Certificate of Proficiency in Personal Training (on-campus teaching)

AUT's Certificate of Proficiency in Personal Training qualifies you to work as a personal trainer and fitness instructor. You will gain knowledge and practical skills to help your clients reach their personal health, fitness and exercise goals.

Our community needs qualified personal trainers and fitness instructors who can make a positive difference. These leaders inspire, motivate and encourage others by providing them with the opportunity to enjoy exercise, fitness and a healthy way of living.

Many of our students who complete the Certificate of Proficiency in Personal Training are highly sought after for their expert knowledge and skills, with many finding employment within the fitness industry in numerous gyms, recreation and community centres throughout NZ and overseas.

Face-to-face on-campus teaching and learning

The Certificate of Proficiency focuses on weight training in a gym environment - therefore we highly recommend that you are an active gym member so you can put into practice what you are learning. This programme is delivered part-time on the weekends, at AUT North Campus. By successfully completing the three papers for the Short Course in Personal Training, you could be qualified within four months.

You are given access to the AUT Sport and Fitness Centres during your enrolment in each short course paper (from the start date to the assessment date). This will help you turn your theory into practical learning. Conditions apply*.

When you have successfully completed Fitness Foundations; you will receive a Certificate of Proficiency in Fitness Foundations; when you successfully complete Fitness Instructing you will receive a Certificate in Proficiency in Fitness Instructing. When you have successfully completed Personal Training; you will receive a Certificate of Proficiency in Personal Training.

The Personal Training course provides you with the knowledge and skills to assist clients in reaching 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 or as an independent personal trainer.

Quick facts

Programme code: AKCOP
Paper code: SPEX506
Paper fee*: $1,020 Domestic, $1,255 International
Prerequisite: Fitness Foundations, Fitness Instructing

* Some additional fees apply - find out more

Topics include

  • Business skills for personal training
  • Exercise prescription for fat loss
  • Flexibility (advanced)
  • Lifespan development and medical conditions
  • Nutrition for PT’s
  • Periodisation
  • Programming for the overweight and deconditioned
  • Soft tissue injury
  • Weight training techniques (intermediate)


Personal Training 02
Paper Code:
Course Start dates: Friday 18 September (material and study calendar available online)
Weekend dates: Saturday 26, Sunday 27 September, Saturday 3, Sunday 4 October 2020 (lecture dates when students are required to attend class)
Times: 8.30am - 5.30pm approx. (once the paper starts you will be able to access the full time table)
Assessment: Monday 12 October 2020 – submit assessments online
Prerequisite Paper: Fitness Foundations SPEX402, Fitness Instructing SPEX508

When you have successfully completed Personal Training you will receive a Certificate of Proficiency in Personal Training.

Contact us to find out more

Email fitnessinfo@aut.ac.nz

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