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Program Code: 14131 Credential: Ontario Graduate Certificate Program Length: 3 semesters
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Program Overview

Humber’s Exercise Science and Lifestyle Management graduate certificate program is designed to build on the knowledge you have acquired in your undergraduate degree. The program provides in-depth, hands-on instruction in the areas of fitness assessment, health and lifestyle counselling, exercise prescription and delivery, health promotion, group exercise leadership, health and fitness management, marketing and entrepreneurship, ergonomic assessment, and functional abilities assessment. Students learn in small groups instructed by expert faculty currently employed in the fitness and health industry.

Our advisory committee provides regular review and input into our curriculum, ensuring our program is always on the cutting edge of industry developments.

Please note that certain courses in the program require students to participate in fitness classes that will involve physical activity, which may at times be vigorous. Questions about fitness classes and accomodations may be directed to the program co-ordinator (name and email details located in the Contact Us tab).

Courses Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  1. Prescribe exercise programs that promote improved health status and/or improved physical performance.

  2. Perform a comprehensive consultation with a client and use the information collected to guide the development of an exercise training program.

  3. Provide appropriate instruction of exercise execution, including appropriate verbal and tactile cues.

  4. Utilize counselling skills to support a client in determining and meeting their fitness and lifestyle goals.

  5. Administer, interpret and communicate the results of various performance assessment protocols.
  6. Plan, implement, and evaluate a successful health promotion program or strategy.

  7. Instruct all components of a group exercise class.

  8. Describe the six classes of nutrients, the digestion and absorption of these nutrients, and outline the nutritional needs of a physically active person.

  9. Discuss nutritional and exercise needs, as well as considerations, for an individual through all phases of their lifespan.

  10. Support the operation of fitness and wellness facilities through the application of management and supervisory skills, such as human resources management, financial management, and risk management.

  11. Develop effective marketing tools and plans, and apply prospecting, personal selling, and customer service skills to develop and maintain a client base.


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Work Placement

Experiential learning is an integral part of this program. The program features three unpaid internship placements. Two take place on campus and the third takes place off campus. During the on-campus internships, students provide fitness assessments and testing, physical activity counselling and prescription services to Humber and partnership employees as part of the Humber Centre for Healthy Living (Humber CHL). Students have the opportunity to run workshops for the Humber CHL and its partners, as well as providing healthy tips and videos for the Humber CHL website. Throughout the on-campus internship, students participate in seminars with their professors and classmates to critically analyze their experiences and develop the skills required for professional work.

The final work placement is a four-week block placement off campus with one of Humber’s industry partners.

The Humber Experience

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The Humber Advantage

State-of-the-art Facilities

Students benefit from two dedicated fitness assessment laboratories, a private personal training studio, and two fully equipped group exercise studios. All of these facilities combined ensure a high-quality learning environment.


Humber Centre for Healthy Living

All students will receive hands-on experience in our on-campus Humber Centre for Healthy Living. Drawing on the expertise of the Faculty of Health Sciences & Wellness' faculty and students, the CHL offers a range of programs, services, and events for the Humber community.

Internship Partners

Humber maintains strong partnerships within the community - and is the preferred choice by many agencies and facilities due to the outstanding reputation of the Faculty of Health Sciences & Wellness.


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Study Abroad

Qualified students in this program may apply to participate in a ten-day experiential learning trip including one week at IMG Sport Academy, Florida and an experience with the Dunedin Blue Jays. 

Qualified students in this program may also apply to a study abroad service learning trip to contribute to a global community. Past service learning trips were to Nunavut and Nicaragua. In addition, eligible students have the opportunity to apply for a study abroad experiential trip to Peru.

Each year we offer a variety of experiential learning trip opportunities for students to study aboard. Our annual short duration experiential trips in May are approximately two weeks in length. These faculty-lead study abroad trips are confirmed in the fall semester.

These trips vary each year and are subject to availability and eligibility requirements. Additional fees apply.

Your Career

Health and fitness clubs represent just one category of employer where students can expect to find a job as a fitness appraiser, personal trainer, wellness specialist, program director or club manager. The growth of the fitness business over the past few decades, and the regulation of kinesiology as a health-care profession, has created demand for qualified professionals in a variety of settings.

In addition to private and commercial facilities, graduates may work in:

  • corporate employee fitness and health facilities
  • fitness/wellness centres at academic institutions
  • hospitals and ergonomic clinics 
  • municipal and community services
  • organizations that mandate health and fitness as a condition of employment (e.g., military; correctional services; and police, fire and emergency response departments)
  • rehabilitation centres
  • sport institutes
  • private practice/consultant services

Professional Accreditations & Recognition

Certification Opportunities

After successful completion of this program, along with the required core undergraduate degree courses, graduates may be eligible to earn industry credentials and registration including:

Additional requirements may apply.

Note: The requirements for the additional credential(s) are determined by the granting body, which is independent from the College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.

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Program Availability

Start dates between Sept 2022 - Aug 2023
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September 2022 North Open
Start dates between Sept 2022 - Aug 2023
START DATE LOCATION STATUS
September 2022 North Open

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On October 21, 2019, the Provincial Government of Ontario announced the renaming of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) to the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU). Both names may appear on this website.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following 3 requirements:

  • Academic

    To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

    • A Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, Physical Education, or Human Kinetics including completion of the following courses:
       
      • Human Anatomy
      • Human Physiology
      • Exercise Physiology
      • Biomechanics
      • Statistics/Research Methods
         
    • It is recommended that students also possess at least one semester of the following courses:
       
      • Psychomotor Behaviour or Motor Learning
      • Introduction to Health and Wellness, or Epidemiology of Physical Activity
      • Psychology of Sport, Psychology of Exercise, Sociology of Exercise, or Sociology of Sport

    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • English Language Proficiency

    All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

  • International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a WES or ICAS evaluation.

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC EQUIVALENCY

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

Program Requirements

Once accepted into the program, students must demonstrate a personal commitment to physical activity and healthy living, and possess the ability to fully participate in practical-based physical activity courses: resistance training, group exercise classes, cardiovascular training, plyometrics and flexibility training.

Practical courses, which take place in a lab, have a strict attendance policy, which is mandatory for successful completion of the course. Prospective students with special needs or limitations are encouraged to discuss their career goals with the program co-ordinator before applying.

Placement Requirements

The pre-requisite requirements must be fulfilled before the commencement of your first placement. Participation in placements will not be allowed if not all the pre-requisite requirements are met. Due to the variety of venues and possible changes in legislation, the requirments are subject to change. Please use the following link to find detailed

View Requirements

Equipment & Device Requirements

Semester 1

Details and Specifications Minimum Specifications Recommended Specifications
Processor Intel i5-8300H Intel i5-8300H
OS Windows 10 Windows 10
Memory 8GB of RAM 8GB of RAM
Storage 256GB 256GB
Monitor Laptop Laptop
Other Built-in microphone and webcam, Software: Adobe creative and Microsoft office Suite Built-in microphone and webcam, Software: Adobe creative and Microsoft office Suite

Contact Information

If you have questions about these Equipment & Device Requirements contact:

Bradley Corcoran, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 5188
bradley.corcoran@humber.ca

Fees

The 2021-2022 fee for three semesters was:

  • domestic: $6,355.48
  • international: $19,997.00

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester

Domestic Fees International Fees

Additional Costs

$1,100 - textbooks (per year); $140 - Fitness Assessment Kit; $120 - First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification; $50 - CKO Jurisprudence; $90 - $200 - Professional Development Conference; $170 - Fitness Instructor Specialist certification (optional); $300 - Certified Personal Trainer certification (optional).

Scholarships

Humber Scholarships

Find out more about scholarships and bursaries that you may be eligible for, visit Student Scholarships. International students can visit International Student Scholarships.

Humber Bursaries

Bursaries are available for Certificate, Diploma and Degree programs primarily based on financial need, visit Humber Bursaries.

External Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Find out more information about external scholarships and bursaries, visit External Awards.

Indigenous Student Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of bursaries and scholarships for Indigenous students, visit Indigenous Student Awards.

Pathways

Pathways are academic routes that students can take to move from one credential to another.

PATHWAYS OUT TO ANOTHER PROGRAM:

TO A PARTNER INSTITUTION

Master of Health Science

Graduates of the Ontario Graduate Certificate from Humber College who meet the following criteria will be eligible to enter into the final 75 credits of the Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) Master of Health Science (180 credits) in New Zealand:

  1. Successful completion of the Humber Ontario Graduate Certificate in (A) Exercise Science and Lifestyle Management, (B) Systems Navigator, or (C) Addictions and Mental Health;
  2. Successful completion of an approved research methods course from Humber; and,
  3. Achievement of the NZQA minimum English proficiency standards for a degree program by completing any Ontario Graduate Certificate.

To complete the EIT Master of Health Science, graduates of the Ontario Graduate Certificate require 75 credits at NZQF Levels 8 and 9 with a minimum of 45 credits at NZQF Level 9.

All Humber graduates articulating through this pathway will be provided with academic guidance by the EIT Master of Health Science Programme Coordinator in regards to EIT’s facility and supervision capability at the time of student application.

Graduates of the Ontario Graduate Certificate from Humber College who enroll at EIT will enroll as international students and will have the rights and obligations of international students.

Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

 

For more information, contact: teubanks@eit.ac.nz

Master Of Science (M.S.) in Exercise Science and Health Promotion - Online

Humber and the California University of Pennsylvania (CALU) have entered into an agreement in which successful graduates of the Wellness Coaching, and Exercise Science and Lifestyle Promotion Graduate Certificates will be granted 12 transfer credits out of a total 36 credits required towards CALU’s 100% online Master of Science in Exercise Science and Health Promotion with a number of concentrations: 

Students accepted into the Masters program may expect to complete the program in less than one year full time. The program can also be completed part time in 18 months.    A proportional tuition discount is available along with financial awards and scholarships.  This program is OSAP eligible. 

In addition to successful graduation from the specified Humber programs, applicants must possess a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (80%).  Students with a GPA below 3.0 (80%) may be considered for conditional admission.

Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

For more information, please contact a Cal U Global Online student service representative by e-mail at calugo@calu.edu or by phone at 1-866-595-6348.

Contact Us

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

Phone: 416-675-5000
Email: enquiry@humber.ca

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

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Contact Information

Bradley Corcoran, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 5188
bradley.corcoran@humber.ca

How to Apply

Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or ontariocolleges.ca.

Admissions Road Map

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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

Apply through the International Centre

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