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New Zealand Certificate in Exercise (Level 4) Otago Polytechnic

New Zealand



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Start on your path to becoming a Personal Trainer with this exciting new programme.

Learn how to teach exercise, gain an understanding of human anatomy and physiology, and discover how the role of behaviour change can lead to lasting results for your clients.

With hands-on teaching in our purpose-built gym, Tapuae, and real world experiences out in industry, gain the skills and knowledge you need to become a first-class exercise professional.

Successful completion of this Level 4 Certificate will enable you to apply for registration as a Gym Instructor with REPs NZ (Register of Exercise Professionals New Zealand). Alternatively, you may choose to continue your study with our Level 5 programme which will fully prepare you for the role of a Personal Trainer.

Graduate career options: Working with others to provide exercise advice, Gym Instructor, Personal Trainer (after completing our New Zealand Certificate in Exercise Level 5).

Your workload: Full-time students will be expected to study for 36 hours per week. This will include directed teaching, self-directed learning and industry experience hours.

Further study options: To become a Personal Trainer, you will need to complete the New Zealand Certificate in Exercise (Level 5). Our Bachelor of Applied Science degree will then enable you to advance your learning further and explore the areas of Exercise, Sport and Health to expand your career prospects.


Applied Exercise Prescription (Level 4, 15 credits)

Learn how to apply and adapt the fundamentals of exercise prescription to meet the needs of a client.

Applied Anatomy and Physiology (Level 4, 15 credits)

Gain an understanding of human anatomy and physiology and how it applies to movement.

Professional Practice 1 (Level 4, 15 credits)

Discover how to apply professional practice principles of working in the exercise industry.

Exercise Science 1 (Level 4, 15 credits)

Learn how to explain behaviour in relation to nutrition and exercise.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study New Zealand Certificate in Exercise (Level 4).

Full Time (6 months)

Tuition fees

NZ$11,160.00 (5,94,363) per year




Otago Polytechnic

Dunedin Campus,

Forth Street,


North Dunedin,

9016, New Zealand

Entry requirement for international students

Open entry - no minimum academic entry requirements.

IELTS test: General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5; TOEFL paper based test (PBT): Score of 530 (with an essay score of 4.5 TWE); TOEFL internet based test (IBT): Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14); Cambridge english examinations: B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill; Pearson test of english (ACADEMIC): PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36; Language Certificate: B2 Communicator IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill.

By 30 November and 30 May

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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