The programme duration runs for a total of 20 weeks. Delivery of this programme is split into 3 different learning environments; classroom, workplace, self-direction.

Our Staff will use a variety of teaching and assessment methods during your course, in line with Best Practice Principles of Adult Education. Methods include: 

  • Lectures Tutorials
  • Tutor led learning
  • Coaching
  • Demonstrations
  • Practice
  • Role playing
  • Problem solving
  • Small group work and team work
  • Discussion groups
  • Projects
  • Written assignments
  • Research assignments
  • Presentations

The theory components of the programme will be delivered in the classroom.

Practical activities will take place in a simulated or on an actual worksite. Your practical activities will be logged to go towards your assessment.


The classroom delivery is conducted over 3 workshops (i.e. three-day-weekend workshop). Scheduled throughout the year students will be booked into each weekend workshop (Friday-Sunday). Students Modules are allotted as follows:

  • Workshop 1 – Week 1 - 3 x 8 hour days = 24 hours (covers modules 1, 2)
  • Workshop 2 – Week 6 - 3 x 8 hour days = 24 hours (covers modules 3, 4)
  • Workshop 3 – Week 13 - 3 x 8 hour days = 24 hours (covers modules 5, 6)

This programme is weighted more towards workplace based learning and offers classes in concentrated blocks, rather than weekly. It caters for those who have difficulty getting to our training center each week for 20 weeks. The 600 learning hours will be split as follows:

  • 64 Face to Face (tutor lead in a classroom)
  • 176 Workplace (gym or fitness facility)
  • 360 Self-directed* (homework/self-managed but tutor directed)


Students are required to have access to a exercise or fitness training facility. During our 20 week programme students will be asked to utilize this practical environment to practice and perform multiple tasks and activities. Given the practical nature of the programme it is anticipated that some of the learning hours will also be spend in an exercise facility as students hone their practical skills and practice some of the more technical aspects, like exercise testing. Students are asked to attend 6 hours of workplace based learning in a gym or fitness facility per week.

Practical components for the New Zealand Certificate in Exercise (Level 4) make up large percentage of the programme, some of which may take place in the workplace or on site with an employer through work placement.

As such the following requirements must be met:

For off-site practical or work-based components the provider must have policies and procedures to ensure that:

  • Equipment to be used for training is of a type and standard that will allow the activity to be undertaken in a safe environment
  • Students have access to practical experience in an operational situation through defined and documented arrangements (e.g. a Memorandum of Understanding) with fitness

As mentioned earlier, health and safety requirements must be met before practical and/or workplace training can commence.

In the workplace or during practical activities a logbook will be kept to record the time you have spent practicing a specific skill or learning outcome.

Self-directed Learning hours

Self-directed learning time or ‘homework’ will be supported and directed by online tutors; tutors are available to support students over the non-contact days via telephone, emails and skype meetings and the various online platforms (i.e. EA Workplace). Learners will need to account for the 18 hours self-managed learning time per week. A logbook will be provided for this purpose.

Self-directed learning is jointly the ability to set goals related to learning, plan for the achievement of those goals, independently manage time and effort, and independently assess the quality of one’s learning and any products that result from the learning experience.

“..As human beings, we are responsible for our own lives… We have the initiative and the responsibility to make things happen.” (Steven Covey, 1989)

You are expected to do self-directed learning/ homework each week. If you are full time students, you are expected to be studying for 30 hours per week. This includes tuition time, paid work experience and self-directed learning. Your tutors will assist you in planning your self-directed learning, giving and setting homework assignments, reading, research and project work. Self-directed learning must be completed so that classes can progress as per timetable and your academic performance does not suffer.