National Certificate in Fitness

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Course Price

Online: R14 500

Blended: R16 500,00

Part-Time: R26 000,00

Full time: R41 500,00

Easy payment terms available. Enquire with us.

Course requirements

Hold a grade 12 National Senior Certificate (matric)

Note: 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.

Course date and duration

6 -12 months

Course credits


137 credits

Course overview

The National Certificate in Fitness (NCIF) is a full qualification which enables 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. Successful completion of the NCIF provides access to Part 2 of the NDIF – National Diploma in Fitness (Exercise Specialist and Sports Conditioning Coach)

*Refer to our downloadable course sheet to learn more

Key features

  • Internationally portable
  • Gain a strong foundation in fitness principles and programme design
  • Full-Time option gives you 3 extra elective specialisation programmes at no extra charge

Study modes

  • Full Time: Interactive weekday workshops
  • Part Time: Structured workshops on weekends
  • Distance/Blended: Online with workshops structured nationally at HFPA Campuses and regional training centres

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 National Diploma to grow your expertise and employability


  • SAQA registered
  • NQF 5 certificate
  • Fully accredited by CATHSSETA
  • Registered with REPSSA (Register of Exercise Professionals South Africa)

  • National Diploma in Fitness
  • ILS Life Coach
  • Combined Nutrition Packages

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