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Community Recreation

Promote active living and get the skills to deliver high-quality recreation programs for people of all ages and abilities.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
2 Years
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Truro Campus • Truro Full time • In-class Seats available


Recreation plays a key role in promoting healthy living and quality of life for individuals and communities.

Combine classroom theory with numerous practical active learning experiences to get the foundational knowledge required to excel in this field.

You learn:

  • Foundational skills in fitness/wellness
  • How to deliver successful recreation programs and services
  • How to lead, motivate others and facilitate groups
  • Essentials of community development

You build a broad knowledge base in the areas of health and wellness, outdoor recreation, community and sport, and therapeutic and fitness programming.

You graduate with an understanding of the leisure service/recreation delivery system, and the federal and provincial recreation and health strategies.

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

Program requirements

  • A current, official Criminal Record check, Vulnerable Sector check and Child Abuse Register search are required to complete work placements in this program. A conviction or finding in Family Court may impact your ability to complete program and graduation requirements.
  • Health and Human Services programs have additional requirements, including immunizations and completion of first aid/CPR. You must submit proof that you've completed these requirements at the beginning of your program. View additional Health and Human Services program requirements.
    • Receiving immunizations may take up to 10 months to complete. Failure to complete immunizations can result in a delayed work placement.
  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • You participate in work placements in public and/or private settings within the province. You're not guaranteed placements of your choice. Some evening and/or weekend shifts may be required.
  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed between year one and two and at the end of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Career options

  • Graduates will find employment opportunities in sport, recreation programs and leisure services available across the province.
  • Employers may include municipal recreation departments, First Nation communities, schools, community sport and recreation facilities, outdoor recreation companies, senior's centres/facilities, etc.

Choose NSCC

  • You'll have various theoretical and practical work-related learning experiences, including direct connections with industry partners for practical job application and interview skill preparedness.
  • The Sport and Wellness Centre at Truro Campus offers a practical on-site learning environment
  • Outdoor recreation and education programming is conducted at Gittens Lodge, a residential outdoor recreational facility operated by Truro Campus.
  • Faculty members are connected to communities at the local, provincial and national levels; they're committed to helping you establish your own network of industry contacts.

Other info

  • Many employers in this sector require one – or all – of the following as part of the hiring process: current, official Criminal Record check, Vulnerable Sector check and/or Child Abuse Register search. A conviction or finding in Family Court may impact your ability to secure employment.
  • Students are urged to attend external courses and seminars for additional professional development and/or to obtain activity course credits. Attendance at the annual Recreation Nova Scotia conference is particularly encouraged.

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
GDEV 1005   Growth and Development
RECH 1000   Introduction to Recreation and Leisure
RECH 1010   Seminars for Healthy Communities I
RECH 1012   Modelling Healthy Lifestyle
RECH 1013   Recreation Programming
RECH 1014   Professional Practice I
RECH 1016   Outdoor Recreation
RECH 1020   Seminars for Healthy Communities II
RECH 1022   Building Healthy Communities
RECH 1023   Applied Recreation Programming
RECH 1024   Professional Communication I
RECH 1027   Community Development for Recreation
RECH 1028   Risk Management
RECH 1029   Foundations of Exercise
RECH 1050   Work Experience I
RECH 2010   Seminars for Healthy Communities III
RECH 2012   Sport Philosophy and Ethical Issues
RECH 2014   Professional Communication II
RECH 2017   Recreation Facilities
RECH 2018   Recreation Management
RECH 2019   Exercise for Healthy Communities
RECH 2020   Seminars for Healthy Communities IV
RECH 2023   Applied Recreation Planning
RECH 2024   Professional Practice II
RECH 2028   Recreation Marketing
RECH 2029   Inclusive Recreation
RECH 2050   Work Experience II
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SOCS 2025   Introduction to Grant Proposal Writing
TREC 2003   Leisure Across the Lifespan
    Open elective course requirement. One unit/credit. NOTE: No two courses can be used to satisfy program requirements that are at the same level, subject area and topical area or that are otherwise deemed to be equivalent.

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