National Certificate in Fitness (Exercise Consultant) (Level 3) (Closed to New Enrolments)

Qualification code NC1318

The National Certificate in Fitness (Exercise Consultant) (Level 3) is for people who want to work as an exercise consultant, gym instructor or fitness instructor in the New Zealand fitness industry. It will provide you with the specific skills and knowledge for these roles, including introducing clients into a fitness enterprise, completing fitness assessments, designing and implementing individual exercise programmes, monitoring and motivating clients, and reviewing and adapting exercise programmes.

Programme update

The National Certificate in Fitness (Exercise Consultant) (Level 3) is closed to new enrolments.

A new programme will be available in 2018.

If you would like to register your interest to study the new programme in 2018, please click on the link below to complete the form. We will contact you when the new programme is open for enrolment.

Registration of interest form

  • Level 3  
    Credits 58 
  • Workload

    For each credit, allow about 10 hours of study. This may be higher near assessment due dates.

  • Study type Open  
  • Cost $3,046 NZ Domestic

    Approximate cost for the full qualification based on 2018 fee information, not including annual administration fees, fee increases, textbooks, course materials or external exam fees.

  • Student loan

    Eligible for student loans, if you meet the criteria. Student loans and eligibility

For information about selecting courses to study towards this qualification, check out the Choose courses tab.

What you will learn

The qualification will give you the skills and knowledge to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of exercise physiology and human anatomy and instruct and monitor resistance training
  • Demonstrate knowledge of human behaviour and exercise adherence and assess exercise preferences, barriers and goals
  • Demonstrate knowledge of exercise testing and assess individual for fitness activity
  • Demonstrate knowledge of exercise prescription and design and implement an exercise programme in accordance with a client's goals and objectives
  • Monitor client exercise adherence and apply motivational techniques to enhance client commitment
  • Review and adapt an exercise programme to optimise client results in line with client goals

Once you have finished the certificate you will be able work in the fitness industry as an exercise consultant.  You may also move onto personal training by completing OP4270 Certificate in Fitness (Personal Training) . This qualification is provided by the Open Polytechnic through a sub-contracting agreement with the New Zealand Institute of Health and Fitness


You need to attend regular workshops to complete this qualification. These are held in Auckland (Central, North Shore and South Auckland), Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch. You will need to meet the cost of any accommodation, food and any travel required. The workshops support the printed course materials and practical experience, allow you to network with other students and meet your tutors.

Key dates

Our open courses are open for enrolment every month. Each open course starts on the first Monday of the month you choose for enrolment. You must complete your study within the given start and end dates.

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Assessment and exam

Every course is assessed differently - some require assignments and others exams. Check the individual course pages for more information.

Information about assessment and exams

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