Strength and Conditioning Training
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College-Approved Certificate (8 courses) Part-time Online
Program Code: 1821X07PWO Academic Year: 2016/2017


This program is listed under the following fields of study:

Our Program

This online College Certificate provides students with comprehensive training in strength and conditioning, a rapidly growing and emergent field of health and fitness. The key focus is on developing and designing protocols and guidelines for efficient and productive programs for athletes of varying abilities and ages with an emphasis on broad-based, balanced muscle development and comprehensive, sport-specific strength-training. Students gain in-depth strength and conditioning knowledge and skills built on the six core training phases: anatomical adaptation, hypertrophy, maximum strength, specific strength, maintenance and tapering to integrate with energy system training to develop stronger athletes.

Targeted at industry professionals in fitness, corporate fitness, health and wellness, and recreational team coaching, students may expand existing knowledge and abilities, increase their career opportunities, and integrate contemporary trends and best practices in strength and conditioning.

Graduates may find employment in the fitness industry in a variety of settings such as: fitness and health clubs, YMCA/YWCA, sports teams, community institutions for special populations (youth and older adults), municipal recreation departments and public and private fitness programs. In addition, graduates may choose to become fitness and health training consultants or self-employed trainers.

Current health and fitness professionals can receive continuing education credits through this program as the courses meet the requirements for canfitpro, Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP), YMCA, National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and International Sports Conditioning Association (ISCA). To qualify for this certificate, students must complete the program within three years.

SUCCESS FACTORS

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Are motivated, focused and committed to attaining goals.
  • Are passionate about health and fitness.
  • Are collaborative and thrive in dynamic environments.
  • Are interested in helping others to achieve positive lifestyle changes.
  • Possess an interest in anatomy and physiology.

Your Career

Graduates may find employment as fitness and health training consultants, optimal health coaches, personal trainers, physical education and wellness specialists, physical fitness attendants, preventative fitness program coordinators, vitality coaches or self-employed entrepreneurs. Graduates are prepared to meet the multi-dimensional demands of a growing market in the strength and conditioning field.

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).

Notes

FIT4010 Foundations of Strength Training is the first course and a prerequisite to all courses in the program of study of the Strength and Conditioning Training program with the exception of FIT4080 Performance Psychology.

The program is best suited for professionals with fitness related credentials or work experience in the fitness field.

Program Progression

As per policy AA39: Program Progression and Graduation Requirements when students are admitted to a program, they are assigned to the Program of Study that aligns with their start date. If a student takes a break for two or more consecutive terms the Program of Study is reset to align with the current version (when studies are resumed). For more information please contact your Program Coordinator.

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.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact Coordinator Melissa Langlais at langlam1@algonquincollege.com or 613-727-4723 ext. 7310.

Courses

Online:Online Learning   
Course
Number
HoursCourse NameSummer
FIT401045.0Foundations of Strength TrainingOnline Learning
FIT402045.0Assessment for Physical FitnessOnline Learning
FIT403045.0Programming for Strength and ConditioningOnline Learning
FIT404045.0Training for SportsOnline Learning
FIT405045.0Youth Health, Fitness and SportOnline Learning
FIT406045.0Strength Training for Older AdultsOnline Learning
FIT407045.0Periodization Methodology and ApplicationOnline Learning
FIT408045.0Performance Psychology

FIT4080 Performance Psychology

Psychological factors affecting performance is a growing interdisciplinary science that directly contributes to the level of participation and achievement of an athlete. Students analyze the psychosocial, intrapersonal, interpersonal and cultural variables that come into play when people get together and exercise. Using diverse topics that bridge health psychology and exercise psychology to illustrate the increasingly important role of physical activity in overall wellness and health, students engage in real-world scenario projects, role-playing interviews and apply data analysis tools to improve communication and performance for clients.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

FIT4010 Foundations of Strength Training

The foundation of strength training goes beyond the simple application of bodybuilding or powerlifting programs to build strength in athletes. Students examine sport nutrition and comprehensive strength and conditioning instruction to outline the essentials for safely and effectively training athletes to reach peak physical condition to gain a competitive edge. Through case study analysis, video presentations and learning aids, students classify and prioritize exercises to reinforce essential training fundamentals.

FIT4020 Assessment for Physical Fitness

Assessing individuals provides critical information necessary to develop a comprehensive plan of why and how to assess the five health related components of physical fitness cardiorespiratory. Students compare and contrast the major five health-related components of physical fitness: body composition, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility and cardiorespiratory fitness. Through video animations, multimedia presentations, assessment challenges and sequential questioning, students develop a practical approach for effectively performing assessment skills and techniques.

FIT4030 Programming for Strength and Conditioning

Effective design and execution of programming for strength and conditioning is essential to developing an athlete's performance. Students outline and write programs based on the strength training variables through six training phases: anatomical adaptation, hypertrophy, maximum strength, conversion to specific strength, maintenance and tapering. Students identify and employ principles, discussions, tools and techniques to increase athlete efficiency and productivity using an energy system training platform.

FIT4040 Training for Sports

Developing athlete training and conditioning protocols is fundamental to the success of an athlete. Students review and study programs from around the world from an elite group of international strength and conditioning specialists and sport coaches. Through case study analyses, discussion boards and video breakdown of different sport movements, students examine and apply the most current sport science in athletic performance.

FIT4050 Youth Health, Fitness and Sport

Sports and fitness play significant roles in the physical development of youth. Students focus on broad-based, balanced muscle development, comprehensive, sport-specific strength-training programs for youth. Through programming projects, task-oriented objectives and case studies, students create programs that highlight the fundamentals and benefits of strength training for youth at the varying stages of development.

FIT4060 Strength Training for Older Adults

Strength training offers many benefits for active adults, including enhanced athletic performance, reduced risk of disease and decreased symptoms of arthritis, diabetes and osteoporosis. Students write programs based on training principles, protocols and adaptations from leading authorities on strength training. Students also build biomechanically sound programs designed specifically for older adults. Students develop key performance indicators and avoid errors that cause injury through group work, case studies, programming projects and online simulation exercises.

FIT4070 Periodization Methodology and Application

Periodization is an underlying foundation for organizing training into units of time that allow athletes to develop specific skills to achieve goals in a variety of sports. Students discuss the principles, objectives and components of a successful long-term training program and how to plan the right program to achieve performance goals. Using proven strategies for optimal peaking and specifics on training for better motor ability, working capacity, skill effectiveness and psychological adaptability, students examine contemporary case studies, perform reflections and develop inclusive programming projects.

FIT4080 Performance Psychology

Psychological factors affecting performance is a growing interdisciplinary science that directly contributes to the level of participation and achievement of an athlete. Students analyze the psychosocial, intrapersonal, interpersonal and cultural variables that come into play when people get together and exercise. Using diverse topics that bridge health psychology and exercise psychology to illustrate the increasingly important role of physical activity in overall wellness and health, students engage in real-world scenario projects, role-playing interviews and apply data analysis tools to improve communication and performance for clients.