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New Zealand Certificate in Exercise (Level 4)

This course is available

On-Campus, Online

Level of Study



19 weeks

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024




Are you interested in the Health and Wellness of your community

As well as the on-campus locations, this programme is available for the entire Northland region as an online option as long as the learner has access to a functional gym.

This programme is available for the entire Northland region as an online option as long as the learner has access to a functional gym. The use of the onsite "Red Barn" Gym at the NorthTec Raumanga campus is available to learners' for practical learning.

About this programme

This programme has been designed to equip you with the know-how to start your exercise industry journey. You’ll learn about the exercise industry, what it means to be an exercise professional, what support is available and, importantly, what is required to be an effective exercise professional and help others along their exercise journey. You’ll need to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the theories and gym exercises you’ve learnt.

This nationally recognised qualification for personal trainers will enable graduates to register with the New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs).

This qualification provides a pathway for entry into the New Zealand Diploma in Sport, Recreation and Exercise (Level 5), as well as those looking to start a career as a personal trainer.

How you will learn

This qualification is delivered online with face-to-face workshops (with an option to attend via Zoom) around specific topics. Throughout their learning experience students will be supported by tutors and industry supervisors.

  • Theory (online) - The theory components of this programme are offered as online courses, which is intuitive and responsive to learners, providing a range of interactive learning opportunities between tutors and students, peer to peer and via self-assessment. This platform delivers learning to students using multimedia content, course overviews, relevant audio-visual content and readings.
  • Practical - The practical delivery will engage with exercise organisations (usually gyms) to set up appropriate practicum opportunities. Exercise facilities are required to meet host site criteria to be approved and must sign a Work Experience Agreement outlining their role and responsibilities.

What you will learn

Graduates will be able to:

  • deliver safe and effective exercise programmes, including pre-screening, within own scope of practice and industry code of ethics;
  • apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology to adapt and deliver safe and effective exercise programmes to individuals;
  • adapt programmes for apparently healthy people and common at risk groups using exercise science and testing;
  • apply motivational and communication techniques to enhance individual participant commitment to a personalised exercise programme;
  • apply a health and wellness framework and evidence-based nutrition principles to support a personalised exercise programme and recommend referral pathways to allied health professionals;
  • use marketing and business tools and techniques to support business practices as an exercise professional.

Entry criteria

Applicants under 20 years of age must hold NCEA (Level 2) or equivalent.

Applicants who have attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the minimum entry requirements will be eligible to be enrolled where their previous educational, work or life experience indicates they have a reasonable likelihood of success.

All applicants must have a level of English sufficient to be able to study at this level. Applicants for whom English is not a first language must have an IELTS General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5; or an accepted international equivalence

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