Certificate in Personal Training – Flexible Pathway (Subject to NZQA Approval)

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On completion of the NZIS Certificate in Personal Training, candidates will be able to provide personal training for a wide range of clientele.

Key Components

  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Functional Anatomy
  • Exercise Programme Design
  • Client Motivation and Exercise Adherence
  • Nutrition for Human Performance
  • Exercise Prescription for
    Specialist Client Crops
  • Communication Skills
  • Injury Management (includes First Aid Certificate)
  • Information Technology

Students may also have the opportunity to link to the NZIS Personal Development Modules: Sport Strapping, Sport Speed Training, Swiss Ball Training, Sport Massage, Injury Rehabilitation.

Schedule & Modular Format

Classes meet on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday evenings & Saturday full-day.

Module 1: Exercise Prescription 1 + Fitness Testing
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Module 2: Exercise Prescription 2 + Special Populations
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Module 3: Health Science + Injury Prevention
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Module 4: Client Interaction + PT Presentation
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Programme Objectives

A new Flexible Pathway to the NZIS Certificate in Personal Training helps to accommodate non-traditional students who are unable to study in the Full-Time NZIS Personal Training Certificate Course. The course, designed for evening and weekend classes, has been split into 4 modules to be completed separately in 7-week periods. Completion of all modules allows eligibility for the NZIS Certificate in Personal Training. Modules might also be taken individually for professional development.

The Flexible Pathway allows students to complete all modules in as few as 12 months. Additionally, any credit earned as a Flexible Pathway candidate could be applied to future full-time enrolment. The course is comprised of carefully selected Skills Active (Training Organisation) unit standards, which provide candidates with the essential tools to become a successful personal trainer.

The NZIS Certificate in Personal Training is REPs (Register of Exercise Professionals) accredited. From exercise programming through to the realisation of client goals, the NZIS Certificate in Personal Training covers essential aspects of exercise prescription, and strength and conditioning, ensuring the NZIS Personal Trainers are Industry ready. The course concentrates on the “hard skills” of the industry relating to sport science and exercise prescription principles. It also touches on the very important “soft skills”, such as sales, basic financial management and IT skills. The combination of “hard skills”and “soft skills”is crucial to become a successful Personal Trainer.

Entry Criteria

  • Recommended age: 20 years and older.*
  • A demonstrated commitment to the Sport, Fitness and Recreation area
  • Relevant experience in the Fitness and Recreation Industry is preferred

*Candidates under 20 may still be considered upon a personal interview

NOTE: This course will be held in Wellington and Christchurch campuses only.

Fee Schedule

  • Module 1: $735*
  • Module 2: $775*
  • Module 3: $695*
  • Module 4: $957*

*Cost of Textbooks Not Included

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