Please read this in its entirety before registering for a GLA:D™ Canada course.
the GLA:D™ Canada program, all clinicians must complete a 1.5 day training
course in order to become a certified GLA:D™ Canada instructor. Each site
should consider having multiple trained staff to provide the program. This will
allow for coverage if a staff member is unable to provide the program.
certified individuals must have the knowledge, skills, ability and scope of
- independently assess patients
exercises for participants to meet their individual abilities and their
contraindications as appropriate including addressing other chronic
- transition functional exercises
to physical activity and activities of daily living.
health care professionals that fit these criteria are physiotherapists
and chiropractors. Each individual must have a minimum of 2
years of FULL TIME clinical experience in Canada including working with an
Canada course is available for professionals who will be working in Canada
that meet these criteria can register for the course directly.
professionals may have the qualifications and experience to be eligible to
provide the program and need to demonstrate this experience to the GLAD
National team. These professionals include:
- registered kinesiologist (within the
province of Ontario),
- certified exercise physiologists
- non-registered kinesiologist with
extensive experience working in rehabilitation clinics.
case additional training and experience with an OA
population, including patients with co morbidities, is required and
must be demonstrated in the application to take the course.
believe you have the relevant additional training and experience you will need
to apply to take the course by providing a:
- CV that provides details on
clinical work including clarification of the hours (e.g. full time or part
time 20 hours per week),
- letter/job description that
clearly outlines clinical experience,
- letter from their manager
describing how you will work with this OA population within your
this documentation each individual needs to demonstrate that they have:
- at least 2 years of FULL TIME
independent clinical experience working with individuals with chronic
disease, including working with individuals with hip and/or knee
- Note that time as a student or
volunteer does NOT count towards this time requirement
- experience leading group
education and exercise sessions.
needs to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The application will be reviewed by the GLA:D™ Canada national team and the
individual notified of their acceptance or decline to take the training course. Please do not register for a training course until you have received this notification.
job descriptions/qualifications that do not typically meet the criteria are:
- Osteopathic training
- Athletic therapy
- Massage therapy
- individuals working under the
direction of another health care practitioner (e.g. PTAs)
- individuals who run group based
programming only (e.g. aerobic instructor, yoga instructor)
- individuals working exclusively with
a younger/healthier clientele (e.g. sports or strength/conditioning
- managers/supervisors who do not meet
the clinical criteria themselves
Please allow at
least 2 weeks for our national team to review the application. All decisions
made 4 days prior to the course are final and changes cannot be considered
after this date.
Please note that
all decisions will be made based on the documentation provided. If declined,
additional email or phone call information will not be considered. Individuals
are able to resubmit updated documentation one time if they
are able to address the deficits.
training sessions are 1.5 day training courses that will prepare you to provide
the program to your clients. Training consists of:
- Theoretical component detailing the
pathophysiology of osteoarthritis and up to date research on treatment.
- Information on how to implement the
program within your clinical setting, adhering to the GLA:D™ Canada
program standards and data collection.
- Practical instruction on how to
deliver the neuromuscular exercise program and functional test.
- Meals and refreshments during the 1.5
- A Training Manual
- A user profile on the GLA:D™ Canada
website, once you have implemented the program, which will grant you
access to up-to-date programming materials and access to a community of
all trained GLA:D™ Canada therapists
- Materials to promote your program
- Follow-up implementation support to
launch the program at your location
signing up for a course, please review our website for information about
the GLA:D™ Canada program and read the following document: Getting Started with GLA:D. Data collection is an integral
component of GLA:D. Please note that implementing the program will require a
$310 administration fee to support us in assisting you with the process.
** Please note
that a $35 non-refundable administration fee is included for each registration