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.
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.
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.