New Zealand Certificate in Freestyle Group Exercise (Level 4)

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Freestyle Group Exercise

Who is this qualification for? 

This qualification is for those who want to lead freestyle group exercise classes.  

A freestyle group exercise instructor is quick-thinking, creative, and enthusiastic. They use their knowledge of a wide range of exercise styles and techniques to create unique, safe and beneficial classes. Their fun energy and supportive nature motivates clients, and keeps them coming back for more.  

This qualification will be delivered on-the-job in an exercise industry workplace, and assessments will be completed online.

This qualification will give freestyle group exercise instructors the skills and confidence to create and deliver exciting freestyle exercise classes to groups. 

What's involved?

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This 60-credit qualification covers the following areas:

Choreographing, delivering and adapting safe and effective group exercise classes for one or more different class types and varying exercise abilities 

Encouraging participants to develop skills and knowledge to improve their own health and wellbeing 

Business skills 

Anatomy and physiology 

Integrating culturally appropriate values and processes.   

 This qualification will take 8-12 months to complete.

Programme structure

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The programme is made up of the following compulsory unit standards:

Unit standard 30447 Demonstrate basic knowledge of anatomical structures and physiological responses to exercise L3 5 credits
Unit standard 30444 Demonstrate knowledge of health and wellness framework components for participants in exercise L4 5 credits
Unit standard 22772 Demonstrate knowledge of exercise, choreography, motivation, and the structure of group exercise classes L4 10 credits
Unit standard 30443 Plan, choreograph, deliver and review freestyle group exercise classes L4 20 credits
Unit standard 30445 Undertake business processes and develop and maintain a group exercise participant base L4 5 credits
Unit standard 30448 Work professionally and safely as an exercise instructor to promote health and wellbeing within an exercise facility L3 8 credits

The trainee selects one of 10 strands, which comprise the following unit standards:

Unit standard 27709 Instruct a step class L3 7 credits
Unit standard 27710 Instruct an aquafitness class L3 9 credits
Unit standard 27711 Instruct an indoor cycling class L3 7 credits
Unit standard 27712 Instruct a free weights class L3 7 credits
Unit standard 27713 Instruct a cardio martial fit class L3 7 credits
Unit standard 27714 Instruct a circuit class L3 7 credits
Unit standard 27715 Instruct a group fitness dance class L3 7 credits
Unit standard 27716 Instruct a mind and body class L3 7 credits
Unit standard 27717 Instruct a core conditioning with equipment class L3 7 credits
Unit standard 32050 Teach a yoga class. 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.

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 pursue a career as a freestyle group exercise instructor? 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 want to become a qualified freestyle group exercise instructor, 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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