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New Zealand Certificate in Exercise (Level 5)

Key information

Level of study:
Tuition fees:
1 semester
Start date: 06-July-2020
Rotokauri Campus
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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.

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

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 Maori and Pasifika support, disability support services, and affordable health care on campus.

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

Applicants are required to have completed:

  • Level 4 Certificate in Exercise or
  • Comparable Level 4 qualification in Exercise

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

  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) score of 46 (with a writing score of 14)
  • TOEFL Paper-based Test (pBT) score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36


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