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New Zealand Certificate in Exercise (Level 4)

Location

Dunedin 

Duration
Six months full-time; twelve months part-time
Delivery

On campus with industry experience 

Credits
60
Level
4
Start
February and July
Apply
By 30 November and 30 May
  • Location
    Intake
    Study breaks
  • Dunedin
    22 February 2021
    19 April 2021 - 30 April 2021
  • Dunedin
    19 July 2021
    4 October 2021 - 15 October 2021
  • Dunedin
    21 February 2022
    18 April 2022 - 29 April 2022

Start on your path to becoming a Personal Trainer with this exciting new programme. 

Learn how to teach exercise, gain an understanding of human anatomy and physiology, and discover how the role of behaviour change can lead to lasting results for your clients. 

With hands-on teaching in our purpose-built gym, Tapuae, and real world experiences out in industry, gain the skills and knowledge you need to become a first-class exercise professional.      

Successful completion of this Level 4 Certificate will enable you to apply for registration as a Gym Instructor with REPs NZ (Register of Exercise Professionals New Zealand). Alternatively, you may choose to continue your study with our Level 5 programme which will fully prepare you for the role of a Personal Trainer.    

Career options  
Entry requirements
  • Open entry - no minimum academic entry requirements.
  • If English is not your first language, you must provide:

If you need to improve your English Language skills, we offer a wide range of English programmes.

Covid-19 vaccine

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it's highly recommended that you are vaccinated against Covid-19 if you want to apply for this programme. 

All health sector organisations engaging healthcare workers have obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 to take all reasonable steps to eliminate, or otherwise control, the risk of Covid-19 transmission in the workplace. 

The New Zealand Government has mandated the vaccine for frontline healthcare workers. Many of the healthcare providers we work with are requiring their staff, including any students on placement, to be vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination.   

As more providers follow suit, if you are:

  • unvaccinated, or
  • choose not to disclose whether or not you are vaccinated, or
  • choose not to provide evidence if asked about your vaccination status

this will have an impact on healthcare placements that you are allocated to as part of this programme and will have an impact on you being able to successfully complete the programme.

Additional costs

All students will need to wear Otago Polytechnic branded clothing when they are working with clients or are out with industry. We also ask all learners to have a laptop or tablet that they can use for classwork. 

Your workload

Full-time students will be expected to study for 36 hours per week. This will include directed teaching, self-directed learning and industry experience hours. If you choose to study part-time, you will need to study for around 16 hours per week. 

Courses

Applied Exercise Prescription (Level 4, 15 credits)

  • Learn how to apply and adapt the fundamentals of exercise prescription to meet the needs of a client. 

Applied Anatomy and Physiology (Level 4, 15 credits)

  • Gain an understanding of human anatomy and physiology and how it applies to movement. 

Professional Practice 1 (Level 4, 15 credits)

  • Discover how to apply professional practice principles of working in the exercise industry. 

Exercise Science 1 (Level 4, 15 credits)

  • Learn how to explain behaviour in relation to nutrition and exercise. 
Further study options

To become a Personal Trainer, you will need to complete the New Zealand Certificate in Exercise (Level 5). Our Bachelor of Applied Science degree will then enable you to advance your learning further and explore the areas of Exercise, Sport and Health to expand your career prospects. 

Student loans and allowances  

Student loans and allowances are for domestic students only. For information about student loans and allowances please visit the Studylink website. It is important to apply for your student loan/allowance at the same time as you apply for this programme, due to the length of time Studylink take to process. Loan/allowance applications can be cancelled at any time if you decide to withdraw your programme application or if it is unsuccessful. 

 

Disclaimer

While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.

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