Exercise Science and Lifestyle Management (2015/16 Program)

Program Code: 
Program Length: 

Two semesters, beginning in September

Contact Information: 

Crystal Pole-Langdon
program support officer
416.675.6622 ext. 5194

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:
• A Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology, Physical Education, or Human Kinetics including completion of at least one semester of the following courses:
– Human Anatomy
– Human Physiology
– Exercise Physiology
– Biomechanics
– Statistics/Research Methods
• It is recommended that students also possess at least one semester of the following courses:
– Psychomotor Behaviour or Motor Learning
– Introduction to Health and Wellness or Epidemiology of Physical Activity
– Psychology of Sport; Psychology of Exercise; Sociology of Exercise; or Sociology of Sport

All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

Selection: Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.

Note: Students with a related degree, who do not satisfy the above requirements, may enter into a bridge semester to qualify for admission to the program. The bridge semester is offered during the summer semester (May to August).

Additional Requirements

Before participating in this program, students must demonstrate a personal commitment to physical activity and healthy living, and possess the ability to fully participate in practical-based physical activity courses: resistance training, group exercise classes, cardiovascular training, plyometrics and flexibility training. Prospective students with special needs or limitations are encouraged to discuss their career goals with the program co-ordinator before applying.

Practical courses, which take place in a lab have a strict attendance policy, which is mandatory for successful completion of the course.


The 2015/2016 fee for two semesters is
– domestic $6,198.89
– international $14,800.

Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2015/2016 academic year. Fees are subject to change. Refer to our detailed fee information.

Additional Costs

$1,100 (per year) for textbooks; $140 Fitness Assessment Kit; $120 First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification; $50 CKO Jurisprudence; $90 – $200 Professional Development Conference; $75 uniform; $170 Fitness Instructor Specialist certification (optional); $300 Certified Personal Trainer certification (optional).

Our Program

Humber’s Exercise Science and Lifestyle Management graduate certificate program is designed to build on the knowledge students have acquired in their university undergraduate degrees by providing in-depth, hands-on instruction in the areas of fitness assessment, health and lifestyle counselling, exercise prescription and delivery, health promotion, group exercise leadership, health and fitness management, marketing and entrepreneurship, ergonomic assessment and functional abilities assessment. Students learn in small groups, instructed by expert faculty currently employed in the fitness and health industry.

Our advisory committee provides regular review and input of our curriculum ensuring our program is always on the cutting edge of industry developments.

Your Career

About 15 per cent of the population, or 4.5 million people, belong to one of Canada’s 4,900 health and fitness clubs. This represents just one category of employer where students can expect to find a job as a fitness appraiser, personal trainer, wellness specialist, program director or club manager. The growth of the fitness business over the past three decades has created demand for qualified professionals in a variety of settings. In addition to private and commercial facilities, graduates can work for corporations that offer fitness and health services for employees; wellness centres at universities; sport institutes; rehabilitation units; municipal and community services; and organizations that mandate health and fitness as a condition of employment (e.g., military, correctional services, and police, fire and emergency response departments). In addition, graduates may wish to set up private practices or find employment in rehabilitation centres, hospitals and ergonomics. Graduates can provide services such as physical demands analysis, ergonomic assessments and functional ability assessments.

Professional Accreditation, Endorsement and Recognition

In exercise science, as in many professional career areas, professional accreditation is the hallmark of excellence. Holding these certifications increases a student’s job potential, income potential and his/her marketability.

After successful completion of the Ontario graduate certificate in Exercise Science and Lifestyle Management, along with the required core courses completed in your Kinesiology undergraduate degree, you will be well prepared to challenge the examinations for professional certification with: Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Exercise Physiologist); Canadian Fitness Professionals (canfitpro) (Fitness Instructor Specialist and Personal Trainer Specialist); American College of Sports Medicine (Certified Personal Trainer, Clinical Exercise Specialist); American Council on Exercise (Personal Trainer Certification); National Strength and Conditioning Association (Certified Personal Trainer); Canadian Kinesiology Alliance (membership through your provincial kinesiology association); Metriks (Functional Capacity Evaluator); and The Roy Matheson System (Certified Work Capacity Evaluator).

Our Industry Partnerships

The School of Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism has more than 500 industry partners. Partners provide funding for capital projects such as laboratories, provide internships for students, fund more than $60,000 in awards and scholarships, and also employ Humber graduates. Industry partners for this program include: Health Systems Group, Trifit, the City of Mississauga, the City of Vaughan, The Boulevard Club, The Adelaide Club, The Fitness Institute and Toronto area hospitals and rehabilitation clinics.

Our Facilities

State-of-the-art fitness facilities, including two dedicated fitness assessment laboratories, a private personal training studio, and two fully equipped group exercise studios ensure a high-quality learning environment.

Work Placement

Two unpaid internships, the first during semester two and the second following semester two, are key to this program. During the first placement, students will participate in weekly seminars with their professors and classmates to critically analyze their experiences and develop the skills required for professional work. The first internship is on campus where students will provide ergonomic, physical activity counselling and prescription services to Humber employees. The second internship is a four-week block placement off campus with one of Humber’s industry partners.

List of Courses
Semester 2
Course Code Course Name
ESCI 5550 Group Exercise Leadership
ESCI 5551 Nutrition: Therapeutic and Performance Application
ESCI 5552 Therapeutic Exercise: Special Populations
ESCI 5553 Health Promotion
ESCI 5555 Clinical Skills Lab
MKTG 5552 Marketing and Entrepreneurship
WORK 5556 Field Experience
WORK 5558 On-Campus Internship