Cert4Fitness (Level 4)

The new improved "Cert4Fitness" has been built around the well-known fitness certificate course delivered out of Windermere Campus for 16 years.

Often referred to "as the best year of my life" this course provides students with life changing experiences through the use of exercise as a vehicle.

Constructed as a one-year full-time course graduates now exit with two nationally recognised qualifications, the New Zealand Certificate in Exercise (Level 4) and the New Zealand Certificate in Freestyle Group Exercise (Level 4), that aligns with REPS accreditation (Register of Exercise Professionals).

Each qualification complements the other with common underlying themes such as nutrition, anatomy and physiology, client connection, marketing and an understanding of what makes a successful fitness business connecting the different strands. Exercise instruction is based around helping clients achieve their goals through a variety of exercise programmes within a one-on-one approach. Group exercise explores three modalities of group based classes to guide clients towards goal success.

All learning styles are catered for with visual and kinesthetic learners thriving in an environment that is based on "doing". To experience this course will change your life and provide you with the skills and confidence to change the lives of those around you.

There are plenty of field trips, a very high exercise workload and opportunities to create memories you will never forget. This is more than just a course, it's a way of life!    

Content Details

During the course you'll study:

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Exercise analysis
  • Energy systems
  • Retention
  • Goal setting
  • Client pre-screen
  • Professionalism
  • Principles of training
  • Fitness testing
  • Exercise prescription
  • Nutrition
  • Health models
  • First aid
  • Business
  • Marketing


Planned intakes*: March
Delivery modes: Full-time
Locations*: Rotorua (Mokoia Campus), Tauranga (Windermere Campus), Whakatane
Duration: One year

* subject to change. Intakes may vary between locations.

To see full details of the next available intake please visit the application form.

Indicative Fees

2018 domestic fees $5,803.00

The fee shown for domestic students is applicable to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. If an international fee is not listed above please refer to the international fees page. All fees are indicative only and subject to change.

You MAY be eligible for a StudyLink Student Loan for your tuition fees.

Find out if your programme qualifies by visiting the Studylink website.

If you also need to pay course related costs, i.e. if outlined in programme costs above, you need to apply separately to StudyLink (up to $1,000/academic year for eligible students). Note course related costs are paid directly into your bank account by StudyLink and you will be required to pay this to Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

Qualifications Gained

Upon successfully completing the course you will receive:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Exercise (Level 4)
  • New Zealand Certificate in Freestyle Group Exercise (Level 4)
  • You will also have completed a First Aid Certificate

Career Opportunities

Exercise consultant, community exercise instructor, team training instructor, personal trainer, or self-employed.

Study Pathways

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology Pathways

Bachelor of Sport & Recreation

Entry Criteria

  • If you are under 20 years old you must have NCEA Level 1, or equivalent
  • If you don't meet the above requirements, or are over 20 years old, you may be eligible for special admission if you can prove you are capable of successfully finishing the course

Other Considerations

You will need to attend an information sharing session.  This is an opportunity for us to tell you about the course structure and expectations.


International applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to show evidence of language competency, issued within the last two years, before being eligible to enrol in any non-English programme. The level of competency required is outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013. And below under the title English Competency.

English Competency

Level 4 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language L3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace or Academic, or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013.

For domestic applicants for whom English is not their first language, evidence of language competency may be required.