APPRENTICESHIP: New Zealand Apprenticeship: Exercise Professional (Level 4)

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Who is this apprenticeship for?

This apprenticeship is designed for passionate people looking to forge their careers in the exercise industry.

Exercise professionals have a broad base of skill and knowledge. They are excited about guiding others to share the benefits of exercise, whether in a gym or fitness facility, a studio, community hall, or an outdoor session.

They apply their interpersonal skills and comprehensive knowledge of exercise, anatomy, nutrition and health and safety, to develop safe, fun programmes tailored to their participants' needs. And they use their operational and marketing skills to build and run successful fitness businesses.

This qualification will be delivered and assessed on-the-job at a gym or exercise facility.

An apprentice will come out of this qualification having gained skills and knowledge across several key areas of the industry. They will be equipped to run their own personal training business; operate as an exercise consultant delivering personalised programmes; and deliver small group training sessions.

Graduate of this apprenticeship will be eligible for REPs registration. REPs registration is the expected industry standard to deliver safe and effective exercise in New Zealand. For more information, check out

What's involved?

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This apprenticeship is comprised of four programmes:

Exercise Foundations programme

This qualification is equivalent to REPs Exercise Assistant

Organisational values and goals 

Health and safety procedures and responsibilities

Customer service

Benefits of recreation for the community.

New Zealand Certificate in Pre-designed Exercise Instruction (Level 3)

This qualification is equivalent to REPs Exercise Consultant Level 1

Selecting an appropriate pre-designed programme to match individual participant requirements

Instructing and monitoring a pre-designed exercise programme

Anatomy and physiology

Health and safety, and industry code of ethics

Maintaining personal health and wellness.

New Zealand Certificate in Exercise (Level 4)

This qualification is equivalent to REPs Personal Trainer

Exercise fundamentals

Nutrition and wellbeing

Working professionally

Exercise delivery

Business skills.

Exercise Group Training module

Planning, delivering and reviewing a group training session

This apprenticeship is designed to be completed in 2 years or less.

Programme structure

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The programme is made up of the following unit standards:

Unit standard 29848 Demonstrate knowledge of safe work procedures and practices in a recreation workplace L3 5 credits
Unit standard 30636 Demonstrate knowledge of the human body and its movement during exercise and stretching L3 7 credits
Unit standard 30447 Demonstrate basic knowledge of anatomical structures and physiological responses to exercise L3 5 credits
Unit standard 29847 Demonstrate knowledge of a recreation workplace and its contribution to individuals and communities in New Zealand L3 5 credits
Unit standard 30634 Demonstrate knowledge of human anatomy, physiology and health risk factors L4 13 credits
Unit standard 30637 Apply motivational techniques to enhance exercise participant commitment to individual exercise programmes L4 5 credits
Unit standard 30635 Pre-screen, design, deliver and adapt exercise programmes L4 15 credits
Unit standard 30638 Demonstrate knowledge of how nutrition, health and wellness frameworks and allied health can promote health outcomes L4 7 credits
Unit standard 30639 Provide support to exercise participants on nutrition, health and wellness, and allied health to promote health outcomes L4 5 credits
Unit standard 30640 Develop marketing and business tools and procedures to support business practices as an exercise professional L4 8 credits
Unit standard 30933 Demonstrate exercise and stretching techniques L3 5 credits
Unit standard 30936 Demonstrate knowledge of the purpose and protocols of exercise testing L3 5 credits
Unit standard 30932 Demonstrate knowledge of pre-designed exercise programmes, exercise principles, components and adherence L3 10 credits
Unit standard 30934 Select and instruct pre-designed exercise programmes L3 10 credits
Unit standard 29851 Apply safe work procedures and practices in a recreation workplace L3 10 credits
Unit standard 30448 Work professionally and safely as an exercise instructor to promote health and wellbeing within an exercise facility L3 8 credits
Unit standard 30935 Develop and implement an exercise plan for personal physical fitness L3 5 credits
Unit standard 6571 Demonstrate knowledge of micro and macro nutrients and nutritional imbalances L3 5 credits
Unit standard 31928 Plan, deliver and review the planning and delivery of a group training session L4 12 credits

What are the costs?

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On-job training costs workplaces both time and resources. It can mean covering registration fees, learning and assessment resources, allocating time for training, and having an appropriate assessment pathway available.  

Total costs for trainees will vary depending on how the qualification is delivered, how it is assessed and how much support the workplace can provide.   

Check out our fees list and financial help options.

From July 1 2020, Skills Active apprenticeships are zero-fees until the end of 2022, under the government's Targeted Training Fund.

For more detailed information about the cost of doing an on-job qualification, get in touch. 

Where to from here?

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Keen to earn your stripes as an exercise professional? Think this might be the right qualification for your staff?  

To find out more, contact your regional Skills Active learning support advisor.   

Remember, to do this apprenticeship on the job, a Skills Active trainee needs to be working as a paid employee in the exercise industry.  

If you are interested in this qualification, but you're not currently employed in the industry, contact your local gym or exercise facility, or a Skills Active learning support advisor to talk about how you can get involved.  

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