NZ Diploma in Sport, Recreation and Exercise

Study Options

Full-time, Part-time


1 year, Part-time options available


Level 5

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We are still contactable about this programme

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

Do You Like Being Involved in Sport and Exercise?

Do you like being involved in sport and exercise? Do you want to help people improve their physical wellbeing and sporting ability without committing to degree-level study? Then this diploma is for you.

The NZ Diploma in Sport, Recreation and Exercise will give you a foot in the door to the vibrant and people-oriented sport, health and exercise industries. You’ll learn how the human body is structured and how it functions so you can plan and organise exercise and health programmes for individuals and communities.


When you’ve completed this diploma you’ll be set up for further study or be ready to step out into a career in the dynamic and energetic fields of recreation, sport and exercise.

In this programme you’ll find yourself in EIT’s fully equipped sports science lab learning about sports research, and the next day be out on the school field teaching Kiwi kids how to throw and catch.

The subject areas you’ll study include:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Sport management
  • Coaching and Leading
  • Nutrition and health

Please feel free to make an appointment to discuss your study options. You can meet with our staff in person at our Hawke’s Bay campus, or simply give us a call on 0800 22 55 348. And you’re most welcome to visit EIT to view our facilities at any time.

Career Opportunities & Outcomes

Graduating with a NZ Diploma in Sport, Recreation and Exercise from EIT will pave future pathways working in the sport, health and exercise industries. You’ll be working with people of all ages and abilities extending their physical skills and capabilities to enrich their lives. Future roles may include:

  • Personal trainer
  • Community recreation assistant
  • Community health initiatives assistant
  • Group exercise instructor
  • Sports coordinator

You may also further your study with the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science.


There are two entry dates per year:

  • February
  • July




Entry requirements

International entry requirements

Study Pathways

If you want to go to the next level after completing the NZ Diploma in Sport, Recreation and Exercise  you can continue your studies with the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science.

Student Academic 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.