Course Catalogue

Getting Started

You will need a BCRPA website account in order to register for and access the courses. There is no fee for this. Having an account will let you keep track of the courses you take and will enable the courses to record where you last left off, if you didn’t finish the course during your last online session.

If you don’t have a BCRPA website account, you can create an account here. Then, come back to this page and click on the course you are interested in below.

If you are taking these courses to earn BCRPA Fitness CEC credits, you can find how many CECs are awarded for each learning module in each course description.

BCFit’21: Hot Topic Sessions
Leading with a Coach-Approach: Post-Pandemic Connections Presented by Christine McLeod
Block Therapy for Lower Back & Hip: Fascia Release Presented by Cassidy Papioannou
Improve and Re(A)lign Posture: Tools for Virtual and In-Person Coaching Presented by Kim Bond

Symposium: Hot Topic Sessions
What Is It Time For? The Magic and Logic of Leadership Post-Pandemic Presented by Christine McLeod
Increasing Our Resilience in Conflict – A Toolkit for AllPresented by Christine McLeod
Organized Chaos: Post COVID-19 Preparation Tools and New Mindset for Recreation and ParksPresented by Jeff Willis
Cracking the Outdoor Learning CodePresented by Ted Hagmeier and Carol Sheridan
The Art of MentoringPresented by Dene Rossouw
Providing Dignity Informed Outreach in Our ParksPresented by Jess Thornbury, Nikki Page, and Kristen Kvakic

Parks Professional Pathways: Hot Topic Sessions
The Evolution of Equitable Community Spaces and Gardens Presented by Mandy Hadfield, Aaren Topley, Lauren Sim, Ian Lai, Magnus Sinclair, Grace Augustinowicz, and Stephanie Mak
Fabricated soils as a Tool in Landscape Restoration Presented by Johanna Moretto and Karen Pyne
Leadership Resilience: What is it, and how to achieve it?Presented by David Lundberg
Trees and plants of the future: A new perspective in a changing environment Presented by Brian Minter
Everyday Leadership Presented by Phil Eastwood
Leadership Resilience: What is it, and how to achieve it?Presented by David Lundberg
Hives for Humanity – Inclusion of People and Pollinators in ParksPresented by Sarah Common and Jim McLeod
Flowering in The ParksPresented by Hitomi Gilliam, AIFD

Fitness Education Workshops: Watch and earn CECsBCRPA Registered Fitness Leaders can access a coupon code for these courses on their Fitness New Bulletin.

Introduction to Special Considerations When Working With Plus-Size Clients
Building Strength with Soft Skills
Aqua Fitness Choreography and Sports Conditioning
Fitness Practicum Mentorship
Curious about Aquatic Fitness?
Trauma Informed Fitness: Polyvagal Theory
Osteoarthritis: How to Help Your Clients Thrive
Introduction to Clinical Somatic and Qigong Exercises
He, She, They? Building Inclusivity Into Your Fitness Culture
Strengthening Your Marketing Campaign and Gaining Clients
Instagram 101 for Fitness Professionals
Self-Esteem and Body Image
Dementia Education Workshop for Fitness Leaders
How Fitness Leaders Can Thrive in the Shift from Training In-Person to Online
Bringing the Indoors Out: Tips for Successfully Taking your Indoor Group Fitness Class Outside

BCFit®’20: The most popular learning sessions are now available for you to watch and earn CECs
New Work Habits for a Changing World of Work – Brenda Robinson
Training for Successful Aging-Brian Justin
Cognitive Benefits of Exercise for Older Adults: Pilates Infused – Teaching Skills – Dorothea Arnett

Instructor Evaluation Competency (ICE) Workshops
Personal Training ICE Workshop for SFL and TFL applicants only
Group Fitness & Aquatic Fitness ICE Workshopfor SFL and TFL applicants only
Weight Training ICE Workshopfor SFL and TFL applicants only
Yoga Fitness & Pilates Fitness ICE Workshopfor SFL and TFL applicants only

Access & Inclusion | Aboriginal Cultural Relations | Autism Awareness for Recreation Leaders  | Engaging the Hard to Reach | Sensory-Friendly Strategies for Supporting Behaviour & Setting Up Your Outdoor Camp for Success | Social Inclusion

After‐School Hours | BCRPA Shared Use Agreement Guide

Aquatics | PoolSafeBC

Community Building | Building Genuine Community Partnerships

Leader Training | Vulnerable Populations | Autism Awareness for Recreation Leaders

Stay Active Eat Healthy | Healthy Choices

Strategies for Behaviours We Find Challenging | Proactive Strategies | The Big 3 | Integrating Social-Emotional Learning into Practice | What’s up with Bullying? | Supporting Kids who Experience Anxiety

Summer Camp Leader Training | Communication: Having difficult conversations with kids and talking to parents | Lost Child Supervision Strategies | Physical Literacy & How to Teach It | Physically Distant Camps: Stay safe while keeping the fun and connection | Sensory-Friendly Strategies for Supporting Behaviour & Setting Up Your Outdoor Camp for Success | Teaching a Themed Camp: Make yours the one they talk about! | Transitions Between Activities with Ease | Understanding and Intervening with the Explosive Child | Leading and Guiding Children – Ways to Improve Your Interactions | Positive Behaviour Supports – Building Social Communications

Leading with a Coach-Approach: Post-Pandemic Connections – $25 (BCRPA Members $20)

Leading with a Coach-Approach: Post-Pandemic Connections
You have been hit hard by the effects of the pandemic. Your clients have too. Mental and physical health have never been more important as we move through the months ahead and you are that trusted advisor your clients will rely on to help them reach those goals. Moving from a constant state of stress-response to a mindful focus on personal wellness is not easy at the best of times- now your clients are looking to YOU as that coach in a post-pandemic wellness journey. How you need to BE and what you need to DO are critical and will set both you and your clients up for the success you both need and deserve as we leave the last year in the rearview mirror to look ahead.

BCRPA Registered Fitness Leaders are eligible to receive 1 CEC upon completion of this course.

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Block Therapy for Lower Back & Hip: Fascia Release – $25 (BCRPA Members $20)

Block Therapy for Lower Back & Hip: Fascia Release
When we lay on the Block we ‘panini press’ our soft tissue for fascia release, penetrating deeper than softer devices. Fascia can become dense and unyielding in our body, causing decreased blood flow and flexibility, respectively. Like well-worn ruts on a road, once they’ve been laid, it is really hard to change them. Increased tightness in the soft tissue of hips and pelvis affect everything up the chain, particularly the low back.
In this session, you will learn a unique method of remediating one of the most common and difficult-to-treat causes of low back pain to help your clients move beyond their sticking points into a new range, for a new challenge.

BCRPA Registered Fitness Leaders are eligible to receive 1 CEC upon completion of this course.

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Improve and Re(A)lign Posture: Tools for Virtual and In-Person Coaching – $25 (BCRPA Members $20)

 Improve and Re(A)lign Posture: Tools for Virtual and In-Person Coaching
Learn an easy-to-apply, pain-free, small muscle building body alignment program that can be done in any FIT PRO setting, with the advantage of an easy transition to virtual coaching. You will walk away with a 4-week program plan that you can start with your clients the very next day. Presented by Kim Bond.

BCRPA Registered Fitness Leaders are eligible to receive 1 CEC upon completion of this course.

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What Is It Time For? The Magic and Logic of Leadership Post-Pandemic – $25 (BCRPA Members $20)

What Is It Time For? The Magic and Logic of Leadership Post-Pandemic
Description: The magic and logic of leadership is such that at any given time we have to balance “sensing” and “doing” and in a post-pandemic world that balance is all the more important. The magic of leadership is when we are able to intuitively sense the answer to the question “What is it time for? (Which part of me needs to show up at this moment). The logic of leadership is how we use the tools and experience we have collected to make the magic happen.
You will improve your ability to quickly ask yourself “What is it time for?” You will learn a few go-to tools to pull out at a moment’s notice from your leadership toolkit-You will recognize (and avoid) the barriers that can get in the way of both the magic & the logic. Let’s reconnect together on what leadership means for each of us in 2021 and beyond.

BCRPA Registered Fitness Leaders are eligible to receive 1 CEC upon completion of this course.

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Increasing Our Resilience in Conflict – A Toolkit for All – $25 (BCRPA Members $20)

Increasing Our Resilience in Conflict – A Toolkit for All
Description: In this interactive 2-hour workshop, prepare for many “ah ha!” moments as you better understand the impact of stress on yourself and others, equip yourself with powerful knowledge about conflict and discover your own conflict resolution style. Walk away more confident to lean into the opportunities that present themselves via conflict without as much emotion and with greater sense of empathy. The tools and the knowledge you will gain and leave with will help you in every single relationship you have – from your colleagues at work to family, friends and any other relationship that is meaningful in your life. This workshop includes a conflict style assessment.

BCRPA Registered Fitness Leaders are eligible to receive 1.75 CECs upon completion of this course.

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Organized Chaos: Post COVID-19 Preparation Tools and New Mindset for Recreation and Parks – $25 (BCRPA Members $20)

Organized Chaos: Post COVID-19 Preparation Tools
Description: BC recreation and parks spaces and programs have become increasingly stuck in a polarizing and paralyzing “unknown or frozen zone”. The good news is the light at the end of tunnel is coming at us full speed as we prepare for a slow post COVID world reopening. Obstacles have always been opportunities for those willing to change their mindset. Being organized, knowing your tools and being ready for the new normal while getting comfortable with a little chaos with the transition is necessary.

BCRPA Registered Fitness Leaders are eligible to receive 1 CEC upon completion of this course.

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Cracking the Outdoor Learning Code – $25 (BCRPA Members $20)

Cracking the Outdoor Learning Code
Description: An unexpected outcome of programming through a pandemic was the realization that the barriers we imagined to make outdoor recreation impractical don’t hold the same weight when indoor spaces are off limits. Shifting how you look at outdoor spaces as possible learning places and examining the real and imagined barriers to programming outdoors are a few of the steps we will cover to help you “Crack the Code” in your community. Join us and explore the role Recreation Leaders can play in ensuring all individuals and families “thrive outside” and have a strong connection to nature through outdoor opportunities for land-based learning.

BCRPA Registered Fitness Leaders are eligible to receive 0.75 CECs upon completion of this course.

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The Art of Mentoring – $25 (BCRPA Members $20)

The Art of Mentoring
Description: Learn how to foster professional development in your learning using practical tools and skills of empowerment. The Art of Mentoring calls forth new possibilities through a mutual commitment based on respect and trust, and leads to more meaningful engagement and momentum at work.

BCRPA Registered Fitness Leaders are eligible to receive 0.75 CECs upon completion of this course.

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Providing Dignity Informed Outreach in Our Parks – $25 (BCRPA Members $20)

Providing Dignity Informed Outreach in Our Parks
Description: British Columbia is in the midst of a housing crisis. In the absence of safe, affordable housing, there has been an increase in people sheltering in our parks and surrounding areas prompting the need for increased outreach and engagement. Given the stigma and harassment experienced daily by people who are homeless , there is a critical need for outreach and support services that centre on the dignity of those whom we seek to engage in our shelter and housing programs. This workshop will provide participants with a basic understanding of some of the root causes of homelessness and the challenges of being homeless, as well as some ideas about what “good” engagement and outreach looks like in practice. Participants will leave the workshop with increased knowledge and some tools for engagement that honours the dignity of the individuals who experience homelessness and shelter in our parks.

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Osteoarthritis: How to Help Your Clients Thrive – $25 (BCRPA Members $20)

Presented by Tera Mezyski and Kerry CarlsonOsteoarthritis: How to Help Your Clients Thrive
Description: Osteoarthritis (OA) is the leading chronic disease in Canada surpassing heart disease and diabetes. Currently 1 in 5 Canadians are living with OA and 1 in 3 diagnosed before the age of 45. With recent advances in total hip and knee replacement surgeries, younger people are having this procedure. There is less time spent in rehabilitation settings which means you will be seeing more of these clients in the future. The first step is learning how to help your clients manage their osteoarthritis. With the right education and exercise, your clients can delay or even prevent surgery. Join physiotherapists Kerry and Tera as they explain your role in helping your OA clients to THRIVE!

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Aqua Fitness Choreography and Sports Conditioning – $25 (BCRPA Members $20)

Fitness Practicum Mentorship
Description: Join Vanessa Der to learn exciting, yet manageable choreography movements that will add flow and feeling into your Aqua Fitness classes. This workshop breaks down the types of choreography, how to plan choreography, how to teach choreography, and how choreographed movements translate into the water. Example lesson plans will be provided, as well as tips and tricks when implementing choreography into your classes.
1 CEC upon completion of this course.

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Fitness Practicum Mentorship – $25 (BCRPA Members $20)

Fitness Practicum Mentorship
Description: Join Vanessa Der to discover tips and tricks when providing practice mentorship to a fitness candidate, including what makes a great mentor and suggestions for facilitating a fitness practicum at your facility.

Learn how to bridge the gap between module completion, practicum start, and certification.

Deep dive into the BCRPA Instructor Competency Evaluation form (ICE) and learn practical and applicable evaluation tools to help ensure successful completion of fitness practicums.

BCRPA Registered Fitness Leaders are eligible to receive 1 CEC upon completion of this course.

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Introduction to Special Considerations When Working With Plus-Size Clients – $25 (BCRPA Members $20)

Introduction to Special Considerations When Working With Plus-Size Clients
Description: You have the ability to make fitness an enjoyable experience for plus-size clients. In this workshop, Danielle Klassen will explore the unique requirements to support plus-size clients, including the barriers to exercise they face and exercise modifications for larger bodies.

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Building Strength with Soft Skills – $25 (BCRPA Members $20)

Building Strength with Soft Skills
Description: We often talk about World Class Customer Service – but how is that applied to the weight room or fitness facility environment, particularly with enhanced inclusivity in mind? Join Ingrid Knight-Cohee to explore customer engagement best practice (from orientation to etiquette to retention techniques), taking various client experience levels and demographics into account. 1 CEC upon completion of this course.

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Curious about Aquatic Fitness? – $25 (BCRPA Members $20)

Curious about Aquatic Fitness?
Description: Curious About Aqua Fitness? Gain a deeper understanding of the major differences between land-based and water-based fitness in this one-hour visual and auditory workshop. Learn what Aqua Fitness is and what makes Aqua Fitness different. Discover properties of water, Aqua Fitness movements, cueing and tempo in a pool setting, and translating land-based fitness into the water. Workshop will conclude with an Aqua Fitness lesson plan example, tips and tricks for teaching Aqua Fitness, and how to become certified

BCRPA Registered Fitness Leaders are eligible to receive 1 CEC upon completion of this course.

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Trauma Informed Fitness – Polyvagal Theory – $25 (BCRPA Members $20)

Trauma Informed Fitness - Polyvagal Theory
Description: Despite our best efforts, fitness professional can sometimes feel helpless in our well intention efforts to help clients reach new levels of fitness. This workshop will leave you with the understanding that mental health focused fitness is not about changing our physical body, it is about reconnecting our body and mind. You will be challenged to put aside the traditional goals of fitness, and think about movement in a totally different way.
In this workshop, we’ll cover:
• What is the polyvagal theory?
• How polyvagal theory deepens our understanding of the autonomic nervous system
• How to use polyvagal theory in fitness and trauma healing (within your scope of practice)
• What is the cross-stressor adaptation and is science really proving we can build resilience and self-confidence through sweating

BCRPA Registered Fitness Leaders are eligible to receive 1 CEC upon completion of this course.

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Bringing the Indoors Out: Tips for Successfully Taking your Indoor Group Fitness Class Outside – $25 (BCRPA Members $20)

Presented by Group Fitness SFL Tamara GrandBringing the Indoors Out: Tips for Successfully Taking your Indoor Group Fitness Class Outside
Description: In this workshop we’ll review the elements of a successful group fitness class, discuss the challenges of retaining these elements in an outdoor setting, (and in keeping with Covid-19 public health protocols) suggest tips for tackling those challenges and provide examples of class outlines that have been successfully used with indoor group fitness classes that have made the transition to outdoor programming.

BCRPA Registered Fitness Leaders are eligible to receive 1 CEC upon completion of this course.

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Urban Forest Policies for Climate Resilience – $25 (BCRPA Members $20)

Presented by Zhaochua Cheng Urban Forest Policies for Climate Resilience
Description: While being major greenhouse gas (GHG) emitters, cities also suffer some of the most severe climate change impacts. Urban forests have gained increasing recognition as nature-based solutions to climate change via the various benefits they provide, such as carbon sequestration and temperature regulation. Many cities have developed climate change and/or urban forest policies to enhance climate resilience and support urban livability. However, many cities are also promoting concepts such compact and walkable neighbourhoods that may have a negative impacts on urban forests. The connections among various climate action are complicated and not well studied. As more Canadian cities start to integrate urban forests as part of their climate action, there is an increasing need and urgency to understand how different climate action interact with urban forestry related action. The presentation will provide an overview of the level of alignment between climate change and urban forestry policies across big cities in Canada, and examine the possible synergies and trade-offs between various climate action and urban forestry action via a case study of municipalities in the Metro Vancouver region.

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The Evolution of Equitable Community Spaces and Gardens – $25 (BCRPA Members $20)

Presented by Mandy Hadfield, Aaren Topley, Lauren Sim, Ian Lai, Magnus Sinclair, Grace Augustinowicz, and Stephanie Mak The Evolution of Equitable Community Spaces and Gardens
Description: In the first half of this presentation the City of Surrey will explore how community gardens can be spaces that grow community, just as much as veggies. In 2019, the City of Surrey embarked on a partnership with Can You Dig It! to understand the gaps in community garden operations and how to build best practices that could help local community gardens thrive over time and be self-sustaining. Come and hear about our journey with these spaces and how we hope to grow community gardens and impact neighbourhoods for years to come. In the second half of this session, Urban Bounty will discuss the importance of building relationships for the successful rollout of a community garden program. We will speak of the evolution of how we went from the “wild west” to a system that has been successful and allowed growth each year since 2010. The Urban Agriculture team will highlight wins, site management issues, and ongoing challenges. Urban Bounty will also touch base on the future of accessible garden spaces and hopes to build a group that meets quarterly around a community of practice.
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Fabricated soils as a Tool in Landscape Restoration – $25 (BCRPA Members $20)

Presented by Johanna Moretto and Karen Pyne Fabricated soils as a Tool in Landscape Restoration
Description: Did you know that the world is losing healthy soils at an alarming rate? Due to climate change and unsustainable land management practices, we are experiencing a rapid decline of fertile soils around the globe. Sustainable sources of soil amendments and fabricated soils are becoming more and more important by providing organic matter and nutrients essential for restoring landscapes. This presentation will explore soil amendments, fabricated soils and a unique soil product made from biosolids, an endlessly renewable resource.
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Trees and plants of the future: A new perspective in a changing environment – $25 (BCRPA Members $20)

Presented by Brian Minter Trees and plants of the future
Description: This past year of extreme weather has created a new reality in the types of plants needed for urban forests, parks and gardens. Not only must they have more diverse weather tolerance, but also be more wildlife, people and environmentally friendly. Participants will have a better perspective on trees and plants that are more drought, heat and weather tolerant for future landscape designs and for use in parks, urban forests and gardens. They will learn more about the capacity of trees to sequester carbon, produce oxygen and help cool temperatures. They will also gain a greater understanding of trees’ relationships to wildlife and people.

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Everyday Leadership – $25 (BCRPA Members $20)

Presented by Phil Eastwood Everyday Leadership
Description: Phil Eastwood uses the philosophy behind Joseph Campbell’s, “The Hero’s Journey” to deliver a powerful and memorable presentation about personal impact + influence, as well as individual responsibility within an organizational setting. Delegates will leave the session with a renewed understanding of the importance of how they should “show up” each day.

BCRPA Registered Fitness Leaders are eligible to receive 1 CEC upon completion of this course.

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Leadership Resilience: What is it, and how to achieve it? – $25 (BCRPA Members $20)

Presented by David Lundberg  Leadership Resilience: What is it, and how to achieve it?
Description: Resiliency is a hot topic, but what does it mean to be resilient? The old resilience model led us to believe that we needed to hit bottom to bounce back up. That was what resilience meant – overcoming adversity and making life a fight, or struggle. This tactic may work for the short-term, but a leader knows that adversity is something they experience daily: tight deadlines, fluctuating priorities, and unreasonable customer demands are just some of the daily challenges.
The traditional resilience mindset will leave some leaders, managers, and supervisors ill-equipped to carry out their roles. Understanding how your resilience can be strengthened is one of the golden keys of leadership and can lead to long-term success.

BCRPA Registered Fitness Leaders are eligible to receive 1 CEC upon completion of this course.

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Hives for Humanity – Inclusion of People and Pollinators in Parks – $25 (BCRPA Members $20)

Presented by Sarah Common and Jim McLeod Hives for Humanity - Inclusion of People and Pollinators in Parks
Description: Hives for Humanity (H4H) will present how they approach fostering inclusion of all people and pollinators in park projects, installing pollinator meadows and honey bee hives, and on transforming urban spaces into opportunities for connection and healing. This session will answer the questions: What is a pollinator meadow, and what plants and trees do honey bees need for foraging, health, and habitat?

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Flowering in The Parks – $25 (BCRPA Members $20)

Presented by Hitomi Gilliam, AIFD Flowering in The Parks
Description: Botanicals and flower artistry sculptures serve an important function in our environment and parks by balancing our tech-filled lives with natural beauty. This session will highlight techniques to help you create evocative flower shows in our public parks and gardens that connect us with the natural environment, and draw attention to the importance and beauty of a healthy earthscape. Learn how to showcase flower art in parks and how to collaborate between local government departments, floral artists and flower growers. Discover the power of flower shows and how it can bring the community together.

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Introduction to Clinical Somatic and Qigong Exercises – $25 (BCRPA Members $20)


The SoQi program takes inspiration from “So” of Clinical Somatic and Somatic yoga and “Qi” from Qigong. SoQi is a groundbreaking way to release chronic muscle contraction by retraining posture and movement patterns that are causing pain. Yoga means union, and these beautiful exercises are united by the same principle: to move our body in a healthy way. This program sets out to help release the tension that you build up each day you can keep increasing your performance and is recommended for all ages, fitness instructors, athletics, and all people who use their body extensively.

BCRPA Registered Fitness Leaders are eligible to receive 1 CEC upon completion of this course.

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He, She, They? Building Inclusivity Into Your Fitness Culture – $25 (BCRPA Members $20)


Does your gym or studio provide an inviting space for all? Are you and your employees reflective of the community you live in? Here in Canada we’ve made leaps and bounds towards creating a more inclusive place to live, work and play. But, there is still more work to be done. You as fitness leaders and professionals have the ability to change the future and the health of the LGBTQ community.

BCRPA Registered Fitness Leaders are eligible to receive 1 CEC upon completion of this course.

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Strengthening Your Marketing Campaign and Gaining Clients – $25 (BCRPA Members $20)

Strengthening Your Marketing Campaign and Gaining Clients
This workshop will uncover basic marketing principles such as: identifying target clients, understanding strengths, weaknesses, threat, opportunities, and developing social media, and branding and communications (copywriting) strategies. Participants will gain a clearer understanding of their practice, who they aim to appeal to, and they will learn to establish their own personal way of marketing themselves using easy-to-use branding tools.

BCRPA Registered Fitness Leaders are eligible to receive 1 CEC upon completion of this course.

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Instagram 101 for Fitness Professionals – $25 (BCRPA Members $20)

Instagram 101 for Fitness Professionals
Description: Presented by BCRPA Fitness Leader Yana Hempler, this workshop will teach beginners how to use Instagram to grow their engagement and reach on the platform. The workshop will go over: establishing and understanding the target market, ways to generate engagement and grow a following without spending money on ads, as well as generate potential content ideas that trainers can use to attract their ideal clients.

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Self-Esteem and Body Image – $25 (BCRPA Members $20)

Self-Esteem and Body Image
Description: If you have ever struggled with self-esteem or body image, or train clients who do, this workshop addresses negative body image and what to do to change your thinking. Presented by Christina Truscott, this workshop looks at intrinsic/extrinsic factors that affect our psyche. It discusses compliments and criticism, what “esteem” is and how it can affect us, as well as the big ego vs. a strong ego. If you want to try something different than the usual anatomy or exercise workshop, this will give you a change and hopefully help you feel more successful and more positive about yourself.

BCRPA Registered Fitness Leaders are eligible to receive 1 CEC upon completion of this course.

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Dementia Education Workshop for Fitness Leaders – $25 (BCRPA Members $20)

Dementia Education Workshop for Fitness Leaders
Description: Sana Aziz of the Alzheimer Society of BC, and Gail Roxburgh, a BCRPA Registered Fitness Leader with extensive background in working with older adults with dementia in a recreation setting will review the signs and symptoms of dementia, and how to support participants in your classes. This workshop will provide tips for running a dementia friendly fitness class, as well as case studies to expand your understanding in identifying dementia, and give you examples of how to react to situations you may encounter as a Fitness Leader.

BCRPA Registered Fitness Leaders are eligible to receive 1 CEC upon completion of this course.

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How Fitness Leaders Can Thrive in the Shift from Training In-Person to Online – $25 (BCRPA Members $20)

How Fitness Leaders Can Thrive in the Shift from Training In-Person to Online
Description: Alison Landry, a BCRPA Registered Fitness Leader, will help you find the joy again for teaching. COVID-19 has required fitness to pivot from in-person to online. In this workshop you will learn how to teach classes online and provide you with fresh new class formats and tons of new exercise ideas. The only equipment you will need are weights and a mat.

BCRPA Registered Fitness Leaders are eligible to receive 1 CEC upon completion of this course.

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New Work Habits for a Changing World of Work – Brenda Robinson – $25 (BCRPA Members $20)

New Work Habits for a Changing World of Work - Brenda Robinso
Description: What is happening to our world of work? Is it a challenge or a chore? “Same old – same old” is now new, different and even exciting. However, some of our old approaches, strategies and ways of doing things must be updated and reframed. We can no longer think in terms of “if it works, why change it”. We have to think in terms of “if it works, we can build on it to grow and improve”. Join Brenda to take a light and informative look at new habits for a changing world of work.

BCRPA Registered Fitness Leaders are eligible to receive 1 CEC upon completion of this course.

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Training for Successful Aging-Brian Justin – $15 (BCRPA Members $10)

Training for Successful Aging-Brian Justin
Description: “You know you are not young anymore”. How many of you get a little perturbed hearing this? Granted biology does change as we age but to what extent? As trainers, we have a large role in helping our clients age successfully so that they can pursue the things they love to do. Join Brian as he introduces his 5M system of training that can be used to train any client but especially can help clients age successfully.

BCRPA Registered Fitness Leaders are eligible to receive 0.5 CECs upon completion of this course.

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Cognitive Benefits of Exercise for Older Adults: Pilates Infused – Teaching Skills – Dorothea Arnett – $15 (BCRPA Members $10)

Cognitive Benefits of Exercise for Older Adults: Pilates Infused – Teaching Skills - Dorothea Arnett
Description: Learn skills when interacting with older adults to help them know “success”, understanding the benefits for them to “keep moving” and fit. Teaching skills to instructors, to understand the differences between “doing” and “teaching”. As instructors, we are “Life Coaches”, ‘Teachers’ of the benefits of movement and how it affects our health. Learn skills to make the class a social and fun event with their interaction, so they will want to participate in fitness and socialize with others.

BCRPA Registered Fitness Leaders are eligible to receive 0.5 CECs upon completion of this course.

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Personal Training ICE Workshop – $50

Personal Training ICE Workshop
The Instructor Evaluation Competency (ICE) Workshops are one of the requirements for all SFL and TFL applicants. Please submit your application to registration@bcrpa.bc.ca BEFORE registering for an ICE workshop. Upon application approval, you will be directed to an ICE workshop online.

BCRPA Registered Fitness Leaders are eligible to receive 1.5 CECs upon completion of this course.

NOTE. You should only take this course if you are a BCRPA registered fitness leaders who is applying to become a TFL or SFL.

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Group Fitness & Aquatic Fitness ICE Workshop – $50

Group Fitness/Aquatic Fitness ICE workshop
The Instructor Evaluation Competency (ICE) Workshops are one of the requirements for all SFL and TFL applicants. Please submit your application to registration@bcrpa.bc.ca BEFORE registering for an ICE workshop. Upon application approval, you will be directed to an ICE workshop online.

BCRPA Registered Fitness Leaders are eligible to receive 1.5 CECs upon completion of this course.

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Weight Training ICE Workshop – $50

Weight Training ICE Workshop
The Instructor Evaluation Competency (ICE) Workshops are one of the requirements for all SFL and TFL applicants. Please submit your application to registration@bcrpa.bc.ca BEFORE registering for an ICE workshop. Upon application approval, you will be directed to an ICE workshop online.

BCRPA Registered Fitness Leaders are eligible to receive 1.5 CECs upon completion of this course.

NOTE. You should only take this course if you are a BCRPA registered fitness leaders who is applying to become a TFL or SFL.

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Yoga Fitness & Pilates Fitness ICE Workshop – $50

Yoga Fitness & Pilates Fitness ICE Workshop
The Instructor Evaluation Competency (ICE) Workshops are one of the requirements for all SFL and TFL applicants. Please submit your application to registration@bcrpa.bc.ca BEFORE registering for an ICE workshop. Upon application approval, you will be directed to an ICE workshop online.

BCRPA Registered Fitness Leaders are eligible to receive 1.5 CECs upon completion of this course.

NOTE. You should only take this course if you are a BCRPA registered fitness leaders who is applying to become a TFL or SFL.

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Understanding and Intervening with the Explosive Child – $25 (BCRPA Members $20)

Understanding and Intervening with the Explosive ChildEveryone wants to know, “What should we do about the child who has frequent meltdowns or explosions?” In order to intervene effectively, we must first understand the origins of this challenging behaviour no matter the age of the child. This presentation will introduce the underlying emotion of frustration, and then explain why certain students have a hard time managing their frustration, including the neuroscience surrounding their behaviour. We will look at ways of intervening that avoid certain pitfalls and that have proven to be most effective for helping these children.

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Leading and Guiding Children – Ways to Improve Your Interactions – $25 (BCRPA Members $20)

Leading and Guiding Children – Ways to Improve Your InteractionsWhen we work with children there are times when we need them to listen to us. And when they don’t, we find ourselves resorting to tactics that don’t always work and ones that we sometimes regret having used. This presentation will focus on how to get into the lead position with the children in our care that respects their developmental needs and yet allows us to do our job which is that of a teacher and guide.

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Positive Behaviour Supports – Building Social Communication – $25 (BCRPA Members $20)

Positive Behaviour Supports – Building Social Communication“What does it mean to have a good life?” Having a good life means being able to communicate your needs in a pro-social way. In this webinar we will learn practical strategies to change the environment and increase skills so challenging behaviours are replaced with communication. We will discuss the seven pro-social behaviours required for effective communication and how we implement teaching these life skills in the context of a recreation program.

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Communication: Having difficult conversations with kids and talking to parents – $25 (BCRPA Members $20)

Communication: Having difficult conversations with kids and talking to parentsIt’s more than a two way street. We’ll look at ways to understand what children are trying to tell us and how to have those difficult conversations. Lastly, we’ll finish with how to talk with parents to get buy-in and support.

45 minute video + 10-20 minute worksheet activity

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Lost Child Supervision Strategies – $25 (BCRPA Members $20)

Lost Child Supervision Strategies

Ensuring proper supervision of children goes beyond head counts. We’ll look at ways to include supervision in everything you do to ensure you’re at the top of your game safety-wise.

50 minute video + 10-20 minute worksheet activity

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Physical Literacy & How to Teach It – $25 (BCRPA Members $20)

Physical Literacy & How to Teach It

What is it and why should we teach it? But most importantly, how do you teach it? We’ll get a better understanding of this critical stage of movement and find ways to introduce it to your participants and their parents.

40 minute video + 10-20 minute worksheet activity

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Physically Distant Camps: Stay safe while keeping the fun and connection – $25 (BCRPA Members $20)

Physically Distant Camps: Stay safe while keeping the fun and connection
How to have fun with minimizing contact with others! Your back pocket will be full of ideas on how to stay safe without losing the fun and social connection.

45 minute video + 10-20 minute worksheet activity

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Sensory-Friendly Strategies for Supporting Behaviour & Setting Up Your Outdoor Camp for Success – $25 (BCRPA Members $20)

Sensory-Friendly Strategies for Supporting Behaviour & Setting Up Your Outdoor Camp for Success This workshop will look at supporting behaviours through creating sensory-friendly spaces in recreation settings. The main focus will be on summer day camps and outdoor spaces, however many of the tools and skills will be transferable. This workshop will explore the importance of understanding emotions by using the zones of regulation, visuals and how to use them effectively outside, and adapting your camp space through use of sensory-friendly spaces and sensory tools. Learners will be engaged through scenarios and questions and walk away with resources and considerations for planning camps this summer.

31 minute video + 10-20 minute worksheet activity

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Teaching a Themed Camp: Make yours the one they talk about! – $25 (BCRPA Members $20)

Teaching a Themed Camp: Make yours the one they talk about!
Camps are a dime a dozen. So how do you stand out? We’ll find simple ways to bring your lesson planning up a notch and make your camp the one that all the kids are talking about at the end of summer.

45 minute video + 10-20 minute worksheet activity

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Transitions Between Activities with Ease – $25 (BCRPA Members $20)

Transitions Between Activities with Ease
Learn how to move from activity to activity with ease resulting in less resistance from your participants, faster turnover, and better outcome in participation. This program will look at the emotional needs of children during transitions as well as provide fun ways to transition smoothly.

60 minute video + 10-20 minute worksheet activity

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Proactive Strategies – $41 (BCRPA Members $35)

Proactive Strategies

This virtual training focuses on how we can be pro-active and integrate rapport, guidelines & boundaries, and be flexible in our program design and our interactions.

Katy holds a master’s degree in educational leadership and brings a wealth of experience as an educator, social worker, and most recently as an educational consultant working with school districts, schools, and community organizations to build rapport and facilitate creative, meaningful learning experiences for all learners, with a focus on those with notable challenging behavioural, social, and emotional needs. Katy is the founder of REiL Learning. Find out more about Katy and her work at www.REiLlearning.com.

BCRPA Registered Fitness Leaders are eligible to receive 1 CEC upon completion of this course.

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The Big 3 – $41 (BCRPA Members $35)

The Big 3

This virtual training looks at how it’s the everyday things in programming that can wear us down. That is, not listening, not participating, and rude or disrespectful behavior. We look at how to strengthen listening and participation, in addition to dealing with rude behavior.

Katy holds a master’s degree in educational leadership and brings a wealth of experience as an educator, social worker, and most recently as an educational consultant working with community organizations, recreation centres, schools, and government to build rapport and facilitate creative, meaningful learning experiences for all learners, with a focus on those with notable challenging behavioral, social, and emotional needs. Katy is the founder of REiL Learning. Find out more about Katy and her work at www.REiLlearning.com.

BCRPA Registered Fitness Leaders are eligible to receive 1 CEC upon completion of this course.

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Integrating Social-Emotional Learning into Practice- $41 (BCRPA Members $35)

Integrating Social-Emotional Learning into Practice

This virtual training focuses on the five aspects of Social-Emotional Learning and how they can positively impact practice. We look at how self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making can enrich our lives and those of the youth we support.

Katy holds a master’s degree in educational leadership and brings a wealth of experience as an educator, social worker, and most recently as an educational consultant working with school districts, schools, and community organizations to build rapport and facilitate creative, meaningful learning experiences for all learners, with a focus on those with notable challenging behavioural, social, and emotional needs. Katy is the founder of REiL Learning. Find out more about Katy and her work at www.REiLlearning.com.

BCRPA Registered Fitness Leaders are eligible to receive 1 CEC upon completion of this course.

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What’s up with Bullying? – $41 (BCRPA Members $35)

What's up with Bullying

This virtual training looks at bullying as a societal issue and a learned skill. We look at how bullying is connected with power and is not the same as conflict. Activities to increase social cohesion are discussed.

Katy holds a master’s degree in educational leadership and brings a wealth of experience as an educator, social worker, and most recently as an educational consultant working with community organizations, recreation centres, schools, and government to build rapport and facilitate creative, meaningful learning experiences for all learners, with a focus on those with notable challenging behavioral, social, and emotional needs. Katy is the founder of REiL Learning. Find out more about Katy and her work at www.REiLlearning.com

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Supporting Kids who Experience Anxiety – $41 (BCRPA Members $35)

Supporing kids who experience anxiety
This virtual training is designed to support staff working with school-aged children who experience anxiety.
In this session we look at:
– How worry and anxiety are normal
– How flexibility is key
– What anxiety loves
– How your role-modeling can positively impact a child’s well-being
– What exercises and activities can help manage anxiety

Katy holds a master’s degree in educational leadership and brings a wealth of experience as an educator, social worker, and most recently as an educational consultant working with community organizations, recreation centres, schools, and government to build rapport and facilitate creative, meaningful learning experiences for all learners, with a focus on those with notable challenging behavioral, social, and emotional needs. Katy is the founder of REiL Learning. Find out more about Katy and her work at www.REiLlearning.com

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Building Genuine Community Partnerships with Jim Diers – $55 (BCRPA Members $45)

Building Genuine Community Partnerships with Jim DiersJim Diers knows that community engagement in 2018 means something very different than it did 20, 10 or even 5 years ago. In 2018 we held a livestream with Jim as he shared concrete tools and stories of building genuine successful partnerships in today’s communities. Jim explores the importance of key factors such as cultural diversity, aging populations, social capital, impacts of climate change, loss of community and connection to place and more… Hear on-the-ground stories of how powerful tools such as community mapping, open space, bottom-up planning and others have assisted associations, agencies and government to build successful, broad, inclusive community engagement in today’s rapidly changing world.

BCRPA Registered Fitness Leaders are eligible to receive 1.75 CECs upon completion of this course.

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Autism Awareness for Recreation Leaders – Free

Autism Awareness for Recreation LeadersThis course is designed to provide recreation staff with an overview of autism and an introduction to strategies for supporting individuals with autism in recreation settings.  In this highly interactive one-hour module, learners will work through four real life scenarios, watching a series of video interviews with recreation staff who have dealt with similar situations.  Learners will become more familiar with the behaviours associated with autism, and walk away with communication tips, teaching and learning strategies and behaviour support approaches.  Learners will receive a certificate upon completion of the course.

BCRPA Registered Fitness Leaders are eligible to receive 0.5 CECs upon completion of this course.

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Healthy Choices – Free

Healthy ChoicesRecreation facilities promote healthy lifestyles but often, the food and beverage options for patrons leave much to be desired.  It’s hard to promote healthy lifestyles when the only options after a good workout are pop, chips and chocolate bars. So where do you start?  This interactive course will walk through a five step process to support you in transforming your facility to a “Healthy Choices Facility”.  There are lots of tools and templates embedded in this course that you can use.

BCRPA Registered Fitness Leaders are eligible to receive 0.5 CECs upon completion of this course.

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PoolSafeBC — $40

PoolSafe BCWelcome to the official PoolSafeBC online course and exam. This course is designed for all aquatic centre staff to enhance their knowledge and skills in recognizing, evaluating and controlling hazards in pool settings.  In order to receive certification, you are required to fully complete the course and achieve 70% on the exam. A PoolSafeBC certificate can be printed immediately following successful completion. The course covers subjects such as rights and responsibilities of employers and workers, common hazards, microbiological organisms, chemical safety and emergency preparation and response. This course will take between 3-4 hours to complete. You can stop and start the course as it will remember where you left off, if you use the same computer/device.

BCRPA Registered Fitness Leaders are eligible to receive 3 CECs upon completion of this course.

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Aboriginal Cultural Relations Module – Free

Aboriginal Cultural Relations ModulePlease note, this module will be unavailable after May 22, 2024.

This online module is designed to educate sport and recreation leaders about important aspects of Aboriginal culture, and to provide best practices on how to incorporate this awareness into their programming. With history, teachings, personal experiences and resources built into the module, leaders can walk away with a better understanding of how to ensure Aboriginal people participate in sport and recreation in an environment that is inclusive, safe and respectful.

BCRPA Registered Fitness Leaders are eligible to receive 0.75 CECs upon completion of this course.

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BCRPA Shared Use Agreement Guide – Free

Shared Use Agreement GuideWorking together and sharing facilities makes good sense but takes a bit of work! There are many things that need to be thought through to make sure the partnerships meet the needs of all. This course describes the different types of shared use agreements, explains when to use them, and enables you to create a draft agreement of your own.

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Engaging the Hard to Reach – $25 (BCRPA Members $20)

Engaging the Hard to ReachEngaging the “Hard to Reach” provides an overview of who the ‘hard to reach’ are, helps you to identify common barriers to their participation in programs, suggest ways to diversify your approach and provide strategies to increase involvement and make recreation opportunities accessible to all. This course in only accessible by desktop computer (no mobile devices currently).

BCRPA Registered Fitness Leaders are eligible to receive 0.75 CECs upon completion of this course.

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Social Inclusion and Recreation – $25 (BCRPA Members $20)

Social Inclusion in RecreationSocial Inclusion and Recreation provides an overview of the link between poverty and health, highlights the difference between access and inclusion and provides strategies on how to leverage your recreation opportunities to increase social inclusion in your community. This course in only accessible by desktop computer (no mobile devices currently).

BCRPA Registered Fitness Leaders are eligible to receive 0.75 CECs upon completion of this course.

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Vulnerable Populations – Free

vpop-thumbnailThis course teaches front line leaders how to create and deliver recreation programs to all children, including those from vulnerable populations, focusing on what vulnerabilities are shared by children from different marginalized groups, how those vulnerabilities manifest themselves as behaviours, and how to best address those larger issues.

BCRPA Registered Fitness Leaders are eligible to receive 0.75 CECs upon completion of this course.

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Canada Food Guide Webinar – $10 (BCRPA Members $5)

The Canada Food Guide was updated in February 2019 by Health Canada. This webinar provides information on the current guidelines and considerations on healthy eating, and how it can be used as a resource for developing nutritional policies, programs and educational resources.

BCRPA Registered Fitness Leaders are eligible to receive 1 CEC upon completion of this course.

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