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New Zealand Certificate in Exercise

Thinking about getting a qualification in exercise or personal training? Whether you’re currently working in the industry, or if it’s something you’ve always wanted to do, this programme will give you the skills and competencies required to take that next big step.

Level
5
Credits
60 (0.5 EFTS)
Campus
Mt Albert
Start dates
February or July
Duration
Part-time over one year

Programme overview

In the New Zealand Certificate in Exercise, you’ll learn how to encourage, engage and inspire people towards their health and wellness goals through exercise, whilst growing your understanding of how to coach people across various communities, using current industry trends and initiatives. 

You’ll learn how to create personalised exercise programmes, then deliver them effectively to clients. You’ll also gain a good understanding of how to structure and deliver small-group exercise programmes. 

You'll be able to turn your passion into a business by utilizing key marketing and business skills to self-manage your own promotion and performance. You’ll also develop an understanding of current nutritional concepts, as they relate to exercise prescription. 

Highlights

  • You’ll be eligible to apply for a listing on to the NZ Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) upon completing this programme 
  • Flexibility in how you complete this programme, with 1-year part-time options available both during the day and in evenings 
  • You’ll learn really practical skills so that you can get going immediately once you graduate  
  • You’ll be taught by knowledgeable and passionate staff who are highly connected to the industry 
  • We’ll help you find an organisation where you’ll have the opportunity to complete at least 55 hours of facilitated work experience  
  • You’ll have access to a range of sports facilities while you study 

REPs registration

Upon successful completion of this programme, you’ll be eligible to be listed on REPs, which operates a registration body for exercise professionals (as well as exercise facilities and educational providers) in Aotearoa New Zealand. Both Exercise New Zealand and the International Confederation of Registers of Exercise Professionals (ICREPs) recognises REPs as a universal standard to ensure that clients receive safe and effective exercise advice.

Some of the key benefits of being REPs registered are:

  • It’s a publically recognisable, promotable and marketable quality mark;
  • You’ll have access to marketing material that you can use to promote yourself and your business;
  • REPs is internationally recognised, which means you’ll be able to operate from anywhere in the world;
  • You’ll be listed on a publically-searchable database;
  • You’ll have access to continuing professional development courses and further education;
  • You’ll have access to other valuable tools and resources.

A few important things to know:

You can find out more about REPs and its benefits here

Where to next?

Once you successfully complete your certificate, you can either go straight out into the industry or complete an additional 4 courses to achieve the New Zealand Diploma in Sport, Recreation and Exercise - Exercise Pathway

Want more information?

Feel free to contact the team with any further questions!

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Admission requirements

1. Have at least 48 credits at NCEA Level 2 (or equivalent) in your 4 best subjects, and 

2. Consent to a Safety Check which meets the requirements of the Children Act 2014 (formerly known as the Vulnerable Children's Act) including: 

  • Provide two forms of verified ID and evidence of any name changes 
  • Consent to a police vet check 
  • Complete a self-declaration of medical conditions form 

If you do not meet the admission requirements and are over the age of 20 before the first day of the semester, you may also gain entry by providing sufficient evidence of aptitude or appropriate work or other life experience that would indicate a successful outcome in the programme. 

If English isn't your first language, you'll need at least one of the following: 

  • Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University entrance 
  • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency 
  • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years 

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses, please click on the course names below. Please note that our systems are updating with new course timetable information for 2020; the course timetables for 2020 will be available in mid-November.

Courses Credits Aim
Contemporary Learning Options (SPOR5100) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To equip students with a range of practical skills that will enable them to operate effectively as a professional in a variety of sport, recreation, and exercise settings.
Concepts of Sport and Exercise Science (SPOR5104) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course will introduce underlying principles of sport and exercise science as and allow students to apply them in a variety of contexts related to health, well-being, physical activity, and performance.
Initiatives for Health and Fitness (SPOR5106) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course will develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the factors that contribute to general health and fitness in order to design, implement, and evaluate initiatives and programmes for improving health and/or fitness outcomes.
Introduction to Exercise (SPOR5107) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course equips students to design safe and effective personalised exercise programmes. The student will be equipped to engage with clients in a professional and culturally appropriate manner This course also gives students the opportunity to develop skills in, and knowledge of, cultural-competence and professional communication.