Please read this in its entirety before registering for a GLA:D™ Canada course.

To provide 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.

To become certified individuals must have the knowledge, skills, ability and scope of practice to:

  • independently assess patients abilities,
  • prescribe/progress/modify exercises for participants to meet their individual abilities and their contraindications as appropriate including addressing other chronic diseases,
  • 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 must have a minimum of 2 years of FULL TIME clinical experience in Canada including working with an OA population.

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

Individuals that meet these criteria can register for the course directly.

Other professionals
Other 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 (CSEP-CEP),
  • non-registered kinesiologist with extensive experience working in rehabilitation clinics.

In each 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.

If you 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 employment situation.

 Through 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 osteoarthritis,
    • Note that time as a student or volunteer does NOT count towards this time requirement
  • experience leading group education and exercise sessions.

Documentation needs to be sent to 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.

Note that 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 instructors)
  • managers/supervisors who do not meet the clinical criteria themselves

Review process
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.


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 $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 purchased. 

Please READ THIS before registering for the remote course to be sure you have what you need to participate.

Items available for purchase (Taxes included):
Séance de formation GLA:D Canada – formation virtuelle les 26 et 27 septembre 2020

Le samedi 26 septembre 2020 
      (de 9 h à 16 h) heure avancée de l'est

Le dimanche 27 septembre 2020 
       (de 8 h à 12 h 30) heure avancée de l'est

(This course offered in French only)


Price:   $520.00 CAD
GLA:D™ Canada Training Session - Remote October 24-25 2020

Saturday, October 24, 2020  9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Mountain Time
                                    11:00 AM - 6:00 PM Eastern Time

Sunday, October 25, 2020  8:00 AM - 12:30 PM Mountain Time
                                        10:00 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time

Price:   $520.00 CAD