Launch to Leadership

three young women in sport and recreation staff uniforms with tagline text 'certified to lead'


Launch to Leadership is a program that aims to assist women-identified UofT students to become certified for employment within sport and recreation. Priority will be given to women from underrepresented populations (the LGBTQ2S+ community, those with disabilities, racialized groups, Indigenous populations, international students; and those with low socio-economic backgrounds).

By applying to Launch to Leadership, you may be eligible for some (partial to full)  reimbursement for certification courses such as Standard First Aid, Fitness Instructor Certifications, Aquatic Leadership Qualifications, and Personal Training. Through this program, women–identified students can get certified in qualifications needed to be eligible for employment within the area of their choice.

There are a range of roles in sport and recreation that require certifications, from aquafit instructor to personal trainer. 
Get a better understanding of the types of roles available and their certification requirements so you can plan your path to certification!

Or, explore the certification courses offered by Sport and Rec.Certification courses offered by other organizations may also be eligible for reimbursement.

The Launch to Leadership program is open to current U of T students enrolled in part-time or full-time studies. Limited spaces are available. Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis until January 25, 2019.

Participants who have completed their certifications will also have the opportunity to job shadow upon request.

Certification courses offered within U of T Sport and Rec will be given preference.


Applications are currently closed, please check back in September 2019!