Certificate in Personal Training - Christchurch

Qualification: Certificate
Level: 4

18 March to 22 November 2019


One year full time

Location: Christchurch
Credits: 120

This programme aims to produce graduates who understand and are able to apply the key components of exercise and fitness, and demonstrate knowledge of national and local needs in the area of fitness and health. Students will learn to work professionally with all clients, showing sensitivity to their individual needs. Graduates will have a strong scientific understanding of fitness and will be able to apply this knowledge and manage themselves within the context of the fitness industry, with an awareness of the issues relating to managing people and facilities.


6571        Demonstrate relevance of principles of nutrition to health

6572        Apply the principles of nutrition to people involved in physical activity

7021        Demonstrate exercise techniques

7023        Demonstrate and apply specialised exercise techniques

7036        Assess individual fitness for activity

22258     Assess individual exercise preferences, barriers and goals

22259     Design and implement an exercise programme in accordance with a clients goals and objectives

22260     Demonstrate knowledge of human behaviour and exercise adherence

22261     Demonstrate knowledge of the purpose, pitfalls and use of exercise testing

22262     Monitor client exercise adherence and apply motivational techniques to enhance client commitment

22263     Review and adapt an exercise programme to optimise client results in line with client goals

22264     Instruct and monitor resistance training

22265     Demonstrate knowledge of exercise prescription

22266     Demonstrate knowledge of exercise physiology and human anatomy

22880     Tour a potential member through a fitness enterprise and gain commitment to act

26551     Provide first aid for life threatening conditions

26552     Demonstrate knowledge of common first aid conditions and how to respond to them

CPT4        Personal training health and safety and law

CPT3        Business of Personal Training

CPT108   Personal Training Practicum          

HPS 2       Prescribe exercise to special populations

This programme is eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme.

  • NO tutorial fees
  • 2019 direct material costs of $2030 (GST inclusive)

International Fees can be found here.

Graduates can demonstrate and apply knowledge of the human body, exercise, and communication skills, to successfully train people from a variety of backgrounds based on the client's physical fitness, medical history and level of motivation.  Graduates can apply customer service practices and business management skills to meet legislative obligations to clients that they work with in the fitness industry. This programme leads graduates to employment in the fitness industry and/or further study.

Graduates may go on to employment as:

  • Personal fitness trainers
  • Sports retail assistants
  • High school sports administrator/coordinators
  • Gym instructors

  • All applicants should demonstrate a keen interest in fitness and sport, and academic attributes which demonstrate that applicants have a reasonable likelihood of successful completion of the programme;
  • A minimum of 17 years of age, with a minimum of four years secondary education is required.
  • School leavers should have attained a minimum of 16 credits in P.E. NCEA Level 2.

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, must meet the English Proficiency Outcomes in accordance with the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013 as below.

  • IELTS test: Score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5
  • TOEFL Paper based test pBT: Score of 530 with an essay score of 4.5 TWE
  • TOEFL Internet based test iBT: Score of 71 or higher with a writing score of 20
  • University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations: FCE or CAE with a score of 47 or higher
  • NZCEL: Level 3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace, or Academic

Workforce Restrictions for Children's Workforce

If you have a criminal conviction and are considering studying toward a qualification that will lead to a job in the state funded sector working directly with children, you need to check whether your conviction could prevent you from working in some roles in your chosen field under the Vulnerable Children's Act 2014.

For students to be considered to have satisfactorily completed this programme, and be eligible for award of the qualification Certificate in Personal Training, they must have:

Attended for not less than 80% of the timetabled class hours and other scheduled learning activities relating to the programme. Completed all scheduled course work requirements and assessments. Successfully completed assessment requirements for all modules/unit standards and or local units, and achieved a total of 120 credits.