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Help people develop and maintain healthier lifestyles

Fitness and Health Promotion Ontario College Diploma program

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

Program code FHPR
Duration 2 Years
Credential Ontario College Diploma
Program Delivery Full-time
Full-time program delivery method(s) In person What does this mean?

Program information

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.

Intake information

Start dateCampus
Summer 2023 Barrie
Fall 2023 Barrie
Winter 2024 Barrie

Tuition and fees

What are the admission requirements for the Fitness and Health Promotion program?

Fitness and Health Promotion 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) 

Minimum of 60% in Grade 11 College or University level Mathematics (MBF3C or MCF3M) 

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: www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/academic-regulations/


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 for Prior Learning 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.

Additional information

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. 

What career paths can I take in the health and fitness industry?

Your Fitness and Health Promotion diploma gives you many 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.

What courses are included in the Fitness and Health Promotion diploma program?

Course overview

19 Program Courses
2 Communications Courses
3 General Education Courses

Program-specific courses

Semester 1 courses are listed below. For a full list of courses in the program including course descriptions, view the Fitness and Health Promotion program outline.

  • BIOL 1027 – Anatomy
  • BIOL 1028 – Physiology
  • FITN 1007 – Fitness Instructor Leadership
  • FITN 1008 – Introduction to Fitness and Health Promotion
  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.

Your course delivery method(s)

In person

This program is delivered fully in person and requires you to attend campus.

Please note, delivery methods are based on planning for the upcoming semester and are subject to change.

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