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

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Who is this apprenticeship for?

This apprenticeship is designed for passionate fitness enthusiasts who are 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 fitness facility.

An apprentice will come out of this qualification having progressed through several stages: working as an exercise assistant and consultant in group sessions, gym floor or community exercise instruction, pre-designed exercise programmes, working as a personal trainer designing individual programmes, and finally delivering group training sessions.

What's involved?

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This apprenticeship is comprised of three qualifications:

New Zealand Certificate in Sport, Exercise and Leisure Operations: Exercise Foundations

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

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

Fundamentals of exercise

Delivering exercise programmes

Becoming an exercise professional.

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:

29848 Demonstrate knowledge of safe work procedures and practices in a recreation workplace Level 3 5 credits
30636 Demonstrate knowledge of the human body and its movement during exercise and stretching Level 3 7 credits
30447 Demonstrate basic knowledge of anatomical structures and physiological responses to exercise Level 3 5 credits
29847 Demonstrate knowledge of a recreation workplace and its contribution to individuals and communities in New Zealand Level 3 5 credits
30634 Demonstrate knowledge of human anatomy, physiology and health risk factors Level 4 13 credits
30637 Apply motivational techniques to enhance exercise participant commitment to individual exercise programmes Level 4 5 credits
30635 Pre-screen, design, deliver and adapt exercise programmes Level 4 15 credits
30638 Demonstrate knowledge of how nutrition, health and wellness frameworks and allied health can promote health outcomes Level 4 7 credits
30639 Provide support to exercise participants on nutrition, health and wellness, and allied health to promote health outcomes Level 4 5 credits
30640 Develop marketing and business tools and procedures to support business practices as an exercise professional Level 4 8 credits
30933 Demonstrate exercise and stretching techniques Level 3 5 credits
30936 Demonstrate knowledge of the purpose and protocols of exercise testing Level 3 5 credits
30932 Demonstrate knowledge of pre-designed exercise programmes, exercise principles, components and adherence Level 3 10 credits
30934 Select and instruct pre-designed exercise programmes Level 3 10 credits
29851 Apply safe work procedures and practices in a recreation workplace Level 3 10 credits
30448 Work professionally and safely as an exercise instructor to promote health and wellbeing within an exercise facility Level 3 8 credits
30935 Develop and implement an exercise plan for personal physical fitness Level 3 5 credits
6571 Demonstrate knowledge of micro and macro nutrients and nutritional imbalances Level 3 5 credits
31928 Plan, deliver and review the planning and delivery of a group training session Level 4 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.   

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

To check out our fees list, click here.

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 qualification on the job, a Skills Active trainee needs to be working as a volunteer or 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.  

Want to see where this qualification can take you next?

Check out our range of other exercise qualifications

Discover your own career path on Tōu Aratika.  - our careers website

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