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Fitness Assessment & Exercise Counselling Certificate Program

This is the official Web site for the Fitness Assessment and Exercise Counselling Certificate. Students are advised to follow application requirements and deadlines posted on this Web site.

Over the past four decades the research evidence underscores the health benefits of regular physical activity participation for both Health-Related and Performance-Related Physical plus Physiological Fitness across the lifespan.  Governments, faced with soaring medical expenses, have come to realize that physical activity interventions for both primary prevention and secondary management are a more cost-effective solution to health care.  In fact, the estimated total costs of physical inactivity are approximately 4% of overall health care costs in Canada. Getting 10% of the inactive Canadian population to become more physically active, a potential savings of $2.6 billion to the health care system could be realized by 2040.  Corporations have learned that improved employee health-related physical plus physiological fitness translates into increased productivity and they are now committed to promoting healthy lifestyles for both primary prevention and secondary management of health.

Consequently, the "business" of fitness with all of its spin-off enterprises continues to be the fastest growing industry in Canada.  With this growth there has developed an increasing opportunity for employment.  During the early years there was virtually no regulation on the qualifications of front-line fitness and exercise practitioners.  However, with increasing consumer sophistication and both public and government concerns for quality control, there was a demand for qualified fitness and exercise professionals.  Therefore, accreditation programs were developed for fitness and exercise practitioners and with the implementation of government sanctioned provincial fitness safety standards; these have become essential qualifications for persons seeking employment in the fitness industry in the private and public sectors.

The York University Certificate in Fitness Assessment and Exercise Counselling is earned concurrently with the honours degree in Kinesiology & Health Science by selecting specified courses along with the required core courses.  While completing the courses in the certificate program, national and/or international accreditation can be obtained as a Fitness or Personal Trainer for Health-Related Physical Fitness and Exercise Physiologist Specialist with the Health and Fitness Federation of Canada for both Health-Related- and Performance-Related- Physical plus Physiological Fitness across the lifespan.  Upon degree completion, students who have completed all of the certificate program theoretical and experiential requirements can also apply to write the exams to become a Register Kinesiologist with the Ontario College of Kinesiology and a Certified Strength and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Admission Requirements

Students must be degree candidates in Kinesiology and Health Science. Application to the certificate program may be made after completing all of the Level 1 KINE core courses (HH/KINE 1000, 1020), all of the Level 2 KINE core courses (HH/KINE 2011, 2031, 2049, 2050, 3012, 3030) and the following Level 3 KINE core courses (HH/KINE 3000, 3020) plus the completion of a minimum of 4 practicum courses and the successful completion of HH/KINE 3400.

Program Outline

In addition to completing all of the core courses required for an honours degree in Kinesiology and Health Science, the following requirements must also be met to receive the Certificate in Fitness Assessment and Exercise Counselling. The Certificate and Undergraduate degree requirements must be completed concurrently.

Additional Required Academic Courses

  • HH/KINE 3400 3.00    Fitness Consulting and Personal Fitness Training
  • HH/KINE 3575 3.00    Athletic Injuries – Extremities
  • HH/KINE 3640 3.00    Epidemiology of Physical Activity, Fitness and Health
  • HH/KINE 4400 6.00    Advanced Fitness/Lifestyle Assessment and Counselling
  • HH/KINE 4430 3.00    Business Skills for Sport and Fitness Professionals
  • HH/KINE 4900 3.00    Exercise Therapy for Chronic Diseases
Plus three credits selected from the following courses
  • HH/KINE 4455 3.00    Movement Analysis Laboratory
  • HH/KINE 4460 3.00    Occupational Biomechanics
  • HH/KINE 4470 3.00    Muscle and Joint Biomechanics
  • HH/KINE 4472 3.00    Low Back Performance & Disorders
  • HH/KINE 4475 3.00    Clinical Biomechanics

Required Practicum Courses

Kinesiology and Health Science Practicum Requirements (8 PKINs) plus:

  • HH/PKIN 0861 0.00: Personal Training I
  • HH/PKIN 0862 0.00: Personal Training II

Fitness Assessment & Exercise Counselling Admission Requirements

  • 24
  • After 24 credits A
  • After 48 credits B
  • After 72 credits B
  • First Aid
  • CPR
  • Fitness Specialization Skill (eg. Yoga Instructor, group fitness leader, etc.) Certification
  • Volunteer experience
  • Mid March
  • At the Kinesiology and Health Science Academic Office, 341 Norman Bethune College
  • No later than April 30
  • Application Form
  • Resume
  • First Monday in June
  • Ongoing interviews are conducted throughout the enrolment in HH/KINE 3400 which is a mandatory prerequisite.
  • Yes
  • plus 24 credits - Required elective courses
  • Depends on year of entry
  • 75 hr/term in final year
  • Certified Personal Trainer with the Health and Fitness Federation of Canada (HFFC-CPT™)
  • Certified Exercise Physiologist with the Health and Fitness Federation of Canada (HFFC-CEP™)

For applications and further information, please contact:

Veronica Jamnik, Ph.D., Program Coordinator

358 Bethune College

416 736 2100 ext 22995

Students may only be enrolled in one certificate at a time.