Fitness and Health Promotion
Become a fitness and health professional. Practical training and industry experience that extends beyond lectures. Be certification-ready.

General information

Program code
4 Semesters (2 Years)
Ontario College Diploma

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2021 Barrie
Winter 2022 Barrie
Summer 2021 Barrie

Program description

This program is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to become leaders in the fitness and health promotion industry. Success in the Fitness and Health promotion industry is supported by a fundamental understanding of scientific and business theory, which can be translated into practical application. Students in this program are exposed to the theory that they require to excel in this field, and are given multiple opportunities to apply theory in both classroom and industry settings.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities may include personal trainer, group exercise instructor, health and fitness appraiser/counselor, wellness consultant, and program director at commercial/private fitness and health clubs, resorts/hotels, corporate/employee fitness centres and organizations, or municipal /community fitness facilities or health units.

Admission information

Admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • any Grade 111 or 12 Mathematics (C, M, or U)
  • Grade 11 or 12 Biology (C or U) OR Grade 12 Exercise Science (U) 

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to:


Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

Criminal Reference/Vulnerable Sector Check

Placement agencies require an up-to-date clear criminal reference check and vulnerable sector check prior to going out on placement. Students should obtain their criminal reference three months prior to placement; checks conducted earlier may not be considered current. As some jurisdictions require longer lead-time for processing, please check with the program coordinator to ensure you allow for sufficient turn-around time. It is the student's responsibility to provide the completed document prior to placement start.

NOTE: A record of criminal offences, for which a pardon has not been granted, may prevent students from completing their placements, thereby affecting their ability to graduate.

Admission details

It is required that students have Level C CPR and Standard First Aid prior to starting the practical experience courses. It is the student's responsibility to renew their Level C CPR certification annually while in the program. Students are asked to submit a copy of their current Level C CPR and Standard First Aid certificate to the instructor of the practical experience course. Certifications received through on-line Level C CPR and Standard First Aid courses are not accepted. 


Program-specific Courses

  • BIOL 1027 - Anatomy
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • BIOL 1028 - Physiology
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • FITN 1007 - Fitness Instructor Leadership
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • FITN 1008 - Introduction to Fitness and Health Promotion
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • BIOL 1017 - Applied Anatomy
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • BIOL 1018 - Exercise Physiology
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • FITN 1009 - Personal Training
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • FITN 1013 - Client Counselling
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • FITN 2008 - Fitness Appraisal and Testing 1
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • FITN 2013 - Exercise Planning and Prescription
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • FITN 2017 - On-Campus Practical Experience
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • FITN 2018 - Functional Anatomy and Injury Prevention
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • FITN 2019 - Fitness Business and Entrepreneurship
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • NUTR 2000 - Current Concepts in Nutrition
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • FITN 2009 - Exercise and the Human Condition
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • FITN 2010 - Advanced Exercise Techniques
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • FITN 2020 - Health Promotion and Special Events
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • FITN 2021 - Off-Campus Practical Experience
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • NUTR 2001 - Advanced Concepts in Nutrition
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)

Communications courses

  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
    (Semester 1)
  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
    (Semester 2)

General education courses

  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.
    (Semester 1)
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.
    (Semester 3)
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.
    (Semester 4)