Certificate in Tākaro, Sport and Exercise

  • Level 4
  • 38 weeks
  • Fees apply

Programme overview:

Take the first steps towards a career in the fitness industry as a professional fitness coach, instructor, or personal trainer.

Our new programme in Tākaro, Sport and Exercise combines two qualifications into one programme: the Certificate in Exercise and the Certificate in Sport and Recreation.

As well as maintaining your fitness and learning how to assist others with their fitness goals, what makes our programme different is it's taught in a wānanga where you'll learn a range of ngā taonga tākaro - traditional Māori games.

When you graduate, you'll be eligible to register with the New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals.

When you pass this programme, you'll get these qualifications:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Exercise Level 4
  • New Zealand Certificate in Sport and Recreation Level 4

You'll learn about:

  • how to build and deliver safe and effective exercise programmes
  • anatomy and physiology and how to use that knowledge in an exercise programme
  • health and wellness frameworks and evidence-based nutrition
  • planning and evaluating a group sport or recreation programme
  • motivational and communication techniques for coaching and training practice.

Where will this take me?

I want to keep studying

To progress your studies in sports and fitness you might want to consider a Level 5 qualification with another tertiary provider.

I want to use my qualification

You could work in roles such as: an exercise consultant, community exercise instructor, team training instructor, or personal trainer. You could also go into paid work or be in a voluntary role in programme delivery and coordination roles in sport and recreation.

How you'll study:

This is a full-time programme that consists of 120 credits delivered over 38 weeks. Throughout the programme you'll need to attend:

  • 4 x 5-hour kura whakaako - compulsory classes each week
  • 1 x noho (25 hours)

You'll also need to complete additional learning activities for 12-13 hours per week.

Entry criteria

To enrol in this programme, you must:

  • be at least 16 years of age
  • be a New Zealand citizen (or citizen of Australia, Tokelau, Niue, Cook Islands) or permanent resident
  • attend an interview.

Fee details

The 2020 fees for this programme are:


GST Inclusive

Are you eligible for fees-free study?

First time tertiary students studying fee paying programmes might be able to study fee free. Find out if you're eligible at feesfree.govt.nz.

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