NZ Certificate in Exercise [Level 4]

Study Options



17 weeks


Level 4

We are still contactable about this programme

 Sue Jackson the programme secretary is working remotely and can still be contacted via phone: (06)  8301521  – or email:

Enhance Your Skills in Exercise Training

This entry-level certificate provides the skills and knowledge to design and deliver exercise programmes within a framework of health
and wellness. The programme focuses on providing individual and community needs to enhance the cultural, social and economic
wellbeing of the people of Aotearoa New Zealand.


Recognised by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS), this certificate is a practically based, 17-week programme that potentially leads to employment in the sport and exercise industry. And for trained exercise professionals, the employment opportunities are varied and exciting. In addition, as a graduate you’ll be eligible to register with REPS.

This certificate also serves as a staircase into further study within sport and exercise at EIT in Recreation and Sport, Social Sciences and Business. This includes programmes such as: Level 5 NZ Certificate in Exercise, Level 5 Diploma in Sport, Recreation and Exercise, and the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science.

Study areas covered are:

  • What is exercise, the benefits and risks?
  • Workplace skills: communication, customer care, time management, organisation
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • 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

Please feel free to contact us by phone, email or private message us on Facebook for a chat about your study options. You can also visit our Taradale campus at any time to view EIT’s facilities.

Career Opportunities & Outcomes

As a graduation you may very well find employment in roles such as:

  • Exercise Consultant
  • Community Exercise Instructor
  • Team Training Instructor
  • Personal Trainer

Further your study with the following programmes: NZ Certificate in Exercise [Level 5], Diploma in Sport, Recreation and Exercise [Level 5]*, Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science *

* being re-developed for 2019



This programme starts:

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


Entry requirements

Academic Learning Services

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

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

Find out more:

Hawke’s Bay Campus
Tairāwhiti Campus



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