Building on the National Certificate in Fitness, the National Diploma in Fitness will see you expand your skills, specialise in a selected field, and gain the tools required for lifelong learning. Upon completion of this qualification, you will be fully-equipped to:
- Design, implement and manage a physical activity programme for healthy individuals or groups and apparently healthy special populations (pregnant, children, youth, older adult, athletes).
- Screen, assess, monitor and manage health-related fitness and wellness programmes, without direct supervision.
- Promote and provide safe and effective physical activity participation to meet participant/s fitness requirements as well as provide educated advice on lifestyle change for improved wellbeing.
- In addition, the qualifying learner will have the knowledge for appropriate referral to other healthcare providers.
- Further your own learning, practice and career within the fitness and/or associated industries and through your own personal growth.
Requirements & Accreditation
The National Diploma in Fitness is registered with CATHSSETA and the Department of Education.
Module 1: Introduction to the Fitness Industry (12 Credits – completed in Certificate in Fitness)
The History and Role of the Fitness Industry in Society
The Fitness Environment
Module 2: Anatomy and Biomechanics (15 Credits – completed in Certificate in Fitness)
Introduction to Anatomical Structures
Introduction to Biomechanical Principles
Functional Anatomy and its Application to Exercise
Module 3: Physiology (15 Credits – completed in Certificate in Fitness)
Introduction to Exercise Physiology
Exercise Preparation and Recovery Strategies
Module 4: Screening and Testing (9 Credits – completed in Certificate in Fitness)
Design and Implication of Screening Procedures
Assessing the Physical Fitness of Adults
Module 5: Exercise Programming (13 Credits – completed in Certificate in Fitness)
Programme Design Techniques
Designing Programmes for Disabled Individuals
Module 6: Health and Safety (11 Credits – completed in Certificate in Fitness)
Ensuring Safety in the Fitness Environment
Risk Prevention and Management
Module 7: Understanding Special Population Groups (40 Credits)
Nutritional Requirements of Special Population Groups
Unique Anatomical, Physiological and Biomechanical Considerations
Performing Assessments on Special Population Groups
Module 8: Sports Psychology (32 Credits – 7 credits completed in Certificate in Fitness)
Encouraging Participation in Physical Activity
Client Motivation Strategies
Principles of Wellness and Lifestyle change
Behaviour Change Strategies
Module 9: Business Management (22 Credits – shared with Certificate in Fitness)
Communication Skills and Networking Strategies
Financial Strategies and Planning
Establishing and Implementing a Business Plan
Module 10: Fitness Nutrition (6 Credits – completed in Certificate in Fitness)
Basic Principles of Nutritional Guidance
Module 11: Professionalism (8 Credits – completed in Certificate in Fitness)
Professional Values and Ethics
Module 12: Chronic Disease Management
Understanding Chronic Disease (Diabetes, Hypertension, Osteoporosis, Asthma, etc.)
Special Exercise Considerations
Elective Module (50 Credits – 10 completed in Certificate in Fitness)
Exercise Programming for Special Populations OR
High Performance Conditioning Techniques
So you’re passionate about fitness, but can’t commit to lectures – we have taken this into account and designed a comprehensive distance learning course, allowing you the flexibility to study in your own time without compromising on the quality of your learning experience.