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



$3,300 - $3,500


February, July





Course related costs

Advised before enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

20 January for February start, 23 June for July start


Christchurch - Madras Street


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.

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

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 (Sports, Nutrition and Health Promotion Pathway) Level 3 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.

    Pending approval by NZQA

Alternative requirements
  • Skills for tertiary study (including literacy and numeracy) may be acquired through study, work and/or life experience. Students who can demonstrate these skills may be approved for alternative entry. Literacy and numeracy assessments are available.

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.










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.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
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  • Biology
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