Certificate in Sports Training and Development (Level 3) - SIT2LRN Distance Learning

Qualification: Certificate
Level: 3

Intake 1: 28/01/2019 to 03/05/2019 - Applications close 07/01/2019

Intake 2: 25/03/2019 to 28/06/2019 - Applications close 04/03/2019

Intake 3: 20/05/2019 to 23/08/2019 - Applications close 29/04/2019

Intake 4: 29/07/2019 to 01/11/2019 - Applications close 08/07/2019

Intake 5: 09/09/2019 to 13/12/2019 - Applications close 19/08/2019


14 weeks fulltime

Up to 2 years part-time

Intakes are 14 weeks long.

Important Information The Certificate in Sports Training and Development (Level 3) is expiring at the end of 2019 and has been replaced by the NZ Certificate in Sports Coaching (Level 3). The Certificate in Sports Training and Development will not be delivered after this point (Dec 2019). This will require students to complete their studies in  the Certificate before the end of 2019. Part time students will need to consider this in selecting their enrolments.

No new students will be accepted into Certificate in Sports Training and Development for 2019

Location: SIT2LRN Distance Learning
Credits: 47

This certificate will help students gain the skills and knowledge for work or further training in the sports training sector. The content gives athletes and coaches the knowledge to allow themselves and others to achieve their potential. The programme has a strong focus on sport psychology, nutrition and exercise prescription and finding out how the body becomes stronger, fitter and faster when stressed by exercise.

Note: All papers are compulsory and must be completed in the order listed below.

US6571 Demonstrate relevance of principles of nutrition to health (Level 2) 2 credits

What do we require from our food to keep us healthy? We need a number of nutrients for our body to be at its best. You will find out what they are, the food they originate from and what happens if we are getting too much or not enough.

US5366 Apply the basic principles of applied sport psychology (Level 4) 6 credits

Apply the basic principles of sport psychology: It's all about the top two inches. Learn how athletes can perform at their peak when under the pressure of tight competition.

  • Students are required to work with an individual athlete – prescribing, monitoring and evaluating a psychological skills training programme.

US22265 Demonstrate knowledge of exercise prescription (Level 3) 7 credits

Learn about the principles of exercise and the components of fitness.  Understand how various types of training are created and be able to explain potential reasons for undesirable training responses and poor adaptation, then identify remedial actions and understand the importance of preparation (warm up) and recovery (cool down) for various training types.

US22266 Demonstrate knowledge of exercise physiology and human anatomy (Level 3) 10 credits

Learn about the nervous, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems and their functions, and describe the acute physiological responses and chronic physiological adaptations of body systems to exercise.

US21646 Apply basic principles of biomechanics to a selected sport (Level 3) 4 credits

Explain how basic biomechanical principles apply to movement in sport; and observe and examine the performance of complex movement sequences from a variety of sports.

US25818 Select and use information and technology for development as a sports coach (Level 3) 2 credits

Access, select and evaluate information relevant to, and useful for, own development as a sports coach; and select, research, evaluate, and use technology for own development as a sport coach.

US20673 Demonstrate knowledge of injury prevention and risk and injury management in sport or recreation (Level 3) 4 credits

Describe factors involved in the cause of injuries that may occur while participating in sport or physical recreation. Learn about methods for their prevention and/or minimalising the risk, methods for managing hazards and risks relating to a selected sport or physical recreation, and injury management.

US20811 Train to develop conditioning for a selected sport at a basic level (Level 4) 5 credits

In this unit you are required to explain the fitness requirements for a selected sport, and then plan a basic conditioning programme designed to meet specific training goals in the sport. Implement, monitor, review and modify the basic conditioning programme.

  • Students are required to work in a real sport coaching or teaching environment to prescribe, monitor and evaluate a basic conditioning programme.

US6572 Apply the principles of nutrition to people involved in physical activity (Level 4) 4 credits

To perform at our best we need to put the correct 'fuel in the tank'.  We need to consume the right food and fluid, in the right amount, at the right time for our sport.  Once we get this balance correct we have the opportunity to perform to our potential.

  • Students are required to keep a food diary to record and analyse diet and exercise nutrition.
  • US 6571 is a pre/co-requisite for this unit.

US5373 Explain the management of extreme environments and travel in a coaching situation
(Level 4) 4 credits

In this unit you will study how athletes can maximise their performance when competing at altitude, in the heat, the cold, and in a polluted environment.  Explain the management of extreme environments and travel in a coaching situation.

  • US 6572 is a pre/co-requisite for this unit.

The Zero Fees Scheme applies to this course, so there are no tuition fees as long as you are a New Zealand citizen, resident/permanent resident (residing in NZ), BUT there is a student direct material cost per credit of study undertaken, plus a non-refundable administration fee of $50.00 for each application processed, and the required textbook/s listed below. You must maintain satisfactory academic progress to retain your Zero Fees Scheme entitlement.

Enrolment category

Zero Fees Scheme – applies to NZ citizens and residents/permanent residents (residing in NZ)

International Students

2019 Cost (NZ$)

$7.00 per credit + admin fee $50.00 per application  (e.g. $700.00 for 100 credit course) - includes GST

$100.00 per credit

Fees must be paid by the due date shown on the invoice.

Withdrawals & Transfers

  • Early withdrawals within the first week of the intake starting are entitled to a full refund of the Student Direct Material Costs but not the non-refundable administration fee of $50.
  • Withdrawals have to be requested within 75% of the intake, withdrawals after the early withdrawal date are not eligible for a refund.
  • Transfer requests have to be within the first two weeks of the intake starting and will incur a $50 transfer fee. Transfers can only occur to a subsequence intake within the same calendar year.

All SIT2LRN courses are approved by Studylink. Any queries regarding Studylink allowances, loans, and terms and conditions should be made directly to Studylink on 0800 88 99 00 or

At the successful completion of this programme, students will have the required competencies to function successfully and effectively at operational levels within the sports training sector.

All applicants should demonstrate a keen interest in sport and exercise and have academic attributes which demonstrate that they have a reasonable likelihood of successful completion of the programme. 

Applicants must be a minimum of 16 years of age and mature students (20 years of age or over at commencement of programme) are welcome to apply.

English Language Requirements

Applicants, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having achieved one of the following

NCEA Level 3 with University Entrance, or

an International Baccalaureate Diploma or Cambridge A- level qualification for which the teaching and assessment was conducted in English; or

Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA),or Trinity College London Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CertTESOL);or

Successful completion of all primary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand primary school years 1 to 8) and at least three years of secondary education (being the equivalent of three years from New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in either New Zealand,,Australia,Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States one of the countries listed in Rule 18.5 where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction; or

Successful completion of at least five years of secondary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in either New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction; or

Successful completion of a Bachelor's Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Bachelor Honours degree, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Masters' Degree or Doctoral Degree, the language of instruction of which must be in English and which must be from a tertiary education provider from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States or

Successful completion of one of the following internationally recognised proficiency tests listed below to the level required of the programme of study and with all scores achieved in a single test during the two years preceding the proposed date of enrolment

IELTS test - General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5
TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 500 (with an essay score of 4 TWE)
TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 35 (with a writing score of 14)
Cambridge English Examination - B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 154. No less than 154 in each skill.
OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
NZCEL - a) Expiring Level b) Current: a) Level 3 (General) or (Workplace) b) Level 3 (General)
Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 36 with no band score lower than 36
Language Cert - B1 Achiever IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than PASS in each skill
Trinity ISE - ISE I with no less than distinction in any band

* New versions of some NZCEL qualifications, and in some cases new qualifications, were published on 13 June 2017. These are intended to replace pre-existing versions and qualifications, which have been given expiring status until discontinued on 31 December 2019. (a) denotes expiring (b) denotes current


Full time study

Full time study is completing all ten units (48 credits) in one 14 week intake. This requires around 35 hours of study per week for the duration of the intake.

Full time acceptance in to the programme is at the Programme Manager’s discretion, and is not guaranteed.

Part time study

The number of units you select to study per intake should depend on work, family, and other commitments; however you must enrol in the units in the order that they are listed in the example study plans.

Students must complete all papers in the order that they are listed on the fact sheet.

All work for a unit must be completed during the intake in which you are enrolled in it. If you do not complete the unit within the intake, you will not pass the paper and will need to re-enrol in the unit in a later intake.

The example study plans below are guides only; you are free to select fewer, or more, units per intake, as time allows. Use the ‘Study Load Calculator’ table below to calculate approximately how many hours per week you will require for your chosen study plan.


Light study load (2 years to complete)

Average study load (1 – 1.5 years to complete)


Full time study load


First enrolment

US 6571

US 5366

US 6571

US 5366

US 22265

US 6571

US 5366

US 22265

US 22266

US 21646

US 25818

US 20673

US 20811

US 6572

US 5373

Second enrolment

US 22265

US 22266

US 21646

US 25818


Third enrolment

US 22266

US 20673

US 20811

US 6572

US 5373


Fourth enrolment

US 21646

US 25818


Fifth enrolment

US 20673

US 20811


Sixth enrolment

US 6572

US 5373


Additional information

  • As a guideline, one credit equates to approximately 10 hours study within an intake period.  Click HERE to download a Study Load Calculator (spreadsheet).
  • All papers selected within a particular intake must be completed within that intake unless a transfer is requested (conditions apply; see FAQs).
  • Online enrolments are on a year by year basis and students are welcome to apply for multiple intakes in one enrolment.  Further enrolment is the responsibility of individual students.  There is no automatic enrolment rollover. 

Cross Credits

Students who have previously completed any of the above units at another learning institution can apply to have the unit(s) cross credited to their record of learning at SIT. This is done by filling in a cross credit application form and attaching proof of achievement. If you wish to apply for a cross credit, please attach the completed form to your application. Forms can be found at:

Workforce Restrictions for Children's Workforce

If you have a criminal conviction, and you are studying (or considering studying) toward a qualification that will lead to a job in the state funded sector (including teaching or providing youth services) working directly with children, you need to check whether your conviction could prevent you from working in some roles in your chosen field.

This is because new legislation, the Vulnerable Children's Act 2014, will prevent state sector agencies and government-funded service providers from hiring people with convictions for specified offences to work with children in some roles. The restrictions came into effect on 1 July 2015.

You can read the list of the specified offences online here.

You can get more information (including FAQs) here.

This information has been supplied by the Children's Action Plan Directorate and the Tertiary Education Commission.

All SIT2LRN courses require you to have a computer and Internet access. Students are required to use their SIT webmail only for all SIT2LRN communications. All course materials and information, including assessments and due dates, are located on the online Blackboard system. Once you have been accepted into a programme you will receive an Important Information Booklet that includes information that you can use to familiarise yourself with our online Blackboard learning environment. From the intake start date you will have access to the online course materials to work through.

Facilitator Assistance:  During the enrolled intake period, students have email access to Facilitators, who endeavour to respond to emails within 48 hours (week days only).  All students are required, within the first two weeks of an intake, to send an email to their Facilitator confirming their start on the programme of study.  Students who have not emailed their facilitator or embarked upon their course of study by the end of the 2nd week of an intake, will be Faculty Withdrawn from the programme.  Such withdrawals may impact on future access to SIT Zero Fees Scheme and Student Direct Material Costs are still liable for payment.

Progress reports are sent out 6-8 weeks after the end of each intake.

We recommend students new to SIT2LRN read through the Frequently Asked Questions section of our website for further study and enrolment information.

Please use the following checklist to ensure that all relevant information and documentation has been included. Remember, your application will be assessed based on the information that you provide us with.  Processing of your application will be delayed if we need to come back to you for missing information.

  • I have read all sections of the Programme Information on this page
  • I have read the SIT2LRN Frequently Asked Questions section
  • I have met all admission criteria for the programme (found under Application Criteria)
  • I have met all the criteria for individual papers (found under Course Content).
  • I have selected the paper(s) I wish to study
  • I have selected intake(s) (I have selected alternate intakes rather than overlapping intakes)
  • I know my intended payment method
  • If my organisation/company is paying for my studies, I have a completed and approved purchase order to attach to my online application.  I am aware that should my organisation or company not pay my fees, these will become my responsibility.
  • I have completed and attached a cross credit form (if applying for a cross credit)
  • New students – I have provided an active NSN in the name I am enrolling in or I have verified ID and will attach it to my online application.
  • New students – I will attach academic documentation (NZQA record of achievement/academic transcripts/certificates).  These do not need to be verified. (If you do not have any academic documentation to support your application, please attach a comprehensive CV outlining your education and work experience).
  • I understand that this is a Level 3 programme therefore I will be required, by the Tertiary Education Commission, to complete at least one literacy and one numeracy assessment as part of my studies
  • I have computer access,  an Internet connection and access to software to create electronic documents e.g. Microsoft Word or Open Office

What is the Zero Fees Scheme?

The Zero Fees Scheme means we do not charge tuition fees. However, there is a Student Direct Material Cost that you need to pay and a non-refundable administration fee. The administration fee is for processing your application and the Student Direct Material Cost gives you secure access to Blackboard® our online learning environment and to student support services throughout your study with us.

Who qualifies for the Zero Fees Scheme?

  • A New Zealand citizen completing the full qualification or 
  • An Australian citizen/New Zealand Resident or Permanent Resident who will be residing in New Zealand for the duration of your enrolment.

Instructions to help you with your application:

  1. Read the Programme Information on this page and the SIT2LRN Frequently Asked Questions and find out if you meet the application criteria for both the programme and the unit/s you wish to study.
  2. Check your eligibility for Zero Fees. If you are not eligible to study under this scheme, please call
    0800 748 257 for further options.
  3. Complete your online enrolment checking that:

If you are a new student …

  • Provide an active NSN number in the name you are enrolling in (contact NZQA on 0800 697 296 to get your NSN number if you do not know it);
  • And you do not have an active NSN, then attach a copy of your verified ID in the name you are enrolling in.
  • And you are a Resident or Permanent resident of NZ, please provide a copy of proof of residency;
  • Attach all academic documentation to support your application including copies of any certificates of courses you have undertaken / NZQA record of achievement / transcripts / CV;

Attach supporting documents as required and outlined on the previous page.

  1. Please check that you have included all the required information and supporting documents.  Your application will be assessed based on the information that you provide.  Missing information will delay the processing of your application.
  2. Please scan and email all additional documentation to

What happens next?

  • You will receive an automatic email confirmation when we receive your online application. Processing may take up to three weeks. However, we will get in touch with you sooner if we require further documentation.
  • Once your application has been accepted you will be sent a conditional offer of acceptance with an invoice and instructions on how to make payment.
  • Once we have received your payment (or if you have opted to pay by Credit Card, Student Loan or Purchase Order) you will be sent an Enrolment Confirmation Letter and Important Information Booklet. Closer to the start of the intake you will receive a Time To Get Started Letter which will give you all the necessary information, tools and guidance to start your study with us.

To satisfactorily complete the Certificate in Sports Training and Development, and be awarded this qualification, the student must:

  • Complete all scheduled course work requirements and assessments
  • Successfully complete assessment requirements for all unit standards, and achieve a total of 47 credits.

SIT offers a wide range of Sport and Exercise programmes at our Invercargill, Queenstown and Christchurch campuses, at certificate, diploma, bachelor (degree) and graduate diploma levels.

Graduates of this Level 3 Certificate may wish to continue into further study at Level 3, 4 or 5, such as:

Assessments for this programme generally include short answer assessments. Some units involve developing and monitoring training programmes. There are no exams for this programme.

Textbooks are not required for this programme. All of the information you need will be provided through the Study Guides and recommended online readings.

Please note that textbooks need to be ordered at least 3-4 weeks prior to the commencement of your study