NZ Certificate in Exercise [Level 5]

Study Options



17 weeks


Level 5

Advance 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. The programme will develop your skills and knowledge for the workplace, preparing you for employment in the fitness industry or for furthering your studies.

When you’ve completed this certificate, you’ll have the knowledge and confidence to carry on to higher-level study. It will introduce you to ideas and theories within supportive learning environments with staff who live and breathe what they teach.


The NZ Certificate in Exercise [Level 5] 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 Certificate 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).

What you will learn/subject areas:

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

You are welcome to make an appointment to discuss your study options with our staff and to view our facilities.

Career Opportunities and Outcomes

After you graduate you can be employed or self-employed in roles such as: exercise consultant, community exercise instructor, team training instructor or personal trainer. Others have continued study into the fields of Recreation and Sport, Social Sciences and Business. For trained Exercise professionals, the employment opportunities are varied and exciting.

You will be eligible to register with the New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals.

Further your study with the Diploma in Sport, Recreation and Exercise [Level 5] and then the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science [Level 7].





There are two entry dates per year:

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