National Certificate in Recreation and Sport (Core Skills) Level 2

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 is for anyone working in the recreation and sport industry. The focus is on the skills you need to be able to provide excellent customer service and technical skills to people who participate in a wide range of recreation and sporting activities.

This practical hands-on qualification can be completed while you work. It will help you develop your career in this exciting and rewarding industry and give you formal recognition for your skills and knowledge.

This qualification will take up to 8 months to complete.

What's involved?

This programme includes health and safety practices, providing excellent customer service in recreation environments, and key skills and standards expected from people working in the recreation industry. They also complete one elective module from the following options:

  • Recreation - including planning and running recreation activities, injury prevention and understanding community development

  • Coaching - including understanding basic skills and rules of their chosen sport, the role of a coach, planning and running basic coaching sessions

  • Fitness - including nutrition, anatomy, correct use of gym equipment and gym techniques

  • Group Fitness - run activities and demonstrate exercise techniques

  • Pool Lifeguard Practicing Certificate - the minimum requirement to work as a lifeguard in New Zealand.

Induction and Core Skills Programme

Another exciting way of completing this qualification can be through doing an Induction and Core Skills training programme.

This programme is used by recreation 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, goals 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

  • Managing time effectively

  • Understanding how recreation benefits the community

  • Sourcing information about recreation to help understand the needs of the community.

What are the benefits?

For the employer this qualification:

  • Provides the foundation skills required for an entry level employee

  • Can be tailored to the relevant area of interest through the elective options

  • Learning is achieved on-job through naturally occurring evidence

  • Is a benchmark for best practice and the standards expected in the recreation and sport industry.

For the trainee this qualification provides:

  • An opportunity to develop skills in your area of choice

  • An industry recognised qualification for the training you would normally be doing

  • An introduction to the recreation industry and a foundation that you can build on as you progress in your career of choice.

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)

  • National Certificate in Sales Level 3

  • National Certificate in Business Admin Level 3

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

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


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


Click here to download a copy of our Training Agreement.

Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) Assessment

To view our RCC assessment process for this qualification please click here.


View the Recreation and Sport (Core Skills) brochure here.


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.