2014/15 Program

Fitness and Health Promotion

Our Program

Be at the leading edge of the healthy revolution as you learn from expert, industry-connected faculty of the Fitness and Health Promotion program. Skills learned go far beyond the fundamentals of exercise to include anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, business administration and marketing, nutrition, injury management, special events planning and more.

Classroom theory combines with hands-on training and real-world experience for a comprehensive foundation that includes working with personal training clients and preparing for the opportunity to earn nationally recognized certifications. You’ll get to put what you learn to use by participating in one of the annual special events organized and executed by students, which promotes healthy living. Your dedication to wellness and your desire to positively impact lives will propel your career in this interactive and life-affirming field.

Graduates will be on their way to opening their own business or fitness franchise, or to take on employment in a fitness club, community centre, resort, day camp, cruise ship, among other opportunities.

Your Career

The demand for fitness professionals is expected to increase by 28 per cent by 2018 as Canadians commit to get active and healthy. Humber’s Fitness and Health Promotion program prepares you to be a hands-on leader as a personal trainer, fitness appraiser or group exercise instructor, or pursue a career in wellness consulting, health promotion or program directing. Alternatively, be your own boss as an entrepreneur in this varied and exciting field – skills learned are valuable, portable and Humber graduates are in demand.

Whether you choose employment in a fitness club, corporate fitness centre or municipal facility, or choose to open your own business, you’ll hit the ground running as you prepare to plan, market and deliver safe and effective fitness, wellness and healthy lifestyle programs.

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 you receive a high-quality learning environment.

Work Placement

Get hands-on experience as a fitness professional through two unpaid internships, one per semester in your second year of study. Your first internship takes place on campus, where you will perform fitness appraisals and conduct weekly personal training sessions for two clients who will be assigned to you. Your second internship is off campus, two days a week for 14 weeks (196 hours total) at a fitness facility you choose in a municipal, commercial, private or corporate setting.

Our Industry Partnerships

The School of Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism has more than 500 industry partners. Partners provide funding for capital projects (labs, etc.), provide internships for students, donate more than $60,000 in awards and scholarships, and employ our students upon graduation. Some industry partners for this program include: Bodies By Design, Caledon Centre for Recreation and Wellness, Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Borden – Personnel Support Programs, Cardio-Go, City of Brampton, City of Mississauga, City of Vaughan, Extreme Fitness, GoodLife Fitness, Health Systems Group, Heart and Stroke Foundation, MayFair Clubs, Mind to Muscle, Sports Specific Training (S.S.T.), The Boulevard Club, The Granite Club, The Motion Room, Toronto Athletic Club, TriFit Inc. and YMCA.

Study Abroad

Qualified students in this program are eligible to undertake one of the short duration experiential learning opportunities, which operate annually in May and are 10 to 20 days in length. Destinations include Europe and Asia.

Professional Accreditation, Endorsement and Recognition

Qualified students have the opportunity to earn nationally recognized industry certifications including the following:

  • Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) offered through the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP)
  • Personal Trainer Specialist (PTS) offered through the Canadian Fitness Professionals Inc. (canfitpro)
  • Fitness Instructors Specialist (FIS) offered through canfitpro.
Your Future Study Options

Qualified graduates of this program may be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study at many postsecondary institutions. For detailed information, visit humber.ca/transferguide.

Admission Requirements
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status
  • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U). If English is not your first language, refer to the English Language Proficiency Policy
  • Grade 12 Mathematics (MAP4C, MCT4C, MDM4U, MCB4U, MGA4U, MCV4U or MHF4U)
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Biology (SBI3C, SBI3U or SBI4U) or Grade 12 Chemistry (SCH4C or SCH4U) or Grade 12 Exercise Science (PSE4U)
  • One Grade 11 or Grade 12C, U or M course in addition to those listed above
  • Applicants who do not possess the required courses may complete admission testing to determine equivalencies. Invitation and booking of admission testing is done using the email address provided on the online application

Note: For more information, refer to Selection Procedures.

Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

Additional Requirements
  • Before participating in this program, students must demonstrate a personal commitment to physical activity and healthy living; 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 2014/2015 fee for two semesters is
• domestic $3,644.56
• international $13,900.
Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2014/2015 academic year.
Fees are subject to change. For more information, refer to Fees and Financial Assistance.

Additional Costs

Year one and two: textbooks and supplies – $1,250 per year.

Semester one: leadership camp field trip – $80; first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification – $140; laboratory materials package – $155.

Semester two: Personal Trainer Specialist – canfitpro certification – $190.

Semester three: uniform for on-campus internship – $75; Fitness Instructor Specialist – canfitpro certification – $170.

Semester four: CSEP-CPT certification – $300.

Alternative Course of Study

Humber also offers the Exercise Science and Lifestyle Management Ontario Graduate Certificate program 14131.

A Bachelor of Applied Science – Kinesiology degree is available through Humber’s partnership with the University of Guelph (Guelph-Humber). This degree allows qualified Fitness and Health Promotion students to transfer into year three of the degree. A summer bridging semester and specific grade point average are required.


Semester 1

Course Code Course Name
WRIT 100 College Reading and Writing Skills
ANAT 103 Anatomy
FITM 106 Health and Wellness
FITM 109 Fitness Assessment
FITM 111 Math for Health and Fitness Professionals
FITM 115 iSucceed in Fitness
PHYS 125 Physiology
GNED 101 An Introduction to Arts and Sciences

Semester 2

Course Code Course Name
FITM 152 Group Exercise Leadership 1
FITM 150 Exercise Prescription 1
FITM 155 Career Skills and Entrepreneurship
FITM 157 Fitness, Health, and Lifestyle Assessment
FITM 157 Biomechanics
PHYS 151 Exercise Physiology
FITM 158 Counselling and Communication

Semester 3

Course Code Course Name
WRIT 200 Workplace Writing Skills
FITM 206 Injury Management and Applied Anatomy
WORK 209 On-Campus Internship
NUTR 202 Nutrition
FITM 221 Group Exercise Leadership 2
FITM 226 Special Events Planning
GNEDG000 General Education Electives

Semester 4

Course Code Course Name
MGMT 250 Health And Fitness Management
FITM 260 Health Promotion
FITM 254 Exercise Prescription 2
FITM 256 Motor Learning and Control
WORK 259 Industry Internship
NUTR 259 Applied Nutrition
PSYC 207 Psychology of Sport