Program Overview

Fitness and Health Promotion is a two-year Ontario college diploma program for students interested in the fitness industry. Students will learn anatomy and physiology, nutrition, principles of fitness, athletic injuries and personal training. Graduates of this program are able to perform the roles and responsibilities of a fitness consultant or personal trainer.

Program Details

Program Code
Ontario College Diploma
60 weeks
Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2024 September
2025 January
2023 September
Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2024 September
2025 January
2023 September

Your Learning Experience

As a student in our health and fitness program, you’ll study exercise science courses in anatomy and physiology, nutrition, principles of fitness, training with weights, exercise physiology, athletic injuries, and personal training. Additionally, you’ll experience a variety of health and fitness courses to help you learn the valuable business skills that you’ll need to start a successful career in fitness club management, or how to manage a club of your own. Our health and fitness program provides great hands-on, practical experience at Fanshawe’s on-site fitness centre. You’ll also get two extensive on-site work experiences at one of the employers or community partners of the program.


After you graduate from this program with a health promotion diploma, you can find employment with existing commercial and non-for-profit fitness agencies, rehabilitation services, government oriented fitness programs, agencies serving youth, and many others.


If you’re interested in furthering your studies, the health and fitness course will also give you a great foundation to pursue a degree in kinesiology or nutrition. There are also several articulations in place that give you a head-start on a university degree or a second college diploma! One of the transfer agreements is with Hartpury College in Gloucester, England. 


The Fitness and Health Promotion program prepares graduates to perform the roles and responsibilities of a fitness consultant and personal trainer. Fanshawe College’s Fitness and Health Promotion Faculty team consists of highly educated industry specialists, with both knowledge and experience in exercise program design, exercise prescription, fitness and health assessment, behaviour change, fitness marketing and sales, business ownership, sports and universal nutrition, as well as individual and population-based health promotion.


Career Information

Graduates of Fanshawe’s Fitness and Health Promotion program will have the opportunity to pursue employment with a wide spectrum of employers including not-for-profit centres, commercial gyms, police applicant testing, workplace wellness corporations and performance-based specialized fitness studios where they will use their skills to create supportive environments for physical activity and enhancing fitness.  

Did you know Fanshawe consistently ranks high in graduation employment rates among large colleges in Ontario? 

Here are some examples of career opportunities for graduates of Fanshawe’s Fitness and Health Promotion program:

Fitness Facilitator
Develop and implement motivating and engaging programs to help seniors live a healthier and more active lifestyle.

Recreation Services Support

Provide children with the opportunity to improve self-esteem, motor skills, creativity and social skills through a variety of physical activities.


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"Taking Fitness and Health Promotion at Fanshawe gave me the confidence and the qualification to begin a career in the health industry as soon as I graduated. The faculty are very invested in the success of the students and the combination of lecture and lab allows ample collaboration with both peers and professors. Many of the professors are currently active in the industry and provide unique and valuable insights into the current trends. I successfully challenged my CSEP-CPT after graduating and was accepted to the University of Guelph-Humber Kinesiology Bridge program. I am currently a part-time personal trainer while completing my degree. The knowledge and the connections I gained at Fanshawe have been assets every step of the way."

Lilia Pasqual
Fitness and Health Promotion graduate
Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  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.


Academic School

Program Coordinator:

Graeme Thomas


Admission Requirements

OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U), University/College (M), or Open (O) stream WITH:
- Any Grade 12 English (C) or (U)
(Note: minimum final grade required is 65)
Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) WITH:
- Communications
(Note: minimum final grade required for course is 65)
General Arts and Science Ontario College Certificate AND:
- minimum final grade of 'C+' or 65 in the required courses stated above
Mature Applicant with standing in the required courses and grades stated above
International Admission Equivalencies
Admission equivalencies for Fanshawe depends on your country of study. Please enter your location to see the requirements for your country below.
English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

Test Score
IELTS Academic Overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands
CAEL Overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands. score of 80 in listening
PTE Academic 53
Cambridge English Overall score of 169 with no language skill less than 162
ESL4/GAP5 Minimum grade of 80% in Level 8, 75% in Level 9, or 70% in Level 10
Duolingo Overall score of 105, with no score lower than 95


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Recommended Academic Preparation

Recommended Academic Preparation

  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Chemistry (C) or (U)
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Physics (C) or (U)
  • Grade 12 Healthy Active Living Education (O)
  • Grade 12 Introductory Kinesiology (U)  

Recommended Personal Preparation

Recommended Personal Preparation

  • In the Fitness and Health Promotion program, students will engage in science based courses (i.e., Physiology) and courses that involve Math (i.e., calculating a client�s aerobic fitness).
  • Students should be prepared to develop their communication skills (e.g., written communication and face-to-face communication with clients), to work independently, and to work as a part of a team.
  • Throughout the program, students will be involved in several practical assessments that demand rehearsal of their experiential skills outside of class time. The C1047 fitness teaching laboratory space is supervised and available to students for additional practice time.
Applicant Selection Criteria

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements

  • Admission to the Fanshawe College General Arts and Science program does not guarantee admission in a subsequent year to the Fitness and Health Promotion program. Successful completion of the Fanshawe College General Arts and Science program, however, does enable the student to be given additional consideration when applying to the Fitness and Health Promotion program.  The General Arts and Science program is the preferred designated preparatory program for admission to the Fitness and Health Promotion program.
Post-Admission Requirements

Post-Admission Requirements

Mandatory Placement Assessment for WRIT Course

Guide to Completing your Professional Practice Requirements

Pre-Placement Process

Checklist & Placement Agreement

After completing the first year of the program, students will need to complete the following as preparation for second year community experiential placements. Please refer to for more information about preparing for placement.

    �     Standard First Aid and CPR

    �     Police Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening


Level 1
Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course.
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
WRIT-1048Reason & Writing 1 for Health Sciences3
This course will introduce health sciences students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking.
EDUC-1097Student Success1
Students will be introduced to concepts of professionalism in the learning environment and in the Fitness and Health Promotion industry. In addition, students will discover their learning styles, develop academic goals, and learn the skills necessary to succeed in College; specifically, the Fanshawe Online Learning (FOL) System, time management, test taking skills, study techniques, and how to effectively work in a group.
MATH-1214Math for Fitness Professionals2.5
This course is designed to provide students with the necessary mathematical skills for solving problems in the Fitness and Health Promotion Field. The course will be specific for students in the Fitness & Health Promotion Program and will include various operations to assist in training clients.
ANAT-1042Anatomy & Physiology3
This course emphasizes motion and movement in the body by studying the muscular and skeletal system. Students will also learn the structure and function of other systems, mainly the cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
ANAT-1041Functional Anatomy2
This course emphasizes motion and movement in the body by studying the muscular and skeletal system in a lab environment.
PHRE-1050Principles of Fitness3.1
This course focuses on the principles and techniques of cardiovascular exercise and resistance training for healthy adults. By way of lecture and laboratory experiences, the theory, safety issues and appropriate progressions for effective exercise programs will be emphasized. Students will learn how to instruct and supervise clients in the proper performance of common exercise routines. This course also provides a personal experience in training.
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Tuition Summary


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Total Cost of Program
International Costs
Total Cost of Program

*Total program costs are approximate, subject to change and do not include the health and dental plan fee, bus pass fee or program general expenses.