Fit Futures | Personal Training Qualification | Course Content


Fit Futures offers a comprehensive A-Z Personal Training Course with everything you need to know to become a successful personal trainer

Get your personal trainer course certificate

Our Personal Trainer Course has been designed to ensure you have all you need to move forward in becoming a confident and competent fitness professional.

The program covers everything from exercise and healthy eating through to fitness science and business studies.

Once qualified, you will have a clearer understanding of the vast range of career opportunities within the fitness industry. These include:


  • Working as a personal trainer with your own business or within a gym
  • Working as a fitness instructor taking assessments or group exercise
  • Running boot camps or outdoor programs
  • Working with allied health professionals such as physiotherapists or massage therapists
  • Working as a fitness professional on cruise ships or other countries

What you’ll learn from our Personal Trainer Course

There are 13 modules within our Personal Trainer Course program, all designed to teach you the ins and outs of the fitness industry, and how you can excel in your career.

MODULE 1 : The Fitness Industry

Understanding the fitness industry in New Zealand.

  • REPs and Networking
  • Workplace Health and Safety
  • Equipment
MODULE 2 : Anatomy and Physiology

Examining the muscle and skeletal structures of the human body and how we use energy.

  • Anatomical Terminology
  • Skeletal Structure and Function
  • Muscle Structure and Function
  • Cardiac and Respiratory System
  • Nervous System
  • Hormones
  • Energy Systems
  • Biomechanics
MODULE 3: Nutrition

Exploring nutrition and digestion in relation to health and performance.

 Scope of Practice

  • Terminology
  • Carbohydrates
  • Protein
  • Fats
  • Digestion
MODULE 4 : Client Prep

Providing exercise pre-screening and customer service.

  • Communication Skills
  • Customer Service
  • Engaging with Clients
  • Heart Rate and Blood Pressure
  • Anthropometry
  • Fitness and Strength Testing
MODULE 5 : Exercise prescription

Exploring methods of exercise prescription and considerations for exercise programming.

  • Exercise Prescription
  • Programming Rules
  • Cardiovasular Training
  • Session Delivery
  • Program Tracking
MODULE 6 : Groups

Instructing group exercise classes.

  • Group Development
  • The Planning Process
  • Instructing a Circuit Class
MODULE 7 : Special Populations

Health conditions and how to accommodate exercise for them.

  • Introduction to Special Populations
  • Heart Conditions
  • Metabolic Conditions
  • Asthma and Arthritis
  • Pregnancy
  • Mental Health
MODULE 8 : Business

Starting your business with business planning.

  • Job Applications
  • Business Planning
  • Financial Planning
  • Marketing
MODULE 9 : Personal Training 101

Behavioural change and delivering personal training sessions.

  • Personal Training Sessions and Delivery
  • Behavioural Change
  • Body Composition
MODULE 10 : Personal Training Prescription

Session planning and assessing your client’s performance.

  • Postural Analysis
  • Screening Recommendations
  • Exercise Variations
  • Phases of Adaption
MODULE 11 : Specialised Personal Training

Personal training for children and actively ageing clients.

  • Children
  • Actively Aging Clients
  • Referrals
MODULE 12 : Personal Training for Sports Performance

Periodisation, deloading, considerations for endurance training and movement screening.

  • Performance
  • Sports Training
  • Periodisation
  • Deloading
  • Endurance
  • Movement Screening
MODULE 13 : Practical Workshop

Practical session to demonstrate your ability to program for and interact with clients.

Certificate in Personal Training Course summary video

Extract from Nick’s video (below)



  • Hi there, I’m Nick Parke – one of the Senior Tutors here at Fit Futures Academy.
  • I’m going to hazard a guess and say that if you’re here, then you’re very interested in gaining your certification in personal training to either work as a personal trainer, group training instructor or to increase your knowledge and expertise to refine your own training. Well, you’ve come to the right place.

Who is Fit Futures Academy? 

  • We are here to help budding fitness professionals get to where they want to be.

We know exactly what it takes to make it in this industry, with an expert team that has more than 90 years combined experience in the world of fitness and education. 

  • From online to face-to-face learning, studying with us is more than just earning a qualification. Our graduates stay in touch, with supported job opportunities and future career development long past their graduation date. 
  • Fit Futures Academy has enlisted the help and expertise of high-profile fitness industry leaders from across the industry to develop our curriculum. That means years of research, refined, to develop a programme that caters to students’ individual needs.

Study options

  • From online to face-to-face study, we offer our students the options to learn in a way that best suits them. Fitting around your lifestyle, it is important to us that you are able to study easily around other commitments. Catering to your needs and going at your pace. 
  • All Fit Futures Academy students are assigned their own tutor. There to help with any questions, your tutor is there to support you through the entirety of the course. 
  • In the course you’ll cover everything you need to become a successful personal trainer, including but not limited to: anatomy and physiology, nutrition, group training, programming, working with special populations and training for sports performance. 


Online study

  • We allow 12 months to complete the Certificate in Personal Training course and if you’re investing just 5-10 hours per week you will comfortably complete the course in that time.
  • You can complete the online course from the comfort of your own home, anywhere in New Zealand.


  • There is a 40-hour work experience component that can be completed in your local gym, working with a REPs-registered trainer or REPs-registered facility and you can either submit assessments by video or arrange a live Skype or Zoom call with your tutor.


Face-to-face study

  • If you’re in Auckland or Christchurch, you can choose to enrol for our face-to-face study. We call this our fast-track course as it includes 16 weeks of part-time study with two classes per week. This includes similar content to our online option, but you have that classroom setting to learn, connect with peers and ask questions of your tutor. Assessments and material are still completed online.


  • There is a 40-hour work experience component for this mode of study too. that can be completed in your local gym, working with a REPs-registered trainer or REPs-registered facility. 



  • In order to complete your studies, you will enter an independent assessment process. Once this is passed, you will have met all individual education requirements to register with the NZ Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) and we take care of that process for you.
  • Our graduates enjoy their first year of REPs registration, valued at up to $460, paid for by Fit Futures Academy. Internationally recognised, REPs registration gives independent verification that a registered individual meets the industry standards of personal training and if you’re thinking of travelling, REPs registration is internationally recognised.
  • With your REPs registration, you have your insurance and accreditation to work in the industry with no limits.

Fair Fees for International Students

If you’re an international student looking to start your New Zealand fitness career, you’ve come to the right place! New Zealand’s fitness industry is booming, and has experienced consistent growth for the last 15 years. Our strong sporting culture and wide-open outdoor spaces mean we’re a country of fitness lovers, and the potential to build a great exercise business here is huge.

The options are endless: maybe you want to be a personal trainer at a gym, a group trainer running exercise classes, or even open your own studio. No matter where you’re headed, the Certificate in Personal Training is your first step to an exciting and rewarding Kiwi fitness career.

Why study with Fit Futures Academy?

  1. No additional charges for international students
    Fit Futures Academy welcomes international students, and as part of that we don’t charge any additional course fees for students from overseas. Our affordable fee structure and flexible payment options make it easy for you to achieve your personal training study goals, no matter where you’re based.
  2. Study with us while you’re on a visa
    You can study with Fit Futures Academy while you’re on a student visa, as long as you’re living in New Zealand when you complete your qualification.
  3. Become NZ REPs accredited
    If you’re new to New Zealand but have worked in the fitness industry overseas, our Certificate in Personal Training is a great way to gain your NZ REPs (Register of Exercise Professionals) registration. REPs registration provides your accreditation to work in New Zealand, and gives you insurance coverage once you’re working.
  4. Work-ready course, in NZ and overseas
    As part of your graduation we organise and pay for your first year of REPs registration, so you’re ready to start working as soon as you graduate!NZ REPs is internationally recognised, so you’ll be qualified to work in multiple other countries – which is perfect if New Zealand isn’t the last stop on your travels.
  5. Flexible study and expert support
    Our online course gives you the freedom to study in your own time, while providing access to an industry expert tutor. As part of your qualification you’ll also complete 40 hours of hands-on work experience in a gym environment, learning the industry from the inside out and building connections that will help to kickstart your career.


What next?

  • That’s enough about us, we want to know more about you and what’s motivating you to get qualified and enter the world’s best industry. Simply inquire through the website or phone 0800 99 88 98 and one of team can provide you with more information, including enrolment fees.
  • We look forward to helping you achieve your goals and welcoming you to the Fit Futures team.


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