Exercise Foundations Programme (Level 3)

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Ex Foundation L2

Who is this programme for?    

This programme was developed by Skills Active to support people who are in the beginning stages of a career in the wonderful world of exercise

It's designed to provide an introduction to the sport and recreation industry, with a special focus on exercise. 

Graduates of this programme will be equipped to provide assistance to people using a gym facility or engaged in community exercise activities. 

Please note: By completing this programme, the trainee has achieved the New Zealand Certificate in Sport, Exercise and Leisure Operations.

What's involved?

This 40-credit programme covers the following skills and knowledge:

Customer service and professionalism

Basic exercise physiology and anatomy

Managing the trainee's own exercise plan for personal health and wellbeing

Health and safety.

 This qualification is designed to be completed in 6 months.  

Programme structure   

The programme is made up of the following unit standards:

Unit standard 30935 | Develop and implement an exercise plan for personal physical fitness | Level 3 | 5 credits

Unit standard 30447 | Demonstrate basic knowledge of anatomical structures and physiological responses to exercise | Level 3 | 5 credits

Unit standard 30448 | Work professionally and safely as an exercise instructor to promote health and wellbeing within an exercise facility | Level 3 | 8 credits

Unit standard 30636 | Demonstrate knowledge of the human body and its movement during exercise and stretching | Level 3 | 7 credits

Unit standard 29851 | Apply safe work procedures and practices in a recreation workplace | Level 3 | 10 credits

Unit standard 29847 | Demonstrate knowledge of a recreation workplace and its contribution to individuals and communities in New Zealand | Level 3 | 5 credits 

What are the costs?   

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.   

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?  

Keen to build a strong foundation for your exercise career? Think this might be the right qualification for your staff?  

To find out more, or to sign up to this qualification, 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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Contact your regional advisor or

P   0508 4 SKILLS (0508 475 4557)

E   info@skillsactive.org.nz