Training, Coaching, and Mentoring Athletes: Off-Season Training for Success

Program Overview

Get into the business and industry of pro and high performance athlete coaching, training, and mentorship.

The Certificate Series in Training, Coaching and Mentoring Athletes has two (2) courses. Choose from:

Note: You are not required to take both courses. Courses in this certificate series can be taken separately and in any order. Sign up for both certificates and receive up to 15% discount*

Why Should You Attend this Program?

Boost your sports and fitness career and learn how to train and develop high-performance professional and amateur athletes. You will also receive an exclusive manual to help you setup your gym or work in a gym with success. During the six-week certificate program you will have the unique opportunity to train professional and top level amateur athletes during all practicum sessions. All practicums are hosted at a state-of-the art facility.

This hands-on learning method will help you to:

  • Enhance your career as a Sports and Fitness Trainer, Coach, Physical Educator or Sports Agent
  • Advance what you can do in your field – such as Kinesiology, Personal Trainer, Physical and Occupational Therapy, Human/Exercise Physiology, Physical Rehabilitation, Sports Medicine, Exercise and Sports Psychology
  • Earn continuing education units from CanFitPro and the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA)
  • Gain confidence, trade secrets, and mentorship to help you work in sports and fitness facilities by the end of the program
  • After this course you will be ready to train athletes in any facility in North America with confidence, and success for your athletes

The athletes you will be working with come from the NHL, AHL, OHL, the Ontario Jr. A hockey league, German top pro league, Provincial  and National level Trampoline, Provincial Rugby team, CIS Rugby teams, Provincial gymnastics, as well as some of the top up and coming minor hockey players in Ontario

The Instructor Randy Smith, designed this program using his insider knowledge of the athlete training and fitness industry. Smith has 30 plus years of proven experience training many professional athletes and champions, and has been featured on sports networks CBC and TSN. Clients of Smith have become members of the National Hockey League and the Canadian Olympic Team.

What You Will Learn:

Learn to plan and deliver safe and effective sport training programs in one-on-one or group settings. Topics include:

  • Fundamentals of high performance and general fitness
  • Coaching principles and philosophies
  • Tips on how to recruit and retain clients in big box gyms and for personal training
  • An approach to the business of coaching
  • Designing personal training plans for specific client needs, and fitness programs in a team setting
  • Client conditioning, assessment, programming and testing
  • Peak performance periodization
  • Effort-based and heart-rate training cycles and progressions
  • Types of exercises including proper warm-up, cool-down, drills, and pre and post-rehabilitation workouts
  • Techniques to assess fitness and support clients during exercise
  • Sports nutrition, injury prevention and reconditioning plans

The Benefits of the Program

  • Gain hands-on field experience and mentorship in small groups from industry experts who will teach you how to train athletes in high performance sports and general fitness
  • Access professional and top amateur athletes and participate in their off-season training.
  • Learn how to guide athletes to reach fitness goals, prevent injuries, and optimize physical conditioning and rehabilitation.
  • Build a strong foundation of proven training methods and theories, and work with top equipment in a state-of- the-art fitness facility

Who Should Take this Certificate?

Pre-requisite knowledge - registrants should have expertise within one of these areas:

  • Physical Therapist
  • Kinesiology degree or 4th year student in Kinesiology or related field (with equivalent courses)
  • Coaches (Minimum Certified Level 1)
  • Personal Trainer
  • Or similar pre-requisite knowledge and/or experience (please contact us to confirm)


Program Content

Program Content

The Certificate in Off-Season Training for Success program has two streams focusing on (1) high performance sports training, and (2) amateur athlete and general fitness training. Students will be trained in both streams during their field practicum.

High Performance Sports Training Stream

The high performance sports training stream will focus on preparing athletes for professional or high-level sporting competitions, and optimizing their athletic performance. This will prepare you to work with elite athletes to maximize strength, speed, and flexibility, and prevent injury.

Amateur Athlete and General Fitness Stream

The second training stream will focus on improving the physical conditioning of amateur athletes or individuals highly involved in sports or physical training. This will prepare you to be a personal trainer or to work with youth or amateur athletes.

Required documentation:

  • Basic first aid
  • Vulnerable sector check

NOTE: Practicum may involve working with children 18 or under. Your registration will not be completed and you cannot start your placement until the required documents are provided.

Program Schedule

Program Schedule At A Glance

The 65-hour program will include a half-day introduction classroom session, followed by six weeks of practicum at a fitness facility, three days per week. The course will conclude with a full-day final test and closing classroom session.

Program Dates:  Thursday July 6 – Monday August 21, 2017

  • Participants must attend Saturday seminars at noon and at least two practicums per week to stay in good standing.
  • You can schedule your other practicum dates held on Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays based on your schedule.
  • Your practicum will be in the gym working with athletes. All students should wear comfortable clothing suitable for a workout.

Contact our office for specific scheduling information 416 736 2100 ext 22170 or

Program Date & Time
In-Class Session: Introduction and Preparation
Location: York University, Keele Campus
Thursday July 6, 2017
Time: 9 AM–1 PM
Field Practicum
Location: BodySmith International, Stouffville, Ontario
Monday July 10 – Saturday August 19, 2017
Practicums will be held 3X a week on:

  • Monday, Wednesday, or Friday (flexible - two days required) @ 3–7 PM
  • Saturday @ 12–1:30 PM (Mandatory)
Final Test and Closing Session
Location: York University, Keele Campus
Monday August 21, 2017
Time: 9 AM–1 PM



Randy Smith

Owner and Founder of BodySmith International: Sport Performance Training and Sports Medicine Clinic

  • ISSA certified personal trainer
  • ISSA certified specialist in performance nutrition
  • Precision nutrition coach

Randy came to Canada from his native Jamaica in January of 1971. A few days later, he saw his first NHL game the Toronto Maple Leafs vs. the California Golden Seal. He fell in love with the game and wanted to learn to skate, so he could play hockey.

His family later moved to the town of Newmarket, north of Toronto, in 1975 where Randy played AAA hockey for Newmarket. At the end of his first year in Midget AAA hockey, Randy made the decision to stop hockey and follow another passion – the game of basketball. Randy practiced basketball extensively from grade 9 to 13, to the point where he was a York Region all-star each year, and he was offered a basketball scholarship in his grade 13 year to Division 1 Niagara State Purple Eagles. Due to circumstances, Randy had to de-commit to his scholarship but he started to focus on another sport: football. He became very good at the game.

In 1981, Randy went on to play football for the Seneca Braves Football team. From '81 to '83 the team won the Ontario and Canadian Football Championships. Randy also spent time training for track and field.  He trained at the University Of Toronto Track Club. The track club was run by Andy Higgins, who at the time was one of Canada’s Olympic track coaches, and head track coach at the University of Toronto. Randy also spent a lot of time with jumping coach Zulton, learning how to be a good long and triple jumper. During this time, Randy learned a lot about training and preparation for track from two of the Canada’s best coaches at the time. His early commitment to sport, both playing and being coached at such a high level, has allowed Randy to train and coach his clients to the successes that they have achieved year after year.

Randy has progressively amassed a wealth of experience and knowledge over the last 30 years in the fitness industry. Randy was the strength and conditioning coach for the Stouffville Spirit Jr. A hockey team from the 2003 to 2009-2010 season. During this time, the team won the North division, Northwest Conference Championships and made the Ontario finals. Randy also spent 2 years with South Central Coyotes minor midget program, one year with the South Central Coyotes bantam program and one year with the Jr. Canadians atom program.

Randy has trained numerous top athletes from: NCAA, NHL, AHL, OHL, QMJHL, Tennis Canada, Field Hockey Canada, Mountain Bike Canada, Snow Board Canada, Ontario Ski Team, Hockey Canada U17, U18, World JR., Team Canada Trampoline. He ensured that they took the right steps to achieve their athletic dreams. He has created the perfect motivational atmosphere to develop strong and determined young athletes, while also maintaining a caring relationship with his clients.

Many young athletes have stayed with Randy right up until and throughout their professional or college sporting careers, providing a strong testament to the success these athletes have had with him. Just a few of the players that Randy has trained throughout their athletic years include:

  • Steven Stamkos – from age 13 to his first year in the NHL. He is currently with Tampa Bay Lightning.
  • Michael Del Zotto – from age 13 to his first year in the NHL. He is currently with New York Rangers.
  • John Mcfarland – from age 15 to present. He was drafted in the 2 round by Florida Panthers of the 2010 draft.
  • Julian Melchiori – from age 12 to present. He was drafted in the 3 round by Atlanta Tharshers of the 2010 NHL draft.

Randy has dedicated his entire life to sports and is passionate about teaching and providing mentorship to others to help them achieve their career goals.

Funding Sources

Funding Sources

Please note that these funding sources below are listed here for your information only. York University or HLLN does not directly provide this funding or apply for grants.

The Allied Health Professional Development Fund

Allied Health professionals taking this Workshop may be eligible to receive reimbursement of up to $1500 from the Allied Health Professional Development Fund offered through HealthForce Ontario. Please visit the HealthForce Ontario website for more details

The Canada-Ontario Job Grant

Through the Canada-Ontario Job Grant you may be eligible to receive up to $10,000 in government support per person for training costs.
The Canada-Ontario Job Grant can be used to purchase training for your employees. York University/The Health Leadership & Learning Network is an eligible training provider and the grant can be applied to all of our offerings and for in-house training.
You can apply at any time. Employers can apply for one employee or for a large group of employees
If you are an employee or employer and would like more information visit:

Please note: Not all employers are eligible to apply, please consult the Canada-Ontario Job Grant website for more details.

Second Career

The Second Career program through Employment Ontario provides financial support for skills training needed for jobs in demand. You can apply for up to $28,000 for costs including tuition, books, transportation, basic living expenses and child care.
You qualify for Second Career when:
• you have been laid off and have not been working
• you have been laid off and are working a temporary job just to cover costs
• you are receiving Employment Insurance (EI), or have in the past, you can still apply

To apply to Second Career, you have to work with an employment services agency. Training occupations must demonstrate evidence of good employment prospects in your local labour market. For more information, visit:



The program is

  • Approved for 20 continuing education hours for the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA). The ISSA Professional Division requires a minimum of 20 CE hours to be acquired within the 2 years of certification.
  • Approved for four (4.0) canfitpro continuing education credits (CECs), which fulfills the annual canfitpro recertification requirement. Attendance of both certificate programs will earn you enough CECs to fulfill your CEC requirement for up to two renewal periods

Note: Participants are responsible for assessing their continuing education or membership requirements and submitting their hours for credit.

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• In room coffee/tea maker
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