You need 8 CECs annually to recertify
CALA grants 1 CEC per hour of CALA
- Attend workshops, specialty
courses and/or conferences
CALA educational events including courses, workshops and
convention are recognized through an accreditation process by
provincial, national and international organizations.
Credits are granted through an application process which is
specific to each organization.
By attending a CALA event you have an opportunity to earn
credits with the following organizations (our affiliations are
not limited to those listed below:
need 8 CECs annually to recertify
Your CALA certification must
be renewed every year and will come due on the same date as your
membership. Your CALA membership must be current at the time
of recertification. Renewal notices are mailed or emailed prior to
the expiry of your membership and certification. Keep track of your
expiry date to assist CALA headquarters and ensure your membership
and certification remain current.
achieve recertification eight (8) CALA Continuing
Education Credits (CECs) are required per year. You can
bank credits and use the credits collected at any time.
One hour of education is equal to one CALA CEC.
To maintain certification status you must meet
the following criteria:
- Current CALA member, in good standing.
Maintain your membership status on an annual basis.
- Gather a minimum of eight CALA CEC's before
- Attend 8 hours of workshops or other specialty
If you attend more than 8 hours of workshops, you can bank
your extra credits (CECs) and use them for future recertification. You never
lose the credits that you earn.
If you are unable to attend workshops, courses or a
conference, you can petition for CECs by
attending other events that are related to fitness including: training
related to First Aid, CPR, Lifeguard, Swim Instructor Training, CanFitPro
CALA limits the number of CECs you can petition each year. CALA encourages
you to register in CALA Training Events.
- Pay an annual re-certification fee.
(contact CALA for re-certification fee and annual membership fee)
Complete the Membership form
- Conduct a specified number of post aquatic
therapy sessions per year (ie. Aqua Arthritis classes)
Download petition form
CALA limits the number of
CECs you can petition each year. CALA encourages you to
register for CALA Training Events.
a convention, course or workshop has not been accredited
for CALA Continuing Education Credits (CECs) you may
petition for CEC approval.
Complete the application form (one form per
session) including written verification of the
educational credits and hours, then either 1) scan and
email it to or mail to CALA Headquarters.
If the petition application is approved you will receive
validation via email. A fee of $15 + tax per credit (1
credit per hour) will be charged and payment must be
received prior to validation.
example: for a three-hour workshop the fee is $45 + tax
and 3 CALA CECs are awarded
Most educational events facilitated by a suitable
trainer/presenter will be acceptable for CEC petition
approval. Master classes and workouts are not available
for petition. Full documentation (proof that you
attended the session) detailing the petitioned CEC must
be submitted together with the application.
also petition for CECs: If you have attended an event
related to fitness with an organization other than CALA, you
can petition for CECs. Accepting petition CECs is at the
discretion of CALA. It is advisable to attend CALA Events in
your region, when possible, in order to maintain CALA
Certification. Use of petitioned credits, in order to
recertify is limited.
1. Attendance at CALA
conferences, specialty courses, programs, and/or
workshops are the most common method of achieving the
2. Attendance at “other”
conferences and workshops that have had approved for
credits by CALA. To determine if an educational
event has been accredited by CALA, call or email CALA
3. Petition for CECs: If
you have attended a continuing education event related
to fitness and healthy living that was not accredited by
CALA, you may apply/petition for CECs. The petition fee
for non-CALA approved education is $15.00 plus tax per
CEC (hour). You must submit the fee and a petition form
4. Write an article.
If the article you write is published, on the CALA
website equals 3 CALA CECs
If you collect more than 8 CECs, the extra credits can
be banked and bumped forward into the next certification
period. Remember: Continued education ensures that your
skills remain current as the fitness industry is
constantly adapting to increased knowledge and client
needs and desires.
you are having problems getting the necessary # of CECs
call the CALA office so that we assist you.
it is time to recertify put together the following:
1. All CALA certificates
and/or conference registration forms that you have
collected from CALA educational events you have
2. Tally the number of
CECs you have accumulated.
3. Include a completed
petition form, proof of attendance and the petition fee
4. Include a
recertification fee (contact CALA for recertification
fee). You will be issued a CALA certificate indicating
your certification status once your recertification
requirements are processed by CALA.
CALA grants 1 CEC per hour of CALA
training events are Accredited by National and Provincial Association. CECs must be petitioned with each association. Not all
events will be granted CECs.
If you are AFLCA Certified, you
can petition for credits through individual application by using the
CEC petition application
Canadian Association of Fitness Professionals
British Columbia Recreation & Parks Association
Nova Scotia Fitness Leaders Alliance
Alberta Fitness Leader Certification Association
Saskatchewan Parks & Recreation
YMCA & YWCA
Young Men's Christian Association and
Young Woman's Christian Association
Manitoba Fitness Council
Ontario Fitness Council
Canadian Fitness Education Services
New Brunswick Fitness Leaders Alliance
Canadian Professional Trainers
Life Saving Society
Australian Aquafitness Organization
South African Professional Sports Association
South African Water Fitness Association
Leadership Training Organization in Germany, Founder Darin Dieterich
1 CEC per
bank your CECS against future
recertification (8 CECS per year required