National Diploma: Fitness

Work internationally in a variety of fitness and recreation environments as an Exercise Specialist by studying this full qualification

Where & How to Study

Distance with Workshops Online (JHB) Bedfordview Pretoria Cape Town Durban Nelspruit

National Diploma: Fitness

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Distance - Weekend 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 and a pathway into more advanced programmes and further opportunities.

Course Description
  • The National Diploma: Fitness (NDIF) is a full CATHSSETA qualification which qualifies you to work internationally as an Exercise Specialist
  • Become a multi-skilled Fitness Professional with a broad base of experts
  • Work internationally in a variety of fitness and recreation environments including Health Clubs, Sport and Recreation Centres, Holiday Clubs, Cruise Liners and in Private Practice

Note: Students may elect to enrol for the NDIF without first enrolling on the NCIF. The full 2 year NDIF programme includes all NCIF modules. Students are taken through all modules with the goal of achieving the National Diploma.


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



  • The muscular and skeletal systems
  • The changes which occur due to posture and special conditions



  • Training principles and methods of developing sports conditioning programmes



  • Adaptations of exercises for pregnancy, children and youth, and older adults



  • Nutrition: Nutrition and dietary requirements for specific goals and special
  • Injuries: Adapting exercise programmes to risk factors and special conditions within the scope, and the referral process for clients with conditions outside the scope of an exercise specialist



  • Procedures for assessing sports specific clients and special population client

Accreditations & Certifications

NQF Level: 5

Course Credits: 247

SAQA Registered

Full National Diploma Qualification (CATHSSETA)

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 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
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