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​​​Fitness and Outdoor Recreation

A career in Fitness and Outdoor Recreation can really take you places.

Looking after a client’s fitness one-on-one, advising on nutrition and safe exercise, looking at the tactics and psychology that goes into building a sports team, guiding or instructing in the great outdoors; these are the skills, supported by industry endorsed qualifications, which will take you on an exciting career path in the Fitness and Outdoor sector.


The Certificate in Fitness and Industry Training Level 4 is a REPs (Register of Exercise Professionals) registered course. This means you can work as a trainer in New Zealand and other countries such as Australia, United Kingdom, Ireland and Europe.

As a Fitness Instructor you’ll be helping people improve their general fitness or train for a special event. This means your day could see you discussing clients’ goals, assessing their fitness and body types, and then designing fitness classes or individual programmes. You’ll also be working with clients one on one, ensuring correct techniques are used and providing basic nutritional and lifestyle advice.

If fresh air, adventure and the great outdoors appeal then so will a career as an Outdoor Recreation Guide and Instructor. You’ll spend your time teaching or guiding outdoor activities such as rafting, kayaking, diving, caving and tramping. Your day could also include planning programmes, risk assessment, organising safety procedures, checking equipment, running rescue practices, organising bookings, food and transport and maintaining trip logbooks.