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fundamentals fitness leadership

Ontario College Certificate

Fundamentals of Fitness Leadership


For the Fall 2021 semester, this program will be delivered through a hybrid model that combines remote and in-person learning. View details on delivery modes for all programs.

This program is not currently offered. However, you may be interested in our Bachelor of Applied Health Sciences Athletic Therapy or Bachelor of Health Sciences Kinesiology and Health Promotion programs.

Use exercise and lifestyle coaching to improve health and performance.

Program Overview

Outstanding career preparation

Unique in Ontario, Sheridan's Fitness Leadership certificate combines the science of physiology, anatomy, biomechanics and nutrition with practical training in exercise and conditioning. Upon graduation, you'll be a qualified personal fitness trainer who is ready to write the certification exams for CANFIT Pro, Certified Professional Trainers Network (CPTN) and Ontario Fitness Council (OFC).

Things you'll learn to do

  • Assess basic fitness needs through fitness testing protocols.
  • Teach correct techniques of exercise, training and fitness.
  • Recognize and report health-related conditions that hamper a client's safe pursuit of an exercise program.
  • Create fitness programs for groups of different ages, health and fitness levels.

Hands-on experience

Through a field placement at a fitness studio, community recreation facility or similar organization, you'll have the chance to apply your new skills and enhance your resume. You'll also use specialized facilities on Sheridan's campus, including the Human Performance Lab, Exercise Intervention Research Centre (EIRC), Athletic Therapy Centre (ATC) and anatomy and physiology classrooms and labs.

Through this program, you'll also learn to:

  • Operate a successful entrepreneurial fitness business.
  • Promote a safe training environment and healthy lifestyle with clients.
  • Use effective communication and leadership skills in trainer/client relationships.


Degree Entrance Scholarship Available

Once you’ve applied for admission to this program, we’ll automatically consider you for this award.

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Creative, innovative learning is at the core of all Sheridan’s courses. Here are the courses you’ll take in this program.

    HEAL13314Fundamentals of Exercise Physiology 3
    NUTR19207G Nutrition for Well Being 3
    COMM19999 Essential Communications Skills 3
    HEAL13271G Wellness and Healthy Living 3
    HEAL16206Foundations of Anatomy and Bio mechanics of Exercise3
    HEAL17721Introduction to Exercise Technique3
    General Elective  3
    HEAL15892Leading Group Fitness3
    HEAL10065 Physical Activity in Special Populations 3
    HEAL18448Fundamentals of Fitness Assessment 3
    HEAL10199Foundations of Exercise Program Design 3
    BUSM10036Fitness Business Essentials 3
    FLPL13431Professional Practice for the Fitness Leader3
    HEAL19014 Exercise Consultation and Coaching 3

Courses subject to change.

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Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, including these required courses:

  • One English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or ENG4U)


Mature student status.

Applicant Selection

Eligible applicants will be selected on the basis of their previous academic achievement (the average of their six highest senior-level credits, including required courses).

Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for this program will be assessed and advised individually and may be considered for other, related programs.

Articulation Agreement

Applicants who do not possess the necessary admission requirements to this program at Sheridan who complete the Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program will be granted admission, contingent on space in the program (in the semester that they are applying for), if they have an overall GPA of 3.0 and a minimum of B grades in all their math and science courses.

Where space is not available in the semester for which an applicant has applied and the applicant meets all the requirements of this agreement, admission to a later intake of the program will be granted.

Applicants from the Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program must also complete all other pre-admission requirements for their chosen program, such as criminal record checks, immunization documentation, etc. listed in the program admission requirements. All applicants to the Practical Nursing, Veterinary Technician, and Pharmacy Technician programs must also take the HOAE (Health Occupation Aptitude Exam) pre-admission test. Taking the HOAE is a requirement to meet the terms of the articulation; however, admission to the program is not contingent on test results at this time.

Prospective students should ensure that they meet the eligibility criteria for registration, such as English language proficiency in the program for which this transfer process is being applied.

For your Information

Prior to commencing the Field Placement, and at individual expense, students must obtain a certification in Emergency level First Aid and Adult CPR .

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Sheridan’s English proficiency requirements.

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of Sheridan’s Fitness Leadership program, you’ll be qualified to work as a personal trainer, personal coach or fitness leader.

Here are some places you might work:

  • Corporate wellness programs
  • Cruise ships and resorts
  • Fitness clubs and gyms
  • Recreation and community programs
  • Schools
  • Senior centres

Learning Outcomes

The successful completion of this program will enable the graduate to:

  • Assess the basic fitness needs of clients through standard manual and/or mechanized fitness testing protocols.
  • Apply fundamentals of physiology, anatomy, bio-mechanics and nutrition in promoting a safe training environment and healthy lifestyle.
  • Apply effective communication and leadership skills in all client/ trainer relationships.
  • Teach correct techniques in executing all exercise, training and fitness instruction programs in a variety of environments.
  • Identify basic successful business concepts and operational issues in supporting a small owner-managed business.
  • Report on health related conditions suspected of limiting the healthy engagement of clients into normalized fitness programs.
  • Create physical fitness programs for general and specific groups with diverse age, health and fitness levels.

Program Fees

Fees shown here are estimates only. Fees are in Canadian dollars and include tuition, health insurance and ancillary charges.

The fees shown here are for the 2021–2022 academic year, and are subject to change. The fees displayed are for the first two (2) academic terms of study at Sheridan unless otherwise noted; fees for subsequent terms are not reflected on this website.

Fees For Canadian Students
Fees for International Students

Financial Aid & Awards

Your education is a big investment, and we're here to help! Keep an eye on our Financial Aid & Awards page for regular updates, and check out these important links:

All new international students beginning their studies in the Fall 2021 or Winter 2022 semesters will receive an entrance scholarship ranging from $1,000 to $2,000.

Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship

Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.

Bursaries for Grade 12 Students Pursuing Studies Toward a Career in Law

The annual Bursary Program for grade 12 students pursuing careers in the justice sector at an Ontario university or college is now open! Bursaries are offered by the Association of Justices of the Peace of Ontario (AJPO), the Association of Ontario Judges (AOJ) and the Ontario Superior Court Judges’ Association (OSCJA). Each association offers one bursary per year in each of their judicial regions for a total of 22 bursaries province-wide!

Applications close on May 26. Spread the word to students! Visit the Bursary web page for more information.

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