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This Personal Training Course is just the ticket if you want to turn your passion into a rewarding career! You'll get the technical and business skills you need to become a successful Personal Trainer.

Why study this Personal Training Course?

The New Zealand Institute of Health and Fitness (NZIHF) has been providing NZQA accredited Courses in partnership with the Open Polytechnic for over 8 years. We  provide the most recognised Personal Training Courses in New Zealand.

In addition to NZQA recognition, all of our courses are REP’s registered, and you can also be awarded your Australian Qualifications through our partnership with iPT Australia.

This means you can be assured that your PT qualification is the most widely recognised by the Fitness Industry in New Zealand, and you get the added benefit of a qualification that you can travel with!


New Zealand's most sought after PT Course

  • Delivered nationwide by industry experienced fitness professionals
  • With part-time or full-time study available days or evenings, becoming a Personal Trainer has never been easier
  • This Personal Training Course develops real world skills so you can get into the industry quickly and effectively
  • A large number of Personal Trainer business opportunities exist through our club network (over 80 clubs) all around New Zealand (and Australia through iPT Australia)
  • Gain an NZQA approved, REP's registered, and industry endorsed Certificate in Personal Training - our Personal Training Courses have real credibility!
  • Government approved with StudyLink student loans available


Graduates of this Personal Training Course are awarded:

NC1318 The National Certificate in Fitness (Level 3),  and OP4270Tthe Open Polytechnic Certificate in Personal Training (Level 4). These are both NZQA  and REP's approved qualifications.

In addition you may choose to be awarded the Australian SIS30313 Certificate III in Fitness and SIS40210 Certificate IV in Fitness (Through our partnership with iPT Australia)


This Personal Training qualification is made up of the following Modules of Learning:

NC1318/SIS30313 Certificate III in Fitness

Module One – Gym Safety

  • Workplace Health and Safety
  • Maintain sport and recreation equipment


Module 2 – Exercise Science and Instruction

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Responses and adaptations to different training programmes
  • Principles of Instruction


Module 3 – Nutritional Interventions

  • Understanding nutrients
  • Healthy eating guidelines


Module 4 - Screening, exercise planning and specific populations

  • Client profiling
  • Stages of behaviour change     
  • Fitness induction and health screening
  • Quality service in the fitness industry
  • Special populations and exercise delivery
  • Fitness testing
  • Working in the industry
  • Risk management


Module 5 – Programme Design and Presentation

  • Programme design fundamentals
  • Plan and deliver exercise programmes


Module 6 – Project work – Older Adults/Endurance Training

  • Common disease processes
  • Client referrals
  • Understanding endurance training
  • Writing programmes


OP4270/SIS40210 Certificate IV in Fitness

Module 1 – Applied Exercise Science

  • The musculoskeletal system and exercise
  • The mechanics of movement
  • The cardiovascular and energy systems
  • Endurance training
  • Working with older adults


Module 2 – Deliver Personal training

  • Assess functional movement
  • Long term programming
  • Strength and conditioning techniques
  • Motivational psychology and behaviour change
  • Programming for body change


Module 3 – Business Planning and Operations

  • Legal and risk management of small business
  • Small business planning
  • Finances
  • Marketing


Module 4 – Client Consultation Techniques

  • Selling your services successfully
  • Negotiation
  • Client loyalty strategies


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