Fitness Assessment & Exercise Counselling Certificate

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The physical fitness movement has been growing dramatically over the past four decades. The research evidence underscores the health benefits of regular physical activity participation for both Health-Related Physical Fitness and Performance-Related Physical Fitness. Many Canadians have become convinced that regular physical activity participation plus enhanced physical fitness leads to healthier, longer and more enjoyable lives. Corporations have learned that improved employee fitness translates into increased productivity. Governments, faced with soaring medical expenses, have come to realize that preventive medicine is a more cost effective solution to health care and they are now committed to promoting healthy lifestyles.

Consequently, the "business" of fitness with all of its spin-off enterprises continues to be the fastest growing industry in Canada. With this growth there has developed an increasing opportunity for employment. During the early years there was virtually no regulation on the qualifications of front-line fitness and exercise practitioners. However, with increasing consumer sophistication and both public and government concerns for quality control, there was a demand for qualified fitness and exercise professionals. Therefore, accreditation programs were developed for fitness and exercise practitioners and with the implementation of government sanctioned provincial fitness safety standards; these have become essential qualifications for persons seeking employment in the fitness industry.

The York University Certificate in Fitness Assessment and Exercise Counselling is earned concurrently with the honours degree in Kinesiology & Health Science by selecting specified courses along with the required core courses. While completing the courses in the certificate program, national and/or international accreditation can be obtained as a  Fitness or Personal Trainer for Health-Related Physical Fitness and Exercise Physiologist Specialist for both Health-Related- and Performance-Related- Physical Fitness. Upon degree completion, students who have completed all of the certificate program requirements can also apply to become a Register Kinesiologist with the Ontario College of Kinesiology.

Admission Requirements:

Students must be degree candidates in Kinesiology and Health Science.

Application to the certificate program may be made after completing all of the Level 1 KINE core courses (HH/KINE 1000, 1020), all of the Level 2 KINE core courses (HH/KINE 2011, 2031, 2049, 2050, 3012, 3030) and the following Level 3 KINE core courses (HH/KINE 3000, 3020) plus the completion of a minimum of 4 practicum courses and the successful completion of HH/KINE 3400.

Program Outline:

In addition to completing all of the core courses required for an honours degree in Kinesiology and Health Science, the following requirements must also be met to receive the Certificate in Fitness Assessment and Exercise Counselling.

Required Academic Courses:

The Kinesiology and Health Science Core, and:

  • HH/KINE 3400 3.00: Fitness Consulting and Personal Fitness Training
  • HH/KINE 3575 3.00: Athletic Injuries - Extremities
  • HH/KINE 3640 3.00: Epidemiology of Physical Activity, Fitness and Health
  • HH/KINE 4400 6.00: Advanced Fitness/Lifestyle Assessment and Counselling
  • HH/KINE 4430 3.00: Business Skills for Sport and Fitness Professionals
  • HH/KINE 4900 3.00: Exercise Therapy for Chronic Diseases
  • Plus three credits selected from the following courses:
    • HH/KINE 4455 3.00: Biomechanics and Motor Control Laboratory
    • HH/KINE 4460 3.00: Occupational Biomechanics
    • HH/KINE 4470 3.00: Muscle and Joint Biomechanics
    • HH/KINE 4475 3.00: Clinical Biomechanics

Required Practicum Courses:

Kinesiology and Health Science Practicum Core and:

  • HH/PKIN 0861 0.00: Personal Training I
  • HH/PKIN 0862 0.00: Personal Training II

For applications and further information, please contact:

Norm Gledhill, Ph.D., Program Coordinator
356 Bethune College
(416) 736-5794


Veronica Jamnik, Ph.D.
355 Bethune College
(416) 736-5794

NOTE: Students may only be enrolled in one certificate at a time.