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

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Pre Designed Exercise Instructio L3

Who is this qualification for?   

This qualification is for people who want to deliver pre-designed exercise programmes to individuals. 

Motivational, supportive, and personable, a pre-designed exercise instructor uses their expertise to help individuals smash their exercise goals. With the understanding that everyone is different, they have the skills to work out the most beneficial exercise programme for each individual.  

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

Coming out of this qualification, an exercise instructor will have the skills and knowledge required to deliver pre-designed exercise programmes to individuals. 

What's involved?

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This 50-credit qualification covers:

Selecting from a range of approved pre-designed programmes 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 levels.  

This qualification is designed to be completed in 10 months.

Programme structure

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The programme is made up of the following unit standards:

Unit standard 30447 Demonstrate basic knowledge of anatomical structures and physiological responses to exercise L3 5 credits
Unit standard 30636 Demonstrate knowledge of the human body and its movement during exercise and stretching L3 7 credits
Unit standard 30933 Demonstrate exercise and stretching techniques L3 5 credits
Unit standard 30935 Develop and implement an exercise plan for personal physical fitness L3 5 credits
Unit standard 29848 Demonstrate knowledge of safe work procedures and practices in a recreation workplace L3 5 credits
Unit standard 30936 Demonstrate knowledge of the purpose and protocols of exercise testing L3 5 credits
Unit standard 6571 Demonstrate knowledge of micro and macro nutrients and nutritional imbalances 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

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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Are you excited about helping individuals smash their exercise goals? 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 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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