Launch to Leadership

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Launch to Leadership assists U of T students in gaining health and fitness certifications for employment within the sport and recreation field. This program is intended for to students who self-identify as 2SLGBTQ+, nonbinary, trans, racialized, Indigenous, a newcomer,  an international student, disabled/a person with disabilities, a religious minority, and/or low income backgrounds. 

Successful applicants will be eligible for partial to full reimbursement for certification courses such as Standard First Aid, Fitness Instructor Certifications, Aquatic Leadership Qualifications, and Coaching certifications AND a networking meeting with one of the hiring managers. Certification courses offered within U of T Sport & Rec will be given preference.

There are a range of roles in sport and recreation that require certifications, from aquatic instructor to sport coaches. 
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 & Rec

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 rolling basis until the closing deadline or until the funds are allocated. 





After filling out the Launch to Leadership application form, successful applicants will be contacted by a staff member to confirm details and provide available course options to register in.

The process for Spring/Summer reimbursement starts when the application opens on May 22nd. To be eligible for reimbursement, you must follow these four simple steps after being contacted by our staff:

  1. Once notified that you have qualified for the grant, register and pay for the course. The course must be completed by July 28th, 2023.

  2. Attend and successfully complete the course.

  3. Submit proof of certification.

  4. Fill out our follow-up survey.

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