In order to maintain your SFIC certification, the following criteria must be met within two years of the completion date of your certification and every two years thereafter. There are five mandatory and one recommended certification criteria.
Please download the PDF version of the checklist to keep track of your renewal progress offline, and submit this checklist to the CCAA along with your other renewal documents.
Complete a minimum of 20 hours of practical teaching in a land-based group fitness class. Record your hours in the teaching log. This minimum number of teaching hours (20 full classes), must be confirmed with a signature from the program supervisor.
First Aid is also recommended, but not required for SFIC renewal.
Attend another instructor’s older adult fitness class, WATCH their class and complete the Peer Class Observation Form. The purpose of this component is for you to gain new ideas to implement in your own exercise classes. ** If you live in an area with a less dense population, please contact the CCAA to assist you further**
Obtain two continuing education credits - ideally one credit per year. Preferably an SFIC refresher course along with one other relevant credit. There are many ways to obtain continuing education credits. Please note that you must provide proof of attendance in the form of an agenda, certificate and/or receipt etc.
Continuing Education Credit Options:
Annual CCAA SFIC Refresher Workshop = 1 Credit
These workshops are provided by SFIC Trainers throughout the year at the CCAA and country-wide to provide:
CCAA Annual Research to Action Conference = 1 credit per day
CCAA Webinar = 0.5 credit (maximum of 2 webinars per renewal period)
CCAA Leadership Training Workshops = 0.5 Credit for 3+ hours, 1 Credit for 6+ hours (Exception: RCET = 2 credits)
Other fitness & aging related workshops, courses, presentations & seminars = 0.5 Credit for 3+ hour workshop/course, 1 Credit for 6+ hour workshop/course
Renewal fee is $50.00 + applicable tax for your province/territory. Updated certificates are released after payment of the renewal fee is received.
Payable to “Western University – CCAA” and mailed to:
Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging
1490 Richmond St. N.
London, ON N6G 2M3
We accept Visa and MasterCard payments over the phone. On your Renewal Checklist, please check the box that reads “Please invoice me, and I will pay the invoice by phone with a credit card”. Please do not submit your credit card information over email, voicemail or fax for security reasons.
This item is not required to complete the renewal process but it is highly recommended that all SFIC certified instructors are covered by a liability insurance policy, either through their work or on their own. Many insurance providers offer reduced rates when policies are bundled together, contact your home, automobile or life insurance broker to see if they offer personal liability as well. If they do not offer this type of policy you may wish to contact another insurance provider. The four companies listed below offer personal liability insurance for fitness leaders.
You can download your SFIC Certified certificate at any time, as long as your certification status is active.
No. Maintaining your certification status can only be enforced through your employer as a condition of employment/volunteering for teaching classes. Although there is no law that states an instructor must be certified in order to teach, there are many benefits to maintaining your certification status.
Check with the organization for which you teach. Organizations recruiting and training SFIC volunteers are eligible for the “Volunteer Agency License” which is subject to special guidelines. However, there is no renewal fee reduction for volunteer agencies. Please contact the Certification Coordinator for more information.
CCAA Certification Coordinator
Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging
1490 Richmond Street London, ON N6G 2M3
Phone: (519) 661-2059 Toll Free: 1(866) 661-1603 ext 82059
Fax: (519) 661-1612