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4 Semesters (2 Years)
Credential Awarded
Ontario College Diploma
Recreation & Environmental Studies

About the Program

In this two-year diploma program you will gain the skills and knowledge required for improving the health of clients and communities through physical fitness. As a student of this program, you will learn about the science and professional practices of implementing fitness and health programs for clients of all ages. You will receive advanced training and practical experience in coaching and fitness promotion related to the design and delivery of programs of physical activity and wellness. This program also provides you with the opportunity to select stream options into the Honours Bachelor of Therapeutic Recreation program as well as a relevant degree program with York University. After this program, you will be well-prepared for the rapidly expanding professional opportunities in fitness, wellness and health promotion.

Graduates of the Fitness and Health Promotion program with a GPA of 2.5 or higher are eligible for a block transfer of thirteen courses into Seneca’s Bachelors (Honours) in Therapeutic Recreation. This provides the opportunity for students to complete the honours degree within 3 years. FHP graduates who fulfill the admissions requirements of York University are also eligible to receive a 45 credit block transfer when entering the BA and BSc Honours in Kinesiology at York University.

Your Career

As a graduate of this program, you may pursue future career options, such as:

  • Instructor in health and fitness organizations
  • Instructor in senior centres
  • Coach in sports organizations
  • Work in municipal organizations involving recreation, fitness and leisure
  • Fitness and wellness consultant

You will be certified in coaching children and youth, enabling you to work with sport organizations interested in developing athletes’ physical abilities. Graduates can apply contemporary fitness techniques and work with adults and seniors who wish to meet their own personal health and fitness goals. In addition, with your highly marketable skills, you can consult with coaches, teachers, health care workers and others interested in building healthy communities.

Related Careers


Throughout this program you will develop the following skills:

  • Consultation skills for clients
  • Contemporary fitness techniques
  • Coaching and training techniques aligned with the CANFITPRO and CSEP standards
  • Holistic intervention approaches to physical coaching, including addressing exercise counseling and mental health first aid
  • Marketing and professional practice skills