Become a fitness professional with the internationally-recognised and locally-accredited National Certificate in Fitness.

The National Certificate in Fitness is a comprehensive course for the aspiring fitness professional, including both theoretical and
practical elements. Our key focus is on producing fitness professionals who demonstrate competency in the workplace. This certification
is carefully designed to ensure that you are immersed in the fitness industry while you study, so that you not only possess the
latest information available, but have the confidence and ability to apply your skills once qualified!

Upon completion of this qualification, you will be fully-equipped to:

• Design and implement a physical activity programme for healthy individuals.
• Screen, assess and monitor health-related fitness programmes.
• Promote and provide safe and effective physical activity participation to meet participants’ fitness requirements.
• Have the knowledge for appropriate referral to other healthcare providers.

The Physical IQ National Certificate in Fitness is accredited by the Department of Education and CATHSSETA. Physical IQ courses are accredited with REPSSA (the governing body for fitness in SA) and are recognised by all major gyms, both locally and abroad.

You will also have the option to register for certification from NASM, gaining the only internationally-recognised and locally-accredited qualification in South Africa!

Module 1: Introduction to the Fitness Industry (12 Credits)
The History and Role of the Fitness Industry in Society
Career Pathways
The Fitness Environment
Module 6: Health and Safety (11 Credits)
Ensuring Safety in the Fitness Environment
Risk Prevention and Management
Module 2: Anatomy and Biomechanics (15 Credits)
Introduction to Anatomical Structures
Introduction to Biomechanical Principles
Functional Anatomy and its Application to Exercise
Module 7: Motivating Fitness Clients (7 Credits)
Encouraging Participation in Physical Activity
Client Motivation Strategies
Principles of Wellness and Lifestyle Change
Module 3: Physiology (15 Credits)
Introduction to Exercise Physiology
Exercise Preparation and Recovery Strategies
Preventing Overtraining
Module 8: Business Management (22 Credits)
Entrepreneurial Skills
Administrative Techniques
Communication Skills and Networking Strategies
Financial Strategies and Planning
Establishing and Implementing a Business Plan
Module 4: Screening and Testing (9 Credits)
Design and Implication of Screening Procedures
Assessing the Physical Fitness of Adults
Module 9: Fitness Nutrition (6 Credits)
Basic Principles of Nutritional Guidance
Module 5: Exercise Programming (13 Credits)
Programme Design Techniques
Physiological Considerations
Designing Programmes for Disabled Individuals
Module 10: Professionalism (8 Credits)
Professional Values and Ethics

Elective Module (10 Credits)

Group Training
• Each module is comprised of the following:
o Online quiz
o Portfolio task
• A final practical exam will take place at the end of the year.
• A portfolio of evidence with the task of each module must be submitted PRIOR to the examinations.
• A workplace logbook detailing shadowing and supervised hours must be submitted with the portfolio of evidence.

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.

• Register for the course.
• We send you your course material, including a DVD detailing how the course works.
• Expect a call from student support to set up your Master Trainer sessions, which will guide you through the practical components of the course.
• Complete online multiple-choice quiz assessments at the end of each module.
• At the end of the course, you will post us your logbook and portfolio of evidence (with all of your completed tasks) – you are welcome to submit tasks   electronically too, via our Student Online Learning Centre.
• Email us if have ANY questions and we will get back to you within 24 hours.
• Complete your practical exam (no theory examination) in the designated examination periods throughout the year with a certified Physical IQ Assessor.

* Course costs are subject to the package and payment option selected below.

Online Package 

The online package option includes a Physical IQ national certificate, which is to be completed in a 1 year duration.

Payment Upfront in Full 3 Month Payment Option 7 Month Payment Option
One payment of R18,000.00 Registration fee R4,500.00 Registration fee R4,500.00
3 Monthly payments of R4,700.00 7 Monthly payments of R2,500.00

Course cost includes:

  • Online learning with 5 Master Trainer contact sessions
  • Textbook
  • Anatomy manual
  • Testing equipment
  • Exam fee
  • Certificate
  • Graduation gift
  • Registration pack to the value of R2,500.00

International Package 

The international package option includes a Physical IQ national certificate and NASM CPT, which is to be completed in a 1 year duration.

Payment Upfront in Full 3 Month Payment Option 7 Month Payment Option
One payment of R25,000.00 Registration fee R5,000.00 Registration fee R5,000.00
3 Monthly payments of R6,600.00 7 Monthly payments of R3,000.00

Course cost includes:

  • Online learning with 5 Master Trainer contact sessions
  • Physical IQ and NASM textbooks
  • Testing equipment
  • Exam fee
  • Physical IQ and NASM certificate
  • Graduation gift
  • Registration pack to the value of R2,500.00

Optimum Package 

The optimum package option includes a Physical IQ national certificate, NASM CPT and NASM advanced specialisation certification, which is to be completed in an 18 month duration.

Payment Upfront in Full 3 Month Payment Option 7 Month Payment Option
One payment of R32,000.00 Registration fee R10,000.00 Registration fee R10,000.00
3 Monthly payments of R7,800.00 7 Monthly payments of R3,800.00

Course cost includes:

  • Online learning with 5 Master Trainer contact sessions
  • Physical IQ and NASM textbooks
  • Your selection of one NASM advanced specialisation course
  • Testing equipment
  • Exam fee
  • Physical IQ and NASM certificate
  • Graduation gift
  • Registration pack to the value of R2,500.00

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Become a fitness professional with the internationally-recognised and locally-accredited National Certificate in Fitness.

The National Certificate in Fitness is a comprehensive course for the aspiring fitness professional, including both theoretical and practical elements. Our key focus is on producing fitness professionals who demonstrate competency in the workplace. This certification is carefully designed to ensure that you are immersed in the fitness industry while you study, so that you not only possess the latest information available, but have the confidence and ability to apply your skills once qualified!

Upon completion of this qualification, you will be fully-equipped to:

• Design and implement a physical activity programme for healthy individuals.

• Screen, assess and monitor health-related fitness programmes.

• Promote and provide safe and effective physical activity participation to meet participants’ fitness requirements.

• Have the knowledge for appropriate referral to other healthcare providers.

The Physical IQ National Certificate in Fitness is accredited by the Department of Education and CATHSSETA. Physical IQ courses are accredited with REPSSA (the governing body for fitness in SA) and are recognised by all major gyms, both locally and abroad.

You will also have the option to register for certification from NASM, gaining the only internationally-recognised and locally-accredited qualification in South Africa!

Module 1: Introduction to the Fitness Industry (12 Credits)
The History and Role of the Fitness Industry in Society
Career Pathways
The Fitness Environment
Module 6: Health and Safety (11 Credits)
Ensuring Safety in the Fitness Environment
Risk Prevention and Management
Module 2: Anatomy and Biomechanics (15 Credits)
Introduction to Anatomical Structures
Introduction to Biomechanical Principles
Functional Anatomy and its Application to Exercise
Module 7: Motivating Fitness Clients (7 Credits)
Encouraging Participation in Physical Activity
Client Motivation Strategies
Principles of Wellness and Lifestyle Change
Module 3: Physiology (15 Credits)
Introduction to Exercise Physiology
Exercise Preparation and Recovery Strategies
Preventing Overtraining
Module 8: Business Management (22 Credits)
Entrepreneurial Skills
Administrative Techniques
Communication Skills and Networking Strategies
Financial Strategies and Planning
Establishing and Implementing a Business Plan
Module 4: Screening and Testing (9 Credits)
Design and Implication of Screening Procedures
Assessing the Physical Fitness of Adults
Module 9: Fitness Nutrition (6 Credits)
Basic Principles of Nutritional Guidance
Module 5: Exercise Programming (13 Credits)
Programme Design Techniques
Physiological Considerations
Designing Programmes for Disabled Individuals
Module 10: Professionalism (8 Credits)
Professional Values and Ethics

Elective Module (10 Credits)

Group Training
• Each module is comprised of the following:
o Online quiz
o Portfolio task
• A final practical exam will take place at the end of the year.
• A portfolio of evidence with the task of each module must be submitted PRIOR to the examinations.
• A workplace logbook detailing shadowing and supervised hours must be submitted with the portfolio of evidence.

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.

• Register for the course.
• We send you your course material, including a DVD detailing how the course works.
• Expect a call from student support to set up your Master Trainer sessions, which will guide you through the practical components of the course.
• Complete online multiple-choice quiz assessments at the end of each module.
• At the end of the course, you will post us your logbook and portfolio of evidence (with all of your completed tasks) – you are welcome to submit tasks   electronically too, via our Student Online Learning Centre.
• Email us if have ANY questions and we will get back to you within 24 hours.
• Complete your practical exam (no theory examination) in the designated examination periods throughout the year with a certified Physical IQ Assessor.

* Course costs are subject to the package and payment option selected below.

Online Package 

The online package option includes a Physical IQ national certificate, which is to be completed in a 1 year duration.

Payment Upfront in Full 3 Month Payment Option 7 Month Payment Option
One payment of R18,000.00 Registration fee R4,500.00 Registration fee R4,500.00
3 Monthly payments of R4,700.00 7 Monthly payments of R2,500.00

Course cost includes:

  • Online learning with 5 Master Trainer contact sessions
  • Textbook
  • Anatomy manual
  • Testing equipment
  • Exam fee
  • Certificate
  • Graduation gift
  • Registration pack to the value of R2,500.00

International Package 

The international package option includes a Physical IQ national certificate and NASM CPT, which is to be completed in a 1 year duration.

Payment Upfront in Full 3 Month Payment Option 7 Month Payment Option
One payment of R25,000.00 Registration fee R5,000.00 Registration fee R5,000.00
3 Monthly payments of R6,600.00 7 Monthly payments of R3,000.00

Course cost includes:

  • Online learning with 5 Master Trainer contact sessions
  • Physical IQ and NASM textbooks
  • Testing equipment
  • Exam fee
  • Physical IQ and NASM certificate
  • Graduation gift
  • Registration pack to the value of R2,500.00

Optimum Package 

The optimum package option includes a Physical IQ national certificate, NASM CPT and NASM advanced specialisation certification, which is to be completed in an 18 month duration.

Payment Upfront in Full 3 Month Payment Option 7 Month Payment Option
One payment of R32,000.00 Registration fee R10,000.00 Registration fee R10,000.00
3 Monthly payments of R7,800.00 7 Monthly payments of R3,800.00

Course cost includes:

  • Online learning with 5 Master Trainer contact sessions
  • Physical IQ and NASM textbooks
  • Your selection of one NASM advanced specialisation course
  • Testing equipment
  • Exam fee
  • Physical IQ and NASM certificate
  • Graduation gift
  • Registration pack to the value of R2,500.00

Your Details

Let us know how to get back to you.


General Information


Study Options