NZ Certificate in Exercise (Level 4)

Study Options



17 weeks


Level 4

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Enhance your skills in exercise training

If you’re looking for an entry level qualification leading to a future in exercise training, then this certificate is for you. This programme provides the skills and knowledge to design and deliver exercise programmes within a framework of health and wellness. The focus is on individual and group exercise programmes that help improve fitness and lifestyles.

Graduates are recognised as personal trainers by the Register of Exercise Professionals.


The NZ Certificate in Exercise (Level 4) is a practically-based 17 week programme, which provides the knowledge and skills required for employment in the health and fitness industry, and also serves as a staircase into further study in sport, recreation and exercise science.

The programme provides the knowledge and skills to design, deliver and adapt individual and group exercise programmes, and help improve the lifestyle of those who are at risk of common health conditions.

Graduates of this programme are recognised as Personal Trainers by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS).

Subject areas

  • What is exercise, the benefits and risks
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Workplace skills: communication, customer care, time management, organisation
  • Health and safety and ethical practice
  • First aid
  • Exercise technique and instruction
  • Pre-screening and fitness testing
  • Programme writing and programme adaptations
  • Exercise prescription including common at risk groups
  • Nutrition
  • Marketing and business techniques

For more information read below, or make an appointment to view our facilities or discuss your study options with our staff.

Your future career and study opportunities

As a graduate you could be employed or self-employed in roles such as:

  • Exercise consultant
  • Community exercise instructor
  • Team training instructor
  • Personal trainer

Others have continued their study pathway in the fields of Sport and Exercise, Social Sciences and Business.

For trained exercise professionals the employment opportunities are varied and exciting.

Further your study with the following programmes:

  • NZ Certificate in Exercise (Level 5)
  • NZ Diploma in Sport, Recreation and Exercise (Level 5)
  • Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science



There are two entry dates per year:

  • February (Tairāwhiti, Gisborne only)
  • July (Hawke’s Bay only) 


Entry requirements

Entry with credit


Academic learning services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT | Te Pūkenga. Our aim is for you to become confident, competent and independent learners.

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

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EIT | Te Pūkenga offers a variety of scholarships across various subjects and programme levels.  Some scholarships are based on your age, some are specific to the subject you want to study.  Not all scholarships are based on your academic ability and anyone wanting to study should investigate what scholarships are available to them.  

You can find a list of EIT | Te Pūkenga scholarships here however there are many more scholarships offered nationally.  Information about these is on an database called “givME”. givME is accessible at EIT | Te Pūkenga or at some public libraries. If you would like to come to EIT | Te Pūkenga to look through the giveME database don’t hesitate to contact or call in for a chat.