Higher Certificate in Exercise Science

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Course Price

Full Time: R41 500,00

Part-Time Feb: R26 000,00

Easy payment terms available. Enquire with us.

Course requirements

Grade 12 National Senior Certificate (matric)

Note: If you do not hold a matric of NQF 4 equivalent, apply to study our Fitness Instructor Certificate (NQF 4) which will give you access to NQF 5 programmes and further study.

Course date and duration

6-12 months

Course credits


123 credits

Course overview

The Higher Certificate in Exercise Science (HCES) is an internationally portable, Higher Education qualification and leads to the Advanced Certificate in Exercise Science (ACES) (NQF 6). The HCES is a comprehensive programme covering Personal Fitness Training and Sports Conditioning Training. This programme qualifies you to work internationally as a multi-skilled trainer.

Drawing from the latest research in exercise science (with a comprehensive introduction to special population groups) this course prepares you to work in a variety of fields including Strength Conditioning, Sports Performance, Personal Training, Wellness Management and Sport Science support.

*Refer to our downloadable course sheet to learn more

*If you are interested in this course, but not near the main campuses, consider our National Diploma in Fitness Programme

Key features

  • Qualify yourself to work internationally or at home as a multi-skilled trainer
  • Choose 3 specialization electives that suit your fitness ambitions
  • Gain direct access to the Advanced Certificate in Exercise Science (NQF 6), the only course of its kind (a higher education institution in sports and fitness)

Study modes

  • Full Time
  • Part Time

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


  • SAQA registered NQF 5 on the national qualifications framework
  • Accredited by the Council on Higher Education
  • Registered with REPSSA (Register of Exercise Professionals South Africa)

  • Advanced Certificate in Exercise Science (NQF 6)
  • HFPA Lifestyle Coach programme – a combination of the ILS Life Coaching course and Nutrition packages.
  • Explore our other continuing professional development courses

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