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New Zealand Certificate in Sport and Recreation (Community Development)

Are you passionate about empowering your community through your love of sport and recreation? If you love working with people and are interested in making a real difference in your community, particularly with youth, this programme will give you the skills and competencies required to take that next big step.  

60 (0.5 EFTS)
Mt Albert
Start dates
February or July
Part-time over one year

Programme overview

The New Zealand Certificate in Sport and Recreation will prepare you to use sport and recreation to aid the development and wellbeing of a variety of groups and communities. 

It has been designed both for people already working in the fitness industry without a qualification, and also for those who have a passion for sport and recreation and would like to dip their toes in to see what a career in the fitness industry is all about.  

You’ll learn about how community sport and recreation currently operates in Aotearoa New Zealand, and develop the skills required to engage with people and groups to meet their community sport and recreation objectives. From there, you’ll have the opportunity to integrate and facilitate the implementation of a wide range of initiatives for community wellbeing.  


  • 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

Who could you do work experience with?

Currently, our students work with:

  • Regional sports trusts
  • Local and regional councils
  • Regional and national sports organisations
  • Schools
  • Commercial fitness centres

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 - Community Sport and Recreation 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 criminal convictions and 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
Coaching in Action (SPOR5101) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) The course will introduce students to the principles and concepts of coaching and allow opportunities to apply these in a practical learning environment.
Event Leadership (SPOR5105) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course develops students’ knowledge and understanding of principles and concepts of sport event management. Students will also have an opportunity to develop foundational knowledge and skills needed to plan and implement community-based sport events.
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.