People are living longer than ever before and are increasingly concerned about maintaining their health and physical fitness. This program will provide you a blend of fitness education and business principles in order to effectively serve, motivate, and counsel diverse clients. Whether you want to work for a fitness or recreation facility or start your own business, you'll have the skills and knowledge needed to change and inspire the lives of others through a strong understanding of physical exercise techniques, proper nutrition, and the mental obstacles individuals may need to overcome to achieve their goals.
Our indoor facilities include a fully-equipped weight room, cardio room, multi-purpose room, squash courts, double gymnasium, and stretching area. You will also have exclusive access to a state-of-the-art multi-purpose/functional fitness and assessment laboratory to master your personal training skills on new and traditional equipment. Outdoor facilities include a running track, soccer and football field, baseball diamond, and beach volleyball courts.
You are required to complete a 15-week co-operative work term prior to graduation. The work term provides you with the opportunity to apply classroom studies to an actual work situation, gain extensive practical, on-the-job training, and potentially earn a salary while doing so. Tuition fees are levied for the co-op work term. Although you receive assistance from the coordinators, it is your responsibility to secure a co-op work term. You have the option of completing the co-op work term at the end of semester 4 or 5 as long as you meet academic requirements.
You must also complete approximately 90 hours of volunteer fieldwork as a requirement of courses in first, second, and third year. Placement opportunities include working with community partners, sports organizations, individuals within specific population groups, and personal training clients.
What's in it for you?
- Personal trainer
- Exercise therapist
- Health and fitness club manager
- Recreation director
- Sports retail sales consultant
Across these career outcomes, salaries in Canada range from:
$18,700 to $52,100
There is CSEP-CPT certification content embedded into the curriculum so you can apply for the Gold Standard in exercise science and personal training certifications before graduation. OFT-PFT certification is also built into curriculum so you can earn certification through your coursework and be recognized as a personal trainer internationally.
Plan your future
- Co-op education