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Fitness and Health Promotion

Available at: Kingston


Do you have an interest in fitness and health, or helping others reach their fitness and health goals? If so, this program is for you!

Join our team to become a dynamic leader in the field of fitness and health promotion – an industry that is growing rapidly and offers a wide range of career opportunities.

This two-year curriculum includes courses in exercise science, fitness, health promotion, business management, and human relations as well as personal and professional development. Several of the courses will be delivered in the Student Health & Athletic Centre on the Kingston Campus, which provides a state-of-the-art training facility. Students will have the opportunity to obtain four additional certifications including the nationally recognized Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) certification from the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology.

Graduates will offer prospective employ­ers 400 hours of practical experience in the workforce gained from two 5-week work placements as well as the option to be involved in voluntary service in the areas of health promotion, inclusive fitness, injury prevention and management, fitness assess­ment and/or personal training and occupa­tional health and corporate wellness.

This program meets the standards of a Fitness and Health Promotion Program according to the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

Meet our faculty
The faculty in the Fitness and Health Promotion at St. Lawrence College are knowledgeable and skilled in their field of study.

Study in Ireland: Graduates of this program can turn their advanced diploma into a degree.
Check out our flyer (pdf) to find out more information.





Career Opportunities

• Personal Trainer
• Group Fitness Instructor
• Strength & Conditioning Coach
• Corporate Wellness Consultant
• Health Promoter (Health Unit)
• Military Fitness Instructor
• Municipal or Community Recreation Staff
• Senior’s Fitness Programmer
• Health Club Manager or owner
• Cruise-Ship Fitness & Recreation Leader
• Physiotherapy Assistant
• Sports Coach

Program Name

Fitness and Health Promotion

Program Code



Ontario College Diploma

Start Dates


Program Duration

2 years

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

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International Fees

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Additional Costs

Books, supplies, uniform, certification fees.

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary Program.  Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals.  These awards recognize our academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential.  For more details visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Program Outline 2020-21

Semester 1 (15 weeks)
FAHP 1100 Anatomy & Physiology
FAHP 1200 Fitness Training
FAHP 1300 Nutrition and Weight Management
FAHP 1500 Psychology of Exercise
FAHP 2400 Event and Facility Management
GENE 114 Professional Effectiveness

Semester 2 (15 weeks)
FAHP 2000 Professional Development and Communication
FAHP 2100 Exercise Physiology
FAHP 2300 Community Health Promotion
FAHP 2500 Inclusive Fitness
FAHP 2600 Fitness Assessment
GENE General Education Course

Semester 3 (10 weeks in-class + 5 weeks placement)
FAHP 3000 Field Placement 1
FAHP 3100 Injury Prevention and Management
FAHP 3300 Complementary Health Care
FAHP 3400 Entrepreneurship and Business Plan Development
FAHP 3600 Personal Training
FAHP 3700 Coaching and Leadership
GENE General Education Course

Semester 4 (10 weeks in-class + 5 weeks placement)
FAHP 4000 Field Placement 2
FAHP 4100 Therapeutic Exercise Prescription
FAHP 4300 Occupational Health & Employee Wellness
FAHP 4400 Marketing
FAHP 4500 Advanced Personal Training and Sport Conditioning
FAHP 4600 Critical Thinking and Personal Training Logic

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Agreements between SLC and other institutions that are specific to this program are listed below. In addition, there are many credit transfer pathway agreements between colleges and universities within the province of Ontario. Please also visit to search for options relevant to your program area of study.

>>More information on these SLC Articulations

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U or M level including the following prerequisites:

  • Grade 12 English at the C or U level
  • Grade 11 Math at the C, U or M level
  • Grade 11 or 12 Biology at the C or U level, or PSK4U
For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.

Recommended Background

  •  Any grade 11 or 12 Health and Physical Education courses
  • Students should have basic computer skills which include the ability to use Internet Explorer, MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint

If you are missing prerequisite courses, enroll in the Career/College Prep program - free for Ontario residents who are 19 years or older. Click here for full details


Health Requirements

  • CPR (Basic Rescuer Level C) and Standard First Aid. CPR recertification required yearly.
  • Students are required to cover the cost of additional requirements. All of the above requirements must be complete before the student can begin any volunteer hours or placements.


I had a great two years in my program, the professors were the best part. I've never had teachers more supportive than them.

Nicole Betournay

Program Contact

Natasha Agaoglu

Admissions Information

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Additional Information

Programs at St. Lawrence College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.

Students have the opportunity to apply their new knowledge in workplaces during their field placements.  Here are just a few of the locations that have worked with the Fitness and Health Promotion program to provide work placements for students:

  • Fitness Clubs
  • Specialty Studios
  • Schools
  • Military Fitness
  • Municipal Recreation Facilities
  • Health Units
  • Charitable Organizations  
  • Sports Medicine
  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation
  • Hypnosis
  • Physiotherapy
  • Athletic Therapy
  • Wellness Spas
  • Corporate Wellness
  • Universities
  • Nutrition Centres
  • Sports Conditioning
  • Sport Tourism
  • Sports Merchandise
  • Retirement Residences
  • Inclusive Populations

WSIB Coverage:

Students from health sciences program on placement are covered by Workplace Safety and Insurance Board(WSIB) coverage in the event of an incident.

To be eligible:

  • A student must be currently registered in the program;
  • The placement must be sanctioned by the educational institution;
  • The student must not be paid for the placement.

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