New Zealand Certificate in Exercise (Level 4)

  • 26 July 2021
  • Level 4
  • 15 weeks full-time on-campus or 30 weeks online
    Available in New Plymouth, Hawera or online
  • $3,220 - Domestic student (2021)
    $POA - International student

Qualification overview

This entry-level certificate provides the skills and knowledge to design and deliver exercise programmes within a framework of health and wellness. The programme focuses on providing individual and community needs to enhance the cultural, social and economic wellbeing of the people of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Recognised by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS), this certificate is a practically based programme that potentially leads to employment in the sport and exercise industry. Graduates will be eligible to register with REPS.

On-campus option

This programme is delivered over 15 weeks full time on-campus and includes 50 hours of practical work experience.



Online option

This programme is delivered over 30 weeks (course by course) through a combination of online learning and 220 hours of practical work experience gained in an approved facility.

Prior to starting the programme, enrolled students must gain approval from an appropriate fitness facility to complete their training on-site. 

Students are also required to find themselves a fitness mentor – that means they’ll have access to a qualified fitness professional to assist them with their studies.


Entry requirements

  • Open entry

Regulatory requirements may apply.

Career Options

Graduates can be employed or self employed in exciting roles such as: exercise consultant, community exercise instructor, team training instructor or personal trainer

Further study options

This qualification provides a pathway to the New Zealand Certificate in Exercise (Level 5)