Certificate in Fitness (Level 4)

Want to work as a personal trainer or in a fitness centre, inspiring others to be the best they can be? This course provides a heap of further exciting study options and will see you on your way to a fulfilling career in sports and fitness.

This is a life-changing course – you’ll get fit, have heaps of fun and learn how to motivate everyone around you to live a better, healthier life.

You’ll lift weights, move to music, crawl through mud and move faster than you ever thought possible. These tasks will help you bond with your classmates – we never leave a man behind! The tutors lead by example going the extra mile (literally) to ensure everyone achieves awesome results.

On successful completion of the programme you'll be qualified to work in fitness centres, gyms, aquatic and recreation centres, as a self-employed personal trainer or group class instructor, and in the rapidly growing area of community health education.

You'll also earn a First Aid Certificate and can apply to get internationally REPS accredited, which opens the door to overseas opportunities such as cruise ship work.

If you want a higher level qualification, you can pathway through to the Bachelor of Sport & Recreation degree.

Content Details

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology is proud to have its own fitness and aquatic centre and you’ll be making full use of these fantastic facilities because we believe in learning by doing. Your own fitness levels and personal health will improve as part of the programme!

Personal Fitness
You’ll learn how to demonstrate the correct use of fitness equipment and be able to describe the effects of exercise on the body. The influence of nutrition in goal setting success is another aspect covered in this module.

Exercise Instruction
We’ll teach you how to measure an individual’s fitness level and develop and facilitate an exercise programme according to your client’s goals. You'll learn to write individualised fitness programmes for clients; from body tone to strength, cardiovascular benefits to power and hypertrophy to increased flexibility.

Group Fitness Instruction
Learn how to design and facilitate group fitness training sessions including Aqua-Fit, Circuit and Pump.

Client Care/Public Relations
You’ll be taught how to attend to your customers’ needs and how to improve public relations for a gym or fitness centre. Develop skills associated with the motivational aspects of being a personal or team trainer. You'll be taught comprehensive first aid and gain a Comprehensive First Aid Certificate.

Gym Management
Learn how to develop and provide an organisational and operational base for a fitness centre.


The programme is 34 weeks in duration with classes scheduled for approximately 24 hours per week from Monday to Thursday. You will be required to undertake self-directed study and fitness work beyond scheduled class times.

Whakatane venue: Te Wananga o Awanuiarangi

FebruaryFull-timeWhakataneOne year
FebruaryFull-timeTauranga (Windermere Campus)One year

Indicative Fees

2017 domestic students $5,690.00 plus course related costs

2017 international students $19,950.00 plus course related costs

2017 course related costs: $270.000

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

On successful completion of the programme you will receive:

  • Certificate in Fitness (Level 4)
  • Comprehensive First Aid Certificate
  • REPS (Register of Exercise Professionals) Accreditation - by application

Career Opportunities

  • Fitness instructor
  • Personal trainer
  • Gym manager

Study Pathways

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology Pathways

Bachelor of Sport & Recreation

Entry Criteria

  • Open entry
  • You are required to attend a selection process information meeting which will include a group activity exercise test, programme content presentation by staff, and an individual interview with programme staff
  • You must be able to actively participate in the physical programme content


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.