After completing this course students will be able to:

  • Apply their knowledge and feel more confident offering safe and effective guidance to individuals living with COPD

  • Efficiently assess clients with COPD and design programs to improve their strength, stamina and quality of life.

  • Recognize barriers to behaviour change and demonstrate ways to integrate long-term healthy habits.

About Our Course

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  • Who is this course for?

    Kinesiologists, Exercise Physiologists and Fitness Professionals

  • Benefits

    It will give you the tools, knowledge, and techniques needed to work with individuals with COPD, safely and effectively

  • Course Highlights

    Comprises of six online modules including pathophysiology, self-management, exercise assessment and prescription. Additionally, includes a printable Trainer’s Manual

  • Continuing Education Credits

    Earn Continuing Education Credits with your accreditation association:
    CSEP/ACSM- 20 PDCs
    canfitpro 4 CECs
    ACE Fitness - 0.7 CECs
    CKA and all provincial associations - 10 hours


Course Description

The COPD for Exercise Professional Course includes the following:

  • Module 1 - Pathophysiology and Treatment of COPD

  • Module 2 - Management of COPD Symptoms

  • Module 3 - Management of Stress and Anxiety in COPD

  • Module 4 - Forms of Function & COPD - Evaluation and Assessment Tools

  • Module 5 - Goal Setting and Exercise Prescription

  • Module 6 - Long-Term Maintenance

  • Comprehensive Case Study & Printable Trainer's Manual


Crucial lifestyle change for your clients.

Lilian C.

"The physiology of COPD was explained at length and well tested, as was the entire content of the course. I have gained valuable insight into the physical, emotional and social ramifications of the disease. This course has taught me that there are specific questionnaires, tests and exercise prescriptions that will help in establishing a crucial lifestyle change for your clients."

Very informative and useful to bridge the gap.

Noah B.

"This course is very informative and helps bridge the gap between exercise professionals and healthcare professionals. This is the first course that I have taken which thoroughly explains and discusses exercise management for COPD."

Clear and easy to follow.

Chelsea D.

"The course is clear and easy to follow. It provides users with the knowledge and skills required to feel comfortable in COPD exercise management."

Pricing options

Want to space out your payments? Benefit from our different monthly pricing options.

As a non-profit organization, our sole aim is to elevate clinical standards and patient care. While our free courses empower countless professionals and patients, opting for our paid courses has a far-reaching impact. Every dollar spent on our paid courses is directly reinvested into developing state-of-the-art educational content.

Course Instructors

Respirologist - MD, MSc, FRCPc

Dr. Jean Bourbeau

Jean Bourbeau is the Director of the Research Institute MUHC's Center for Innovative Medicine, the COPD Clinic and the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Unit at the MUHC Montreal Chest Institute. He has been President of the Canadian Thoracic Society. His work and research on COPD, pulmonary rehabilitation, integrated self-management programs for patients with COPD ('Living Well with COPD') have had an impact not only in the field of research, but also in clinical practice at the national and international level.


Dr. Kim Lavoie, PhD, FCPA, FABMR

Dr. Kim Lavoie, co Lead of the International Behavioural Trials Network (IBTN), holds the Chair of Behavioural Medicine at the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM) and is a researcher in the Chronic Disease Research Division at Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal. She is a Full Professor in the Department of Psychology at UQAM and an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at University of Montreal, and she is an internationally recognized expert in motivational communication.

Exercise Physiologist

Becky Zucco, BSc

Becky Zucco is an exercise physiologist with over 24 years’ experience in chronic disease rehabilitation. She is the founder of OneLife Health, an organization providing prevention, rehabilitation and education services for the long-term management of chronic disease. She has written, published, and taught education courses helping patients and individuals to become better informed of the impact of lifestyle on health.


These are some of the most recurring questions amongst our students:

  • Who is this this course for?

    This course targets exercise professionals (kinesiologists, exercise physiologists and fitness professionals) who want to gain expertise in an exercise-based approach to managing COPD.

  • What does this course prepare me for?

    Through the use of case studies, lectures and additional resources, this course will provide you with the knowledge, techniques and tools needed to help your patients live better with COPD.

  • Is there a time limit to finish the course after I enroll? For how long do I have access?

    There is no time limit to complete the course, you can complete it at your own rhythm. Once enrolled you will have unlimited access to all of the lessons, videos and additional material.

  • Is this course validated by any official organization?

    Yes, it is validated by various Kinesiology Associations, such as CSEP/ACSM, canfitpro, ACE Fitness, CKA and all provincial associations.

  • Do I get CEC (Continuous Education Credits) with this course?

    CECs are offered depending on the length of the course. The Exercise professional course is valid for 10 hours worth of credits.

  • Do I get a certificate after finishing the course?

    Your official certificate will be available to download from your account. If the certificate is not there, it will be emailed to you within 3 business days by a member of our team. You will be notified by email if the certificate is available directly on the platform.

Have questions?

Not sure if this course is right for you? We'll be happy to answer any questions you may have.