New Zealand Certificate in Exercise (Level 4).xml New Zealand Certificate in Exercise (Level 4)

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New Zealand Certificate in Exercise (Level 4)

CertificateFull-time, 6 months | Part-time up to 3 years

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code

NZ3563

Domestic

$3,300 - $3,500

Starts

February, July

International

$10,620

Credits

60

Course related costs

Advised before enrolment

Level

4

Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

20 January for February start, 23 June for July start

Location

Christchurch - Madras Street

Content

Gain the practical skills and knowledge needed to turn your passion for exercise and sport into a career in the fitness industry.

Our Certificate in Exercise programme will give you a sound theoretical and practical base for working in the fitness industry. You'll study exercise professional practice, performance training, nutrition, anatomy and physiology.

Your study will include regular tests and assessments. Previous study in a science-related subject at the equivalent of NCEA Level 2 would be beneficial.

Credit recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

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
  • 40 credits NCEA Level 1, including: 10 Literacy credits and 10 Numeracy credits

    or
    New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) Ara Sports, Nutrition and Health Promotion Pathway or Ara TOA Sports Pathway or equivalent

    or
    If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

Alternative requirements
  • Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

    If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

Additional requirements
English requirements
  • What if English is not my first Language?

    If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study. Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart .

    OR

    • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
    • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS, Pearson or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.

    IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS test report form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.

    What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?

    You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.

OVERALL IELTS REQUIREMENTS

5.5 ACADEMIC

SPEAKING

5.0

READING

5.0

WRITING

5.0

LISTENING

5.0
Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Selection criteria

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

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 Exercise graduate you can progress to our Bachelor of Applied Science (Sport and Exercise Science), Bachelor of Applied Science (Physical Activity, Health and Wellness) or Bachelor of Musculoskeletal Health. Further study in physical education, recreation, massage therapy, physiotherapy, sports coaching and teaching is also an option.

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