Information for Students

Looking to study with us? We have provided you with lots of helpful information to get you started and make the most of your studying with the New Zealand Institute of Sport.

Before you apply

The New Zealand Institute of Sport is New Zealand’s elite sport, health and fitness school located in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. We are a member of the NZMA family, a Category One Provider, and form part of the largest vocational education group in New Zealand, UP Education

At the New Zealand Institute of Sport, we are committed to offering quality learning. We are ranked as a Category 1 provider on NZQA’s EER rating which is the best rating possible for providers. 

This means that we are on the highest tier of private tertiary educators and operate under a four-year NZQA External Evaluation and Review (EER) cycle. NZMA’s most recent EER was in 2022, where we retained our Category 1 status. 

Click here to read the full report.

NZMA’s 2023 Code of Practice Self-review document

NZIS offers a part-time study option in the Certificate in Personal Training (Level 4) that is undertaken through a blended delivery mode of face-to-face and online delivery.  

We offer blended learning through a combination of online learning, practical experience and face to face teaching on campus in the following courses:

Our onsite delivery enables our students to get the full attention and guidance of our Tutorial staff. 




Post applying

We’ll contact you to arrange a time to meet with one of our course advisors to discuss your study options and take a tour of the campus. Once you’ve been accepted into a course, we’ll issue your official acceptance letter and you can then apply for a student loan and/or allowance through Studylink.

If you’re moving to Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch from out of town to study with us, we can help you find accommodation. Our pastoral guidance and support personnel at all sites and can assist students with their accommodation needs, either through managed hostels, student flats or apartments. 

Flatting is usually the cheapest option. If you move into an already-established flat, you probably won’t have to put your name on the tenancy agreement. This makes it easier to move out when you want to. 

Here are some great websites to get you started: 

Most of our classes have between 20 and 25 students. 

Our courses run from Monday to Friday and generally commence at 9.00am and finish at 4pm however, the timetable may differ between sites. The coaching sessions, fitness testing, event management and sports tours may be scheduled outside of your usual study hours. 

Talk to one of our friendly course advisors here for more details. 






Courses vary, for a list of domestic course costs, click here. For international costs, click here.

You may be eligible for Fees Free study if you are: a New Zealander or resident of New Zealand; a recent secondary school leaver; or not a recent secondary school leaver but have undertaken less than half a year of tertiary study or training. To check if you are eligible you can use the tool on the fees-free website.

If you’re a New Zealand or Australian citizen or a Permanent Resident, then you can apply for a student loan and/or allowance. Your Course Advisor will be able to help guide you through the application process and answer any questions you might have. 

The New Zealand Institute of Sport operates under the strict NZQA student fee protection policy as required by the New Zealand Government. Student fees are protected in the unlikely event that the New Zealand Institute of Sport is unable to deliver a student’s tuition. 

If a student withdraws within eight working days of their course starting, they’ll be refunded all their tuition fees, less $500. 

If a student withdraws on day nine or later of the course, they would only be eligible for a refund in exceptional circumstances, at the discretion of the Head of Operations – NZMA Group. 

Students must submit their application for a refund within one month of the last day they attended. No refund will be made if the student has been expelled, wants to transfer to another school, or has not filled out an accurate enrolment application and has had their contract terminated. 

If NZMA receives student fees via an education consultant or directly from a member of a student’s family, we’ll endeavour to refund fees to the party that paid them. 

If we’re aware that a student has obtained a bank loan to attend the New Zealand Institute of Sport, we’ll endeavour to refund fees to the relevant lending bank unless otherwise instructed by that bank. 

Any refund of fees which were paid by a student loan will be paid directly to StudyLink. 

Each year the New Zealand Institute of Sport (Part of NZMA)  provides a range of services to students to enhance campus life and student wellbeing.  These services are provided over and above the teaching and education delivery at each campus and are funded through the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The fee funds key services such as:

  • Careers advice, guidance and employment information

  • Counselling services

  • Advocacy and Legal Advice

  • Financial support and advice 

  • Sport, Recreation and cultural services

  • Health Services

The New Zealand Institute of Sport, as part of NZMA, has consulted with students on the Student Services Levy for 2022. The CSSF will remain at $400 per Equivalent Full Time Student.

As part of the Ministry of Education’s direction, we are required to report on how these fees are charged and spent which is available in the NZMA annual report. We must include students or their representatives when deciding on the following: 

  • Maximum amount that students will pay 

  • Types of services delivered 

  • Procurement of these services 

  • Method for authorising expenditure on these services.

To find out more contact your Campus Manager or you can read our latest CSSF Report here.

Your fees are protected by a bank bond with an independent third party (a Chartered Accountant). This will cover any unused portion of your fees. Under the NZMA provider, NZIS has contracted a performance guarantee for the bond with the Westpac Banking Corporation. 





That’s induction week! You’ll get to meet your classmates, learn about the campus and have a whole lot of fun. We’ll also outline our rules and regulations, and you’ll sit some evaluations. This will help your tutors tailor their teaching style to best suit your needs. 

We offer a range of campus events and activities including Tasters days, sports day, kapa haka and other cultural days and activities during the induction period to engage and build relationships amongst the students.  

Whānau days are also held where you can invite friends and family to learn about student life on campus. 

NZQA has released a series of videos outlining what support people can expect for their wellbeing and safety while undertaking tertiary study. Watch the videos here.

If you are experiencing any issues that you feel are hindering your learning experience, please contact your Course Advisor for support.

Each campus has a team of Course Advisors to make sure you succeed in your studies and achieve your goals. To meet or speak with a student support advisor please contact your closest campus here.

As well as asking your course advisors for referral information, you might like to contact some places yourself:

  • Citizens Advice Bureau – their lovely staff can provide help and support. They have an onsite Justice of the Peace who can verify copies of important documents. Phone 0800 367222.

  • Tenancy Advice – usually when you go flatting in New Zealand you have to sign a contract or a lease. If you have any questions about your rights and regulations as a tenant, contact a NZMA Student Enrolment Advisor or call the tenancy phone line on 0800 TENANCY (0800 83 62 62).

  • YouthLaw – for free answers to your legal questions phone 0800 UTHLAW (884 529).

Our Career and Employment navigators will help you with valuable job-hunting skills, like CV writing and interview techniques, help you find part-time work while you study and full-time work once you graduate. We partner with many of New Zealand’s leading employers – you’ll meet lots of them through our seminars, career days, work experience opportunities and industry functions. 






The School/College has a set procedure to resolve complaints. 

If the complaint is unable to be resolved satisfactorily within the School/College it can be taken to the Campus Principal/Manager.

Full details can be found in the student handbook. If it is still not resolved then the complaint can be taken to NZQA. If you have a financial or contractual dispute NZQA will refer you to the Student Dispute Resolution Scheme (DRS) Operator.

The NZQA website gives instructions on how to make a complaint about a provider/use the DRS, click here to go to the page.

You can also contact NZQA at or 0800 697 296 for information on the process.

NZMA is part of Up Education and is ranked a Category 1 provider by NZQA – which is their highest rating.

The Executive Team and Board are responsible for the governance of the organisation. The Board meets monthly to:

  • Discuss NZMA’s strategic direction

  • Review financial performance

  • Determine business objectives

  • Select management to operationalise policies and objectives

The Senior Management Team (comprised of the Chief Executive and Directors) communicates daily, and takes care of the on-going operations of the business.