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Certificate in Fitness

Key Information for Students

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirement

12 credits NCEA English Level 1, 36 credits NCEA Level 2 (specific subjects apply). If English is not your first language, IELTS 6.0 Academic (no lower than 6.5 speaking/listening, 5.0 reading/writing).

Any minimum or preferred criteria for entry to this qualification.

Detailed requirements

Click here for more information on any additional entry criteria for this qualification.

Duration

The minimum amount of time it takes to complete this qualification.

Tuition Fees

Student fees

Annual: - Total Qualification:
The annual and total qualification tuition fees payable by a student to study this qualification, additional to what the government contributes. (These are averages based on recent course enrolments. Your fees may differ depending on your course selection.)

Government tuition subsidy

Annual: - Total Qualification:
The average annual and total amount paid by government towards the tuition fees for this qualification, additional to what the student pays. (These are estimates based on the fees subsidy paid by government to tertiary providers last year.)

Total

Annual: - Total Qualification:
The combined total of the annual and total amount paid by both student and government towards the tuition fees for this qualification. (These are estimates based on recent course enrolments and the fees subsidy paid by government to tertiary providers last year.)

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Student Success

Successful course completion -

The percentage of students who successfully completed courses towards this qualification last year.

National Graduates Outcomes

3 years after completion

Earnings -

(lower quartile, median, upper quartile)
The median represents the middle value for all earnings of young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally. Earnings do not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at this TEO. The upper and lower quartile values represent the one quarter point and three quarters point for earnings. Half of all graduates had earnings within this range.

In employment -

This percentage relates to young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally and does not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualification at this TEO.

In further study -

This percentage relates to young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally and does not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualification at this TEO.

Content

Turn your passion of exercise and sport into a profession with our programme and gain the practical skills and theoretical knowledge for a career in the fitness industry.

Our Certificate in Fitness programme will give you a sound theoretical and practical base for working in the fitness industry.

You will study exercise physiology, fitness assessment, nutrition, anatomy and physiology, exercise prescription, performance training and professional practice.

The workload is high with regular tests and assignments and you will benefit from previous study in a science related subject at the equivalent of NCEA Level 2.

In our most recent graduate survey, 75% of 2016 Certificate in Fitness graduates were in employment (Ara Graduate Outcome Survey, 2016).

Credit recognition

Credit recognition is available for this programme; if you have related skills, knowledge and/or experience, it may count towards part or even all of the qualification.

To learn more about credit recognition please see our Centre For Assessment of Prior Learning.

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 60 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • 12 credits in NCEA English Level 1 and 36 credits in NCEA Level 2. (Including a minimum of 12 credits in a science related subject).
Alternative requirements
  • Evidence of literacy, numeracy and an ability to study at the appropriate level. This can be through study, work and/or life experience. Literacy and numeracy assessments are available.

  • Applicants without a minimum of 12 credits at NCEA Level 2 in a science-related subject must complete FTES401, 'Introduction to Exercise Science'.

Additional requirements
English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

    • For acceptable alternatives refer to the English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.
      Note: If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements you are not required to provide evidence of English Language Skills.

OVERALL IELTS REQUIREMENTS

6.0 ACADEMIC

SPEAKING

6.5

READING

5.0

WRITING

5.0

LISTENING

6.5
Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Selection criteria

Preference will be given to applicants who are aged 18 years or older.

PROGRAMME CODE: CH3694
LEVEL: 5
CREDITS: 60
COMMENCES: February, July
APPLICATION DUE:
Domestic: Received all year
International: 20 January for February start; 23 June for July start
ANNUAL FEES:
Domestic: $3,100 - $3,900
International:
LOCATION: Christchurch - Madras Street
PART-TIME AVAILABILITY:
ADDITIONAL COSTS: Advised before enrolment

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an fitness domestic application pack or an fitness international application pack.

Alternatively, if you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning .

Application documents

Career opportunities

With this qualification you will be ready for a number of employment opportunities and career pathways within the fitness industry such as a personal trainer, gym trainer, group exercise instructor and sales and marketing roles.

As a successful fitness industry employee you will have well developed social skills which are also relevant to many other occupations.

Graduates will be eligible for registration with the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS) at the personal trainer level.

Study pathways

As a Certificate in Fitness graduate you can progress to our Bachelor of Applied Science (Sport and Exercise Science) or Bachelor of Applied Science (Physical Activity, Health and Wellness).

Further study in physical education, recreation, massage therapy, physiotherapy, sports coaching and teaching is also an option.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
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