The Fitness Leadership programs prepare graduates to pursue careers in the areas of physical fitness, fitness evaluation, wellness, promotion, and leadership. Students will receive specialized training in one or more certifications, and be given the opportunity to gain valuable experience by completing a supervised practicum in this growing industry. The curriculum is rich with courses geared specifically toward preparing students to be very knowledgeable about the fitness industry and very competent in their personal skills. Students will not be required to repeat any training for which they have current certification.
The diploma program incorporates both theory and practical components. The theory courses, many of which are university transferable, provide the student with the background information necessary to understand the structure and function of the human body and its adaptations to exercise. The practicums provide an opportunity for students to develop the skills required to assess individual physical fitness levels, to formulate and deliver appropriate fitness programs, and to network with businesses in the local fitness community. The Personal Trainer Specialization is designed to advance professional leadership and effectiveness in promoting the fitness and wellness of the average population.
Certificate Program Admission Requirements
For admission into the Fitness Leadership Diploma, an overall average of 50% in the following Alberta Education courses or equivalents is required. See Entrance Requirements tables for courses within groups A, B, or C.
- English 30-1
- Two subjects from Group A or C
- One subject from Group C*
- One subject from Group A, B, C or Physical Education 30
- AFLCA Exercise Theory**
- Only one language other than English will be accepted
*Math 30-2 is acceptable for admission; however, only one of Mathematics 30-1 or Mathematics 30-2 may be used for admission.
**Students must have completed the Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association (AFLCA) Exercise Theory course prior to the first day of class. The AFLCA Exercise Theory course is offered annually the third weekend of August. Call 780-539-2816 to register. If students are unable to attend the course at GPRC, the course is held elsewhere throughout Alberta. Students will be responsible for additional fees incurred when registering for these certification courses. CPR is required for AFLCA certification.
Diploma Program Admission Requirements
Successful completion of the Fitness Leadership Certificate program.
Mature Student Admission
Students 21 years of age or older who do not meet the stated admission requirements must attain a minimum score on an appropriate entrance test before acceptance into the program is granted. In addition to placement testing, mature students must have completed the AFLCA Exercise Theory Course prior to the first day of class for the Personal Training Specialization diploma program.
Part-Time Student Admission
Students may enrol in up to two courses without admission to the program. Upon successful completion of two courses, if you wish to continue in the program, you will be expected to apply to the program and meet all admission requirements. Once you have met all admission requirements and received admission to the program, you will be granted credit toward the Certificate for courses successfully completed prior to admission.
To be promoted into the second year of the program, you must have successfully completed all first year course requirements, have a valid certificate in at least one AFLCA specialty course, and valid certificate in CPR and First Aid. PF1980, Leadership in Resistance Training, fulfills one of the AFLCA specialty courses. CPR Certification will be offered annually by the Department of PEAK.
Certificate Graduation Requirements
Students who successfully complete the courses listed will be eligible for a Certificate in Fitness Leadership. If you meet these requirements, please apply to graduate.
Diploma Graduation Requirements
To graduate with a Diploma in Fitness Leadership you must successfully complete all program requirements and must have certification† in at least one AFLCA specialty course, CPR, and First Aid or Athletic First Aid. If you meet these requirements, please apply to graduate.
The CSEP-CPT is a graduation requirement to receive the Fitness Leadership Diploma Personal Training Specialization. The CSEP-CPT certification supersedes the AFLCA Resistance Training Certification requirement. Students require the AFLCA certification to enter into their second year of studies; however, it may not be necessary for them to maintain AFLCA certification if they have achieved their CSEP-CPT certification. The CSEP–CPT certification in the Personal Trainer Specialization is achieved through PF 2900 Fitness Assessment and Advanced Counseling and PF 2920 Certified Personal Trainer Exercise Prescription courses.
†See Certification requirements.
The PF1980 Leadership Principles in Resistance Training course is registered as an AFLCA Resistance Training Specialty Course. Following completion of requirements for PF1980, students are required to complete additional practical hours and a practical observation to obtain their AFLCA certificate. The AFLCA Resistance Training Certificate (or any other AFLCA specialty certification approved by the department) is required for those students advancing to the second year of the diploma. This certification is a pre-requisite to entering into the PF1910 Fitness Practicum.
Students of PEAK
Students enrolled in fitness programs are eligible for membership in Students of PEAK (SPEAK), the organization of physical education students. See information about this student organization in the Bachelor of Physical Education section of this calendar. Executive members of SPEAK may be eligible for co-curricular recognition.