The two-year program, Community Recreation Leadership, has been developed in response to an increasing awareness of the technological and societal changes in modern society that influence people’s leisure time, pursuits, and retirement. The program also recognizes the opportunities and challenges inherent in providing recreation services to people.
The purpose of the program is to train personnel who may contribute to the development and extension of individual and group interests and endeavours as they relate to the leisure time of people in urban and rural communities of the province, encompassing all ages and abilities.
In addition to the costs for textbooks, students will be required to pay for special materials required for specific courses as well as fees for certification, participation in selected training seminars or conferences, and for activities associated with outdoor recreation (fees subject to change). The accumulated costs for these materials and activities will be outlined prior to registration.
- To provide students with training in various recreational pursuits including therapeutic recreation, outdoor recreation, and community-based programming appropriate to the province.
- To provide students with training in program planning and administration in the use and management of recreational facilities.
- To foster students' appreciation of the nature of community life, including geographic structure, economic and social factors, and government controls.
- To foster students' appreciation of the various groups within a community and their particular recreational needs (including children, youth, adults and older adults).
- To provide students with leadership training to enable them to:
- Exercise initiative in the development of leisure time activities.
- Recognize and help strengthen established community activities.
- Organize and stimulate growth at the community level.
- General Education: Communications (oral and written), social sciences, psychology, accounting and computers.
- Specific Recreational Activities: Outdoor: cross-country skiing, camping, canoeing, hiking, dryland/aquatic fitness, creative activities, and physical activity programming.
- Technical Training: Problem solving, supervision and administration of recreation programs, community recreational development for all age groups, and facility development and maintenance.
- Field Work: Supervised field work experience is scheduled in BLOCK FORM for each semester. The schedule for the winter semesters may coincide with the Reading Break.
The graduate is awarded a Diploma in Community Recreation Leadership certifying successful completion of two years of post-secondary education combining theoretical knowledge and practical training. Graduates may obtain employment as program directors and supervisors, facility supervisors with agencies such as community centers, municipal recreational agencies, youth agencies and agencies providing therapeutic and rehabilitation services.
Graduates of the Community Recreation Leadership program wishing to pursue further studies in recreation may receive course credits or exemptions from universities such as:
• Acadia University
• Dalhousie University
• Memorial University
• Concordia University
• University of New Brunswick
• Lakehead University
• University of Ottawa
1. High School
Provincial High School Graduation Certificate with a 60% average in nine level 3000 credits or equivalent
2. Comprehensive Arts and Science (CAS) Transition
Comprehensive Arts and Science Transition Certificate
3. Adult Basic Education (ABE)
Adult Basic Education (Level III) Graduation with General College Profile (or Business-Related College Profile or Degree and Technical Profile) with an average pass mark of 60%
4. Mature Student Requirements
Applicants who do not meet the education prerequisites for this program, are 19 years at the time of application and out of school for at least one year may be considered on an individual basis under the Mature Student Requirements; for more information regarding the Mature Student Requirements please refer to Procedure AC-102-PR Admission
5. International Applicants – English Proficiency
All international applicants must meet the College’s English language proficiency requirements for acceptance into regular programs. The College will accept these recognized tests of English language proficiency (TOEFL paper based 550, TOEFL Internet based 79, TOEFL computer based 213 or equivalent, IELTS Academic Test overall band score of 6.0, or Pearson PTE 53 or greater, etc.).
If a language proficiency test other than those referenced above was used, applicants can forward for assessment.
If an international applicant has attended an educational institution (high school or post-secondary) for a period of three years or more where the official language of instruction was English, the English language proficiency test will not be required.
: Some programs may require specific English language requirements and proficiency scores that differ from those stated above; therefore international applicants are advised to please refer to the specific program admission requirements as identified in the College Calendar.
Entrance Requirements - Additional Documentation Required:
The Entrance Requirements - Additional Documentation Form
identifies specific documentation that students are required
to provide prior to online registration for the Community Recreation Leadership Program. You will receive this form as part of your acceptance package and it must be completed, signed and returned prior to online registration.
1) Section A:
A clear Criminal Record Screening Certificate (Certificate of Conduct)
with applications obtainable through the RNC, or
a clear Criminal Record Check
with applications obtainable through the RCMP. A Vulnerable Sector Check
Students must present a copy of a Vulnerable Sector Check
along with a clear Criminal Record Screening Certificate (Certificate of Conduct) or a clear Criminal Record Check. These documents must be dated no more than three months prior to the first scheduled day of classes for the program
. This documentation is required in order to be accepted into the program.
2) Section B: First Aid and Basic Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certificate (CPR)
Students must possess a valid First Aid Certificate and basic Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certificate (CPR), valid until the end of each semester.
3) Section C and Section F: Immunization Record and Immunization Requirements Form
A Record of Immunization
is required. Please also be aware that the Immunization Requirements Form
is a separate form, located in Section F
on page 4 of the Entrance Requirements - Additional Documentation Form
(i) Copies of the required Criminal Record Screening Certificate (Certificate of Conduct) or the Criminal Record Check, along with the Vulnerable Sector Check, First Aid, CPR, Immunization Record and separate Immunization Requirements Form are to be submitted prior to online registration; otherwise, students will not be able to attend class.
(ii) After enrolment, additional documentation may be required by organizations for field placements and volunteer activities.
(iii) Due to the physical nature of many of the courses offered throughout the two-year program, students are expected to be in good physical condition and demonstrate the ability to take part in intense physical activities in an indoor and outdoor setting.
(iv) Due to the outdoor components in the RS1250
courses, students are required to have appropriate equipment and the clothing necessary to successfully complete these courses (e.g. sleeping bag, back pack, rain gear - pants and jacket, winter clothing - jacket/ pants/ gloves/ hat/ boots, and other clothing/ equipment appropriate for outdoor recreation activities and overnight camping).