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Become a Fitness Leader

Discover National PSP Training Centre leadership courses and CAF fitness instructor training programs at CFB Borden and qualify to lead your unit physical fitness programs!

The National PSP Training Centre (NTC) develops and conducts PSP courses and qualifications, in addition to several military physical fitness qualifications on behalf of the Canadian Defence Academy. The NTC produces high quality training and education in collaboration with all Divisional PSP stakeholders, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) training and development subject matters experts, and CF Health Services. NTC staff promotes the implementation of up-to-date, evidenced-based, and comprehensive information to benefit PSP and the CAF as a whole. 


How to register for National PSP Training Centre courses

Your training coordinator, training officer or operations and training cell must nominate you for National PSP Training Centre Programs. To complete the nomination, they will need access to MITE, the course session number and session dates for one of the following courses: 

  • FORCE Evaluator
  • Basic Fitness Training Assistant (BFTA) 
  • Advanced Fitness Training Assistant (AFTA)
  • Unit Fitness and Sports Officer (UFSO)

Nominations are reviewed approximately 30 days prior to the course start date. Participants will be contacted to confirm their attendance at that time.

Course descriptions and eligibility

Get details on four fitness leadership qualification courses, including suitability and eligibility, rank requirements and requalification options.

  • FORCE Evaluator (ALET) MITE COURSE QUALIFICATION CODE 120950

    Possession of this specialty will enable personnel to conduct the FORCE Evaluation IAW with the FORCE Evaluation Operations Manual.


    Course Length 

    Module 1-5 (6 hours on DLN, prior to Module 6) 
    Module 6 (One day) 
      

    Prerequisites 

    Personnel must meet the following requirements to be selected for this specialty: 

    • Have the rank of Cpl / LS and above or be required to conduct FORCE Evaluations as part of their job description 

    • Be currently qualified in St. John’s Standard Level First Aid and CPR 

    • Medical standards 

                     V   CV   H   G   O   A 
                     4    3     3    2    2   5 

    • Achieve the minimum physical fitness requirement IAW DAOD 5023-2, or within PSP job 

      Requalification

       In order to remain FORCE Evaluator qualified, personnel will be required to requalify every two (2) years. Requalification will be conducted by local PSP staff (FORCE Instructors). 

      Logistics 

       Taught by the local PSP staff. Contact your local Fitness Coordinator for nomination.

  • Basic Fitness Training Assistant (BFTA) - GUARDIAN COURSE QUALIFICATION CODE 112290
    Designed for physically fit Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel who are interested in improving their knowledge of safe and effective physical fitness training methods, leadership abilities and instructional capabilities to enhance their unit’s physical fitness.

    In order to be nominated for Military Personnel Generation Training Group (MPGTG) courses (BFTA, AFTA and UFSO), your unit Training Coordinator, Training Officer or Operations and Training Cell must enter your nomination in Guardian.  The desired serial number and session dates must be entered into the comments field (click on TAB 3 to get to the comments field) in order to ensure you are not simply put on a waiting list.
     
    Nominations are normally confirmed about 30 days prior to the course start date.  At that time participants will receive a course loading message that will include the Joining Instructions and specifics on FIN Codes.  They must confirm their attendance by email with the National PSP Training Center at that time. If members cannot attend the session, they must have their Ops and Training cell change/remove their nomination in Guardian.
     
    There are no course registration fees. Participant costs for travel, TD and R&Q are funded through MPGTG for Reg Force members only.  For Reservists, MPGTG only covers the course and their unit covers travel, TD and wages.
     
    If you have any issues with Guardian nominations, please contact by email.

    Course length

    9 training days 

    Prerequisites
    • Successfully completed the FORCE evaluation in the past 12 months 
    • Rank of Corporal, Leading Seaman and above 
    • Currently qualified in Standard First Aid and CPR 
    • Medical standards: 
                     V   CV   H   G   O   A
                     4    3     3    2    2   5
    • Course attendance approval through the Chain of Command

    Objective

    The objective of this course is to familiarize CAF personnel with PSP fitness training methodologies. The knowledge imparted during this nine-day course provides them with the ability and confidence required to lead unit physical training. The BFTA’s role is to act as an effective liaison between their unit and the local PSP fitness staff. This collaborative approach will enhance the level of continuity of the CAF Fitness Program.

    What and how you will learn

    This course focuses on PSP physical fitness training methods including exercise purpose, exercise risk-benefit analysis, progressions and options for all fitness levels. Effective leadership styles for a CAF fitness class will be examined. This information will be delivered through theoretical lectures, practical demonstrations, group discussions, and student presentations.  

    Expectations

    Students will be assessed on their conduct of a group physical fitness training session and implementation of a physical fitness program.

    NOTE: This is a highly physical / activity based course.

    Logistics
    • Taught at CFB Borden. In order to have a course taught at any other location with suitable facilities and equipment, a request has to be submitted to MPGTG HQ in Borden
    • Offered in both official languages
    • For more information please contact the National PSP Training Center
  • Advanced Fitness Training Assistant (AFTA) - GUARDIAN COURSE QUALIFICATION CODE 112390
    For military personnel who have a keen interest in Physical Fitness Training (PFT) and have successfully completed the BFTA (Basic Fitness Training Assistant) qualification. 

    In order to be nominated for Military Personnel Generation Training Group (MPGTG) courses (BFTA, AFTA and UFSO), your unit Training Coordinator, Training Officer or Operations and Training Cell must enter your nomination in Guardian.  The desired serial number and session dates must be entered into the comments field (click on TAB 3 to get to the comments field) in order to ensure you are not simply put on a waiting list.
     
    Nominations are normally confirmed about 30 days prior to the course start date.  At that time participants will receive a course loading message that will include the Joining Instructions and specifics on FIN Codes.  They must confirm their attendance by email with the National PSP Training Centre at that time.  If members cannot attend the session, they must have their Ops and Training cell change/remove their nomination in Guardian.
     
    There are no course registration fees. Participant costs for travel, TD and R&Q are funded through MPGTG for Reg Force members only.  For Reservists, MPGTG only covers the course and their unit covers travel, TD and wages.
     
    If you have any issues with Guardian nominations, please contact by email.

    Course length

    10 training days 

    Prerequisites
    • BFTA qualified and involved with the unit’s/school’s PT program on a regular basis 
    • Successfully completed the FORCE evaluation in the past 12 months 
    • Rank of Master Corporal, Master Seaman and above 
    • Currently qualified in Standard First Aid and CPR 
    • Medical standards: 
                      V   CV   H   G   O   A
                      4     3    3    2    2   5
    • Course attendance approval through the Chain of Command

    Objective

    This course aims at instructing CAF personnel on advanced type fitness training. It will inform them how to meet the needs of the tactical athlete. This operational and functionally based training will enhance the operational readiness of the individual and their unit.

    What and how you will learn

    During this 2 week course you will learn how to:
    • Explain operational training 
    • Identify exercise safety concerns of advanced training methods.
    • Demonstrate/conduct operational fitness conditioning and skills training session. 
    • Conduct competitive fitness games 
    • Conduct fitness based orienteering
    This information will be delivered through theoretical lectures, practical demonstrations, group discussions, and student presentations.

    Expectations

    Students will be assessed on their conduct of an operational group physical fitness training session, instruction and demonstration of weight lifting technique, conducting group competitive games activity, and achieving passing grades in two written theoretical tests.

    NOTE: This is a highly physical / activity based course.

    Logistics
    • Taught at CFB Borden. In order to have a course taught at any other location with suitable facilities and equipment, a request has to be submitted to CFSTG HQ in Borden
    • Offered in both official languages
    • For more information please contact the National PSP Training Center.
  • Unit Fitness and Sports Officer (UFSO) - GUARDIAN COURSE QUALIFICATION CODE 112436
    For military personnel in a position of leadership related to their unit’s physical fitness training and sports program. 

    In order to be nominated for Military Personnel Generation Training Group (MPGTG) courses (BFTA, AFTA and UFSO), your unit Training Coordinator, Training Officer or Operations and Training Cell must enter your nomination in Guardian.  The desired serial number and session dates must be entered into the comments field (click on TAB 3 to get to the comments field) in order to ensure you are not simply put on a waiting list.
     
    Nominations are normally confirmed about 30 days prior to the course start date.  At that time participants will receive a course loading message that will include the Joining Instructions and specifics on FIN Codes.  They must confirm their attendance by email with the National PSP Training Centre at that time.  If members cannot attend the session, they must have their Ops and Training cell change their nomination in Guardian.
     
    There are no course registration fees. Participant costs for travel, TD and R&Q are funded through MPGTG for Reg Force members only.  For Reservists, MPGTG only covers the course and their unit covers travel, TD and wages.
     
    If you have any issues with Guardian nominations, please contact by email.

    Course Length

    5 training days

    Prerequisites
    • BFTA or AFTA qualified and involved with the unit’s/school’s PT program on a regular basis. 
    • Successfully completed the FORCE evaluation in the past 12 months. 
    • Rank of Sergeant, Petty Officer 2nd class and above. 
    • Currently qualified in Standard First Aid and CPR. 
    • Medical standards: 
                      V   CV   H   G   O   A
                      4    3     3    2    2    5
    • Course attendance approval through the Chain of Command

    Objective

    This course is designed to train CAF personnel to manage their unit’s physical fitness and sports activities, by effectively matching the annual physical fitness training program to the operational and training schedule of a unit. This will enable units to follow a specific fitness and sport plan that is catered to their unique requirements.

    Logistics
    • Please note that the Unit Fitness and Sports Officer (UFSO) course is a pilot course and only available in English at this time.
    • Taught at CFB Borden. In order to have a course taught at any other location with suitable facilities and equipment, a request has to be submitted to MPGTG HQ in Borden.
    • For more information please contact the National PSP Training Center.