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BCRPA Certification

This page contains relevant information on the BCRPA Steps to become a Personal Trainer and maintaining your registration.

BCRPA (British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association) , this registration once completed will allow you to work as a Personal Trainer in BC (Recreation Centres & Community Centres will likely ask for this as opposed to an International Certification  like ACE, ACSM, NASM and NSCA).

BCRPA can be used to work as a Personal Trainer in the following places:

  • Recreation Centres
  • Community Centres
  • Big Box Gyms (Snap Fitness, Club 16, Golds Gym, Fitness World)
  • Private Personal Training Studios
  • To work for yourself

The cost to obtain the BCRPA registration:

(1) Fitness Theory exam $110

(2) BCRPA registration fee $109

(3) Weight Training ICE $157.50 for Infofit Students, $204.75 for Non Infofit Students

(4) Personal Training ICE $105 for Infofit Students, $204.75 for Non Infofit Students

(5) Personal Training exam $85 + $30 Proctor Fee

 

BCRPA Certification Steps

BCRPA CertificationPHASE 1

Step 1

  • Complete Infofit’s Fitness Theory Course
  • Write & pass BCRPA fitness theory exam $110
  • Complete basic CPR first aid course (8 hours)
  • Submit copies of Fitness Theory passing exam grade, First aid & CPR/AED , and $109 registration fee to BCRPA.
  • Receive 120 days of Insurance coverage to safely work with clientele and prepare for BCRPA ICE exam

Step 2

  • Complete Infofit’s Personal Training Basics (Weight Training Course)
  • Complete BCRPA Weight Training Course Instructor Competency Evaluation (ICE) with Infofit , the ICE package can be found here (Weight Training) .You can complete your ICE at Infofit, you can see the schedule for ICE exams here.
  • We have created this video regarding the ICE package.

Congratulations, you are now a Registered BCRPA Weight Room On-Floor Service Instructor!

PHASE 2

You must complete 12 beginner-level programs for clients before you start the Personal training course. This is a written assignment, more details will be provided after you complete your Weight Training ICE.

PHASE 3

  • Complete Infofit’s Personal Trainer Course
  • Pass BCRPA’s Personal Trainer’s Theory Exam (This can be taken at Infofit)
  • Pass BCRPA’s Personal Trainer’s Instructor Competency Evaluation (ICE) The ICE package can be found here (Personal Training). You can complete your ICE at Infofit, you can see the schedule for ICE exams here.
  • We have created this video regarding the PT ICE.

Congratulations, you are now a Provincially Registered BCRPA Certified Personal Trainer!

Maintaining your BCRPA Registration

  • You will be required to complete 12 hours of continuing education every two years, this can be in the form of webinars, podcasts, online courses or in-person workshops. You can see a list of all of the Infofit approved workshops here.
  • You will need to submit your completed CEC’s into your registry account.
  • You will need to maintain your First aid and CPR/AED registration in order to renew.
  • Renewal cost $165.

FAQ regarding BCRPA

1.How to schedule your Fitness Theory Exam:

  1. Please refer to BCRPA’s website and scroll down to the bottom and read through “Exams, and how to take them
  2. For more information on how to use The Fitness registry, please click here.

2.When do I take the BCRPA exams?

For BCRPA you will take your exams at the following times:

  • Fitness Theory Exam after the Fitness Theory course.
  • Weight Training ICE (practical) after the Weight Training/PTB Course.
  • Personal Training ICE (practical) and Personal Training Written exam after the Personal training comprehensive course.

3.What are the BCRPA exams?

Fitness Exam – 60 multiple choice questions, can be taken at home.

Weight Training ICE – will consist of a written program design portion and then an in person practical exam.

Personal Training ICE –  will consist of a written program design portion and then an in person practical exam.

Personal Training Exam – written exam consists of a case study, 60 multiple choice questions and 15 match up questions, you will have 3 hours to complete the exam.

4.Where can I use my BCRPA PT registration? 

You will be able to work in community/recreation centres, big box gyms, private studios and for yourself.

5.How do I know if my current CPR is valid for BCRPA or not?

BCRPA requires a minimum of Emergency First Aid and CPR-A; higher levels such as Standard First Aid and CPR-C are also acceptable.

We consider First Aid & CPR valid according to the expiry date listed on the certificate; if no expiry date is listed, we will accept it as current for 2 years from the date of issue. Depending on your employer or facility, they may require higher levels or a more frequent re-certification.

First Aid/CPR must come from the following organizations or from companies that are authorized by them to provide these certifications:

  • Red Cross
  • St. John’s Ambulance
  • Canadian Ski Patrol
  • Lifesaving Society, or
  • Heart and Stroke Foundation.

All courses must be done in-person; online training will not be accepted.

Email BCRPA ([email protected]) to check.

FAQ Regarding Weight Training ICE

  1. What is an ICE?

An ICE is a practical evaluation that is part of the BCRPA process, ICE stands for Instructor Competency Evaluation. The ICE is part written and part practical.

 2.Do I need to complete the BCRPA Fitness Theory exam before this?

Yes, you will need to have passed the BCRPA Fitness Theory, paid your $109 registration fee and completed the Weight Training Course before completing the Weight Training ICE.

3. What do I need to complete for the ICE?

You will need to complete the BCRPA ICE Package, which can be found here, under Weight Training.

Form A– is your cover sheet and it has a checklist to follow so you complete and hand in all the correct forms.

 Form B – you must answer all the questions on this form, when you come to do your ICE they will ask you some of these questions so be prepared to answer questions relating to this form.

 Form C2– you must complete five of these in total, 3 must be scenarios from form E and 2 must be real people, all 5 must have a program card attached with the workout written on and the 2-real people must have completed Par Q’s.

 Form D– Is what the evaluator marks your package on and if you look under section C & D on that form you will see what you will be marked on during the practical portion, you will demonstrate a warm up on the bike, like we have taught you in the Weight room course, and then you will teach the 9 exercises listed and one more of the evaluators choice, they are looking for you to mention all of the points listed. 

4.Do my ICE forms need to be hand-written or are the typed versions also acceptable?

You can do either option, handwritten or typed.

5.How can I complete the form in a typed version?

The BCRPA forms are PDF’s, so you will need to convert the PDF file to a word document or a fillable PDF.

6.What is the process for booking my ICE?

Once you have completed the ICE package you can contact Infofit to schedule your practical portion of the ICE. You will need to hand in your completed ICE package, mail it in or scan (we will charge you for printing). You can see the schedule here

7.Where will my practical portion of the ICE be?

Your practical portion will be held at infofit’s gym, if you are doing your ICE with another evaluator they will provide you with details on the gym they will be using.

8.What will I be expected to do for the practical portion of the ICE? Do I need to bring my own client?

You will be expected to answer questions from your form B, and then demonstrate a warm up on the stationary bike, and then teach the exercises (plus one of the evaluators choice), you will need to cover all of the points on the left hand column.

No, you do not need to bring your own client. The instructor will act as your pretend client. 

9.How long is the practical part of the ICE?

Your ICE will be 2 hours.

10.Will I know I have passed on the day?

Yes, you will, if the evaluator requires you to make any changes to your ICE Package they will let you know what you need to do.

Your final ICE mark will be confirmed after any changes have been made.

If you don’t pass the practical portion you will be able retake that portion again at an additional cost.

11.How much is the ICE?

The cost of the ICE is $157.50 for Infofit Students and $204.75 for non Infofit Students. You will need to pay on the day that you submit your ICE package.

12.If I need help with the ICE package what is available?

Tutoring is highly recommended if you need help completing your ICE Package, please complete as much of the ICE package as you can then book a session of tutoring. Tutoring is $60 p/hour.

13.Can I do a tutoring session on the practical part of the ICE?

Yes, if you need help with the practical portion please book a tutoring session we can go over the practical components of the ICE.

14.What if I cannot come in person? Can I do ICE online?

You can complete your ICE via Video, we would send further information upon request.

15.How early should I arrive for the ICE?

You should arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled ICE, if you have never been to the Infofit gym before I would recommend you arrive between 30-45 minute before so you can familiarize yourself with the equipment in the gym.

16.What should I wear for the ICE?

Please wear comfortable gym attire.

17.What are your COVID protocols for ICE?

You will need to check in at the office before your ICE and acknowledge you have no COVID like symptoms and have a temperature check. Once cleared you will be able to enter the gym, you will be required to keep your facemask on at all times, and wipe down any equipment before and after you use it. 

18.After I have passed my Weight Training ICE, what’s next?

You will need to complete your 12 programs prerequisite for the Personal training course, we can provide more information when you get to this stage. 

FAQ Regarding Personal Trainer ICE

  1. What will I need to complete for the PT ICE?

You will need to complete the ICE package which can be found here under Personal Training.

Form A- This is your cover sheet

Form B – Explains what forms you will need to complete, and what practical components you will need to complete in person.

Form C- Personal Training Business Aspects – You will need to create a sample client file, this will include client intake package, business cards, see the form for the full list.

If you need help with the sample client package Infofit sells them for $25 , they can be found here.

    2. What is the process for booking my ICE?

Once you have completed the ICE package you can contact Infofit to schedule your practical portion of the ICE. You will need to hand in your completed ICE package, mail it in or scan (we will charge you for printing). We will book your ICE 5 business days after receiving the completed ICE Package. 

    3. Do I need to have completed my Weight Training ICE Before this ICE?

Yes, you need to have completed your Weight Training ICE and be registered as a Weight room attendant before taking your ICE.

     4. What will I be expected to do for the ICE?

During the Evaluation you will be required to : 

Demonstrate a Hamstring Flexibility Test (Hip Flexion)

Demonstrate Girth Measurement technique on one of the following sites and explain limitations associated with the use of this test:

  • Upper Arm 
  • Waist 
  • Hip 
  • Mid-Thigh 

Form G: • Demonstrate 3 exercises/stretches from your program design consisting of:

  • 1 upper body (exercise & stretch) 
  • 1 lower body (exercise & stretch) 
  • 1 core (exercise & stretch) 

 

5. What is the process for booking my ICE?

Once you have completed the ICE package you can contact Infofit to schedule your practical portion of the ICE. You will need to hand in your completed ICE package, mail it in or scan (we will charge you for printing). You can see the schedule here.

6. Will I know I have passed on the day?

Yes, you will, if the evaluator requires you to make any changes to your ICE Package they will let you know what you need to do.

Your final ICE mark will be confirmed after any changes have been made.

If you don’t pass the practical portion you will be able retake that portion again at an additional cost.

7. How much is the ICE?

The cost of the ICE is $157.50 for Infofit Students and $204.75 for non Infofit Students. You will need to pay on the day that you submit your ICE package.

8. If I need help with the ICE package what is available?

Tutoring is highly recommended if you need help completing your ICE Package, please complete as much of the ICE package as you can then book a session of tutoring. Tutoring is $60 p/hour.

9. Can I do a tutoring session on the practical part of the ICE?

Yes, if you need help with the practical portion please book a tutoring session we can go over the practical components of the ICE.

10. What if I cannot come in person? Can I do ICE online?

You can complete your ICE via Video, we would send further information upon request.

11. How early should I arrive for the ICE?

You should arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled ICE, if you have never been to the Infofit gym before I would recommend you arrive between 30-45 minute before so you can familiarize yourself with the equipment in the gym.

12. What should I wear for the ICE?

Please wear comfortable gym attire.

13. What are your COVID protocols for ICE?

You will need to check in at the office before your ICE and acknowledge you have no COVID like symptoms and have a temperature check. Once cleared you will be able to enter the gym, you will be required to keep your facemask on at all times, and wipe down any equipment before and after you use it. 

14. Do I have to do my ICE package before I take the personal training written exam?

No, you can take the personal training written exam (3 -hour) before or after your personal training ICE. 

15. Can I take my Personal Training ICE exam and the Personal Training written exam on the same day?

No, please take your personal training ICE exam (2-hour) and the personal training written exam (3-hour) on 2 separate days. Both exams require lots of your attention and energy, and we recommend that you take them separately for your maximum benefit. 

16. I passed my Personal Training ICE exam. What’s next?

Please email your PTC Completion Letter along with your BCRPA Registry ID to [email protected]. Your ICE evaluator will also email your final score to BCRPA, who will update your registration status as soon as they can. Please note that it might take up to 2 weeks to see your updated status, and BCRPA will email you once they have added your results to your account. Additionally, you can check your registration status by logging into your BCRPA registry account

Program Options

BCRPA Checklist

BCRPA Exams (4 Exams and 1 Registration)

Course/Exam/RegistrationFormatTime to CompleteCosts
Fitness Theory60 Multiple Choice Questions60 Minutes$110
Fitness Leader RegistrationCompletion of CPR & First Aid, prior to Registeringn/a$109
WT ICE ExamTake home written exam to include program design scenarios and verbal assessment120 Minute evaluation demonstrating exercises, stretches and teaching skills$157.50 Infofit Student / $204.75 Non Infofit Students
Personal Training60 Multiple Choice Questions,
15 match-up Questions and 1 Case Study
180 Minutes$85 plus $30 proctor fee
PT ICE ExamTake home written exam to include program design scenarios, business aspect design (Create client file, sample marketing material)120 Minute evaluation demonstrating teaching skills for exercises, stretches and assessment protocols$157.50 Infofit Student / $204.75 Non Infofit Students
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