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canfitpro is the largest provider of education in the Canadian fitness industry. Founded in 1993, canfitpro delivers accessible, quality education, certifications, conferences, trade shows, and membership services. canfitpro’s over 100,000 members include some of the world’s finest fitness professionals, health club operators, industry suppliers, and fitness consumers.

canfitpro provides the following member services:

  • Educational events throughout the year
  • Certification courses, exams and resources
  • Bi-monthly magazine for our members
  • Monthly e-communications
  • Shopping opportunities at our trade shows across the country
  • Job postings network for club owners, managers, and program directors
  • Discounted liability insurance program
  • Discounted products and services from other partners
  • Networking opportunities for fitness professionals and fitness consumers

Facts about canfitpro

  • canfitpro is Canada’s largest certification organization for fitness professionals.
  • canfitpro offers education for both fitness professionals and fitness consumers.
  • canfitpro hosts over 6 fitness events across Canada annually.
  • The canfitpro world fitness expo is the largest combined fitness conference and trade show in the world with over 16,000 delegates and visitors.

Executive Summary

Company Background

canfitpro was founded in 1993 as a voice for all fitness professionals. Establishing itself as a member-driven education company, canfitpro hosted a conference and trade show for fitness professionals in London, Ontario. In 1996, after three successful years in London, the conference was relocated to Toronto, where it grew rapidly, offering an increasingly diverse curriculum and larger trade show. With breakout sessions for all types of fitness professionals connected to the industry, the conference delegate base grew year over year. Appealing to an ever broader market of allied health professionals, by 1998 the growth of the company necessitated that the conference be moved to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Canada’s largest convention centre. That same year, canfitpro’s Certification department was launched offering affordable, accessible certification for personal trainers and group fitness instructors. In the years since, canfitpro has continued to grow, with almost 100,000 members across Canada and over 25 countries. Now offering multiple certification designations, canfitpro has grown to not only be the largest provider of education in the Canadian fitness industry, but combined with its conference and trade show, has acquired the reputation as being one of the top fitness organizations in the world.

Company Future

With a foundation of proven success and a model of accessibility in the area of fitness education, canfitpro plans ahead to a future where it will expand its offerings beyond the fitness professional, to service the fitness education needs of all. By building on the strength of its current programs and introducing new programs to serve the industry, canfitpro will continue to pride itself on being both sensitive to its membership as well as helping shape the direction in which the industry as a whole grows. Through the efforts of all of canfitpro’s stakeholders, canfitpro will continue to be a world leader in the combined certification and continuing education of fitness instructors, personal trainers, allied health professionals, and fitness consumers.

Summary of Services


Whether you are an aspiring fitness professional, a club owner, or a fitness consumer there is a membership level just for you.


canfitpro demonstrates commitment to the fitness industry and shows a high standard of competency and ability. Continuous training demonstrates a dedication to self-improvement and a commitment to providing motivation and information for all participants. Known for quality and enthusiasm, a canfitpro certification establishes a benchmark for excellence and education in the fitness industry. 

Memberships available through canfitpro

 There are three types of membership:

  • Professional membership (includes Student membership)
  • Business Rewards Membership (BRM)
  • Consumer Fitness membership

The Professional/Student membership is most suitable for individuals interested in becoming fitness professionals and taking canfitpro courses and exams, as well as fitness enthusiasts who would like to be a part of a professional fitness organization. To be eligible for a Student membership, you must show proof of student status at a high school or post-secondary institution for the current academic year. The Student membership includes all the benefits of the Professional membership except that an electronic copy of canfitpro Magazine is sent in place of a hard copy.  To become canfitpro certified or retain your certification, you need to invest in/renew your Professional membership with canfitpro on an annual basis. Without a current membership, your certification is not valid. 

The Business Membership is most beneficial to club owners and operators, as it is a membership which benefits the entire club (job postings, incentives, and discounts for staff on certifications, conferences, etc.) 

The Consumer Fitness membership is most suitable for fitness enthusiasts who have an interest in learning about the latest fitness, health, and wellness topics to keep their workouts and lifestyle as optimal as possible. 

Options and Fees

canfitpro offers a variety of fitness certification programs and individual options for you to choose from. Group fitness certification fees are available, visit the Fees page associated with the certification to view a breakdown. canfitpro recommends completing the full certification including the course, exams, manual and study guides to ensure optimal success. Choose the options that will help you pass the exam! 

Talk to your canfitpro in Calgary PRO TRAINER Karyn Silenzi or our Customer Relations Team ( or 1-800-667-5622) if you are unsure what option to choose. 

Fitness Instructor Specialist Certification

Your certification is recognized nationally and internationally. You will not need to pay "transfer fees" if you move between provinces or recertify as long as your CPR requirements and Continuing Education requirements are met. 

Standards of Practice

A demonstration of the leadership, motivation and practical training required for group exercise instructors who wish to train to develop a safe and effective exercise class.

The role of a Fitness Instructor Specialist has evolved far beyond being a basic "aerobic instructor". As a group exercise expert, you will assist club members in a fun and motivating setting. A qualified Fitness Instructor Specialist can lead groups in various formats of cardiovascular conditioning, muscle strength and endurance training, stretching and relaxation, or a calming cool-down. A canfitpro certified FIS is knowledgeable about different types of music, understands how to use music in a group setting, keeps current on the latest fitness trends and is able to give generalized advice about healthy living.

Click here to understand more about who should take the journey to become a professional with a Fitness Instructor Specialist (FIS) Certification and why canfitpro is the right choice.