Fitness and Health Promotion (2015/16 Program)

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Humber North Campus
Four semesters, beginning in September, January and May

Humber Orangeville Campus
Four 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:
• Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses:
– Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent)
– Grade 12 Mathematics (MAP4C, MCT4C, MDM4U, MCB4U, MGA4U, MCV4U or MHF4U or equivalent)
– 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 12 C, M or U course in addition to those listed above


Mature student status


College or university transfer status

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.

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. These are mandatory for successful completion of the course.


The 2014/2015 fee for two semesters was
– 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.

Our Program

Humber’s Fitness and Health Promotion diploma program allows you to be at the leading edge of the healthy revolution as you learn from expert, industry-connected faculty. 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.

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

Your Career

Lifetime Fitness Inc. shows that the demand for fitness professionals is expected to increase by 30 per cent by 2018 as Canadians commit to get active and healthy. Our program prepares you to be a personal trainer, fitness appraiser or group exercise instructor, or pursue a career in wellness consulting, health promotion or program directing. 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 or cruise ship, among other opportunities.

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.

Professional Accreditation, Endorsement and Recognition

Qualified students can 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
– Certified Personal Trainer (RHEP-CPT) offered through the Ontario Fitness Council (OFC).

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.

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.

Our Facilities

We have state-of-the-art fitness facilities, including two dedicated fitness assessment laboratories, a private personal training studio and two fully equipped group exercise studios.

Work Placement

You’ll 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.

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.

Your Future Study Options

Qualified graduates of this program may be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study at many postsecondary institutions. Visit for detailed information.

List of Courses
Semester 3
Course Code Course Name
FITM 206 Injury Management and Applied Anatomy
FITM 254 Group Exercise Leadership 2
FITM 255 Special Events Planning
NUTR 202 Nutrition
WORK 209 On-Campus Internship
WRIT 200 Workplace Writing Skills
Select 1 of the following courses
GNED General Elective
Semester 4
Course Code Course Name
FITM 232 Health Promotion
FITM 251 Exercise Prescription 2
FITM 256 Motor Learning and Control
MGMT 250 Health and Fitness Management
NUTR 259 Applied Nutrition
PSYC 207 Psychology of Sport
WORK 259 Industry Internship