Certificate in Sport and Recreation

Qualification Certificate in Sport and Recreation
Level 4



One year full time

Location Invercargill

Course Outline

Students are able to exit the Diploma in Sport and Recreation after successful completion of year one, graduating with this Certificate in Sport and Recreation.


Two possible pathways are available: Sports Development / Personal Training, or Outdoor Leadership.

Course Content

Students must undertake 8 of the following 9 papers in order to gain 120 credits. 

Students choosing the Sports Development / Personal Training pathway must include SRC120, SRC121, SRC122 and SRC124.  Students selecting the Outdoor Leadership pathway must include SRC121, SRC142 and SRC143.


SRC120 Exercise Science

The module will develop an understanding of human anatomy and physiology. The module further investigates the integration of these systems and their responses to exercise. The relationship between the energy systems and exercise will be explored as students examine the benefits and effects of exercise on body function.


SRC121 Exercise and Nutrition in Human Performance

The module will examine the influence of exercise and nutrition on human performance. Students will examine the role of exercise and fitness in human performance. Exercise programmes will be formulated by examining the relationship between goal setting, principles of training, methods of training and the energy system. Nutrition, metabolism, weight control, body composition and nutrition for exercise performance will also be discussed.


SRC122 Physical Conditioning

The module will introduce safe and appropriate exercises for clients in a fitness centre environment. Emphasis will be on  skills in resistance training. Students will make use of movement analysis to enhance their understanding of resistance training exercises. Knowledge gained through active participation in fitness centre programmes will result in students being able to follow exercise programmes to assist in the improvement of flexibility, strength, cardio respiratory fitness and weight control.


SRC123 Professional Development

This module will  focus on skills that are universally important in  the sport and recreation industries. Professionalism, communication, teamwork, team building, oral presentation and literacy will be covered. Students will also be involved in high and low ropes courses.


SRC124 Sports Theory and Practice

This module will introduce a range of practical activities common to sport and recreation within New Zealand.  Students will be involved in a variety of sports and applied exercise techniques. Extending one’s movement vocabulary further assists an individual's ability to learn new skills.


SRD125 Industry Placement

This paper requires students to undertake an industry placement in a selected field of interest.  The student will negotiate the placement, participate in a monitored appraisal programme and compile a report at the completion of the placement.  The module encourages positive, self-motivating and reflective behaviour.


SRC126 Practicum 1

This paper is an individual pursuit paper where the student will design, carry out and evaluate a physical activity programme to meet their prescribed performance goals. 


SRC142 Land Based Recreation and Safety 

Students will manage risks and demonstrate competence in either outdoor recreation activities or a selected high performance sport. Technical, managerial and instructuctional skills will be introduced. Students select either the outdoor recreation elective or the sport elective. Entry to the sport elective is subject to approval from the Programme Manager.


SRC143 Water Based Recreation

This module will cover clothing, equipment, safety procedures and paddling techniques for trainees who want to experience kayaking (and/or other watercraft) on sheltered or slow-moving water. 

Student Gallery

Application Criteria

Minimum of four years secondary education demonstrating likelihood of successful completion of the programme.  12 credits at NCEA Level 2 in each of 4 topics.  Successful Year 13 year an advantage.  Physical education an advantage. 


Notwithstanding the stated criteria, applicants will be considered where they can demonstrate the ability and likelihood of success in the programme.  Personal commitment and a belief in one's own ability to succeed are important personal traits and will always be taken into consideration during the selection process.  Mature students (aged 20 years or over) are welcome to apply.


International Students

Applicants whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, must provide evidence of achieving an IELTS Academic English language test overall score of 5.5.


Application Procedure

The selection of applications will involve:  Completion of an application form.  Provision of a brief resume or CV.  Applicants will be advised by mail of their success or otherwise on their application for entry into the certificate.

Satisfactory Completion

For students to be considered to have satisfactorily completed this programme, and be eligible for award of the qualification, "Certificate in Sport and Recreation" they must have:  Attended not less than 80% of the timetabled class hours and other activities for the certificate or 120 credits.  Successfully completed all assessments of all required modules in the certificate programme - this amounts to 120 credits for the Certificate in Sport and Recreation.

  © 2000-2010 Southern Institute of Technology Freepost SIT 2 LRN, 133 Tay Street, Invercargill, Southland
Freephone in NZ: 0800 4 0 FEES (0800 4 0 3337)   |   Phone: +64 3 211 2699   |   Fax: +64 3 214 4977   |   Email: info@sit.ac.nz