Level 4

Study exercise and become a personal trainer (PT)

Want to improve the health and fitness of individuals in your community? Gain the skills and knowledge you need to work in the fitness industry as a fitness instructor or trainer.
This programme is undergoing unification. We will be delivering a new version of this programme from Semester Two 2024.
The updated programme will include new entry requirements, revised courses and fees may also be subject to change. You can apply now for the July intake, but please note that your enrolment will not be completed until the new programme details are confirmed.

Programme highlights

Want to improve the health and fitness of individuals in your community?

Gain the skills and knowledge you need to work in the fitness industry as a fitness instructor or trainer.

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to join the Register of Exercise Professionals (REP's) and make a real difference to the lives of others.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Open entry

There are no academic requirements that need to be met to enter this programme.

International students: English language entry requirements

For the minimum English language requirements refer to the requirements set out in the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/providers-partners/qa-system-for-teos/english-international-students/

International students will generally be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency, for this programme an IELTS General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 is required. Equivalent acceptable evidence can be seen at the following NZQA link:  https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/our-role/legislation/nzqa-rules/nzqf-related-rules/the-table/


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Programme structure

Programme structure

You will need to complete the below four courses (60 credits):

781.426 Anatomy and physiology for exercise professionals (15 credits)

Introduction to the systems of the human body and develop an understanding of how these relate to exercise programming.

Learning hours (total 150 hours):

  • 70 hours face to face
  • 30 hours online learning
  • 30 hours study
  • 20 hours assessment activity.

781.427 Exercise programming (25 credits)

Learn how to conduct pre-screen and fitness tests then design and deliver suitable exercise programmes for a range of clientele.

Learning hours (total 250 hours):

  • 136 hours face to face
  • 45 hours online learning
  • 45 hours study
  • 24 hours assessment activity.

781.428 Health, wellness and nutrition (10 credits)

Develop knowledge of health and wellness strategies in New Zealand and apply this knowledge to nutrition for individuals participating in an exercise programme.

Learning hours (total 100 hours):

  • 50 hours face to face
  • 20 hours online learning
  • 20 hours study
  • 10 hours assessment activity.  

781.429 Business for the exercise professional (10 credits)

Learn the various marketing and business tools required as a fitness professional.

Learning hours (total 100 hours):

  • 50 hours face to face
  • 20 hours online learning
  • 20 hours study
  • 10 hours assessment activity.
Do you want to study a single course, without enrolling into the full programme?

Courses within some of our programmes may be offered as an individual Certificate of Proficiency (COP). Programme entry requirements and course fees apply. For more information, please speak to our friendly Ask Me! team.

Careers and pathways

Further training or study

Career opportunities

Graduates of this qualification will be able to work in paid or volunteer employment in programme delivery and co-ordination roles in sport and recreation settings in commercial or community environments.

Graduates can be employed or self-employed in roles such as exercise consultants, community exercise instructors, team training instructors or personal trainers. For potential salaries visit careers.govt.nz.

Free study for the first year of your Level 3 or above qualification may be available under the government’s fees-free study scheme. Visit feesfree.govt.nz for eligibility criteria and more information. Students must be eligible to study as a domestic student. All free study is subject to funding confirmation. Proof of residency status required. Entry criteria, and some costs, may also apply. Eligibility for student allowances or student loans may vary. Contact StudyLink for more information.

Information is correct as at 5 December 2023. Programme fees are based on a full-time student and may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2024 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2024 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2024 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here www.manukau.ac.nz/cssf. Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2024 are based on the 2023 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2024. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology is part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology. Te Pūkenga is accredited under the provisions of the Education and Training Act 2020. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.