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New Zealand Certificate in Exercise (Level 4)

International Close Date: 20 January for February start, 23 June for July start

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.

Your study will include regular tests and assessments. Previous study in a science-related subject at the equivalent of NCEA Level 2 would be beneficial.

Part-time up to 3 years.

Fees for 2022

Domestic Fee
$3,407 - $3,814 per year
International Fee
$11,808 per year
International Insurance
$261.50 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$162 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2022

40 credits NCEA Level 1, including 10 literacy credits and 10 numeracy credits

OR New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) Ara Sports, Nutrition and Health Promotion Pathway or Ara TOA Sports Pathway or equivalent.

OR New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) Ara Sports, Nutrition and Health Promotion Pathway

If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

What if English is not my first Language?

If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.

  • Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.
  • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
  • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.
  • IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.
  • What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?
  • You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.

Overall IELTS 5.5 Academic

  • 5.0 Listening
  • 5.0 Reading
  • 5.0 Writing
  • 5.0 Speaking

Funding assistance

If you face unexpected financial hardship during your studies, we have several funds that you can apply for. These are designed to enable you to continue your current course of study. We also have a wide range of scholarships and awards that can provide financial assistance.

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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. Part-time up to 3 years.

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
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Physics

New Zealand Certificate in Exercise (Level 4)

FULL-TIME - 19 Weeks

Gain the practical skills and knowledge needed to turn your passion for exercise and sport into a career in the fitness industry.

Information
Type Certificate
Code NZ3563
May be available for Study Visa? Yes
International application close date 20 January for February start, 23 June for July start
Credits 60
Level 4
Additional Equipment/Fees Advised before enrolment
Available Part time Yes
Reference NZ3563-STRU

Fees for 2022

Domestic Fee
$3,407 - $3,814 per year
International Fee
$11,808 per year
International Insurance
$261.50 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$162 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2022
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Credit Recognition

If you have prior relevant experience or previous related study credits, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

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