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BC Women's develops the Osteofit instructor training course curriculum, course design, faculty and manual. We establish the Osteofit instructor scope of practice and performance standards. As a BC Women's trademarked program, Osteofit must be delivered according to the pre-determined format and curriculum.

Registration/training

 

Osteofit instructor registration

Fitness instructors interested in becoming a BC Women's certified Osteofit instructor must complete the 15-hour Osteofit instructor training course.

Osteofit Instructors are registered through the BCRPA Fitness Registration Program. Successful candidates are recognized as educated, well-trained individuals capable of providing a high quality of service.

Registration requirements

  • BCRPA registration in group fitness OR weight training OR personal training prior to Osteofit training course
  • BCRPA third age designation prior to Osteofit training course
  • Osteofit instructor training course
  • Osteofit written exam (70% required to pass)
  • Osteofit instructor competency evaluation (ICE) valid for 3 years
  • Current First Aid and CPR
  • Copies of current certifications.

There is no additional cost to register as an Osteofit instructor. Your BCRPA fitness registration will include Osteofit designation provided all requirements have been met.

Download the Osteofit instructor application below (3 forms)

Form A - ICE Registration cover letter
Form B - Resume and lesson plan
Form C - ICE evaluation form

 

Instructor training course description

The BC Women's Osteofit instructor training course is a two-day program. The curriculum includes:

  • Role of BC Women's osteoporosis program
  • Introduction to osteoporosis
  • Management of osteoporosis
  • Basic nutrition for healthy bones
  • Principles of training
  • Exercise analysis
  • Contraindicated exercises
  • Osteofit program design
  • Networking with health care services

At the end of the instructor training course, instructors are required to take a multiple-choice, closed book exam. A score of 70% is required to pass. A cost of $30 is applied to the exam. The Osteofit Instructor exam may be proctored. Contact BCRPA for more information.

May 1, 2016: Get Up & Go instructor training

This training  restricted to current Osteofit Instructors only.
George Pearson Learning Centre
650 West 57th Avenue
Vancouver BC
Course conductor: Debbie Cheong, Osteofit master trainer.
Contact: osteofit@cw.bc.ca for more information
Download registration form
 

Osteofit instructor’s scope of practice

Based on BC Women's guidelines and BCRPA standards, the Osteofit instructor is able to:
  • Provide initial health screening.
  • Design, modify and instruct safe, effective and appropriate fitness programs to meet the needs of apparently healthy individuals or special population who have received medical clearance* in a group fitness or weight room setting.
  • Lead exercise sessions based on BC Women's guidelines and BCRPA standards.
  • Incorporate the use of appropriate equipment based on specialized training and the needs of the participants.
  • Ensure a safe exercise environment utilizing standard screening tools.
  • Provide basic nutritional information based on Canada's Guide to Healthy Eating. Participants' requests for advanced nutritional information should be referred to a qualified nutrition professional.
  • Obtain specialized training and consult with appropriate health care professionals to work with Special Populations (seniors, youth, persons with a disease condition or disorder).
  • Act as a resource and refer to appropriate health care providers when dealing with participants who have conditions that the Osteofit instructor is not specifically accredited to address.
*Some participants may require medical clearance from a physician or nurse practitioner, those include patients over 69 years of age and/or who answer yes to any questions in the Par Q assessment. Osteofit instructors must ensure that they comply with the terms of such clearance as indicated by the medical practitioner regarding these individuals.
 
Benefits of being a BC Women's Osteofit instructor
  • Clinical support from BC Women's Osteoporosis program specialists -- physiotherapist, dietitian, nurse clinician and physicians
  • Regular research updates related to seniors' health and wellness
  • Annual continuing education updates at minimal costs through workshops in all regions of the province
  • Membership in an industry-standard not-for-profit organization (85% of fitness facilities require BCRPA registration as a standard of employment)
  • Decreased risk of liability exposure. In a court of law, the parties involved are measured against the industry standard.
  • $2 million liability insurance included in registration (discounted insurance program for personal trainers)
  • Scope of practice and code of ethics
  • Nationally recognized registration, transferable to other provinces (part of the National Fitness Leadership Alliance - NFLA)
  • Recognition of expanded skills in working with the older population
  • Connection to the fitness / health industry
  • E-news that provides current training information and industry updates
  • Discounts at various retail outlets.

Certification

 

Maintaining Osteofit certification

Osteofit Instructors are required to maintain certification with professional development workshops annually. Instructors are required to renew their fitness registration every 2 years and repeat Osteofit  Instructor Competency Evaluation (ICE) practical exam every 3 years.

Osteofit certification maintenance requirements:
  • Current BCRPA fitness registration in Group Fitness OR Weight Training OR Personal Training
  • BCRPA Third Age designation or Older Adult Module must be completed
  • 4 Continuing Education Credits in older adult fitness workshops (over 2 years)
  • Osteofit Instructor Competency Evaluation practical exam (valid for three years)
  • Current First Aid and CPR
Download the Osteofit Renewal-ICE form

Osteofit continuing education workshops are offered throughout the year in communities around the province. Workshops are open to Osteofit instructors as well as Physicians, Physiotherapists, Nurses and other allied health care providers.

Workshops

Workshops are listed below. For more information, contact the .
Provincial Coordinator.

1. Incontinence: Amazingly common, incredibly undertreated

This workshop is available online on PHSA’s Learning Hub. 
Note, Learning Hub users must create a user profile to register for workshops.

This workshop will inform the participant about the impact of urinary incontinence on elderly women and women with osteoporosis. It will describe the importance of having knowledge about urinary incontinence and advice that can be given to prevent falls and low trauma fractures that stem from these falls. This workshop will describe behavioural treatment options and simple exercises that will greatly impact the health and safety of the women with osteoporosis. 1.5 BCRPA CECs.

Presented by Pat Leiblich, PT. BC Women’s Health Centre

Click on the appropriate link below to create your user profile, register for the workshop, pay by credit card and access the session.

(must have Osteofit ICE within the last 3 years)


For more information contact the Provincial Coordinator.

2. Nutrition for optimal bone status

This workshop is available online on PHSA’s Learning Hub. 
Note, Learning Hub users must create a user profile to register for workshops.

Strong bones are crucial to good health, and good nutrition is crucial to strong bones. This workshops will review: dietary requirements and key sources for calcium and Vitamin D; the stance on supplements including what kind, how much and possible side effects of taking too much; and commonly asked questions including suitable dairy alternatives, the concerns surrounding soy products, effects of caffeine and carbonated beverages on bones, and alkaline/acid diets. 1.5 BCRPA CECs.

Presented by Sadia Badiei, Dietitian, BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre.

Click on the appropriate link below to create your user profile, register for the workshop, pay by credit card and access the session.

(must have Osteofit ICE within the last 3 years)


For more information contact the Provincial Coordinator.

3. Review of Exercises for those with Osteoporosis

Online. Access code provided upon registration. 

This session will review the current guidelines from Osteoporosis Canada for exercises for those at risk for fractures. 

Presenters: Marcella Paoletti, Physiotherapist from BC Women's Osteoporosis Clinic and Debbie Cheong, Master Trainer of Osteofit Instructors. 

Open to all instructors and health care professionals.
Credits: 2.0 BCRPA CECs

Download registration form

4. Working Towards Better Balance

Online. Access code provided upon registration. 

This session will explore effective strategies for incorporating balance in exercise programs. 

Presenters: Marcella Paoletti, Physiotherapist from the Osteoporosis Clinic at BC Women’s Health Centre and Debbie Cheong, Master Trainer of Osteofit Instructors.
Open to all instructors and health care professionals.
Credits:2.0 BCRPA CECs
Download registration form

5. Osteofit-Unlimited

Online. Access code provided upon registration. 

Restricted to Osteofit instructors! Join Debbie Cheong, Master Trainer for this practical review of the Osteofit program design. The Osteofit instructor training manual has over 80 illustrations and describes more than 25 agility activities that instructors can incorporate into their Osteofit classes. Are you using them all?
Credits: 2.0 BCRPA CECs

Download registration form

6. Exploring Progressive Overload in Exercise for Seniors

Online. Access code provided upon registration. 

The benefits of strength training for seniors are well documented and most of our exercise programs include some resistance training. Are we providing opportunities for progression? This workshop reviews the principles of Progressive Overload and explores techniques to safely increase intensity for seniors of varying abilities, function and mobility.

Presenter: Debbie Cheong
Open to all instructors and health care professionals.
Credits: 2.5 BCRPA CECs

7. Review of Strength Training Principles for the Older Adult

Online. Access code provided upon registration. 

As our population ages, enrollment in exercise programs for the older, more frail adult continues to increase. How safe is it to include strength training? Which exercises are best for this older population? In this workshop we will review strength training principles, use of resistance, FITT principle, program design and progressions as it applies to seniors. 

Presenter: Debbie Cheong. 
Online workshop open to all instructors and health care professionals.  
Credits: 2.0 BCRPA credits
Download registration form


8. Arthritis and Exercise Cautions and Modifications

Online. Access code provided upon registration. 

As fitness instructors we are facing an increase in the number of older adults attending our classes. These vibrant and active participants present with various chronic conditions of which Arthritis is a common concern. This workshop will provide an overview of Arthritis and the modifications and precautions necessary to accommodate individuals in Osteofit classes who present with this disease condition.

Presenter: Wendy Turner, Physiotherapist at Lions Gate Hospital Arthritis Program. 
Open to all instructors and health care professionals.
Credits: 1.5 BCRPA credits 
Registration required. 
Download registration form
Instructor trainers

 

Become an Osteofit instructor trainer

There are two ways to become an instructor trainer.

OPTION 1

University degree, diploma or certificate in physical education, kinesiology or other related health and fitness area

OPTION 2

Current fitness leader registration in Osteofit

In addition, both options require the following:

  • Current BCRPA registration (out of province registration will be reviewed and assessed on an individual basis)
  • Current First Aid and CPR
  • Resume of practical experience detailing 30 hours of recent supervisory experience as well as minimum 2 years of on-floor instruction in Osteofit (approximately 100 hours)
  • Recognized supervisors course from an established university, college or business school (i.e. Justice Institute, Open Learning Institute, community college)
  • BC Women's instructional competency evaluation (ICE) workshop and practicum
  • Advanced Osteofit ICE
  • Two shadow Osteofit ICE
  • Two reference letters (current within 1 year) from a supervisor or manager/owner of a fitness facility
  • Transcript indicating university/college education in related health and fitness area (minimum 27 credits)
  • Letter indicating apprenticeship (50 hours of shadowing the Osteofit instructor training course) under a BCRPA registered trainer of Osteofit fitness leaders (TFL)
  • Recognized trainer of trainers workshop/adult education course
  • Osteofit-specific trainer of trainers workshop
For more information, contact the provincial coordinator.
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