What will I learn?

Do you like being involved in sport and exercise? Do you want to help people improve their physical wellbeing and sporting ability without committing to degree-level study? Then this diploma is for you.

The NZ Diploma in Sport, Recreation and Exercise will give you a foot in the door to the vibrant and people-oriented sport, health and exercise industries. You’ll learn how the human body is structured and how it functions so you can plan and organise exercise and health programmes for individuals and communities.


The NZ Diploma in Sport, Recreation and Exercise is a one year full-time, or equivalent part-time, programme which offers you stimulating studies and provides a pathway to a career in the wide field of recreation, sport and health. This programme has close links with the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science.

In particular, the programme is designed to enable you to:

  • Understand human body structure and function with emphasis on the musculoskeletal system
  • Develop knowledge and skills related to professional practice in the recreation and sport industry
  • Understand the relationship between nutrition, physical activity and other personal health behaviours and health
  • Develop knowledge of a range of sporting and recreational activities through practical experience and active participation
  • Understand the sport and recreation industry in New Zealand
  • Design and apply group exercise programmes
  • Assess physical performance, apply exercise techniques and design exercise for people with special needs

Subject areas covered are: anatomy and physiology, nutrition and health, coaching and leading, sport management and exercise science.

Career Opportunities and Outcomes

For trained sport, exercise and recreation professionals, employment opportunities are varied and exciting.

Possible jobs and career opportunities can include:

  • Personal trainer
  • Community recreation assistant
  • Community health initiatives assistant
  • Group exercise instructor
  • Sports coordinator

Study Pathways

If you want to go to the next level after completing the NZ Diploma in Sport, Recreation and Exercise you can continue your studies with the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science.

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
NZ$22,600.00 (US$ 15,371) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

14 February 2022, 18 July 2022


Eastern Institute of Technology

Hawke’s Bay Campus,

501 Gloucester Street,



4112, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For international students

Academic Criteria Required

Meet the NCEA Level 2, or provide evidence of achievement at an equivalent level.


All applicants must demonstrate an acceptable level of English Language fluency prior to acceptance in the programme. English Language fluency can be verified by achievement of one of the following within the last two years:

• New Zealand Certificate in English Language Level 4 (any endorsement)
• IELTS (Academic) score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5.0
• PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36
• International equivalents to IELTS accepted by NZQA or successful study of a programme in which English was the language of instruction (conditions apply)

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Eastern Institute of Technology

EIT is one of New Zealand’s leading tertiary institutes for applied learning and is consistently highly rated for its education.

  • A leading tertiary institute recognised by NZ MoE
  • Experienced lecturers who are experts in their fields
  • Modern, well-equipped campuses and facilities
  • Over 10,000 students across 3 regional campuses

Get in touch