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To become a certified GLA:D™ Canada instructor, you must have eligible staff complete a 1.5 day training course. The GLA:D™ Canada program is a high quality education and tailored exercise program. Individuals must be licensed by a regulatory body, have the knowledge, skills, ability and scope of practice to independently assess patients, prescribe exercises, progress exercises (including home based recommendations), modify exercises as appropriate for participants (to fit their individual ability and contraindications as appropriate) and transition functional exercises to physical activity and activities of daily living. Examples of health care professionals that fit these criteria are physiotherapists and chiropractors. Each individual should have a minimum of 2 years of clinical experience including working with this patient population. 

We recognize that other professionals may be eligible to provide the program. We ask that these individuals fit the following criteria:

  • Have at least 2 years of clinical experience working with patients with chronic disease, including working with patients with hip and/or knee osteoarthritis.
  • Have experience leading group education sessions.

The GLA:D™ Canada course is available for professional who will be working in Canada only.

Osteopathic and Athletic Therapy training is not sufficient to take the GLA:D™ course. Additional training and/or experience with an OA population, including patients with comorbidities, is required.

If you are a registered kinesiologist (within the province of Ontario), a non-registered kinesiologist or a certified exercise physiologists (CSEP-CEP), you will be considered for the course based on an application. Please send your full CV, current job description and a letter from your manager demonstrating your skills and experiences as explained above to info@gladcanada.ca to be considered for the course. Your application will be reviewed by the GLA:D™ Canada national team and you will be notified of your acceptance or decline to take the training course. Please allow at least 2 weeks for our national team to review your application.

Internationally trained physiotherapists who are looking to take our GLA:D™ Canada course are welcome to take our course after they have successfully passed their Physiotherapy Competency Exam (PCE) and have received their license to practice in Canada. They must have a minimum of 2 years of clinical experience including working with this patient population.

GLA:D™ Canada training sessions are 1.5 day training courses that will prepare you to provide the program to your clients. Training consists of:

  1. Theoretical component detailing the pathophysiology of osteoarthritis and up to date research on treatment.
  2. Information on how to implement the program within your clinical setting, adhering to the GLA:D™ Canada program standards and data collection.
  3. Practical instruction on how to deliver the neuromuscular exercise program and functional test.

This course will include:

  • Meals and refreshments during the 1.5 day course
  • 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

Prior to 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 $230 administration fee to support us in assisting you with the process. 

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This course is valued at $450. Implementation funding support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation has made it possible to provide this course at a subsidized rate of $360 for therapists practicing in the province of Ontario. All of our courses are tax exempt.

** Please note that a $25 non-refundable administration fee is included for each registration purchased.

Items available for purchase (Taxes included):
GLA:D™ Canada Training Session - Edmonton, AB Oct 13-14, 2018
Saturday, October 13, 2018 (8:30 AM - 5:00 PM) and
Sunday, October 14, 2018 (8:30 AM - 1:00 PM)
Course location: Corbett Hall, University of Alberta
8205 114 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 2G4


Price:   $450.00 CAD
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