Personal Trainer Certification | NZQA-REPS | Exercise Academy

New Zealand Certificate in Exercise (Level 4)


New Zealand Certificate in Exercise

  • NZQA Qualification Level: 4
  • Outcome: Personal Trainer (REPs)
  • Delivery: Workshops & Workbooks
  • Fees-Free Funding Available
  • Studylink Available

Programme Overview

The course is delivered over 20 consecutive weeks, during this period students are required to attend three weekend workshops. Workshops are held in conjunction with self-directed learning and workplace (practical) study.

This qualification will provide graduates the knowledge and skills to deliver exercise instruction within the general population. Graduates can instruct individuals, or groups and contribute to the wellbeing of there community. Graduates can adapt and deliver appropriate exercise programmes and will have knowledge of exercise training principles and concepts to be an employed or contracted Personal Trainer. This Level 4 Exercise Qualification allows graduates to be eligible and register with the New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals.

This course is a NZQA accredited programme with Fees Free Funding, Studylink, Student Loans and Allowances available to eligible students. During each workshop our course facilitators will cover the specific theory and knowledge providing you the skills and attitudes to work in the Exercise Industry. Student will also have access to workbooks and online tutor support during their self-directed learning.The average study time including gym hours is 30 hours per week. Please view our Course Handbook for more details. 

Entry Requirements

Applicants must show a willingness towards achieving an appropriate level of personal fitness enabling successful participation in the training and assessment. If English is the not the applicant's first language, candidates will need an IELTS (Academic) score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5, or equivalent as per NZQF approval and accreditation rules.

Graduate Outcomes

Graduates from the programme will be able to:

  • Develop key skills and knowledge required to successfully operate a personal training business in a fitness facility.
  • Recognise the skills and knowledge required to operate a personal training business in a fitness facility.

Selection Criteria

Where the number of applicants is greater than the number of study places available preference will be given to candidates with the following:

  • currently working in the fitness environment
  • a demonstrated interest in working in the fitness industry
  • references from a school principal or a current or past employer
  • attestation from a kaumatua or equivalent community leader

If required, students will be given the opportunity to attend one-on-one sessions, using the onsite facilities for individual instruction, and provided additional support with and experienced tutor. Upon graduation, our students will have various career opportunities and networking ties to kick start their career. 

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Become a Personal Trainer. Exercise Academy Personal Trainer Course is how you become a personal trainer and the best personal trainer qualification in New Zealand. This personal trainer certification is an accredited trainer course for those people seeking the right fitness certificate or exercise course.

  • NZQA Accredited

    The Exercise Academy is a subsidiary of the School of Business Ltd (SBL). SBL programmes are approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA), Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) and New Zealand Register for Exercise Professionals (REPs). Student wishing to travel and work in other fitness industries around the world can seek portability through ICREPS.

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  • Flexibility Learning

    Our Personal Trainer Certification has flexible learning options and combines easy online access with comprehensive face-to-face 'WORKSHOPS', with regular FB recorded classrooms and workshops, gain industry ready attitudes and skills, discover the latest tools and techniques and be confident in your new knowledge.

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  • Funding Eligibility

    You may be eligible for government funding to complete your Personal Trainer Certification. There are some Government initiatives available for eligible applicants to access funding to assist them to complete qualifications. As these initiatives often change, it is recommended you contact us to discuss further.

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