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Cert4Rugby (Level 4)

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Pursue a career in professional rugby!

Toi Ohomai and the Bay of Plenty Rugby Union have created the 'Cert4Rugby' one-year course. You'll learn from world-class coaches on how to prepare for a high performance environment and tackle your own professional career goals.

Topics include:


Rugby development (technical and tactical)

Strength and conditioning education (including recovery)

Understanding the coaching process

Anatomy and physiology


Professional practice

Upon successful completion you will graduate with two recognised qualifications, the New Zealand Certificate in Exercise (Level 4), and the New Zealand Certificate in Freestyle Group Exercise (Level 4).

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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