National Certificate in Fitness

Course Price


Course Duration

12 months

Entry requirements

Hold a grade 12 National Senior Certificate (matric)

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

Students will need to log 50 experiential hours to qualify

Course Credits


137 credits

Course overview

The National Certificate in Fitness (NCIF) is a full qualification which qualifies you to work internationally as a Personal Trainer and Conditioning Coach. This programme also includes an overview of injury prevention and special considerations, enabling graduates to provide fitness instruction and conditioning to the general population as well as people with certain disabilities.

You will gain a strong foundation in exercise science, including fitness principles and programme design to help your clients safely and effectively reach their fitness goals. Offer your services to individuals and groups.

Work internationally in a variety of fitness environments including Health Clubs, Sport and Recreation Centres, Holiday Clubs, Cruise Liners and in Private Practice. Add HFPA Continuing Education Programmes and grow your career in the direction of your interests and passions.

The Tull Time programme includes the elective: Advanced HiiT Series: (High Intensity interval Training, HiiT Circuit Training, Bootcamp & Olympic Lifting)

Successful completion of the NCIF provides access to Part 2 of the NDIF – National Diploma in Fitness (Exercise Specialist and Sports Conditioning Coach).

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.

Study Modes

Full Time: Courses commence annually in February

Correspondence: Register at any time

Offered at the following campuses: Rivonia, Linksfield, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban

Full Time Fee: R36 000

Weekday Blended: Only offered in Port Elizabeth

Weekday Blended Fee: R26 000

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