New Zealand Certificate in Exercise (Level 4)

Programme details

Code NZ3563
Level 4
Credits 60
Duration 1 semester
Application information

New Zealand Certificate in Exercise (Level 4), and New Zealand Certificate in Freestyle Group Exercise (Level 4) are conjointly delivered.

Study options Full-time
LocationRotorua (Mokoia), Whakatane, Tauranga (Windermere)
All of our full-time programmes qualify for student loans and allowances through StudyLink. Many part-time programmes also qualify. Apply online at or phone 0800 88 99 00. Apply early to help avoid enrolment and payment delays.

Programme aim

Course content

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Exercise analysis
  • Energy systems
  • Retention
  • Goal setting
  • Client pre-screen
  • Professionalism
  • Principles of training
  • Fitness testing
  • Exercise prescription
  • Nutrition
  • Health models
  • First aid
  • Business
  • Marketing

Career opportunities

Exercise consultant, community exercise instructor, team training instructor, personal trainer, or self-employed.

Award information

Upon successfully completing the requirements you will receive the award of New Zealand Certificate in Exercise (Level 4) and the New Zealand Certificate in Freestyle Group Fitness (Level 4).

Entry criteria

If you are under 20 years old, you must have NCEA Level 1, or equivalent.

If you don't meet the above requirements, or are over 20 years old, you may be eligible for special admission if you can prove you are capable of successfully finishing the course.

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Page last updated: 20 Oct 2017