Fitness and Health Promotion Become a fitness and health professional. Practical training and industry experience that extends beyond lectures. Be certification-ready.

General information

Program code
4 Semesters (2 Years)
Ontario College Diploma

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2018 Barrie
Winter 2019 Barrie
Summer 2019 Barrie

Program description

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.

Admission information

Admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • any Grade 11* 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)

Admission details

You must meet ONE of the following requirements to be eligible for admission to these programs:

Secondary school applicants:

  • OSS Curriculum: OSSD or equivalent with Grade 12 English C or U (ENG4C, ENG4U); plus any Grade 11* or 12 College level Mathematics (MBF3C, MAP4C or MCT4C) or 11* or 12 University level Mathematics (MCF3M, MCV4U, MHF4U, MCB4U, MGA4U or MDM4U); plus Grade 11 C or U or 12 C Biology (SBI3C, SBI3U, SBI4U) or Grade 12 U Exercise Science (PSE4U)/Grade 12 U Introductory Kinesiology (PSK4U). (*Minimum of 60% in Grade 11 College or University level Mathematics MBF3C or MCF3M). Also recommended: Grade 11 U or 12 U Chemistry or Grade 12 C Chemistry (SCH3U, SCH4C, SCH4U) OR Grade 11 U or 12 U Physics or Grade 12 C Physics (SPH3U, SPH4U, SPH4C).

Non-Secondary school applicants (19 years or older):

  • Any credit Communication course and most credit mathematics, and biology courses taken at Georgian College
  • College preparatory programs including those taken at Georgian College: Hospitality Skills and Pre-health Sciences*
  • Equivalent courses in English and mathematics, and biology taken through secondary school or Independent Learning Centres (at the general, advanced, college or university level)
  • Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) program with communications and mathematics, and biology
  • Mature student testing in English and mathematics, and testing/challenge exam in biology that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through most testing services)*
  • Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) plus biology
  • English, Literature or Communication and mathematics credit courses and most biology credit courses from accredited colleges/universities
  • If home schooled, applicants can write the mature student testing in English and mathematics, and testing/challenge exam in biology that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through testing services)*

* available from Georgian College. For a complete listing please contact the Office of the Registrar.

Reference 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.


View the Fitness and Health Promotion articulations on the Credit Transfer Centre page.


Mandatory Courses

  • BIOL1017 Applied Anatomy
  • BIOL1018 Exercise Physiology
  • FITN1007 Fitness Instructor Leadership
  • FITN1008 Introduction to Fitness and Health Promotion
  • FITN1009 Personal Training
  • FITN1010 Industry Experience 1
  • FITN2008 Fitness Appraisal and Testing 1
  • FITN2009 Exercise and the Human Condition
  • FITN2010 Advanced Exercise Techniques
  • FITN2011 Fitness Appraisal and Testing 2
  • FITN2012 Industry Experience 2
  • NUTR2000 Current Concepts in Nutrition
  • RECR2003 Administration Practices
  • RECR2006 Community Development
  • BIOL1027 Anatomy
  • BIOL1028 Physiology
  • ENTR2009 Entrepreneurship and Small Business
  • FITN1013 Client Counselling
  • FITN2013 Exercise Planning and Prescription

Communications Courses

To be selected at time of registration from the College list, as determined by testing.

General Education Courses

To be selected from College list