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Certificate in Personal Training - Level 4

Level 4

Study Personal Training at NZIS.

Kick start your career in personal training, with New Zealand’s leading sports education provider.

Programme Objectives

The programme has been designed to provide relevant learning outcomes and to create an integrated learning experience where assessment, both written and practical, are considered within the context of the overall programme of learning, future education and workplace. The programme involves attending face-to-face daytime classes at an NZIS campus for 20 weeks.

Key Components

The six courses that make up the programme are as follows:

  • Anatomy and Physiology (10 credits)
  • Ethics and Customer Safety (5 credits)
  • Nutrition (10 credits)
  • Special populations and Exercise Adherence (10 credits)
  • Personal Training as a Business (10 credits)
  • Exercise Prescription (15 credits).

Work Placements

Students will be able to complete work placements where NZIS provides opportunities for students to gain invaluable experience at the ‘coal face' of the personal training, health and fitness industry.


A wide range of workshops may include: Group Fitness, Sport Massage, Sport Strapping, Speed training, Swiss Ball training, Yoga.

Career Opportunities & further Study pathways

  • Personal training (PT) and coaching
  • Group fitness instructor
  • Athlete coaching and development
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Exercise physiology
  • Gym instructor
  • Further study pathways can include the New Zealand Institute of Sports, Diploma in Sport Management and Exercise Prescription (Level 5)

2019 Course Costs

  • Tuition fees: $10,500.000
  • Course fee: $1,000.00

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Qualifications Awarded

New Zealand Certificate in Personal Training - Level 4

2019 Intakes 

  • 4 February 
  • 22 July 


This programme is offered at our Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch Campuses.


  • Full Time: 20 weeks, including 2 weeks break. 

Entry Requirements

  • Recommended age: 20 years and older.*
  • A demonstrated commitment to the Sport, Fitness and Recreation areas.
  • Relevant experience in the Fitness and Recreation Industry is preferred.
  • General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 or equivalent.

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