Fitness Assessment & Exercise Counselling

Certificates allow you to complete a specific group of university courses (for credit) as either part of your degree studies or separately. Additional details about certificates are available here.

This certificate program can be earned in conjunction with the Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BSc) options in Kinesiology & Health Science.

The fitness movement has been growing steadily over the past two decades. Many Canadians have become convinced that enhanced 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 active living.

Consequently, the business of fitness with all of its spin-off enterprises is one of the fastest growing industries in North America. With this growth, there has developed an increasing opportunity for employment. During the early years, there was virtually no regulation on the qualifications of workers in the Fitness Industry. However, with increasing consumer sophistication there was a demand for qualified professionals. Therefore, national certification programs were developed for fitness appraisers and fitness leaders, and with the subsequent implementation of government-sanctioned safety standards, these have become essential qualifications for persons seeking employment in the fitness industry.

Who can take it?

This certificate is open to the following applicants:

  1. current York students in the Kinesiology & Health Science degree program (BA or BSc), or
  2. new applicants to York who already hold a university degree in a kinesiology-related discipline.

How to apply

Certificate information, application instructions and links to application forms can be found on the School of Kinesiology & Health Science website.

  1. If you are a current York student, contact the Fitness Assessment & Exercise Counselling program office directly about admissibility requirements and the application process.
  2. If you are a new applicant to York and already have a university degree in a kinesiology-related discipline, you must ensure first that you meet the minimum requirements for admission to the University by applying through the Office of Admissions. You would then also make a separate inquiry to the Fitness Assessment & Exercise Counselling program office, as noted in item 1 above.

York also offers a Kinesiology & Health Science certificate in Athletic Therapy.