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National Certificate in Fitness

Start your career as a personal trainer or fitness instructor with this hands-on, practical one-year course. It will give you the knowledge and skills to design, demonstrate and lead exercise programmes for individuals or groups.

You will learn to instruct and lead early in the course and practice until you are comfortable with pre-participation medical screening, fitness assessment, design programmes, instructing exercise and much more. You’ll gain knowledge on training principles, methods and programme design with the skill to conduct these in a client sensitive manner.

We recommend that you add additional qualifications like the National Diploma: Fitness so that you can enhance your employment prospects nationally and internationally or run your own private practice. If you add additional specialisations to your course, you can offer your clients’ more options and enhance your employment prospects.


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Early bird (year 1 only) R49 500.00 Reg fee R1,500.00 Balance due end of Dec 2021
Pay R1 500.00 Registration Fee
Upfront (year 1 only) R51 500.00 Reg fee R1,500.00 Balance due end of Jan 2022
Pay R1 500.00 Registration Fee
Term payments (year 1 only) R55 500.00 Payment 1 = R12 375.00 Payment 2, 3, 4 = R13 875.00
Pay R12 375.00 Registration Fee

Programme Timeline

Additional Information

This NQF level 5 Learning programme is accredited by CATHSSETA.

This learning programme provides an exciting balance of theory and practical learning which enables graduates to work as fitness practitioners and personal trainers in health and fitness workplaces nationally and internationally. The programme ensures that students have sufficient field-based experiential learning to achieve their qualification. Graduates are able to work in fitness facilities, in private or corporate gyms or run their own private practice as a personal trainer. Through the eta process of personalised teaching and exposure to plenty of physical activity and sport, students are able to successfully achieve their assessment criteria.

Course Outcomes:
• Demonstrate knowledge of the environment in which physical activity takes place.
• Conduct and interpret pre-participation screening for physical readiness.
• Refer to appropriate health care professionals.
• Assess, evaluate and monitor health related fitness components.
• Design, demonstrate and lead exercise programmes.
• Implement, monitor and modify exercise programmes.
• Motivate and support fitness participants in making activity related and
wellness decisions.
• Demonstrate entrepreneurial, administration and business skills.
• Project and conduct oneself in a professional manner.

Module 1: Principles Of Research (PRRE)
Module 2: Values, Ethics And Professional Conduct (VACO)
Module 3: Kinesiology (KINE)
Module 4: Exercise Science (EXSC)
Module 5: Growth And Development (GROW)
Module 6: Assessment And Testing (ASTE)
Module 7: Exercise Programme Design And Implementation (EXIM)
Module 8: Instructing Exercise (INEX)
Module 9: Nutrition And Wellness (NUWE)
Module 10: Special Needs In Fitness (SNFI)
Module 11: Health And Safety In Fitness (HSFI)
Module 12: Business Management In Fitness (BMFI)

You will need to have a grade 12 school leaving certificate or an equivalent NQF Level 4 qualification.

East London Nelspruit

Personal Trainer
Corporate Wellness consultant
Group Exercise Instructor

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