Certificate in Exercise (Level 4)
New Zealand Certificate in Exercise (Level 4)
Become a qualified Personal TrainerThis 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)
"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
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.
- 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
- 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.
- Experience as a Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer
- Group trainer adult acute, rehabilitation and forensic mental health wards.
- Your Way Wellbeing: Personal training, wellbeing coaching, seminars and workshops.
Qualifications: Certificate in Fitness Industry Training, Certificate in Massage Therapy, Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science.
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.
Shane Way studied at Wintec and is now working as an academic staff member at Wintec and works as a Personal Trainer at Les Mills.
Shane says "It's a REPs accredited course sok that means that I'm internationally qualified and can work in countries such as Australia, the United Kingdom and Europe
Watch the video to hear Shane's story.
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).
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.
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 2020
Date: Tuesday 11 February 2020
Venue: Q Block foyer, Centre for Sport Science and Human Performance, Rotokauri Campus
What you will need
You will need to bring ID documents for Police vetting. If you would like more information about the Vulnerable Children's Act or the safety checking process, click here.
How to find your way around
Wintec pōwhiri/nau mai, haere mai
Wintec extends a warm invitation to all new students to attend a Pōwhiri to welcome the semester ahead. After formalities, light refreshments will be served in the marae dining room, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa, Wintec City Campus.
Paying for your study
Course related costs
If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:
- Bennetts (Bennetts has a store operating on campus at the University of Waikato, Hamilton)
New Zealand-based suppliers
General book suppliers
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Prospectus (course guide)
The Wintec Prospectus (otherwise known as a course guide) outlines everything you need to know about Wintec. It contains information about the Wintec campuses, student life, and the programmes that are on offer.
Request an email or posted copy of the Prospectus.
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