Certificate of Proficiency Fitness Instructing

Gain the knowledge and practical skills to professionally assess client fitness to provide effective reassessment and programme prescriptions. This course focuses on the practical application of exercises, including cardiovascular, strength, and flexibility. You will develop applied skills in prescribing safe, effective and up-to-date exercise programmes.

Quick facts

Programme code: AKCOP
Paper code: SPEX508
Paper fee*: $1,330 Domestic, $1,525 International
Prerequisite: Fitness Foundations

Topics include

  • Assessment of blood pressure, body composition, endurance, aerobic fitness, and muscular strength
  • Exercise demonstration and spotting
  • Programming for cardiovascular/aerobic fitness, fitness and weight loss
  • Postural assessment and relative flexibility
  • Resistance training programming for strength and hypertrophy


Fitness Instructing 01
Paper code: SPEX508
Course starts: Friday 29 March (material and study calendar available online)
Weekend dates: Saturday 6, Sunday 7, Saturday 13, Sunday 14, Saturday 27, Sunday 28 April 2019 (lecture dates when you are required to attend class)
8.30am to 5.30pm approx.
Monday 6 May 2019 - submit assessment online
Prerequisite paper: Fitness Foundations SPEX402

Fitness Instructing 02
Paper Code: SPEX508
Course Start dates: Friday 9 August (material and study calendar available online)
Weekend dates: Saturday 17, Sunday 18, Saturday 24, Sunday 25, Saturday 31 August and Sunday 1 September (lecture dates when students are required to attend class)
Times: 8.30am to 5.30am approx.
Assessment: Monday 9 September 2019 – submit assessments online
Prerequisite Paper: Fitness Foundations SPEX402

* Some additional fees apply.

When you have successfully completed Fitness Instructing you will receive a Certificate of Proficiency in Fitness Instructing.

To apply please see our Apply Now section of the website.

Contact us to find out more

Email fitnessinfo@aut.ac.nz