Fitness and Health Promotion

Program: FHPR
Credential: Ontario College Diploma
Delivery: Full-time
Length: 4 Semesters
Duration: 2 Years
Effective: Fall 2017, Winter 2018
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. Exercise science, health promotion and business administration represent the primary areas of concentration supported by a curriculum that includes anatomy, physiology, group fitness leadership, fitness testing, personal training, lifestyle programming and client counselling. Business fundamentals and health promotion include courses in small business and entrepreneurship, community development and administrative practices. Practical experience is obtained through lab and workplace settings.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities include personal trainer, group exercise instructor, health and fitness appraiser/counsellor, 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:

  • conduct assessments of fitness, well-being, and lifestyle for clients and effectively communicate assessment results;
  • prescribe appropriate physical activity, fitness, active living, and lifestyle programs to enhance health, fitness, and well-being of clients;
  • utilize appropriate interviewing and counselling skills to promote or enhance health, fitness, active living, and well-being of clients;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • train individuals and instruct groups in exercise and physical activities; contribute to community health promotion strategies;
  • assist in the development of business plans for health and fitness programs, activities, and facilities;
  • implement strategies and plans for ongoing personal and professional growth and development;
  • develop and implement risk management strategies for health and fitness programs, activities, and facilities;
  • interact effectively with clients, staff, and volunteers in health and fitness programs, activities, and facilities;
  • utilize environmentally friendly products, supplies and services in all aspects of their work;
  • apply entrepreneurial business principles to a fitness and health promotion opportunity.

The Program Progression

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2017
  • Sem 2: Winter 2018
  • Sem 3: Fall 2018
  • Sem 4: Winter 2019

Winter Intake

  • Sem 1: Winter 2018
  • Sem 2: Summer 2018
  • Sem 3: Fall 2018
  • Sem 4: Winter 2019


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) 

Minimum of 60% in Grade 11 College or University level Mathematics (MBF3C or MCF3M) 

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 HCP 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 HCP CPR certification annually while in the Program. Students are asked to submit a copy of their current Level HCP CPR and Standard First Aid certificate to the coordinator of the program at registration.

Graduation Requirements

19 Mandatory 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.


Mandatory Courses
BIOL 1017Applied Anatomy
BIOL 1018Exercise Physiology
BIOL 1027Anatomy
BIOL 1028Physiology
ENTR 2009Entrepreneurship and Small Business
FITN 1007Fitness Instructor Leadership
FITN 1008Introduction to Fitness and Health Promotion
FITN 1009Personal Training
FITN 1010Industry Experience 1
FITN 1013Client Counselling
FITN 2008Fitness Appraisal and Testing 1
FITN 2009Exercise and the Human Condition
FITN 2010Advanced Exercise Techniques
FITN 2011Fitness Appraisal and Testing 2
FITN 2012Industry Experience 2
FITN 2013Exercise Planning and Prescription
NUTR 2000Current Concepts in Nutrition
RECR 2003Administration Practices
RECR 2006Community Development
Communications Courses
Select 2 courses from the communications list during registration.
General Education Courses
Select 3 courses from the general education list during registration.

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.