Advanced Certificate in Exercise Science

Become a physical conditioning specialist with our NQF6 Higher Education qualification, including Advanced Trainer, Strength and Conditioning Coach and Exercise Specialist

Where & How to Study

Distance with Workshops Online (JHB) Sunninghill (JHB) Bedfordview Cape Town Durban

Advanced Certificate in Exercise Science

R44500

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R26500

Part Time

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R22000

Distance Learning

Distance - Weekend Workshops

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R32500

Distance Learning - Mixed Mode

Distance - Weekday Workshops

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Course Requirements

Higher Certificate in Exercise Science (NQF 5 or equivalent)

Note: If you do not hold a level 4 NQF then apply to study our Fitness Instructor Certificate NQF 4. Successfully completing this will provide you access to the Higher Certificate NQF 5 programme and a pathway into more advanced programmes and further opportunities.

Course Description
  • The Advanced Certificate in Exercise Science (NQF 6) is a Higher education qualification which covers Advanced Trainer, Strength and Conditioning Coach and Exercise Specialist.
  • It focuses on special population groups meaning you will be able to work with a referral team of doctors, physiotherapists, biokineticists, dieticians and sport scientists, with clients who have particular physical needs and goals. These include people with cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, immunological, neurological and metabolic conditions, as well as pregnancy, the youth and the elderly
  • The Advanced Certificate in Exercise Science (ACES) is a highly sought after, internationally portable, Higher Education qualification that follows on from the Higher Certificate in Exercise Science (which is a prerequisite)
  • Become a Respected Fitness Professional of the highest caliber with our Higher Education qualifications
  • Graduates enter the workplace as multi-skilled Fitness Professionals with a broad base of expertise
  • Work internationally in Fitness, Sport or Recreation environments, or start your own business

ADDITIONAL COURSES INCLUDED FOR FREE WITH ACES – ADDED VALUE

Subjects & Modules

EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY

INCLUDES:

  • Functional Anatomy
  • Bioenergetics
  • The Endocrine System
  • Neural system in Movement
  • Physiological Adaptations to Exercise
  • Kinesiological Analysis

SPORTS TRAINING

INCLUDES:

  • Individualised Exercise Programmes
  • Flexibility
  • Anaerobic and Aerobic Exercise Prescription
  • Energy Expenditure
  • Sport SkillsEntrepreneurship of a Sports Conditioning Facility
  • Periodisation

SPECIAL POPULATIONS

INCLUDES:

  • Health Risks and Exercise
  • Special populations: Weight Reduction – Insulin Resistance – Cardiac Health – HIV/Aids – The elderly – The youth – Prenatal – Amputee – SCI Exercise Prescription

REHABILITATION

INCLUDES:

  • The Sports Medicine Team
  • Injuries and Healing
  • Aqua Programming
  • Psychological Considerations with Injuries

EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY

INCLUDES:

  • Communication
  • PA and Psychological Well-Being
  • Stress Management
  • Performance Psychology of Athletes

EXERCISE ASSESSMENT

INCLUDES:

  • Principles of Assessment and Evaluation
  • Pre-Participation Screening
  • Body composition
  • Posture
  • Flexibility
  • Balance
  • Muscular Strength
  • Endurance Tests
  • Prehabilitation
  • Sport Specific Assessments

EXERCISE NUTRITION

INCLUDES:

  • Foundations of Nutrition
  • Nutritional Factors
  • Nutrition and Performance

PRACTICAL TRAINING & EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

Comprehensive, hands-on, practical tuition offered nationally from HFPA campuses and support centres. Practical Training is also catered for on the HFPA Online Learning Platform.

INCLUDES:

  • Injury Prevention
  • Techniques of Powerlifting and Weightlifting
  • Plyometrics
  • Speed
  • Agility
Accreditations & Certifications

NQF Level: 6

Course Credits: 141

SAQA Registered

Registered by the Department of Education (DOE) and accredited by the Higher Education Quality Controls & Training Committee (HEQCTO) and the Council for Higher Education (CHE)

Recognised and registered with REPSSA (Register of Exercise Professionals South Africa). REPSSA is part of ICREPS (International Confederation of Registers for Exercise Professionals)

Career Opportunities
  • Work with elite athletes, or in private practice as a physical conditioning specialist, Advanced Trainer, Strength and Conditioning Coach and Exercise Specialist
  • Work internationally in a number of sport and fitness environments including health clubs, sport and recreation facilities
  • Work in association with a referral team of doctors, physiotherapists, biokineticists, dieticians and sport scientists
  • Start your own fitness business and open your own business, gym or studio
  • Travel the world working on international luxury cruise liners or at holiday clubs
  • Add sports Performance, Wellness Management and Sport Science support to your resume
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