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Certificate in Exercise (Level 4)

New Zealand Certificate in Exercise (Level 4)


Course details

  • Feb 2023
  • One semester
  • Full-time
  • $3,416*
  • You may qualify for fee-free study under Fees Free Policy
  • Level 4
  • Hamilton Rotokauri Campus


Become a qualified Personal Trainer

This programme will give students the skills and knowledge needed to be able to deliver exercise instruction to others. Students will learn the important theory of personal training and build a base of practical experience. 

Practical work is a significant component of the study, enabling students to graduate ready to hit the ground running. As part of their study, students will undertake a 20-hour work placement in a gym. This placement helps the student to build a professional network, gives them relevant work experience, and sets them up to be effective members of the workplace in the future. 

Students will learn how to:
  • Deliver safe and effective exercise programmes, including pre-screening, within their own scope of practice and industry code of ethics.
  • Apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology to adapt and deliver safe and effective exercise programmes.
  • Adapt programmes for apparently healthy people and common at-risk groups using exercise science and testing.
  • Apply  motivational and communication techniques to enhance individual participant commitment to a personalised exercise programme.
  • Apply a health and wellness framework and evidence-based nutrition principles to support a personalised exercise programme and recommend referral pathways to allied health professions.
  • Use marketing and business tools and techniques to support business practices as an exercise professional.

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

Developed alongside industry

The Certificate in Exercise (Level 4) and Certificate in Exercise (Level 5) have been designed with the help of employers, ensuring our qualifications will meet the needs of the fitness industry.

"Well done to Wintec on working with the industry, to formulate the new level 4 and 5 qualifications. I believe the curriculum and subsequent range of activities students will engage in as part of the course, have been set specifically to achieve an even higher level of education, motivation and adherence for all students. This will be very valuable to help them be successful in the industry."

- Mel Engelbrecht, Personal Trainer, Nutritionist, Snr Assessor Mentor (MotionMel)

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"My reason for wanting to employ Wintec students is because I was a Wintec student myself and if it wasn't for Wintec, I wouldn’t be where I am today. 
I know how thorough and hands-on the staff are, and students come out of the course fully confident and business ready."

- Tony Brunton, First Place Fitness Club Owner/Manager

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Learn from the experts

The people teaching this programme are both experienced and qualified. They have worked with athletes over a number of years at both a national and international level.

Lynne O'Malley

  • Trainer Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magic 2003-2013
  • Worked with more than 50 international athletes over the last 20 years

Qualifications: Master of Sports and Ex Sc, BSc (Physiol), BPhEd

Read more about Lynne

Kerin McDonald

  • Experience as an instructor and duty manager at Outward Bound New Zealand working with a wide variety of groups. This included supporting the development of New Zealand U23 rowers.
  • Kiwisport Secondary School Event Coordinator, Kiwisport Coordinator, Waipa District Coordinator

Qualifications: Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science.

Read more about Kerin

We support you while you study

Wintec provides support from day one.

Students will have access to free study preparation courses, academic resources, a specialist student learning services team, library filled with resources and staffed by expert librarians, a dedicated team for Māori and Pasifika support, disability support services, and affordable health care on campus.

Find out more about our student support here.

View programme modules

Module code Module name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
SPRT401Introduction to the Fitness Industry415  
SPRT402Exercise Training415  
SPRT501Fitness Industry Business Skills415  

Career/further opportunities

Graduates can be employed or self-employed in roles such as:

  • Exercise Consultant
  • Community Exercise Instructor
  • Team Training Instructor
  • Personal Trainer

This programme provides a pathway to, and is a prerequisite for, the New Zealand Certificate in Exercise (Level 5).


Entry criteria

You can apply for this programme if you meet one or more of the below options.

Based on your school achievement (secondary school study)

  • 40 credits at NCEA Level 2; including 10 literacy credits at NCEA Level 2; and 10 numeracy credits at NCEA Level 1;
  • Or a recognised equivalent.

Based on study completed after school (tertiary study)

  • Completed a relevant course at NZQF Level 2; ​
  • Or a recognised equivalent.

Based on discretionary entrance

If you don’t meet any of the above options, and you think you have what it takes to complete this programme, you can apply for discretionary entrance. Your application may be accepted if you can demonstrate a good chance of success. Approval of discretionary entrance applications is decided by the relevant manager. If your application is approved, your acceptance into further programmes relies on you demonstrating success in this programme.

English language requirements

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 5.5 in the academic band, with no individual band score lower than 5.0; or equivalent.


To check what you need to gain entry to a course, review the entry criteria available on each programme page. These assist you in understanding what qualifications or experience are typically required to gain entry. You can contact our team at or 0800 2 Wintec at any time for further guidance.

Your first day

Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our welcome page.

Year 1 students starting February 2022

Whānau evening
Date: Friday 11 February 2022
Time: 4pm
Venue: Q Block foyer, Centre for Sport Science and Human Performance, Rotokauri Campus

Induction day
Date: Monday 14 February 2022
Time: 9am
Venue: Q Block foyer, Centre for Sport Science and Human Performance, Rotokauri Campus

What you will need

Please bring a pen and notebook on your first day. It is also recommended that you bring a personal device that can connect to the internet (laptop, smartphone, tablet etc).

You will also need to bring ID documents for Police vetting. Please click here for more information about the Vulnerable Children's Act, the safety checking process, and what forms of ID you need to bring.

Timetable information

All Wintec timetables are available online here.

How to find your way around

Campus maps can be found here.

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - permits are required. Learn more about parking and find out about discounted bus services here.

He reo pōwhiri, your official welcome to Wintec

Tēnei te mihi mahana ki a koe e piki nei, e kake nei ki te Kuratini o Waikato.

You are warmly invited to attend the official welcome to Wintec for all new students, staff and whānau (family) at either our marae, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa or Rotokauri campus. The pōwhiri is a welcoming ceremony involving mihimihi (speeches), waiata (singing), and will conclude with kai timotimo (light refreshments). Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

Click here to find out when the next pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course-related costs

Student kit (approximately $200.00)

This will include all the equipment that is needed for your course, such as:

  • A blood pressure cuff,
  • heart rate monitor, and
  • callipers. 
You will also need a Wintec polo shirt (approximately $40). This can be purchased from us at the Q Block reception.

Additional information

As part of your work placement for this programme, you will need to have completed a safety check and hold a first aid certificate. You can start the programme without these but need to have it sorted in the first four weeks of the semester. Your tutors will guide you on these requirements.


Purchasing textbooks

If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:

    New Zealand-based suppliers

    General book suppliers

    First aid certificate

    Health status



    Clinical placement

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