Continuing Education


Continuing education plays an important role in the demonstration of ongoing excellence in delivering the CCAA programs. Continuing Education Credits (CECs) help ensure that certificate holders are exposed to new and current knowledge that will enhance their exercise class content and design. By staying up-to-date with evidence-based content, instructors are better equipped to deliver programs that benefit participants.

Option 1: Watch Live or Recorded Research Seminars & Lectures

Watching Live CCAA Research Seminars

If in 2022-2023, you registered for and participated in a live research seminar or lecture in real-time, online or in-person (while the session is being recorded) you can submit a screenshot of the email you received after the event.

The screenshot must include the email headers (your name, from, date, subject line) and must be uploaded to the appropriate requirement in your progress report. Requirements that don't include a screenshot or PDF of the email will not be accepted. Your real-time Zoom attendance may be confirmed in the meeting attendance report.


Example screenshot of a webinar follow-up email with select email headers

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Note: Watching LIVE webinars offered by organizations other than the CCAA require the completion and submission of the Seminar Summary Form for each live webinar submitted.

Watching Recorded CCAA Research Seminars

Reflections written after watching recorded research seminars and lectures (offered by the CCAA) are accepted for CECs. The recorded seminar used for CECs must have occured within the two years prior to the renewal deadline.

The reflections should discuss what you learned while watching the seminar and how that knowledge can be applied to your senior fitness classes.

Visit the recorded seminars page to access the recordings.

For renewals beginning in 2024, two live, online or recorded (+reflection), webinars are required for ONE SFIC CEC.

Option 2: Coursera (Online Course)

Coursera enrollment is free. To submit this course for an SFIC CEC, take a screenshot of the overview page to show your course progress. Include the institution logo in the top left corner, your name in the top right corner and the progress (green) bar indicating that you have completed all weeks of the training. There is a fee to download the official certificates in Coursera, however this document is not required for renewal. A screenshot as described above is accepted.

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Hacking Exercise for Health (McMaster University)

Renowned exercise physiologists Martin Gibala and Stuart Phillips of McMaster University teach the surprising new science of cardio fitness and strength-building—and then provide you with hacks to get fit and strong (and healthy!) in less time than you ever thought possible. Learn more or register.

4 to 23 learning hours or 2 SFIC CECs (new renewal process)

Option 3: University of Tasmania Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

Preventing Dementia

Preventing Dementia is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) launched in 2018, offering university-quality education about the latest research in dementia risk and protective factors. The free 4-week course provides an opportunity to engage with the perspectives of a global community, without requiring exams or assignments. Learn more.

Enrollment now open, course begins Oct. 10, 2023

4 weeks or 8 learning hours = 3 SFIC CECs (new renewal process)

Understanding Dementia

The Understanding Dementia MOOC was developed by the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre based in the College of Health and Medicine at the University of TasmaniaThis world-leading online course is free, easily accessible and available to everyone with an interest in dementia. Learn more or enrol.

Enrollment now open, course begins Nov. 6, 2023

7 weeks or 21 learning hours = 3 SFIC CECs (new renewal process) 

Option 4: Canadian Remote Access for Dementia Learning Experiences CRADLE+ (Online Course)

CRADLE+ shares stories of seniors living with dementia and the care providers who support them. Using interactive features and engaging media, this free, online course teaches Canadian unregulated care providers (e.g., personal support workers and continuing care assistants) evidence-informed approaches to real-life care scenarios.

With additional funding from the Future Skills Centre, the English and French versions of this course have been expanded to include additional content. Unregulated care providers can enrol for the English and French versions of the expanded CRADLE+ course or the original Mandarin and Tagalog version of this course free of charge today. More translated versions of CRADLE+ will be released in 2023. Learn more about CRADLE+.

5 learning hours = 2 SFIC CECs (new renewal process)