It’s easy to turn your passion for a healthy, active lifestyle into a career you love in the two-year Exercise Science program, which prepares you to earn fitness certifications before you even graduate.

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The rigorous two-year Exercise Science diploma program helps you muscle in on the science of physical activity. Using contemporary equipment (and lots of it), you’ll break a sweat during classroom assignments that involve indoor and outdoor activities. Along with all this, you’ll have plenty of practical opportunities to work with actual clients and present seminars.

In the Exercise Science program, you’ll be on your way to a fast-paced career helping people of all ages and abilities maintain their physical well-being. In fact, after just one year of study you’ll have the opportunity to become a certified fitness leader with the Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association (AFLCA). And after your second year? You’ll be prepared for certification as a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) as recognized by the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP).

Ready to step up to your career in fitness? Apply to the Exercise Science program today!

Career opportunities

With two fitness leadership designations and a diploma in Exercise Science, you’ll be ready for work in a variety of capacities within the fitness industry, including:

  • Business Entrepreneur
  • Community Facilities
  • Fitness Clubs
  • Health/Resort Spas
  • Medical Clinics
  • Personal Fitness Care
  • Physiotherapy Clinics
  • Professional Corporations
  • Recreation Groups
  • Rehabilitation Agencies
  • Schools/Out Reach Programs
  • Senior Centres
  • Sport Organizations
  • Sport Teams
  • Travel Industry
Starts In: September
Application Deadlines:

For current application status, terms being processed and application deadlines visit the Program Application Status page.

Duration: 2 years
Credential: Diploma

University of Lethbridge

Graduates from the Exercise Science diploma are eligible to be admitted into the University of Lethbridge’s Post-Diploma Bachelor of Health Sciences degree program for completion of their Bachelor of Health Sciences degree.

University of Regina

Graduates who have achieved a minimum grade of 60% (GPA) will be eligible for 60 credit hours transfer to the Bachelor of Kinesiology- Human Kinetics Major. For more information, please visit:

Delivery Format

Online courses are instructor led. Communications, teaching and assessment components are delivered solely online, and do not have any on-campus elements. They are taught through a learning management system and may be either synchronous (in real-time on a set schedule) or asynchronous (learning that does not occur at the same time or same place). Students complete all their work online and are not required to come to campus.


Learning does not occur at the same time or same place. Instructor provides materials including online readings, recorded lectures or presentations, posted lecture notes, video content, assignments and exams for online completion. Students access the course materials within a flexible timeframe prescribed by the instructor.


Learning happens in real time. Student and instructors interact and engage with each other in a specific virtual space, through a specific online medium, at a specific time. This can include video conferencing, live chatting, and live-streaming lectures.

Your learning experience will be largely online, both synchronously (at a specific time with other students and the instructor) and asynchronously (you can access materials within a flexible timeframe prescribed by your instructor). The online teaching will, where possible, be supported by on campus teaching where it is essential to learning outcomes and which can be provided safely. Some lab attendance may be required. Our faculty and instructors will provide you with quality learning experiences that will help build relationships, develop a sense of community wherever you are located, and give you the academic foundations you need for your life ahead. You will also connect with our committed staff, who will support you through academic advice, health and wellbeing, volunteer opportunities, career information, learning assistance, financial aid, and so many other ways. We remain connected and accessible in this new learning environment.


Learning Environment

The extent and nature of any on campus teaching is subject to confirmation

Year 1 Term I
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Year 1 Term II
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Please note: Students are also required to complete a total of 3.00 credits in Electives (Please see Electives list).

Year 2 Term I
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Year 2 Term II
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Please note: Students are also required to complete a total of 3.00 credits in Electives (Please see Electives list).

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Students may select from the above electives with choices dependent on scheduling. Some courses may require a pre-requisite that is not included in the Exercise Science curriculum or electives list.


New students are accepted into the Exercise Science program for the Fall (September) term.

General admission requirements

All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Lethbridge College programs as indicated in the Admissions section of this calendar.

Academic requirements

In addition to meeting the general admission requirements indicated in the Admissions section of this calendar, applicants to this program must also satisfy the following specific course requirements (or equivalencies):

  • Grade 12 Biology

Medical Requirements

Although no physical requirements are placed on applicants for entry to the program, applicants should ensure through a medical examination that their cardiovascular system is suitable to undertake strenuous exercise. Interviews may be requested.

Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Pre-Placement Requirements

This program has a required Work-Integrated Learning Pre-Placement Requirements (WIL) component. The College dictates the legal terms and conditions governing the WIL.

Students must meet and maintain certain requirements to participate 3 in the WIL setting as determined by programs, practice agencies and/or legislated by government bodies. These may include health (e.g. immunizations, screening tests, etc.), privacy and security (e.g. police information check, IT access, etc.), and OH&S requirements (e.g. CPR certification, Fire Safety, WHMIS, Mask Fit-testing, etc.).

Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) coverage - WIL placement agencies and employers usually require WCB coverage on behalf of the student. Students enrolled in post-secondary institutions in Alberta are deemed to be employees of the Province of Alberta and, as such, provided WCB coverage. In certain instances for students outside of Alberta, WCB coverage may not be provided (e.g. non-Alberta residents taking a course solely through distance learning with a WIL placement outside of Alberta). These students are advised to contact the program prior to application.

Students with disabilities who may require accommodations must schedule an appointment with Accessibility Services at Lethbridge College preferably upon acceptance to the program and no later than the Add/Drop deadline to identify potential impacts of their disabilities in the WIL setting. As part of this process, it may be necessary to collaborate with WIL supervisors to determine appropriate accommodations that do not compromise the health and safety of clients, essential placement requirements, or mandatory licensing processes. Failure to consult with Accessibility Services in a timely fashion may compromise the student's WIL placement and opportunities for success in the WIL setting.

In order to participate in a WIL, a student may be required to complete a Police Information Check or other type of Security Clearance to the satisfaction of Lethbridge College and the WIL organization. Completion of a WIL does not guarantee employment with a WIL organization. Many disciplines are provincially or otherwise regulated (e.g. health professions under Alberta's Health Professions Act); such regulation is beyond Lethbridge College's control. Completion of a WIL and graduation from a certain program do not guarantee one's licensure or admission into a regulatory body. Prospective students are encouraged to consult with a representative of the relevant regulatory body if they have concerns.

WIL sites will include Lethbridge and may include surrounding rural communities. WIL’s may include day, evening, and/or weekend schedules. Students will be expected to travel to assigned sites and will be responsible for arranging travel and any associated costs.

Medical requirements

Although no physical requirements are placed on applicants for entry to the program, applicants should ensure through a medical examination that their cardiovascular system is suitable to undertake strenuous exercise. Interviews may be requested.

Your investment

Students will purchase a Lethbridge College Exercise Science shirt ($30). The shirts are worn during practicum experiences.

Pursuing certification in some specific courses may require an additional fee. Please contact the program for details.

Prior learning assessment (PLA)

If you have experience working in this field of study, you may be eligible for prior learning assessment.

Applicants who lack the required academic admission requirements can apply to the Academic Upgrading program to upgrade their academic skills.


Upon successful completion of program requirements, students are awarded an Exercise Science diploma.

Academic Year Tuition Fees Books & Supplies
Year 1 $3,375.00 $1,020.00 $1,575.00
Year 2 $2,850.00 $1,068.00 $1,650.00

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  • Costs for supplies may vary considerably depending on what students already have or where they purchased their supplies; cost provided is on the moderately high end.
  • Students will be charged a medical/dental benefit fee unless they opt out by demonstrating alternative coverage prior to the end of the first week of class.
  • Tuition for international students is $13,275 for Year 1 and $12,135 for Year 2. The cost of additional fees, books and supplies is the same for all students.

Pathway to industry certifications

At Lethbridge College, we’re not just giving you an education, we’re equipping you for a career. And in our Exercise Science program, that means preparing you for not one but two fitness certification exams. With a curriculum focused on delivering an education that meets provincial, national and international fitness standards, our program prepares you to write the following exams:

  • Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association (AFLCA): After just one year in our program, you’ll be able to gain certification as a fitness leader with AFLCA. This certificate shows your future employer that your education meets recognized national and international standards, and you’ve been trained in industry-leading practices.
  • Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology – Certified Personal Trainer (CSEP-CPT): CSEP is often referred to as the gold standard in exercise science and personal training, and our program makes you eligible to test for certification as a certified personal trainer. Your CSEP-CPT certification will stand out – there are less than 5,000 certified CSEP-CPTs in all of Canada.

After just two years in our program, you’ll graduate ready for your career with a diploma in Exercise Science and (potentially) two fitness certifications.

Hands-on, immersive learning

See it in action
See it in action

Theory comes to life in some of the best fitness facilities.


See it in action

When you’re preparing for a career of helping others lead healthy, active lifestyles, a textbook just won’t cut it. Of course, you’ll learn the foundations from textbooks and lectures, but you’ll build on those by seeing it in action. And we have some of the best facilities for fitness. Our P.E. Building is home to: 

  • the Val Matteotti Gymnasium (considered by many athletes to be the best gym in the ACAC)
  • a fitness centre
  • two international squash courts
  • two interchangeable racquetball/squash courts
  • a fitness-testing centre
  • a dance studio
  • steam rooms

Home to our Kodiaks student-athletes and all students who value physical activity, you can find out more about these facilities and get your student membership at Recreation Services.

The student becomes the teacher
The student becomes the teacher

Your practicum experience could have you training a college staff member.


The student becomes the teacher

In your final month of school, you’ll get a feel for what it’s like in the industry during a practicum experience that can range from 45-55 hours in length. You’ll apply what you’ve learned in the classroom to a real-life situation. The best part? Your practicum could place you as a personal trainer for a Lethbridge College staff member. The student really does become the teacher in our program.

Mind, Body, Spirit: The class that changed my life

“I was a student within the Exercise Science program for two years at Lethbridge College and obtained my diploma there. During my second year, we did a “Mind, Body, Spirit” module, and that was a class that truly changed my life. I was amazed at the way in which I could manage my stress (and I had a lot of it) through the simplicity of my breath and through meditation, or moving meditation (yoga). I got so inspired by this module that I applied for a yoga teacher training in Goa, India, and through a leap of faith and hope, I got accepted and my year following graduation from Lethbridge College, I went to India and had the most life changing two months of my life. While I was there, I met a person who was a holistic nutritionist, so when I got back to Canada, I applied into that and I obtained a diploma in holistic nutrition. I am now working towards getting my Bachelor in Education degree to use the knowledge I obtain during my time in the Exercise Science program, yoga teacher training and holistic nutrition to help students at their most influential age, from grades seven to nine. I have been on this amazing journey, and I am certain that my two years at Lethbridge College were an amazing instigator to moving me on this path I am on now.”

– From the Winter 2017 issue of Wider Horizons by Kelsey Heitkoetter

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