to renew their membership for the subsequent year.
Note: Members on medical/maternity/paternity leave can have their credits waived for a maximum of one year.
The exception to this requirement is new members, who at the end of their first membership year have a prorated requirement depending on the start date of membership. Prorate requirements are as follows:
|Membership Start Date
|Q-1 (Jan - Mar)
|Q-2 (Apr - Jun)
|Q-3 (Jul - Sep)
|Q-4 (Oct - Nov)
How to Earn Credits
|1. Courses / Seminars / Conferences
||(Unlimited Credits / year)
|a) Professional conferences (BCAK, NSCA, ACSM, CSEP, BCRPA, NIDMAR, etc)
||1 credit / hour
|b) Courses/Workshops/Seminars/In-services related to Kinesiology
|c) Online education courses/webinars
|d) Vocationally related courses (those not related directly to the science of Kinesiology) - includes business, management, computing, or other technical training.
|e) BCAK Pro-D events & sponsored courses
||1 credit/hour or as indicated
|f) First aid, CPR/AED, EMT
||1 credit/hour (max 10 credits/year)
|g) Completion of college or university courses in Kinesiology or a related work discipline
||1 University credit = 10 credits
|h) Passing a certification exam related to Kinesiology (NSCA, ACSM, CSEP, etc)
||5 credits per exam
|i) Self-directed study in Kinesiology, including podcasts, research review using the e-Health Library (BCAK website) or other source
||1 credit/hour (max 5 credits/year)
||(Max 15 Credits / year)
|a) Media presentations promoting Kinesiology Presenting at Conferences, seminars, Presenting research to professional/academic group Teaching or developing courses/workshops/in-service
||Preparation = 1 credit/hour
Presentation = 1 credit/hour
|b) Defending a thesis or published work in a Journal
|3) Service to Profession
||(Max 10 Credits / year)
|a) Article in member newsletter "Kinnected" (can include; journal article, books or course reviews)
|b) Training or mentoring of Kinesiology students
|c) Kinesiology related volunteer work in the community
|4) BCAK Participation
||(Max 15 Credits / year)
|b) Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer
|c) Director at large
|d) Committee chair or Committee member
|e) AGM or GM attendance
|f) Manning the BCAK booth at trade shows or conferences
||1 credit per hour
No-Cost Options to Earn Credits
There are many low or no-cost options you may utilize in addition to paid courses. These include volunteering to promote the profession, mentoring students and writing articles for the member newsletter, along with the following activities:
- Self-directed research utilizing the e-Health Library, accessible through the members only section of the BCAK website or another source such as google scholar (1 credit/hr, maximum 5 credits/yr).
- Viewing the BCAK YouTube educational videos.
- Brushing up on your ethics training with the online lecture series through Harvard University (1 credit/hr, maximum 5 credits/yr).
- Viewing the COKO YouTube videos on professional practice.
Frequently Asked Questions
Practicing members must record 20 Credits per full membership year in order to renew their membership for the susequent year.
Under extenuating circumstances the BCAK may waive this requirement. If this situation applies to you, you should email the BCAK office a minimum of 30 days prior to the membership renewal deadline, filing a special request. Your request must detail your circumstances and reasons for not meeting the requirements.
Unfortunately the answer is No! Courses taken prior to becoming a Practicing Member are not eligible for inclusion in the CESP requirements.
Practicing Members who take parental leave and will not be working at any time while on leave are exempt from the CESP requirements for a maximum period of 1 year during each maternity leave, starting when parental leave begins at work.
Members must notify the office in writing when starting parental leave if they will be exempting themselves from the CESP requirements during their leave of absence from work/employment.
The answer is "No" courses do not require approval at this time, however credit allocations must be based on the BCAK "Credit Categories" table.
You track and record your course credits online in your MyBCAK account.
- Login to your MyBCAK account
- Select 'CE Credits' from the bottom of the menu, then
- Select 'Add Credits'. then
- Select the 'Category' from the dropdown menu, then
- Select the 'Activity' and then
- Input the 'Number of Credits' earned (when required), then
- Input the 'Date Earned' and finally
- Enter a 'Description' of the event if it is unclear from the previous information entered.
Your credit history and details will remain for the duration of your membership.
Continuing education credits/courses can be recorded through the online member portal at any time throughout the year.
The minimum required credits must be recorded in your MyBCAK account when you go to renew or the system will not allow your membership renewal to proceed.
Compliance with the CESP is a requirement of the society's bylaws. Members who do not comply with the requirement may be declined renewal of their membership.
The submission of continuing education information through your MyBCAK account is based on the honour system, fraudelent entries are in breach of the BCAK ethics policy and may be grounds for removal from the society.
The BCAK may, at its discretion, conduct a random audit of members to assess compliance with the program or of specific members should fraudulent entries be known or suspected.