Become Certified in the McGill Method

Steps to Certification


You must be a health care practitioner or fitness professional, in good standing with their professional college or association.

Within the last five (5) years you have attended:

McGill 1: Foundation for a pain-free back

McGill 2: Assessment

McGill 3: Enhancing performance

Check the ‘online courses’ page for access to McGill Method courses.

If you take the online courses,  you must also attend the small enrollment, on-line but interactive hands-on skills development workshop for each course. Free to those who have registered for the three courses.

Download our McGill Method Certification Study Guide for those pursuing certification.

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1. Study  the content in Dr. Stuart McGill’s Back mechanic, Low Back Disorders (3rd Ed.) and Ultimate Back Fitness and Performance (6th Ed.) textbooks. You must demonstrate competence is interpreting the 9 assessment tests in Back Mechanic together with designing and coaching an appropriate program as a minimum.

2. Review the study guide.
3. Take the McGill Method Certification written exam.
4. Take the McGill Method Certification practical exam.
5. Pay your member fees.
If you received a passing grade (≥ 80%), you will become McGill Method Certified. Once your McGill Method Certified member fees are paid, your contact information will be included in the McGill Method Certified database, posted on and available to the general public searching for referrals certified McGill Method practitioners.

How to Maintain your Certification

1. A review is conducted every 4 years (involving a progress report with suggestions). In the exceptional case involving complaints against a practitioner by clients or colleagues, BFP reserves the right to conduct a re-examination (there is no cost for this). Note that this situation has never occurred.
2. Pay your annual certification membership fees

McGill Method Certification is administered by REDelivery. Please visit for more details.

Certification from Backfitpro Inc. is the only certification recognized by Backfitpro Inc.

A Note From McGill Method Certified Practitioner, Nicola Folino

“Becoming McGill Method Certified has proven to be invaluable both personally and professionally. The process afforded me the confidence and reassurance I needed to impart knowledge and execute appropriate programs to clients suffering from low back pain. It has also provided me with a unique training niche supported by my listing on the Backfitpro website which continues to be a significant source of new clients.”

– Nicola Folino