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

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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

Pricing options

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

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.


Maria F.

"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."

Emily H.

"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."

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."