Certificate of Proficiency in Fitness Foundations

The Fitness Foundations short course is designed to give you the scientific skills you need for a career in exercise, sport, and fitness. You'll learn how to give an effective client pre-screening, fitness assessment, and exercise prescription.

About this course

This is the first of three courses you need to complete to become a qualified fitness instructor and/or personal trainer. When you have successfully completed Fitness Foundations, you can progress to the Fitness Instructing short course and then the Personal Training short course. The Personal Training course provides you with the knowledge and skills to help clients reach their personal health and fitness goals. You will also learn vital business skills to help you succeed in a career either as a gym or studio-based contracted trainer, employee trainer, independent personal trainer, or fitness business owner.

Face-to-face, on-campus teaching and learning

Students are required to attend class in person, on campus.

Topics include

  • Anatomy and muscle physiology
  • Behaviour modification
  • Biomechanical principles of training
  • Cardiovascular and respiratory systems
  • Components of fitness
  • Customer service, health & safety
  • Energy systems
  • Lifespan Development and medical conditions
  • Nutrition for fitness instructors
  • Movement Competency Screening
  • Training and weight training principles
  • Endocrine system

Quick facts

Programme code: AKCOP
Course code: SPEX402
Course fee*: $703.00 Domestic, $900.00 International

* Some additional fees apply.

Intakes

Fitness Foundations 02

Course start dates: Friday 18 June (material and study calendar available online)
Weekend dates: Saturday 26 June, Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 July 2021
Times: 8.30am - 5.30pm approx. (once the course starts you will be able to access the full timetable)
Assessment: Monday 12 July – submit assessments online

How to apply

You can apply online to study Fitness Foundations.

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After completing the Fitness Foundations course

The Certificate of Proficiency in Fitness Foundations is the first of three courses you need to complete to become a qualified personal trainer and fitness instructor.

The three courses are taught part-time over 4 months and each course is a prerequisite for the next course. When you have successfully completed the first course, the Certificate of Proficiency in Fitness Foundations (Level 4), you are enrolled in our second course – the Certificate of Proficiency in Fitness Instructing (Level 5). This allows you to be recognised as a fitness instructor and become REPS registered nationally and internationally in the fitness industry. When you successfully complete the third and final course, the Certificate of Proficiency in Personal Training (Level 5), you will be qualified as a personal trainer and also be able to become REPS registered nationally and internationally in the fitness industry.

The next steps to be completed in this order are:

Contact us to find out more

Email fitnessinfo@aut.ac.nz

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