Graduate Certificate in Sport and Exercise (Level 7)

This course is ideal for you if you have considerable professional experience in sport, recreation or health, or a tertiary qualification in another field, and you want to gain a further qualification in sport and exercise.

The course content is shared across our Graduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise.

Content Details

Choose four 15 point papers, of which at least three must be at level 7.

Level 5 Papers (15 credits each)

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
  • Knowledge, Enquiry and Communication
  • Nutrition, Activity and Health
  • Exercise Prescription
  • Applied Anatomy
  • Managing Sport and Recreation
  • Coaching Practice 1
  • Outdoor Leadership

Level 6 Papers (15 credits each unless otherwise noted)

  • Sport and Recreation in Society
  • Industry Experience and Research
  • Legal Issues for Sport and Recreation
  • Exercise Science
  • Applied Sports Nutrition
  • Physical Activity and Health
  • Human Movement Studies
  • Personal Training
  • Coaching Practice 2
  • Sustainable Sports Event Management
  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Special Topic (15 or 30 credits)

Level 7 Paper (15 credits each unless otherwise noted)

  • Sport and Recreation Co-operative 1 (30 credits)
  • Athletic Conditioning
  • Leadership in Sport and Recreation
  • Sport and Recreation Co-operative 2 (30 credits)
  • Integrated Coaching Practice
  • Food, Nutrition and Community Health
  • Analysing Performance
  • Special Topic (30 credits)


Planned intakes*: March, July
Delivery modes: Full-time/part-time
Locations*: Tauranga (Windermere Campus)
Duration: One year

* subject to change. Intakes may vary between locations.

Depending on the number of courses chosen per year, classes are scheduled for approximately 16-20 hours per week, usually Monday to Friday, between 8.00am and 5.00pm.

You will also be required to undertake self-directed study outside of scheduled class times.

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

Indicative Fees

2018 domestic students - fess for individual papers range from $749.00 (15 credit papers) - $1498.00 (30 credit papers). Please enquire.

2018 international students approx $14,600.00 dependent on the papers chosen. Please enquire.

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 successful completion of the course you will receive:

  • Graduate Certificate in Sport and Exercise

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities include; sports development, sports co-ordination, health promotion, coaching, teaching (via appropriate teacher training programmes), exercise instruction, strength and conditioning and personal training, facility management, event management.
Potential employers include:
  • Sport Bay of Plenty
  • Bay of Plenty Rugby
  • Regional sports organisations
  • National sports organisations
  • District health boards
  • Heart Foundation
  • Cardiac clinics
  • Schools and colleges

Study Pathways

Graduates will be able to apply for postgraduate Sport and Exercise studies through Auckland University of Technology (AUT).

Entry Criteria

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • OR a relevant professional qualification or experience approved by the group leader (or approved representative) to be equivalent to a bachelor’s degree


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 7 certificate, diploma, degree, post graduate certificate or diploma IELTS Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language L4 with the Academic Endorsement 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.