Recreation Leadership

The recreation profession offers diverse job opportunities for individuals interested in enhancing the quality of life for all communities. Students who have a passion for being outdoors, helping others, and bettering the community might consider this major. A highlight of Fresno City College's program is exposure to Yosemite National Park through an overnight backpacking trip. Recreation majors learn beyond the classroom and experience fun activities and challenges.


  • Recreation Leadership Associate in Arts Degree (F.4300.AA)
  • Recreation Leadership Certificate of Achievement  (F.4300.CA)

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The Recreation Leadership Degree is offered by the Allied Health, Physical Education & Athletics Division. For more information, contact Coach Paul Keysaw.

Courses and Information

  1. Recreation, Health and Kinesiology Courses
  2. Physical Education courses including sports and fitness options
  3. General Education Requirements (required for the degree)
  4. Work Experience (volunteer or paid experience in a recreational environment)

Check our Catalog for recommended sequence of courses.  See our Schedule of Classes to discover the days and times of classes.



Tuition for the California Community College system is $46 per unit. A student will need 15 units of completion for this certificate, or a total of $690 in tuition costs. Financial Aid, if available to the student, can cover tuition. Attend or review our Financial Aid Zoom workshop noted above.

Textbooks for this program are approximately $180 for new books. You can also look for used book options and rental options to save money.


Required Fees:

  • Health fee ($21 per semester, $13 if off campus/online per semester)
  • Associated Student Body fee ($2 per semester, but opportunity to waive the fee at the time of registration if the student so chooses)

Optional fees:

  • Parking pass ($30 per semester)
  • Student ID card ($5)

A student can pay in one or a combination of ways: directly using a credit card, through a grant (review our Financial Aid videos below for grant information), or with a scholarship or fee waiver through partner programs:

The Recreation Leadership certificate is designed to prepare the student for a job in recreation or leisure. Recreation workers plan and deliver programs, lead and engage people, and organize events. The focus may be arts, crafts, sports, games, recreation, or outdoor activities. From after school programs to senior care facilities, from wedding planner to forest ranger — the environment, activities, and job titles vary. The role is the same: engage people in providing an enjoyable experience.

Yes! The Recreation Leadership certificate is stackable — the units count — toward an associate degree in Recreation Leadership or can be used as undergraduate coursework toward the transferring to a 4-year institution of higher education.

Every 4-year college accepts coursework differently, however, several of the courses in the Recreation Leadership Certificate transfer to Fresno State.

This Recreation Leadership program uses the same registration system as all California Community Colleges. A student must apply through CCCApply, if not already a California Community College student, in order to receive a student identification number. Once you have a student identification number, we can arrange for a counselor appointment to discuss the program and/or assist with registration through WebAdvisor.

The Recreation Leadership certificate is designed to deliver five courses for a total of 15 units. Most classes are taught over a full semester, but classes are also offered over the 10-week summer session. In a typical schedule, Recreation classes are taught face-to-face on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students have several options for the required CPR and First Aid Class, Health 2 which is offered in face-to-face and hybrid options. 

The Recreation Leadership certificate requires a work experience class, Recreation-19 Occupational Work Experience. You will be required to complete 180 volunteer or 225 paid hours of work in a related field. Your instructor(s) can assist with job placement opportunities.