NZ Certificate in Exercise [Level 5]

Study Options



17 weeks


Level 5

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:

Advance Your Skills in Exercise Training

Do you like being involved in sport and exercise? If you’re looking for a qualification leading to a future in exercise training then this certificate is for you. The programme will advance your skills, providing an opportunity to gain employment in the fitness industry or further your studies.

When you’ve completed the NZ Certificate in Exercise [Level 5] 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 that live and breathe what they teach.


The NZ Certificate in Exercise [Level 5] will provide New Zealand with graduates who have the skills and knowledge to deliver exercise instruction for individuals within the general population. Graduates will operate within a framework of health and wellness in relation to individual, group or community needs and contribute to the cultural, social and economic wellbeing of Aotearoa New Zealand.

It will provide the skills and knowledge to design and deliver appropriate exercise programmes in relation to individual, group or community needs.

This programme is recognised by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS).

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

Career Opportunities & Outcomes

Graduates 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.

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


This programme starts:

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




Level 4 NZ Certificate in Exercise or equivalent skills knowledge and evidence of ability to succeed on the programme. 


An information session is recommended as it is an opportunity for us to clarify what is involved in the programme and you as a potential student to make sure the programme is right for you.


All applicants are required to:

Sign a declaration and a request for personal information held on the Police computer
Sign a declaration that they are in good health (having no medical, physical or psychological conditions that would preclude working with vulnerable clients).
This request is consistent with industry expectations and the type of work undertaken whilst on the programme or as a graduate of the programme.


A level of English language fluency is required for the programme. This may be demonstrated through successful study of a programme in which English, completion of a New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 3), approved scores on IELTS tests (5.5 Academic with no band score lower than 5.0), completion of accepted international equivalents, or completion of an EIT assessment.


If you wish to claim credit from previous studies or experiences, you can do so by applying for Cross Credit or Recognition of Prior Learning.

Cross Credit is based on the equivalency of courses or qualifications. You would apply for Cross Credit if you have passed a very similar course at the same level.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is based on the assessment of your current knowledge and skills. You would apply for RPL if you had gained the relevant knowledge and skills through life experiences and informal learning situations.
Please identify any credit you may wish to be considered as part the programme at application. Please note recognising prior learning may reduce your study load in this programme and impact on your ability to receive a funding.

For further information and enquiries about RPL and Cross Credit please contact the Programme Secretary Sue Jackson Phone 06 830 1521 or email

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



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.