Humber’s Recreation and Leisure Services diploma program provides you with skills needed to start your career in government, not-for-profit and commercial recreation organizations. You will learn about recreation programming, special event management, staff management, facility operations, marketing and other services within the industry.
The curriculum is designed with industry collaboration, ensuring it is current and relevant. Within the program, students use ActiveNet software and PerfectMind, the most widely used registration management software in the recreation industry.
Students apply their skills by planning and implementing events for local community and charity organizations. A three-day leadership camp at the OELC (Ontario Educational Leadership Centre) helps build communication and leadership skills while guest speakers, practical training and field trips provide added benefits in preparing you for the workplace.
Learning from professors, as well as managers and directors of recreation programs, centres and agencies will give you valuable exposure to the industry and training in current issues.Courses Program Standards
Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:
Qualified students will complete a work placement in Semester 4 – three days per week for 15 weeks (total of 250 hours). The school works with the student to find a placement with an industry partner. The placement occurs across industry sectors including professional sport associations, community and amateur sport governing bodies, and private sector sport organizations. These placements provide valuable experience and industry contacts.
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Watch the video to find out more about Humber's Recreation and Leisure Diploma program. Hear about the program directly from faculty and students.
Watch the video to see the International Sports Fair held by our Recreation and Leisure students.
Watch the video to learn how Humber's Recreation and Leisure prepared Jaleesa for her career in Recreation Services.
The School of Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism has more than 500 industry partners. Partners provide funding for capital projects, offer internships for students, donate more than $60,000 in awards and scholarships and employ Humber graduates. Industry partners include municipal and commercial recreation facilities, sports organizations, not-for-profit service clubs, health centres, event management companies, seniors centres and long-term care facilities.
In this intensive, 3-week summer school program, students will study subject areas like tourism, international business and more.
On the IMG Academy trip, students will train in a world-class athletic facility and learn from industry-experienced professionals.
Students are involved in volunteer projects based on their areas of interest and participate in unique local activities and excursions.
Eric Beresford, Hockey League Coordinator for the Town of Oakville has received the Alumni of Distinction Award for the Recreation and Leisure Services Program from the Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.
"Always be willing to roll up your sleeves! There is no job below you; you will get much further along in your career by becoming the person they can count on, not the person that always says no."
"The Recreation and Leisure Services program at Humber was a great platform for the structure and organized side of recreation. Humber helped tie the things I enjoyed doing, and the leadership skills I had, into a solid career"
People and governments are focused on the benefits of having an active lifestyle. Current estimates place the health-care cost of physical inactivity in Canada at $6.8 billion annually. As a result, the need for dedicated professionals who can help Canadians live healthier, active lives is greater than ever.
Graduates plan, deliver and manage leisure, recreation and wellness operations in a variety of roles and responsibilities for:
Potential jobs include:
Qualified students have the opportunity to earn certification in Parks and Recreation Ontario’s HIGH FIVE Principles of Healthy Child Development program, QUEST Training for supervisory staff as well as a certificate in Inclusive Recreation Programming – Level 1. All full-time students receive a student membership with Parks and Recreation Ontario.
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 Arviat, 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 abroad. Our annual short duration experiential trips in May are approximately two weeks in length.
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
Recreation and Sport Students Visit the OELC
On September 25-27th our Sports Management and Recreation and Leisure Services students attended a Leadership Camp at the Ontario Education Leadership Centre just outside of Orillia.
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!
The City of Sport Comes to Humber College
The Toronto Sport Summit provides an annual opportunity for community sport leaders, organizations and funding partners to come together for workshops, discussions, networking and brainstorming.
Study Abroad Nunavut Students Team Up With Humber Galleries to Educate and Inspire
As students get ready to head to Arviat, Nunavut for the adventure of a lifetime, Humber Galleries has just opened a show that brings together images of groundbreaking video collectives from Nunavut.
REC Students Impress Guests with Their Business Pitches
On March 5th, we held an Entrepreneurship Tradeshow here at Humber College. At the event, our students had the opportunity to pitch their business ideas to faculty and staff members of the Humber Community as well as guests that work within the industry.
International Sports Day
The International Sports Fair was held by the Recreation Leisure students on Thursday, November 17th, 2016.
Full Circle - Friends to Colleagues
Call it luck, fate or destiny, but two people who grew up together in Chatham, Ontario and were great friends throughout high school, are now teaching the same program, in the same field, at the same college.
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