GENERAL

Why choose HFPA? What is the difference between HFPA and the other fitness education providers?

HFPA has been around since 1979 and it is with great confidence that we are known as the “Leaders in Education for the Fitness Industry”. At HFPA we are committed to providing top class education in fully equipped and professional learning environments. We have a reputation in the industry of producing graduates with superior knowledge and competence. We hold one of the highest accreditations (see accreditation) and courses adhere to the highest international certification standards.

Our comprehensive training programmes include:

  • Lectures, workshops and extensive “hands on” practical training
  • Experiential training (internship)
  • The inclusion of Sports Conditioning in the Higher Certificate in Exercise Science course provides the graduate with additional skills that open up more opportunities, employment or self-employment in the workplace.
  • HFPA study manuals and textbooks are updated regularly and students on course are provided with the latest scientific information.

In addition:

  • Lecturers are highly qualified
  • The Rivonia campus (Head Office) is equipped with state of the art gym equipment, along with high performance and functional equipment, and lecture facilities, with plans underway to upgrade campuses nationwide.
  • HFPA has excellent professional relationships with both Virgin Active and Planet Fitness, with both these organizations offering our courses as learnerships and continuing education for their staff.
  • Excellent customer service and learning support are of utmost importance to all HFPA staff and we strive to make the learning experience of the student an enjoyable one, with the best knowledge and skills to prepare them for the often competitive, fitness industry.

What is the Language Policy?

Course material is written in the English language. Lectures are only offered in English. Lecturers will endeavour to assist students when English is not the first language. Oral supplementary examinations may be offered in certain circumstances.

CAN I APPLY FOR A STUDENT LOAN?

Students are asked to please apply for a study loans at a financial/ lending institution of choice: FNB, ABSA, STANDARD BANK, NEDBANK, EDU-LOAN, ETC. HFPA will consider offering payment terms in “special” circumstances only, where the student has not been able to obtain a study loan. See payment terms for full time, part time and distance learning study.

Ensure the additional costs are mentioned:

Part 1

  • Course pack: R 2500.00
  • Exam fees: R 250.00 each (Part 1 – three exams)
  • CPR R 3500

Part 2

  • Course pack: R 2500.00 (payable on commencement of part 2 of the course)
  • Exam fees: R 250.00 each (Part 2 – two exams)

Note: Course Packs (R2500) are not included in any payment options. These must be paid for in addition to the deposit, before commencement of the course. Students must complete a ‘Details of Payment’ form and pay by way of one of the following: Debit Order; EFT; Post-dated Cheques; Credit Card (complete credit card form). Instalments are due before 7th of each month and must be paid over consecutive months. Late and/or non-payment will incur an administration fee of R250.00 per month, payable with the next instalment.

Can HFPA assist me with finding a job?

HFPA has excellent professional relationships with both Virgin Active and Planet Fitness, along with other gyms and fitness facilities. We are often approached by such institutions that are looking to employ HFPA graduates. We are able to assist in forwarding the CV of the student and getting the student/graduate in touch with the correct person/s.

HIGHER / ADVANCED CERTIFICATE

What accreditation does HFPA and the Higher/ Advanced Certificate in Exercise Science have?

HFPA is registered by the Department of Education for the courses as shown on certificate no. 2001/HE07/002. HFPA Higher & Advanced Certificate in Exercise Science is accredited on the higher education level by the CHE (Council for Higher Education).

HFPA is registered as a higher education (tertiary) institution by SAQA (South African Qualifications Authority).

Courses are listed on the NQF (National Qualifications Framework). See: www.saqa.org.za

Higher Certificate in Exercise Science: 91830

Advanced Certificate in Exercise Science: 91829

Our programmes are registered with REPSSA (The South African Register of Exercise Professionals), which will allow our graduates the opportunity to transfer their REPSSA registration number to any existing REPS body. International REPS known as ICEREPS houses a full list of all accredited countries REPS: http://www.icreps.org/. A few existing REPS are: REPS UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, UAE, USA & Canada REPS and thus, students/graduates can gain employment in these countries without them having to undergo any further assessments or examinations.

HFPA has also been accredited by CANFITPRO (Canadian Fitness Professionals). CANFITPRO recognises the Health and Fitness Professionals Academy (HFPA) Personal Training/Conditioning Coach certification as an equivalency to the CANFITPRO Personal Training Specialist (PTS) certification in Canada.

As such our students can be confident that they are appropriately qualified and have the knowledge, competence and skills to perform specific roles within the field on an international basis.

It is important that you study at an institution that is established and well accredited.

Higher & Advanced Certificate in Exercise Science: What is the difference between full time, part time or distance learning?

Whichever mode of study you select; the course remains relatively the same (except with one or two exceptions). Students will still receive the same qualification. There are two parts to the Certificate, Part 1 (Higher Certificate in Exercise Science/ Personal Trainer) and Part 2 (Advanced Certificate in Exercise Science/ Exercise Specialist). After Part 1 the student receives a Higher Certificate in Exercise Science (NQF Level 5) and may start working in the field. However, it is only after Part 2 that the student obtains an Advanced Certificate in Exercise Science (NQF Level 6). This is a higher level qualification which is more recognised. The student obtains extensive knowledge and is considered an ‘exercise specialist’ in the field, thus providing the student with more employment opportunities.

The difference, in a nutshell, between these three modes of study is basically the attendance of class, and how often.

Full time:

  • The course was originally designed for full time study, and is the preferred method. Full time students attend class for a year.
  • Students attend class at their chosen campus Monday to Thursday from 09h30 -12h30 (with scheduled mid-term breaks and holidays), interacting daily with the lecturer and their peers in the lecture room and gym environment (depending on what has been scheduled for that session).
  • Lectures are structured over 1 year per part i.e. 1 year for part 1, another year for part 2 (the latter which can be done on a semi full time, or even part time basis, while student is working). This is a guided, interactive and “hands on” way of study, which assists the student in remaining disciplined in completing the qualification.
  • Students are required to do homework and study at home.
  • Coaching Science is included in the full time course.
  • If a student misses a class they can get in contact with their lecturer in order to find out what they have missed and if they can attend one of the part-time classes. The lecturer will advise what their schedule is and whether it will be helpful to attend.

Part-time:

  • Contact time with the lecturer is less with part time study, where the student is able to attend lecturers alternate Saturdays from 09h00 to 14h00 (see timetable for dates). Or alternatively, every Monday and Wednesday evening from 18h00-21h00.
  • Lectures are structured over 6 months per part, still with a year to complete the requirements in your own time i.e. 6 months for part 1 with a year to complete and 6 months for part 2 with a year to complete.
  • More correspondence work (work to be done at home) and discipline is required by the student in order to complete the requirements.
  • If a student misses a class they can get in contact with their lecturer in order to find out what they have missed and if they can attend one of the other part-time classes. The lecturer will advise what their schedule is and whether it will be helpful to attend.

Distance/online learning:

  • When studying via distance learning, work is done via correspondence and student works through the content themselves and liaises with a distance tutor via email about when assignments are due, should they need help etc.
  • Students complete all course requirements online including online- assignments, -theory exams, and –practical exams. If they would like to purchase add-on services they can do so. Add-on options include: practical workshops at a HFPA main campus or in their region as well as hard copy manuals and HFPA branded clothing.
  • The practical workshops involve 15 hours of practical tuition with a HFPA Master Trainer. Practical workshops are available at select campuses.
  • The course can take 6 months- 8 months, with a year to complete requirements.

How will I know which suits me better, full time, part time or distance learning?

One will have to consider a few factors, namely:

  • What type of study does the student need in terms of are they disciplined enough to work through the work themselves, ensure all their requirements are met etc. or do they need a more guided and systematic structure such as the full time programme.
  • Does the student have the time to attend lectures or not.
  • Are they able to travel to their nearest campus?
  • Are they working full time?
  • Ultimately, the decision lies with the student and what works best for them

Requirements to be met to pass the course?

Higher Certificate in Exercise Science (Part 1/ Personal Trainer)

  • Theory examination passed
  • Nutrition examination passed
  • Practical examination passed
  • Portfolio passed
  • Nutrition case study
  • Business plan
  • 50 experiential hours completed
  • CPR certification

Advanced Certificate in Exercise Science (Part 2/ Exercise Specialist)

  • Theory examination passed
  • Practical examination passed
  • Portfolio passed
  • Research project
  • 2 Case studies
  • 100 experiential hours completed
  • CPR certification

Can I attend both ‘Saturday’ and ‘Monday/ Wednesday’ part-time classes?

Generally, we request that a student stick to one group, but should they not be able to attend a class in their group, a member of HFPA staff will assist in enquiring with the lecturer of the other group as to what will be covered in this session / when next they will be covering a certain topic, as they do run on different schedules.

Who do I approach if I need extra help / extra lessons?

The lecturer is the first point of contact; one can chat to them after class, or then email / call to make an appointment. An HFPA member of staff (student advisors are the first point of contact) will be able to assist further.

What happens if I fail an exam?

Student will be given the opportunity to rewrite and will be required to reregister and pay an additional exam fee of R250.00.

Registration & requirements

Requirements to register for the Higher & Advanced Certificate in Exercise Science:

The entry level for this qualification is an NQF Level 4 (Matriculation certificate or equivalent).

The following must accompany student registration:

  • Copy of student’s matric certificate / equivalent
  • Copy of student’s ID / passport
  • 2 x ID photos
  • Proof of payment
  • Completed registration form

Registration documents will be returned if not completed correctly.

What happens if I do not meet the requirements / do not have a matric certificate?

Student will be required to register for the Fitness Instructor course (bridging course).

The Fitness Instructors course is an NQF level 4 course. It imbeds the underlying principles of exercise science so that the student may grasp the more difficult concepts within the Higher Certificate in Exercise Science. This can be done in conjunction with the Higher Certificate in Exercise Science, if student wishes.

What happens if I have studied at another institution / have previous knowledge and/or experience, do I have to start from the beginning?

In this circumstance, the student will be required to go through an RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) process. The entry level for this qualification is NQF Level 4. Prospective students without an NQF Level 4 qualification may apply for RPL.

Option 1

RPL for this programme incorporates evidence of previous work experience within the field of exercise science. A minimum of 3 years in the field is required with proof of time spent compiled into a portfolio of evidence consisting of a CV, previous relevant work experience and other relevant qualifications. The Independent Quality Assurance Consultant and the Principal of the college will assess this portfolio and may contact references listed in the portfolio. A personal interview concludes this process and the cover sheet is kept on file.

If you do not have a matric certificate

Here are the steps required for this evaluation for an opportunity to gain access into our higher education qualification:

  1. Speak to the HFPA Student Advisor about what qualifications are available, and what is required for access. (info@hfpa.co.za/ 011 807 9673)
  2. If you have chosen a qualification that you would like to study, but where you have not met the requirements for access, then you may initiate the RPL for Access process.
  3. Go to www.nome.co.za and download or complete the RPL for Access Application form seen on the front page around the bottom left corner.
  4. Send the complete application form to rpl@nome.co.za
  5. Once NoMe Consulting has received your application form, they will send additional documentation that you will be required to complete, including payment (R900) that will be needed before the assessment is booked and completed.
  6. Once you have finalised all the requirements as laid out by NoMe Consulting, they will set up a time for you to be assessed at the nearest HFPA main campus. The HFPA has five main campuses in Pretoria, two in Johannesburg, Durban, and Cape Town.
  7. The assessment itself will take between 45min – 60mins. Here, your academic readiness will be assessed. You cannot study or prepare for this assessment.
  8. Once the assessment has been completed, NoMe Consulting will complete a detailed report that will include your assessment results, as well as your supporting documentation and any formal qualification that you may have completed. This report is then sent to the HFPA’s head office and you will be notified if you have been successful in your application as soon as a decision has been received.
  9. If you have not been successful here, please know that this means that you are not ready for the level of complexity required for the specific higher education qualification that is offered here. The Student Advisors at HFPA will provide you with alternative routes for access that may include a Bridging course. (Read more about the HFPA Floor Instructor Course)

Entry into the Higher Certificate in Exercise Science from another qualification

You may enter the HFPA Higher Certificate in Exercise Science if you have successfully completed a similar/relevant qualification.

Entry into the Higher Certificate in Exercise Science for international students

Even though you may have completed an international qualification that may be on par with our NSC, you will still need to go to SAQA and get their equivalence certificate from them. This process can take several weeks, so please complete this process as soon as possible. You may visit this website below for more information. http://www.saqa.org.za/show.asp?id=2890. This process is the sole responsibility of the applicant, and not the college.

Entry into the Higher Certificate in Exercise Science for mature students

If you do not have matric exemption, but are 23 years or older, you can apply for exemption to study a diploma at HFPA with HESA. HESA website with regards to Mature Age Exemption:

http://www.hesa.org.za/requirements-exemption-certificates. Further information regarding any of the RPL processes above may be found on the HFPA website www.hfpa.co.za.

Interested in continuing your studies at hfpa?

You can RPL into the Higher/ Advanced Certificate in Exercise Science

RPL from other relevant and equal qualifications will be considered if you would like to gain entrance into either the Higher/Advanced Programme. To enquire if you qualify please REQUEST AN INTERVIEW or SEND AN EMAIL WITH YOUR ENQUIRY, to info@hfpa.co.za.

Advanced Certificate in Exercise Science (Part 2/ Exercise Specialist)

No RPL criteria apply for the Advanced Certificate in Exercise Science, as a basic level qualification NQF 5 within the field of exercise science is necessary. (Current accredited qualifications that have been accepted are: ETA, IFP, Sports Management 3 year degree and Exercise Science 3 year degree). If no previous qualification in the field has been attained the student must begin with the first year as this is the basis of the Certificate. If the student has a qualification “partly related” to the field of Exercise Science such as Physiotherapy or Human Movement Sciences, he/she may be granted partial recognition of prior learning such as credits for similar modules already obtained through previous study. RPL Cost: R2500

What career opportunities does one have with the Higher & Advanced Certificate in Exercise Science?

The Health and Fitness industry is one of the fastest growing industries internationally. Employment opportunities for the qualified fitness professional are abundant. Graduates are employed in health and fitness facilities, gyms and sport specific environments, in private practice, schools, sports clubs and rehabilitation centres. Also in hotel spas and on luxury cruise liners. By keeping up to date with the latest information and trends, taking advantage of continuing education and specialisation, the graduate is assured of further exciting career opportunities.

  • Gyms (Virgin Active, Planet Fitness, smaller private and corporate gyms etc.)
  • Fitness facilities such as Adventure Bootcamp, CrossFit, Sweat 1000 etc.
  • Schools
  • Sporting clubs and Coaching
  • Self-employed mobile trainer / own studio
  • Cruise ships
  • Corporate Wellness etc.

What is the average salary for a Personal Trainer?

This does vary extensively, and depends if you are working independently or at a gym, if you are employed as an in house trainer or if you are all together self-employed and have your own studio / free-lance. One can discuss a possible range of rates that a trainer can charge their client, individual and group. Students are advised to query with a gym of their choice.

Do you get credits from this course that can carry over to University?

Our Higher Certificate is on an NQF Level 5 and our Advanced Certificate is on an NQF Level 6. Students will need to approach the relevant University themselves and find out whether our courses can give some credits within the relevant Faculty depending on what the particular institution has decided. Students have received credits from our courses into Universities in the past but we cannot guarantee that all Universities will agree to give credits for our courses.

SHORT COURSES

What are CPD’s?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. It refers to the process of tracking and documenting the skills, knowledge and experience that you gain both formally and informally as you work, beyond any initial training. It’s a record of what you experience, learn and then apply. As an Exercise professional and member of the Register, keeping your skills and knowledge up to date is vitally important. Personal or professional development is seen as being complementary to how you develop your career and is seen as an important principle of professionalising the health and fitness industry. To deliver the services that clients expect and demand, personal development should be taken seriously.

In order to upgrade your membership status from Provisional to Full Membership for the first year, and thereafter to keep your status, you will need to meet certain requirements on an annual basis to keep your CPD count a minimum of 12 points. A CPD count of less than 12 points will negatively affect your Full Membership status.

Each of our short courses provide a certain number of CPD points. In order to maintain your REPSSA registration you can use our short courses to keep your knowledge and skills up to date.

Are your short courses internationally recognised?

Our programmes are registered with REPSSA (The South African Register of Exercise Professionals), which will allow our graduates the opportunity to transfer their REPSSA registration number to any existing REPS body. International REPS known as ICEREPS houses a full list of all accredited countries REPS: http://www.icreps.org/. A few existing REPS are: REPS UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, UAE, USA & Canada REPS and thus, students/graduates can gain employment in these countries without them having to undergo any further assessments or examinations.

Since our short courses provide CPD points, these can be used to carry over to REPS accredited countries internationally.

What are the requirements for short courses?

The following courses have no requirements:

  • Life Coaching
  • Introduction to Exercise Science
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Essentials of Nutrition
  • Yoga Muscles & Motion (YMM)
  • AAHF (American Academy of Health & Fitness) Affiliate Courses
    • SrFit- Mature Fitness Speciality
    • JrFit- Youth Fitness Speciality
    • Fitness Assessments & Exercise Prescription for all ages
    • Exercise Management of Chronic Disease & Disabilities for all ages
    • Cancer & the older Adult
    • Nutrition for Special Dietary needs
    • Back Stability: Integrating Science & Therapy
    • Janda System of Evaluation & Treatment of Muscles Imbalance

Introduction to Exercise Science/ Anatomy equivalent is a requirement for the following courses:

  • Group Fitness Instructor
  • Aqua Aerobics Instructor
  • Functional Training Specialist
  • Sports Massage
  • Kettlebell Instructor
  • Kids Development
  • Pilates ABC & Intermediate (Mat)
  • Posture Specialist
  • Reboundology

Higher Certificate in Exercise Science (Part 1/Personal Trainer)/ Equivalent is a requirement for the following courses:

  • Coaching Science
  • Sports Conditioning Specialisation with SAQ
  • Peak Performance Coach
  • Studio Cycle Instructor
  • Fighting Fitt

Advanced Certificate in Exercise Science (Part 2/Exercise Specialist)/ Equivalent is a requirement for the following courses:

  • Pre & Post Natal
  • Synergy of Human Movement
  • Cancer Management

Yoga Muscles & Motion (YMM) is a pre-requisite for the following course:

  • Yoga Alliance Teacher Training Course

Essentials of Nutrition is a pre-requisite for the following courses:

  • Sports Nutrition Advisor
  • Weight Management