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Cert4Fitness (Level 4)

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Level of Study



1 year

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The new improved "Cert4Fitness" has been built around the well-known fitness certificate course delivered by Toi Ohomai for 17 years.

Often referred to "as the best year of my life" this course provides you with life changing experiences through the use of exercise as a vehicle.

Constructed as a one-year full-time course you can now exit with two nationally recognised qualifications, the New Zealand Certificate in Exercise (Level 4) and the New Zealand Certificate in Freestyle Group Exercise (Level 4), that aligns with REPS accreditation (Register of Exercise Professionals).

Each qualification complements the other with common underlying themes such as nutrition, anatomy and physiology, client connection, marketing and an understanding of what makes a successful fitness business connecting the different strands. Exercise instruction is based around helping clients achieve their goals through a variety of exercise programmes within a one-on-one approach. Group exercise explores three modalities of group based classes to guide clients towards goal success.

All learning styles are catered for with visual and kinesthetic learners thriving in an environment that is based on "doing". To experience this course will change your life and provide you with the skills and confidence to change the lives of those around you.

There are plenty of field trips, an applied exercise workload and opportunities to create memories you will never forget. This is more than just a course, it's a way of life!

Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:

New Zealand Certificate in Exercise (Level 4); plus

New Zealand Certificate in Freestyle Group Exercise (Level 4)

You'll also have completed a First Aid Certificate.

Career opportunities

exercise consultant

community exercise instructor

team training instructor

personal trainer

freestyle group exercise instructor

group or small team training instructor


Topics you'll cover



Exercise analysis

Energy systems


Goal setting

Client pre-screen


Principles of training

Fitness testing

Exercise prescription


Health models

First aid

Business skills



Programme delivery

Group exercise classes

Exercise abilities

Health and wellbeing

Culturally appropriate values

Processes and protocols

Participant exercise needs

Movement patterns

Exercise products and services

Development and maintenance of a client base

Entry criteria

Entry criteria: If you are under 20 years old, you must have NCEA Level 1, or equivalent. If you do not meet the academic requirements you may be given special admission if Toi Ohomai staff are satisfied you are capable of successfully completing the requirements. Special admission may also apply for applicants over 20 years.

English language requirements: Level 4 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed New Zealand Certificate in English Language Level 3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace or Academic, or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined by NZQA.

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