Since 1979, HFPA has been leading the way, setting professional standards, for the Southern African Fitness Industry. We provide world-class tools and facilities to help aspirant fitness enthusiasts fast-track their careers in fitness and sport.


What people are saying about us

HFPA, thank you so so much!! 

It has been a great experience at HFPA these past 2 years and I thank everyone involved for their dedication and teachings.

In simple words HFPA has helped me believe in my ability again. Being a pre and post fitness instructor, I needed to broaden my horizons.

My journey started with the Group Exercise course. Wow! So much fun with fellow instructor and the tutor in training Jayson Safela, who is excellent!

In 2020 I pushed myself again and completed both the Hiit and pre and post natal course. Thank you to the short course manager for the continuous support and many WhatsApp messages of concern from my side, helping me deal with the stress of meeting my deadlines.

Doing my personal training course through HFPA was phenomenal! It was hands down the best structured and easy to follow course I have ever done! The instructions are very clear and easy to understand, the material was very easy to consume and remember. Support from the Tutors is incredible. The course not only covers the fundamentals of human movement, exercise and nutrition, but educates you extensively on the vitally important, legal and insurance information that is crucial for any new trainer to know. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who wants to get started on their journey into the fitness industry.

I studied the national certificate in fitness at HFPA Port Elizabeth campus. The lecturer was always friendly, kind and helpful. I loved the fact that we had access to online support as well.

The possibilities are endless with HFPA. With the wide range of courses on offer you can keep improving yourself and in so doing  broaden your scope of practice.

I recently completed the Sports Massage course with Dr Leonie Bosch. What an incredible course. The content is easily understandable, and the online classes were full of extra info. Looking forward to my next course!

It was an absolute pleasure working with my tutor, Iain Shippey. I learnt so much from him and HFPA’s insightful course. They were always willing to go above and beyond to help me in any way they could. Personally, my transition from player to coach has been made so much easier by being able to increase my knowledge in the performance coaching field. This was possible thanks to the guidance provided by my tutor, Iain Shippey. He is obviously very passionate about the course and that made me even more keen to learn and grow. I highly recommend that every athlete and coach takes on this valuable subject to use in the sporting world.

The Essentials of Nutrition course is the second course I have completed through HFPA. I studied it through lockdown as they offered it free of charge. This was a great refresher as my previous nutrition course was completed in 2011. You have 3 months to complete the course and its totally doable (even working full time). The staff are super efficient and address all your questions and concerns really quickly which was a great help!

Thank you for the congratulatory message accompanied by the academic transcript and graduation invitation.

Thank you for the patience and understanding displayed by your team in all our communication ranging from finances to academic issues. I can’t thank you enough for this.

When I signed up with HFPA, I was almost 2 weeks late, but they gladly opened their doors to me and I’ll be forever grateful. My dreams just got bigger and my goals fell into place since day 1 in class.

I would highly recommend doing the full time course over online as there’s so much more interaction and experience when you’re physically in the learning space.

I have just completed the Advanced Certificate in Exercise Science course. This was the best decision that I’ve made because I know it will allow me to have a broader clientele base. I did it Part Time and my Lecturer was excellent and explained the Modules really well and was always there to help us.

I have recently qualified as an aqua instructor, by enrolling in your course. I thoroughly enjoyed studying this course. It taught me so much. Your instructors are extremely helpful and willing to go the extra mile to ensure we are well qualified. When I had to do logging to enable me to do my practical exam, I went to our local Virgin Active Gym in Welkom to ask them if I may do my 15 hours logging with them (I am a long time member there) . They of course had no objections of me logging there and they offered me a job as an aqua instructor once I received my certificate.

I highly recommend this HFPA course, facilitated by Iain Shippey. It is an exceptional course with top class content. Iain’s passion and knowledge, coupled with learning from my fellow peers, have made me confident that I can be a great peak performance coach.

I met my tutor, Iain Shippey online and we instantly made a great connection. Iain guided our group through HFPA’s Performance Coach course superbly. The sessions were engaging and interesting. Iain’s leadership and communication skills, along with his obvious passion for this area of coaching, made my decision to complete this course one of the best decisions I have ever made.

Power Yoga for Sports: I thoroughly enjoyed this course. With my interests primarily being focused on bodybuilding it was interesting to venture out into something different. This is a great tool I can now implement into my personal exercise regime as well as those of my clients.

This course has been an absolute treat, from knowing exactly what’s going on, to constantly learning new things. I have enjoyed every second of my head in the books. As a strength athlete, the knowledge I have gained has been invaluable. The tutors are constantly reminding me to stay up to date and offering assistance wherever possible.

The past 2 years at HFPA has been a great experience and an essential step towards my future. It offered me courses that enables me to further my studies at any university.

Thank you HFPA for the amazing experience I have shared with you guys. I would definitely recommend HFPA to those heading in the same direction as me!