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Program Details

  • Program Code:9320
  • School:School of Community and Health Studies
  • Credential:Ontario College Diploma
  • Program Type:Post-secondary program
  • Program Length:2 years/ 4 semesters

Program Overview

Program Overview

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Note: Lecture courses for the 2021/2022 academic year will likely be delivered virtually, through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous formats. Laboratory courses will likely be delivered on campus, however, an official decision will not be made until June 2021.

Centennial College's Fitness and Health Promotion program is comprised of hands-on practical learning in laboratory and placement settings and a comprehensive academic grounding that will prepare you for a career assisting individuals and groups to reach their highest potential for overall well-being.

Fitness and Health Promotion, taught within the School of Community and Health Studies, is a two-year health diploma program that will include:

  •  Anatomy and physiology
  •  Fitness assessment
  •  Leadership skills
  •  Injury management
  •  Nutrition
  •  Fitness marketing
  •  Health promotion
  •  Computer skills
  •  Mental illness and mental wellness
  •  Sports performance training principles
  •  Speed, agility, quickness and Olympic weightlifting principles
  •  Older adult and special populations programming
  •  Physical literacy and long-term athlete development (LTAD)

In addition to this combination of topics, you'll have the opportunity to gain the skills necessary to, after graduation, become a certified personal trainer according to the CSEP-CPT and a group exercise leader according to the Ontario Fitness Council requirements. You'll also learn course material related to the canfitpro Personal Training Specialist certification and have an opportunity to receive this certificate in the program. Lastly, you will have access to a unique mental health certification called the Wellness Recovery Action Plan offered by Health Out Loud, a Toronto-based charity.


Career Options and Education Pathways

Career Options and Education Pathways

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Program Highlights

  • At Centennial College's Athletic and Wellness Centre, located at Progress Campus, you'll have hands-on learning opportunities.
  • To facilitate ongoing feedback and progress, labs will consist of small group sizes.
  • Interprofessional student activities will be part of your learning as you'll assist your fellow peers (e.g., Police Foundations, Pre-service Fire and Paramedic students) and Centennial employees in attaining their fitness assessment goals.
  • Expert faculty members will nurture your knowledge and skills development and provide access to cutting-edge fitness concepts.
  • The Fitness and Health Promotion program has forged industry partnerships that will allow for beneficial supervised field placement opportunities in the fitness industry.
  • Annually, the Fitness and Health Promotion program coordinator attends the Ontario Fitness and Health Promotion Coordinators' Meeting, at which health and fitness experts discuss a variety of topics such as program changes, textbooks, resources, certifications, career paths, and Ministry of Training, Colleges and University program outcomes. The purpose is to ensure you'll receive the highest quality of education to prepare you for career success in the fitness and health field.

Global Citizenship, Education and Inclusion Portfolio

You'll develop a portfolio documenting your engagement with the College's signature global citizenship and equity competencies. For more information on Global Citizenship, Education and Inclusion, the GCEI Portfolio and the available supports, please visit

Career Outlook

  • Personal trainer
  • Fitness instructor
  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Fitness consultant
  • Wellness/fitness program developer
  • Health and wellness entrepreneur
  • Fitness entrepreneur

Education Pathways

Qualified graduates of this Fitness and Health Promotion Diploma may be eligible to participate in pathway programs with partnering institutions. These pathway programs allow you to receive degree credit for learning obtained at Centennial College. Listed below are the degrees from partnering institutions that are available for this program.

Please note that each partner pathway has a specific minimum grade requirement in order to qualify for transferring credits, which are assessed by the receiving partner institution.

Partner Institution Degree Program
Algoma University Honours Bachelor of Arts - multiple majors
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting or Human Resources Management or Marketing (also offered at the Brampton Campus)
Bachelor of Science - multiple majors
Brock University Honours Bachelor Degree in Public Health or Child Health
Honours Bachelor of Science - multiple majors
Davenport University Bachelor of Business Administration - Sports Management
Guelph-Humber, University of Honours Bachelor of Applied Science - Kinesiology
Hartpury University Honours Bachelor of Science - Sports Studies (top up programme)
Humber College Bachelor of Health Sciences - Workplace Health and Wellness
Lakehead University Honours or Bachelor Degree - multiple majors
Laurentian University Bachelor of Arts
Ontario Tech University  Honours Bachelor of Allied Health Science
Honours Bachelor of Health Science - Kinesiology
Ryerson University Bachelor of Health Administration (BHA) in Health Information Management
Seneca College Honours Bachelor of Therapeutic Recreation
Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies
Wilfrid Laurier University - Brantford Campus Honours Bachelor of Arts
York University Honours Bachelor degree - any major
Honours Health Science and Science - undecided major

Please visit our website at for more information on articulation agreements.

For pathways to other Ontario post-secondary institutions, please view ONCAT.


Educational Partners

If you would like the continue your studies once you graduate from the Fitness and Health Promotion program, you may do so through affiliations such as:

  • Ontario Tech University: You will be eligible for a block-credit transfer allowing Bachelor of Health Science Honours - Kinesiology degree completion in three years
  • University of Guelph at Humber: You will be required to meet admission requirements including minimum GPA requirements for admission into this program. You would complete a summer bridge semester then enter Year 3 of this four-year program and complete two years of studies to receive an Honours Bachelor of Applied Science - Kinesiology
  • Hartpury University: Previously affiliated with University of the West of England, Hartpury will grant you direct admission to earn a Honours Bachelor of Science in Sports Studies degree in just one year of study
  • Davenport University, USA: students will be awarded 60 credits out of the total 120 credits, then must complete 60 credit hours to earn a Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Munster Tech University: Located in Tralee, Ireland, Munster Tech will grant you direct admission to earn a Bachelor of Science in one of four different streams. 

Investigate transfer pathways to University of Guelph at Humber, and other universities in Ontario by visiting

Professional Associations

Upon graduation from the program, you may be eligible to earn nationally recognized certifications that will further enhance your employability. For more information, visit:

Placement Partners

We have a wide variety of loyal placement partners from the local Scarborough area and the wider Greater Toronto Area. Program faculty are grateful for the relationships we have forged with these partners, including large fitness facilities, small private gyms, strength and conditioning centres, CrossFit boxes, rehabilitative health centres, eductional institutions and more. 

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

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Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • Grade 12 English (C or U), or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 (C or U) One Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Exercise Science), (minimum grade requirement) or take a Centennial College Science Skills Assessment for Admission

Additional Requirements

How to Apply

How to Apply

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1. Apply Online

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to For more information go to Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

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Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2021.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Ancillary Fees Total
Canadian $2,721.00 $1,170.24 $3,891.24
International $15,385.50 $1,679.24 $17,064.74

Vocational Learning Outcomes

Vocational Learning Outcomes

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Program Vocational Learning Outcomes describe what graduates of the program have demonstrated they can do with the knowledge and skills they have achieved during their studies. The outcomes are closely tied to the needs of the workplace. Through assessment (e.g., assignments and tests), students verify their ability to reliably perform these outcomes before graduating.

1. Conduct an assessment of the physical fitness, activity level and lifestyle of the client using standardized protocols, to build an individualized exercise program.

2. Develop, implement and evaluate safe training programs grounded in fundamentals of anatomy, bio-mechanics, cardiorespiratory physiology, and nutrition to support the fitness and wellness goals of clients.

3. Instruct individual clients and groups in the correct techniques for executing fitness and training programs to achieve results that meet their goals for fitness, active living, and wellness.

4. Select and apply interview tools and coaching strategies that will enable clients and groups improve their fitness, and wellness in sustainable ways.

5. Develop business plans for a fitness and/or training business organization to ensure sustainability and viability while mitigating risks.

6. Support community health promotion strategies for active healthy living in the general population.

7. Establish and maintain positive working relationships with clients, staff, allied health professionals and volunteers in the delivery of programs, activities, and the use of facilities.

8. Provide positive reinforcement to empower clients and help them sustain their efforts.

9. Develop plans and implement strategies for ongoing professional growth and development.

10. Communicate information persuasively and accurately in oral, written, and other media formats.

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