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Exercise Science and Lifestyle Management

Credential: Ontario Graduate Certificate Program Code: 14131 Length: 2 semesters

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To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following: 

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, Physical Education, or Human Kinetics including completion of the following courses:
    • Human Anatomy
    • Human Physiology
    • Exercise Physiology
    • Biomechanics
    • Statistics/Research Methods
  • It is recommended that students also possess at least one semester of the following courses:
    • Psychomotor Behaviour or Motor Learning
    • Introduction to Health and Wellness, or Epidemiology of Physical Activity
    • Psychology of Sport, Psychology of Exercise, Sociology of Exercise, or Sociology of Sport

All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.



Mature Applicants

An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older (21 or older for degree programs) as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U level or equivalent.

College Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber will use your college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

University Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber will use your university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

Selection: Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.

Post-Admission Requirements:

Once accepted into the program, students must demonstrate a personal commitment to physical activity and healthy living, and possess the ability to fully participate in practical-based physical activity courses: resistance training, group exercise classes, cardiovascular training, plyometrics and flexibility training.

Students must also hold current CPR certification or obtain it during Semester 1.

Practical courses, which take place in a lab, have a strict attendance policy, which is mandatory for successful completion of the course.

Date Location Availability International Student Availability
September 2017NorthClosedClosed
September 2018NorthOpenOpen

The 2017-2018 fee for 2 semesters was:

  • domestic: $6,514.85
  • international: $15,585.00

Fees are subject to change.

Additional Costs

$1,100 (per year) for textbooks; $140 Fitness Assessment Kit; $120 First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification; $50 CKO Jurisprudence; $90 - $200 Professional Development Conference; $170 Fitness Instructor Specialist certification (optional); $300 Certified Personal Trainer certification (optional).

Fees by Semester 


Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

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Program Contact(s)

Eddie Yu, program support officer
416 675 6622 ext. 4146



International Students

Phone 1-416-675-5067

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Fees by Semester

Semester 1Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45


Semester 2Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $420 Winter start - $280 Summer start - $140

Our Program

Humber’s Exercise Science and Lifestyle Management graduate certificate program is designed to build on the knowledge you have acquired in your university 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.

  • Administer, interpret and communicate the results of various performance assessment protocols.
  • 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.


Work Placement

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 internship 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.

Internship Partners

We always look forward to our Humber Student Interns every year as they bring a warm personality but also carry a high level of knowledge and expertise. Having extra hands in our clinic means that we are able to do more with our clients and we are very thankful for all the Humber students who have helped us along the way!

The Humber Experience

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Watch the video to find out more about the Exercise Science and Lifestyle Management program and the opportunities that exist in this growing industry.

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Trainsmart Wellness video

What is Stress? A Student Video Project

What is Stress video

Stress Side Effects: A Student Video Project

Side Effects of Stress video

Combat Fatigue and Stress at Work

Combat Fatigue and Stress in the Workplace video

The Humber Advantage

State-of-the-art Facilities

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.

Humber Centre for Healthy Living

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.

Our Industry Partnerships

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.

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students in fitness lab

Study Globally

Students at IMG

IMG Academy

On the IMG Academy trip, students will train in a world-class athletic facility and learn from industry-experienced professionals.

Students in Peru


Visit a variety of breath-taking sites and take part in rewarding, physical challenges on this unforgettable, two-week adventure.

Student in Nunavut


Students are involved in volunteer projects based on their areas of interest and participate in unique local activities and excursions.

Explore the Health & Fitness Labs

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Fitness Facilities

The fitness facilities at Humber are one-of-a-kind. The Physiology/Kinesiology laboratories are fully equipped for high tech assessment of athletic performance and physical health, The labs feature metabolic VO2 carts, treadmills, bikes The Bod Pod, the Qualisys system and much more.

Your Career

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 in 2007, has created demand for qualified professionals in a variety of settings.

In addition to private and commercial facilities, graduates may work in:

  • corporations that offer fitness and health services for employees
  • wellness centres at universities
  • sport institutes
  • rehabilitation units
  • municipal and community services
  • organizations that mandate health and fitness as a condition of employment (e.g., military; correctional services; and police, fire and emergency response departments).

In addition, graduates may wish to set up private practices or find employment in rehabilitation centres, hospitals and ergonomics. Graduates can provide services such as physical demands analysis, ergonomic assessments and functional ability assessments.

Professional Accreditations & Recognition

After successful completion of this program, along with the required core undergraduate degree courses, graduates may be eligible to earn industry credentials including:

This information is accurate as of December 2016. 

Additional requirements and/or costs may apply.

Note: The requirements for the additional credential(s) are determined by the granting body, which is independent from the College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.

Study Abroad

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.

Scholarships & Awards

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Students may be eligible for a number of scholarships and awards.

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