New Zealand Diploma in Sport, Recreation and Exercise (Multi-sector) (Level 5)

Build skills to work within the fitness, recreation and sport industries. Learn in our gym. Apply anatomy and physiology knowledge to movement, posture, exercise and injury management. Understand nutrition. Develop your coaching and event management skills.

What you will learn

  • Learn to apply anatomy and physiology to movement, posture, exercise and injury management
  • Learn the necessary academic, communication and presentation skills to become a successful health professional
  • Examine the role of sport, exercise and recreation in NZ
  • Develop competencies in coaching, including testing protocols and mental training skills
  • Nutrition and exercise needs for special populations including pregnancy, asthma, arthritis, diabetes, older adults and youth
  • Learn to plan, conduct and evaluate coaching sessions for groups and individuals
  • Assess, prescribe, conduct and evaluate exercise for performance and well-being
  • Develop the skills for planning and supervising events within the sport, recreation and exercise industry
  • Blended delivery with approximately 2 days per week (12 hours) class room attendance.

A large part of this programme is taught in our onsite gym, Dynamics. Students will have free membership to Dynamics for the duration of their study on this programme. 

Career options

This qualification could lead to employment (paid or volunteer) in a variety of roles such as: event supervisor; exercise consultant; hauora or health educator; Kaiarahi; OSCAR leader; recreation supervisor; recreation programme coordinator; sport development officer; sport coordinator; Whānau Ora leader. This qualification provides a pathway to higher level study within the Sport, Recreation and Exercise industry along with the wider health and social services sector.

Entry criteria

New Zealand Certificate in Exercise (Level 4) or equivalent qualification/work experience and evidence of suitability based on interview, health screening, safety check (where required) and referee reports.

International students

IELTS 5.5 (no band lower than 5.0), or equivalent.

Safety Check

With the introduction of the Vulnerable Children’s Act (2014), all vocational trainees who may work with children during the course of their study must be safety checked. Safety checking includes: reference checking, work history, identity check, police vet and an overall assessment of the applicant’s safety to work with children.

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