Study exercise and become a personal trainer (PT)

New Zealand Certificate in Exercise (Level 4)

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 and make a real difference to the lives of others.

Key facts

Start month(s)

February, July

Study location(s)

MIT Ōtara

Level 4
Domestic fees

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Youth Guarantee (fees-free*) Not available
Programme code NZ3563

Full-time for 17 teaching weeks, part-time available.
The maximum time to complete this programme part-time is 2 years.

Study method

Full-time, Part-time

Credits 60
International fees NZD$10,900 (approx.)
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship (fees-free*) Not available
Qualification leads to

New Zealand Certificate in Exercise (Level 4)

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

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:

International students

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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.

Key dates and timetables

To find the key dates and timetables of this programme, please view the sport, recreation and exercise science calendar.

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

Information is correct as at February 2021. 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 2021 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2021 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2021 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2021 are based on the 2020 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2021. 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 Limited is accredited under the provisions of the Education Act 1989. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.