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Fitness Instructor

A Fitness Instructor is an exercise professional/fitness practitioner responsible for orientating members’ into an exercise setting; able to induct members and supervise members exercise sessions according to a predesigned exercise programme. Qualifying as a Fitness Instructor, you can enter the world of fitness training, helping clients change their lifestyles through exercise while using a predesigned programme.


4 months (Online)
4 months (Campus)


Online Learning
Campus (Part time)


28 credits

Start Date

29 April 2024


Programme Timeline

Additional Information

This qualification is registered on the NQF at level 4 and is 28 credits. It is quality assured by CATHSSETA as mandated by the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO). The learning programme is delivered through mixed-mode which combines contact workshops and seminars with self-study. The duration of this learning programme is approximately four months. Students can also study through eta Distance Learning.

On completion of this course, you will be able to:
• Apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology to exercise training
• Recommend an exercise programme or fitness activity to facility members
• Supervise the use of a fitness facility and its equipment
• Instruct exercise to individuals and groups

This course will give you the knowledge and skills to work as a Fitness Instructor in a range of fitness facilities, gyms or equipment-based environments. The course provides you with up to date and well- researched principles of exercise science along with practical learning that will provide you the knowledge and skills to take up work as a Fitness Instructor.

Module 1: Anatomy and physiology for Exercise Instructors (ANIN)
Module 2: Exercise screening and preparation (EXPR)
Module 3: Fitness facility orientation and supervision (FISU)
Module 4: Leading exercise sessions (LESE)

There are no admission criteria to the programme but it is assumed that an applicant is able to: collect and use written information; communicate clearly with colleagues, clients or members of a facility; compile and write work-related reports.

Cape Town
East London
Offered via Distance Learning

Fitness Instructor

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