Health and Fitness Coach (Personal Trainer) (Level 4) part-time

Other - 14 October 2024

New Zealand Institute of Sport

Fees Free!
NZQA Level: 4
NZQA Credits: 60
Learning Style: Mixed Online / In-Person Learning
30 weeks
Start Date:
End Date:
20 June 2025

This qualification is designed for learners who want to gain the fundamental skills of personal fitness training, including consulting with clients and designing fitness plans, strategies to motivate clients, and exercise science and industry nutrition standards. This introductory programme provides learners with a strong basis from which to continue study in personal training or another field in the sports industry.

Want to become a Personal Trainer? This course will start your journey in personal training. Help change lives and improve your own at the same time. Part-time study option available.

To become a game-changer in the exercise industry you need to start with the fundamentals of being a personal trainer. Learn fitness, health, and dietary knowledge, and develop your own custom-made fitness programmes to road test on real clients of your own.

We provide a range of specialised workshops including Group Fitness, Sport Massage, Sport Strapping, Speed Training, Swiss Ball Training and Yoga.

During this course you will:

Manage a client of your own: Write their fitness plan and track their progress

Prepare for the No#1 Barrier to client's success: Learn the secrets, with motivation strategies and techniques

Learn how to run your own gym: Be business-savvy by learning the basics of management

Keep up to date with the latest science of nutrition: You'll know the industry approved dietary practices

Anatomy and Physiology
Ethics and Customer Safety
Special Populations and Exercise Adherence
Personal Training as a business
Exercise Prescription
New Zealand Certificate in Exercise (Level 4)
  • Recommended age of 20 years and older.*

  • A demonstrated commitment to the Sport, Fitness and Recreation areas.

  • Relevant experience in the Fitness and Recreation Industry is preferred.

*Candidates under 20 may still be considered upon a personal interview

- Course costs for New Zealand domestic students are available here

- Course costs for international students are available here


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