Fitness and Health Promotion

Program: FHPR
Credential: Ontario College Diploma
Delivery: Full-time
Length: 4 Semesters
Duration: 2 Years
Effective: Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Summer 2021
Location: Barrie


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. Student 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 class room and industry settings.

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.

Program Learning Outcomes 

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. conduct assessments of fitness, well-being, and lifestyle for clients and effectively communicate assessment results;
  2. prescribe appropriate physical activity, fitness, active living, and lifestyle programs to enhance health, fitness, and well-being of clients;
  3. utilize appropriate interviewing and counselling skills to promote or enhance health, fitness, active living, and well-being of clients;
  4. collaborate with individuals in the selection and adoption of strategies that will enable them to take control of and improve their health, fitness, and well-being;
  5. develop, implement, and evaluate activities, programs, and events which respond to identified needs and interests of clients and maximize the benefits of health, fitness, and well-being;
  6. train individuals and instruct groups in exercise and physical activities;
  7. contribute to community health promotion strategies;
  8. assist in the development of business plans for health and fitness programs, activities, and facilities;
  9. implement strategies and plans for ongoing personal and professional growth and development;
  10. develop and implement risk management strategies for health and fitness programs, activities, and facilities;
  11. interact effectively with clients, staff, and volunteers in health and fitness programs, activities, and facilities;
  12. utilize environmentally friendly products, supplies and services in all aspects of their work;
  13. apply entrepreneurial  business principles to a fitness and health promotion  opportunity.

Program Progression

The following reflects the planned progression for full-time offerings of the program.

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2020
  • Sem 2: Winter 2021
  • Sem 3: Fall 2021
  • Sem 4: Winter 2022

Winter Intake

  • Sem 1: Winter 2021
  • Sem 2: Summer 2021
  • Sem 3: Fall 2021
  • Sem 4: Winter 2022

Summer Intake

  • Sem 1: Summer 2021
  • Sem 2: Fall 2021
  • Sem 3: Winter 2022
  • Sem 4: Summer 2022


A number of articulation agreements have been negotiated with universities and other institutions across Canada, North America and internationally. These agreements are assessed, revised and updated on a regular basis. Please contact the program co-ordinator for specific details if you are interested in pursuing such an option. Additional information can be found on our website at

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) 

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:

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 Transfer Centre 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 on admission to the program (on-line courses are not acceptable). 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 coordinator of the program at registration.

Graduation Requirements

19 Program Courses
2 Communications Courses
3 General Education Courses

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.

Program Tracking 

The following reflects the planned course sequence for full-time offerings of the Fall intake of the program. Where more  than one intake is offered  contact the program co-ordinator for the program tracking.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
Program Courses  
BIOL 1027 Anatomy 42
BIOL 1028 Physiology 42
FITN 1007 Fitness Instructor Leadership 42
FITN 1008 Introduction to Fitness and Health Promotion 42
Communications Course  
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
Semester 2
Program Courses  
BIOL 1017 Applied Anatomy 42
BIOL 1018 Exercise Physiology 42
FITN 1009 Personal Training 42
FITN 1013 Client Counselling 42
FITN 2008 Fitness Appraisal and Testing 1 42
Communications Course  
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
Semester 3
Program Courses  
FITN 2013 Exercise Planning and Prescription 42
FITN 2017 On-Campus Practical Experience 42
FITN 2018 Functional Anatomy and Injury Prevention 42
FITN 2019 Fitness Business and Entrepreneurship 42
NUTR 2000 Current Concepts in Nutrition 42
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
Semester 4
Program Courses  
FITN 2009 Exercise and the Human Condition 42
FITN 2010 Advanced Exercise Techniques 42
FITN 2020 Health Promotion and Special Events 42
FITN 2021 Off-Campus Practical Experience 42
NUTR 2001 Advanced Concepts in Nutrition 42
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
 Total Hours1008

Graduation Window

Students unable to adhere to the program duration of two years (as stated above) may take a maximum of four years to complete their credential. After this time, students must be re-admitted into the program, and follow the curriculum in place at the time of re-admission.

Information contained in College documents respecting programs is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. The college reserves the right to add or delete programs, options, courses, timetables or campus locations subject to sufficient enrolment, and the availability of courses.  

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