Fitness and Lifestyle Management

College-Approved Certificate (12 courses) Part-time On Campus
Program Code: 6162X02PWO Academic Year: 2016/2017

This program is listed under the following fields of study:

Our Program

As more people become aware of the benefits of fitness and a healthy lifestyle, participation in fitness and recreation programs is growing. Many businesses, both small and large, now provide fitness and lifestyle programs for their employees. As a result, there is an increasing demand for fitness specialists who understand the beneficial aspects of a healthy lifestyle and the process for achieving one.

In this College Certificate program, students gain the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to provide future clients with sound physical fitness and lifestyle choices. In addition, students learn how to design and conduct appropriate fitness programs and provide guidance in related areas including nutrition and active living.

Graduates are eligible to apply for the National Capital Region YMCA/YWCA Personal Trainer certificate. In addition, graduates may seek employment in private clubs, municipal or provincial government agencies, service clubs, YM-YWCAs, corporate programs and as self-employed fitness consultants.

To qualify for this certificate, you must complete the program within five years.

Success Factors

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Enjoy learning about the human body and how it works.
  • Prefer a physically active lifestyle and enjoy encouraging others to be more physically active.
  • Are interested in their own personal health and how they can make healthier lifestyle choices for themselves and others.
  • Enjoy hands-on work to educate and assist individuals in making positive lifestyle changes.
  • Are friendly, outgoing and like to interact with people.
  • Have developed time-management and personal-management skills.

Fees & Expenses

Fees for part-time programs are charged on a course-by-course basis and are published on each individual course page. For questions related to fees, please call the Registrar's Office at 613-727-0002.

Graduation Fee

Once you have completed all the courses in the program, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the Registrar's Office to obtain a certificate/diploma application. A graduation fee of $40 will be charged when the application is submitted. When your certificate/diploma application has been approved, you will be invited to Spring or Fall Convocation.

Admission Requirements

College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD).
College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD).


Proof of Standard First Aid and current CPR certification is required in order to qualify for the program certificate.

Placement requirement for FIT5230 - Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector (PRCSVS).

CCOL Academic Planner

The Academic Planner provides registered part-time students in the Centre for Continuing and Online Learning (CCOL) the ability to declare into a program of study. The Academic Planner outlines successfully completed courses to date, as well as courses that need to be completed in order to meet graduation requirements. It is therefore, essential that all part-time students in CCOL declare to their program of study, allowing administrators to plan course offerings. The tool is available on ACSIS, located under 'Continuing Education' on the left-hand toolbar.

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Additional Information

For more information, please contact Coordinator Renée-Pierre Tremblay at or 613-727-4723 ext. 6333.


Online:Online Learning   On campus: On Campus
HoursCourse NameWinter
FIT221745.0Anatomy for Fitness LeadersOnline Learning
FIT222260.0Mechanics of ExerciseOnline Learning On Campus
FIT222445.0Group Fitness IOnline Learning Blank Icon
FIT222045.0Fitness AssessmentOnline Learning Blank Icon
FIT221430.0NutritionOnline Learning Blank Icon
FIT221545.0PhysiologyOnline Learning Blank Icon
FIT223765.0Personal TrainingPersonal Training

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FIT222545.0Exercise PhysiologyOnline Learning On Campus
FIT221045.0Fitness OperationsBlank Icon On Campus
FIT223052.0Sports Injuries/Exercise SafetySports Injuries/Exercise Safety

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FIT523095.0Fitness and Lifestyle Skills ApplicationsBlank Icon On Campus
FIT224339.0Fitness Management Customer ServiceFitness Management Customer Service

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FIT2217 Anatomy for Fitness Leaders

Students develop a solid understanding of the anatomical basis of movement and exercise. By focusing on the skeletal system, skeletal muscles and major joints of the body, students learn muscle origins, insertions, and actions so that they are able to design appropriate and effective exercises.

FIT2222 Mechanics of Exercise

Understanding how the body works is essential for professionals in health and fitness. Students identify how the bones, muscles, and joints function during movement and exercise. By analyzing movement, students learn the proper mechanics necessary to design safe and effective exercise programs through lab activities and demonstrations.

Pre-requisites: FIT2217

FIT2224 Group Fitness I

Many people prefer to participate in fitness and related activities in a group setting, most often led to music. Students are introduced to the art and science of effective group exercise leadership. Effective use of music is covered and students explore various group exercise themes and types of equipment commonly used in group settings. Students participate in and lead a variety of exercise classes.

FIT2220 Fitness Assessment

Designing and prescribing appropriate fitness and lifestyle programs to improve fitness and health begins with being able to assess the physical fitness and lifestyle habits of oneself or others. Students develop skills in selecting and administering a variety of tools to assess a client's readiness for exercise and initial levels of body composition, aerobic fitness, flexibility, muscle strength and endurance.

FIT2214 Nutrition

The exercise leader is provided with a fundamental background in nutrition as it relates to a healthy lifestyle and healthy eating choices. Topics include the major nutrients, food labeling, fluid and electrolyte balance, antioxidants and phytochemicals, weight management, vitamins and minerals, and how each affects wellness and performance.

FIT2215 Physiology

An introduction to the various systems of the body, including the muscular, nervous, cardiorespiratory, energy and endocrine systems is provided. Students gain knowledge of the acute and chronic adaptations to exercise on each of the systems and their relationship to good health.

FIT2225 Exercise Physiology

An understanding of how the body functions during exercise and how it adapts to long-term exercise is important for a fitness and exercise leader. Students enhance their knowledge of the acute and chronic adaptations to exercise. Students gain a good understanding of the relationship of the human body, health and exercise and its adaptation to various environmental conditions, such as high altitude, zero gravity, underwater, and heat and cold.

Pre-requisites: FIT2215

FIT2210 Fitness Operations

Managing a safe and effective fitness facility requires skills and knowledge in the areas of risk management, human resources management, policies and procedures, facility layout and design, contracts and service agreements, organizational structures and essential information technologies.

FIT5230 Fitness and Lifestyle Skills Applications

Practice in a fitness setting helps students integrate theory into practice. Students are provided the opportunity to complete a placement/project in an environment related to their career goals. Clear Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector is required before placement begins.