This personal trainer certificate offers a convenient and effective way for you to learn the core concepts and practical skills of personal training, enabling you to offer personal training services to the general population (generally healthy people with no special concerns).
The Personal Trainer Certificate is recognised and registered with REPSSA (Register of Exercise Professionals South Africa). REPSSA is part of ICREPS (International Confederation of Registers for Exercise Professionals). The Personal Trainer Certificate is internationally portable enabling graduates to work anywhere in the world.
Gain knowledge of the fundamentals with a scope to offer personal training services to the general population (generally healthy people with no special concerns)
Receive 86 credits through an NQF 5 occupational skills certificate accredited by CATHSSETA
Internationally recognised by the International Register of Exercise Professionals (Work internationally and earn $$$ – we are a preferred supplier to Steiner International for cruise ship jobs)
Learn online in the comfort and convenience of your own home, at your own pace, any time of the year (Don’t put your career on hold!)
Provide personal training services to the general population (generally healthy people with no special concerns)
Work as a personal trainer in a commercial gym, private studio or sports and recreation centre
Be your own boss, providing in-home services, online training and corporate offerings
Travel the world while you work on-board international cruise liners or for international holiday clubs
Blended-learning (online with workshops)
How is this course delivered? (Study mode)
This course is offered online or via blended learning which entails online learning with the option to attend quarterly theoretical and practical face-to-face workshops.
All our online and blended-learning courses are completed with the assistance of a personal online tutor and access to our superior online learning platform (OLP).
It is an affordable and flexible option for those seeking the comfort and convenience of studying in their own home at their own pace, any time of the year.
You are never alone when you study online with us! The OLP has been carefully developed to bring you all the benefits of a traditional classroom setting, facilitating interactive learning through multi-media lessons, videos, quizzes, questionnaires, forums, links, presentations, journals and more!
On top of this, you will receive constant communication and feedback from your very own online tutor and steadfast support from our dedicated online-support team.
The workshops offered for blended-learning students serve as revision sessions in which you can ask questions, revise key concepts and receive hands-on guidance from our master trainers.
With all this and more, you are guaranteed to receive an education that is every bit as good as one you would receive in a traditional classroom setting.
How long will it take to complete this course? (Duration)
This course can be completed within 3-6 months. The maximum completion time is 6 months.
What career opportunities are available once I have completed this course? (Career paths and scope of practice)
There is a highly specific scope of practice appropriate to each level of personal training education. This course equips you with knowledge for you to offer personal training services to the general population. In other words, you can provide personal training services to generally healthy people who do not have any unique physical needs due to disease, injury or lifestyle conditions.
It is the ideal course to launch your personal training career without any delays!
You will be able to work in any health or fitness facility, including commercial gyms and health clubs, private studios and sports and recreation centres. You can even travel the world while you work on-board international cruise liners or for international holiday clubs.
On successful completion of the Personal Trainer Certificate you can continue onto the Exercise Specialist and the Sports Conditioning Coach. These courses will broaden your scope of practice and earning capacity.
Register for a combination of these courses at a discounted fee:
- Personal Trainer and Exercise Specialist ; Personal Trainer and Sports Conditioning Coach
- Personal Trainer, Exercise Specialist and Sports Conditioning Coach
Our many Continuing Education Programmes will provide you the skills to grow your career in the direction of your passion.
What are the contents of this course? (Modules & chapters)
MODULE 1: ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
Chapter 1 – Orientation concepts
Chapter 2 – The role of the muscular system in movement
Chapter 3 – The muscular system
Chapter 4 – The skeletal system
Chapter 5 – Articulations
Chapter 6 – Energy systems
MODULE 2: FORMATIVE ASSESSMENTS AND PRACTICAL TRAINING
Chapter 1 – Initial Health screening
Chapter 2 – Fitness assessment
MODULE 3: DESIGN & TEACH
Chapter 1 – Periodisation of an annual exercise programme
Chapter 2 – Designing microcyles
MODULE 4: SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS
Chapter 1 – Environmental factors affecting training intensity
Chapter 2 – Injury
Chapter 3 – CPR
MODULE 5: PSYCHOLOGY AND LIFESTYLE ISSUES
Chapter 1 – Physical activity and psychological well-being
MODULE 6: LEGAL AND INSURANCE ISSUES
Chapter 1 – Legal issues
Chapter 2 – Insurance requirements
Chapter 3 – The fitness industry
MODULE 7: ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Chapter 1 – Entrepreneurship
MODULE 8: NUTRITION AND WEIGHT MANAGEMENT
Chapter 1 – Energy balance
Chapter 2 – Designing a healthy diet
Chapter 3 – Digestion
Chapter 4 – Food groups
Chapter 5 – Macronutrients
Chapter 6 – Micronutrients
Chapter 7 – Dietary supplements
Chapter 8 – Understanding GI & GL
Chapter 9 – Food labelling
– Training in different environments
Chapter 1 – Equipment
Chapter 2 – Flexibility
Chapter 3 – Resistance training
Do I need any previous qualifications to enroll in this course? (Entry requirements)
To be accepted into certain courses you may be required to hold a prior qualification (prerequisite) or have specific skills or experience. This is important to ensure that you can learn at a certain academic level and are comfortable and confident with the course work.
In order to enroll in our Personal Trainer course you should hold a recognised and relevant NQF 4 qualification (matric or equivelant). Alternatively, should you not meet this requirement, you can consider the below options:
Complete our Fitness Instructor course that will provide you with an NQF 4 qualification and allow you access into the Personal Trainer course.
Follow a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process to ascertain if you can enter the course with a reasonable chance of success.
Apply for mature age exemption through Higher Education South Africa (HESA) if you are over 23 years of age.
How will I be recognised once I have completed this course? (Accreditation & certification)
An important factor in realising a successful career in health and fitness is choosing a reputable academic institution that has been through an accreditation process and is recognised and trusted by employers and recruiters in the industry.
The main function of CATHSSETA is to facilitate skills development to contribute to the economic growth of the country. By studying a CATHSSETA accredited course you are ensured of learning skills that are needed and recognised by employers in the industry and that your training is subject to quality control. On top of this, the credits earned can be accumulated with other credit-bearing skills programmes to contribute (where possible) towards a full qualification.
The course is also registered with the International Register of Exercise Professionals South Africa (REPPSA), providing international portability for you to work in Europe, the UK, the USA, the U.A.E, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland without having to undergo further assessments or examinations.
What opportunities exist for continuing education upon completion of this course? (Further learning)
Personal trainer certifications vary according to their specialisation. Upon completion of this course you will have mastered the basics of personal training and can start working in the field without any delays. However, to enhance your expertise and diversify your scope of practice, we would highly recommend pursuing further learning and more advanced specialisation. We offer a number of options to make this possible:
You can gain direct access into our Exercise Specialist course in which you will gain 101 credits, learning how to design, implement and instruct exercise for pregnancy, the youth and the elderly. You can also gain direct access into our Sports Conditioning course in which you will gain 81 credits, focusing on the principles and methods of sport fitness conditioning for pregnancy, the youth and the elderly.
Alternatively, to work with even more population groups, including those with cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, immunological, neurological and metabolic conditions, you can undergo an RPL process to enter into our Advanced Certificate in Exercise Science. With a focus on special population groups and high-performance training, as well as advanced assessment, programme design and periodisation techniques, this course will allow you to work with a referral team of medical practitioners, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, biokineticists, sports scientists and clinical dietitians. As an NQF 6 qualification it also provides further advancement for you to be able to enter some programmes at a university level.
On top of this we provide a number of short and continuing education courses focused on developing specific skills to help you stay relevant within the industry and earn your CPD points as required by the International Register of Exercise Professionals.
Pre & Post Natal Exercise