Reasons to Study With Us

HFPA is the premiere provider of Fitness Education in South Africa. We have led the way since 1979, offering accredited, innovative, and comprehensive programmes. Our graduates are employed internationally and are highly regarded as Health, Sport and Fitness Professionals who have graduated from an institution that provides the best in education.

Our Campus Facilities, located nationally, are unmatched in the industry, with the latest in gym and high-performance equipment, multimedia lecture rooms and studios, all of which provide for a professional learning environment. Our online learning platform (OLP) and tutors offer distance learning students structured support throughout their course.

Our experience in education as a Higher Education Institution will ensure that you are provided with a structured, supported and happy learning experience, and enable you to enter your career as a Health, Sport or Fitness Professional with the knowledge and confidence to achieve success in a vibrant, dynamic and ever-growing industry.

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Established, Credible Institution

HFPA is an international brand that has stood the test of time. We were one of the first organisations in the World to offer specialised training for the fitness industry and, since our founding in 1979 (40 years ago), have been a leading higher education institution in the health, sport and fitness industry internationally.

High Quality Reputation

We have a reputation for producing graduates with superior knowledge and competence who are highly sought after by top employers in the industry.

International Accreditation

HFPA is registered with the International Register of Exercise Professionals, an international governing body for fitness education. This means that our qualifications are recognised internationally and that our students can gain employment in Europe, the UK, the USA, the U.A.E, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and South Africa without having to undergo further assessments or examinations.

Comprehensive Range Of Courses

We offer a wide range of courses for students seeking a holistic approach towards health, sport and fitness and aiming to become multi-skilled professionals in one of the fastest growing industries in the world. These courses include personal training courses, instructor courses, life coaching courses, sport management courses, nutrition courses, speciality courses and continuing education courses. Our continuing education courses focus on developing specific skills to expand your foundations of knowledge and help you stay up-to-date on new developments within the rapidly expanding industry.

World Class Facilities

Our world-class campuses are unmatched in the industry. Catering to students who wish to attend either our weekday programmes or weekend part-time lectures and practical sessions in their city, these campuses boast multimedia lecture facilities, resource centres where students have access to unlimited Wi-Fi and computers, as well as a library of resources. Our campuses also feature state-of-the-art gym facilities to meet all of our students’ fitness education requirements.

Student Centric Service

We have a full complement of professional and friendly, service-oriented staff committed to making your experience at HFPA smooth and efficient in every aspect.

Innovative Teaching

Our lectures, whether you study distance with workshops, part-time or full time, are delivered by passionate academics that love what they do and are devoted to advancing the health and fitness industry and engaging and inspiring students to turn their dreams into reality. They bring great energy to the learning process, creating a highly interactive classroom climate and developing students to produce superior work. Driven to make a difference in each and every student’s journey to success, they individualise their teaching methods to suit all learning aptitudes and focus on personal development.

Advanced Learning Platform

Our Online Learning Platform (OLP) was developed to bring the classroom to our distance learning students. The OLP uses a wealth of resources to make learning more interactive and structured. These resources deliver theoretical, as well as practical content via multi-media lectures, videos, audio recordings, virtual lessons, a library, animated slide shows, webinars, tips, chat rooms, forums, questionnaires, links, tutorials and more. Students can also upload theory and practical assessments via the portal and receive immediate feedback in turn.

Highly Supportive Online Tutoring

At HFPA we pride ourselves on the outstanding support structures and resources we have carefully developed to enhance the learning experience of our online students. In our online and distance with workshops learning programmes, each student is assigned a highly-qualified, personal online tutor to cater to their specific learning requirements and guide them through the course work and study material. These tutors are dedicated to providing exceptional customer support so that our online and distance students never go unsupported once they have registered.

Master Trainers In Your Area

We have a vast network of certified HFPA Master Trainers available in outlying regions for students who require additional support through individual or small group contact sessions. Practical work is covered in depth in these sessions and personal attention is paid to the needs of each student. Our Master Trainers are certified professionals committed to facilitating practical learning for students who require additional support.

Flexible Learning

As an online student, you can complete your qualification from the comfort of your own home and in your own time, giving you the flexibility to: Combine your studies with work or family commitments, Continue to work to help finance your studies, Enhance your existing career through further studies, Pursue a career change or increase your job prospects.

Practical Workshops

Although our courses can be completed comfortably online, we also provide our online students with the optional extra of attending weekend workshops where they can cover the practical work presented in the courses with our highly qualified tutors. These workshops take place at HFPA Training centres where students can enjoy learning in world-class facilities.


At HFPA we believe that finances should not hinder the desires of someone dedicated to furthering their studies. That is why we have created exceptionally affordable courses that offer outstanding value for money unrivaled by other institutions in the industry. On top of this, we offer easy payment plans that allow you to spread the payment of tuition over monthly instalments to ease financial pressure while you focus on your studies.