New Zealand Certificate in Sport, Exercise and Leisure Operations Level 3

Who is this qualification for?


The recreation and sport industry is a great industry to work in. You play an important role in bringing people and communities together, and improving their physical, social and cultural wellbeing.

This qualification will take up to 6 months to complete.

This programme is used by sport, exercise and leisure facilities to ensure staff receive a thorough induction and introduction to the facility/organisation. This would step trainees through the essential skills and knowledge they will need to become a valuable part of the facility/organisation.

By the end of this programme they will understand the organisation’s values, vision and philosophy, and apply these cornerstone elements to their daily tasks. Key skills trainees will gain include:

  • Understanding the values and goals of the organisation, and how they can play an important role in living out these values in their daily work

  • Understanding health and safety procedures and their responsibilities, including what to do in emergencies, and how to deal with hazards

  • Providing exceptional customer service to every customer they deal with

  • Understanding how recreation benefits the community.

What are the benefits?


For the employer this qualification:

  • Provides the foundation skills required for an entry-level employee

  • Offers learning and assessment that is achieved on-job, through naturally occurring evidence

  • Is the benchmark for good practice and the standards expected in the sport, exercise and leisure industries.  

For the trainee this qualification provides:

  • Delivers the skills and professional industry knowledge needed to operate safely under supervision

  • Is relevant to a wide range of service or operational roles within sport, exercise and leisure

  • Training and development supported by your workplace

  • Career development

  • An opportunity to learn as you earn.

Where to from here?

  • National Certificate in Recreation and Sport Level 3

  • National Certificate in Fitness (Exercise Consultant) Level 3

  • National Certificate in Fitness (Group Fitness) Level 3

  • National Certificate in Recreation and Sport – Aquatics Level 3 (all strands)

  • Managers, or those looking to move into Sales Management.

Click here to view the Learning and Assessment Plan for this qualification.


Click here to download a copy of our Training Agreement.


Click here to download the SELO brochure.

Costs - Refer to the fee schedule

This cost includes learning and assessment resources, registration of achievement and Learning Support Advisor contact visits.

There may be additional costs if external training and assessment are required.

Contact your Skills Active Learning Support Advisor to find out more about this qualification.