Humber’s Exercise Science and Lifestyle Management graduate certificate program is designed to build on the knowledge you have acquired in your undergraduate degree by providing 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.Courses Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:
Prescribe exercise programs that promote improved health status and/or improved physical performance.
Perform a comprehensive consultation with a client and use the information collected to guide the development of an exercise training program.
Provide appropriate instruction of exercise execution, including appropriate verbal and tactile cues.
Utilize counselling skills to support a client in determining and meeting their fitness and lifestyle goals.
Plan, implement, and evaluate a successful health promotion program or strategy.
Instruct all components of a group exercise class.
Describe the six classes of nutrients, the digestion and absorption of these nutrients, and outline the nutritional needs of a physically active person.
Discuss nutritional and exercise needs, as well as considerations, for an individual through all phases of their lifespan.
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.
Develop effective marketing tools and plans, and apply prospecting, personal selling, and customer service skills to develop and maintain a client base.
Experiential learning is an integral part of this program. The program features three unpaid internship courses, two of which take place on campus and the third of which takes place off campus. During the on-campus courses, students provide fitness assessments and testing, physical activity counselling and prescription services to Humber and partner 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 courses, 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.
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State-of-the-art fitness facilities, including two dedicated fitness assessment laboratories, a private personal training studio, and two fully equipped group exercise studios ensure a high-quality learning environment.
All students will receive hands-on experience in our on-campus Humber Centre for Healthy Living. Drawing on the expertise of HRT faculty and students, the CHL offers a range of programs, services, and events for MAKING HEALTHY HAPPEN within the Humber community.
The School of Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism has more than 500 industry partners. Partners provide funding for capital projects such as laboratories, provide internships for students, fund more than $60,000 in awards and scholarships, and also employ Humber graduates. Industry partners for this program include: Health Systems Group, Trifit, the City of Mississauga, the City of Vaughan, The Boulevard Club, The Adelaide Club, The Fitness Institute and Toronto area hospitals and rehabilitation clinics.
On the IMG Academy trip, students will train in a world-class athletic facility and learn from industry-experienced professionals.
About 15 per cent of the population, or 4.5 million people, belong to one of Canada’s 4,900 health and fitness clubs. This represents 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 three 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:
In addition, graduates may wish to set up a private practice or find employment in rehabilitation centres, hospitals and ergonomics.
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:
Note: The requirements for licensure are determined by the granting body, which is independent from Humber College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.
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.
Students may be eligible for a number of scholarships and awards.
News & Events
Centre for Healthy Living Opens its Brand-New Space
On September 4th, 2018 the Centre for Healthy Living (CHL) officially opened its doors to the Humber community. While the CHL has been around for a few years already, it just got a brand new physical space right here on campus!
ESLM Students Pick the Brains of Professional Athletes
Exercise Science and Lifestyle Management (ESLM) students got the opportunity to pick the brains of professional athletes in their in-class athlete’s panel.
ESLM Speed Networking Event A Success
On Thursday, February 2nd, our Exercise Science and Lifestyle Management program welcomed students and industry partners to our first annual speed networking event.
Heart Wise Exercise Leaders
Exercise Science and Lifestyle Management (ESLM) students, along with faculty, Leigh Gavarkovs and John-David Kato, took a field trip to Toronto Rehab’s Rumsey Center as part of their Group Exercise Leadership experience.
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