Exercise Science: Fitness Instructor


Exercise Science: Fitness Instructor is your employment access point into the fitness industry. Completion of this course will qualify you to be a floor instructor at a gym facility, therefore providing you with an employment opportunity.

The Exercise Science: Fitness Instructor course covers the following modules:

  • Health and Fitness principles of training
  • Anatomy and Kinesiology
  • Physiology
  • Injuries
  • Client screening
  • Health and Safety and Equipment Maintenance


Exercise Science: Fitness Instructor is assessed on two components:

  • Online Exam
  • Submission of a Portfolio of Evidence

Students have 6 months to fully complete this course

View our PAYMENT PLAN OPTIONS: 4 month payment plans


This is a theoretical course and is essential if you intend to pursue a career in the health and fitness industry. The module is offered as interactive live- lectures or as self study. If you choose to attend the interactive live lectures, then this module is offered four times a year, the lectures are held early evenings 2-3 times a week and will also include at least one Saturday. The course runs for 5-6 weeks. If you are unable to attend lectures this course is also offered as a self study module with assisted self study worksheets. Registration for self- study can be applied for at any time and learners have six months from registration date to successfully complete this module.
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Outcome of Course

The learning acquired from this module forms the foundation of knowledge that is a pre-requisite for all  Professional Trainer (PFT or Group Trainers) courses offered by the Institute of Fitness Professionals.

Learners will also have proficient knowledge of human anatomy/ biomechanics/ kinesiology in correlation to exercise and be able to fulfill the role of a Fitness Instructor in a Health club/ Gym

Prior Learning Required
  • Matric or equivalent
Course Syllabus
  • Health and Fitness Principles of training
  • Anatomy and Biomechanics
  • Physiology
  • Injuries
  • Screening
  • Health and Safety and Equipment maintenance
  • Operating in the Fitness Environment
  • Written Examinations
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Pass Mark 60%
Exit Level: NQF Level 5
  • Initial career opportunities: Floor Instructor


Additional information

Medium of instruction

Part-time, Full-time


Cape Town, Johannesburg


TBA, 7 Feb 2018

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