When choosing a Fitness and Health Promotion program, there are a few things you should consider. Firstly, does the offering get you into the growing field quickly? Secondly, does the focus of the offering take into consideration the evolution in the field to mind, body and soul? Thirdly, what sorts of facilities are used to assist students in their training?
The right answers to all of these questions can be found in the Fitness and Health Promotion offering at Centennial College. The program takes just two years to complete and results in a respected Ontario College Diploma. In addition, students of Fitness and Health Promotion have the opportunity to gain the skills necessary to become certified personal trainers according to the CSEPT-PT requirements and also learn course material related to the canfitpro nutrition and wellness certification.
Secondly, Fitness and Health Promotion trains its graduates to respond to the ever growing public demand for health and wellness counseling through expert training in anatomy and physiology, fitness assessment, leadership skills, injury management, nutrition, fitness marketing, health promotion, computer skills and cross cultural awareness – all while taking into consideration mental health as an essential part of a holistic approach to well-being.
Additionally, to ensure that students are receiving training that guarantees success, they are trained out of Centennial Colleges newly constructed Athletic and Wellness Center located at Progress Campus, where they have hands-on learning opportunities. As such, inter-professional student liaisons are provided between Fitness and Health Promotion students and other programs (i.e. Police Foundations, Pre-service Fire and Paramedic students) to assist in the attainment of students fitness assessment goals.
Applicants to Fitness and Health Promotion are required to have obtained at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature status (19 years or older). In addition, they must have completed the English Grade 12 C or U (minimum grade required) or equivalent, or skills assessment; as well as one Science Grade 11 or 12, C or U (minimum grade requirement) or skills assessment (Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Exercise Science).
Thanks to industry partnerships that provide supervised field placement opportunities in the fitness industry, students of Fitness and Promotion also apply their new knowledge to two industry field placements. Prior to each program Field Placement, students require the following: an annual clear police check with vulnerable sector screening; successful completion of an annual renewal of a recognized course in CPR (health care provider level); as well as successful completion of a recognized course in standard first aid.
Fitness and Health Promotion graduates have the ability to assess the fitness level, health issues and overall well-being of individual clients based on various assessment tools and strategies; apply effective practices to the design, implementation and management of fitness and lifestyle programs and events for individual clients intended to meet health, fitness and lifestyle goals; develop and implement risk management strategies for health and fitness programs, activities and facilities; and more.