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Certificate in Exercise (Level 5)

New Zealand Certificate in Exercise (Level 5)


Course details

  • Jul 2023
  • One semester
  • Full-time
  • $3,570*
  • You may qualify for fee-free study under Fees Free Policy
  • Level 5
  • Hamilton Rotokauri Campus


Students will learn skills and knowledge of exercise prescription across a variety of exercise environments. Students will learn how to design and deliver advanced technical and personalised exercise programmes to meet the needs of their clients.

Practical work is a major component of the study, enabling students to graduate ready to hit the ground running. As part of their study students will undertake a 30-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.

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

This programme will teach students how to:

  • Design exercise programmes to the industry standard and implement advanced exercise options to enhance client performance
  • Provide appropriate referrals and follow-up actions to address nutritional requirements as part of personalised exercise prescription.
  • Integrate a broad range of health and wellness factors into an extended exercise intervention programme to meet client goals and objectives.
  • Analyse and select from a range of advanced exercise options, underpinned by exercise science to customise exercise assessment and programmes.
  • Design programmes and apply exercise principles within scope of practice using understanding of the indications and contraindications for symptomatic or apparently healthy people.
  • Develop networks with other allied professionals to support exercise client outcomes.

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 meet the needs of the fitness industry.

"Well done to Wintec on working with industry, to formulate the new level 4 and 5 qualification. 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 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, a 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
SPRT502Advanced Training515  
SPRT503Exercise Considerations for Special Populations515  
SPRT504Exercise Prescription for Health and Wellbeing515  
SPRT505Networking and Nutrition for Personal Training515  

Career/further opportunities

Graduates will be eligible to register with the New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals, and may be employed or self-employed as an exercise consultant, community exercise instructor, team training instructor or personal trainer, or continue onto higher study.


Entry criteria

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

Based on study completed after school (tertiary study)

  • Completed the New Zealand Certificate in Exercise (Level 4);
  • Or a recognised equivalent.

Based on your work experience (on the job)

If you can demonstrate relevant knowledge, skills and experience that you have gained through work experience, that will help you to be successful in the programme.​

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.

Vulnerable Children's Act

During your induction, you will be required to complete a number of safety checks to comply with the provisions of the Vulnerable Children Act 2014. You can find out more about the safety check process and the Vulnerable Children Act here.


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.

Students starting Semester 2 2023

Induction day
Date: Tuesday 11 July 2023
Time: 9am-3pm
Venue: Q Block, Rotokauri Campus

First day of class
Date: Monday 17 July 2023
Time: 9am-3pm
Venue: Q Block, Rotokauri Campus

If you are a new student, please join us for your induction day. This includes whakatau and morning tea, and we welcome you to bring whānau and friends to support you. We will cover programme information for the semester, including the compulsory safety check, give you a campus tour, and introduce you to our team.

What you will need

Please wear closed-in shoes. You will need to bring a pen and notebook with you. It is 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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