Higher Certificate in Exercise Science

An internationally portable Higher Education Programme which includes Sports Conditioning and Personal Training

Where & How to Study

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

Higher Certificate in Exercise Science

R44500

Full Time

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R26500

Part Time

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R20500

Distance Learning

Distance - Weekend Workshops

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R32500

Distance Learning - Mixed Mode

Distance - Weekday Workshops

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Course Requirements

You will need a Grade 12 National Senior Certificate (or equivalent).

If you do not hold a level 4 NQF you can apply to study our Fitness Instructor NQF 4 Certificate. Successfully completing this will provide you access to our NQF 5 programmes

Course Description

The Higher Certificate in Exercise Science (NQF 5) is a Higher education qualification which covers Personal Training and Sports Conditioning and an introduction to Special Populations

  • This qualification leads to the Advanced Certificate in Exercise Science (NQF 6), a Higher education qualification which covers Advanced Trainer, Strength and Conditioning Coach and Exercise Specialist
  • Become a Respected Fitness Professional of the highest calibre 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 HCES – ADDED VALUE

HiiT Instructor (High Intensity Interval Training for groups) – All students
Bootcamp Instructor (exercise classes in different environments) – All students
SAQ (Speed, Agility and Quickness for sports) – Full Time students only

Studying personal training is a lot more than just reading the course content! All of our qualifications requires the student to complete a certain amount of hours of shadowing (work integrated learning). Not only is this required to pass the course but will also be of benefit to you as it will help you obtain real world experience before entering the fitness industry. It will also give you in-the-field experience that you won’t get in a classroom and it allows you to explore the industry before committing to it full time.

Subjects & Modules

EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY

INCLUDES:

  • The Skeletal and Muscular System
  • Joints
  • The Respiratory and Cardiovascular systems
  • Energy Systems
  • Levers

TESTING & PROGRAMMES

INCLUDES:

  • Screening & Testing
  • Flexibility
  • Muscle Strength, Endurance and Power
  • Periodisation and Programming
  • Sports Conditioning

SPECIAL POPULATIONS

INCLUDES:

  • Environmental Factors
  • Sedentary Clients
  • Injuries
  • Special Populations

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

INCLUDES:

  • The Fitness Industry
  • Insurance
  • Entrepreneurship

NUTRITION & WEIGHT MANAGEMENT

INCLUDES:

  • Digestion
  • Food groups
  • Supplements
  • Food labelling

PRACTICAL TRAINING & EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

INCLUDES:

  • 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

Accreditations & Certifications

NQF Level: 5

Course Credits: 123

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)

SAQA Registered

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 as a strength and conditioning coach, personal trainer in health clubs, or in private practice
  • Travel the world working on international luxury cruise liners or at holiday clubs
  • Continue on to the Advanced Certificate in Exercise Science to grow your expertise and open doors to university level programmes
  • Work as a health and fitness blogger, online personal trainer, fitness manager or wellness director
  • Open your own business, gym or studio
  • Add sports Performance, Wellness Management and Sport Science support to your resume
  • Continue onto the Advanced Certificate in Exercise Science (ACES) NQF6 to grow your scope of practice and earning potential
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