Sports & Fitness Courses

When something is your passion, why not try and make it your career as well? If you love sports and exercise, then go for gold and pursue one of the many sports courses on offer in New Zealand. Whether you see yourself as a coach, motivating athletes, training or consulting those to be at the top of their game, you’re bound to find a course that's a game changer for you.

Sports & Fitness Courses

The Sports and Fitness Industry

About the Industry

There are thousands currently employed in sports and fitness in New Zealand. While the job prospects for these jobs are stable, certain specialised instructors in some areas such as snow sports like skiing as well as skydiving are currently in demand.

Many sports coaches are volunteers and do it at a lower grade level. Some, however, who train top athletes and depending on the sport can earn a great deal.

There is also a high degree of people employed on a casual or part- time basis in this industry, making it a great job for those who want to work while studying. Casual and part-timers in New Zealand earn around $15-25 per hour. Full-Time entry-level coaches can earn $31,000+ per year with high-level professional sports coaches making more than $80,000.

Skills and Responsibilities

  • Rules and regulations of a specialised sport
  • Coaching and training techniques
  • Different variables that can affect athletic performance
  • Sports Science
  • First Aid

Skills related to sports and fitness

Industry skills: Even if you’re not planning on becoming a personal trainer or fitness trainer, you should delve deep into nutrition, anatomy, the types of physical training on offer, and any other fitness trends that are currently going on. That being said, if you want to reach the top of your field, you’ll need to continuously research and ensure that you’re up to date with all the relevant industry information. 

Strong interpersonal skills: More often than not, you’ll need to motivate people to complete their exercise routines and dietary plans. Being friendly and upbeat keeps people coming back, and the more times they come back, the more they will progress!

Sports and Fitness Courses  

No matter the level of qualification you’re after, there are dozens of different sports and fitness courses available in New Zealand. From personal training courses through to outdoor recreation, you’re bound to find one that suits you.

  • Certificate

Sports courses such as a certificate qualification is an essential resource in providing you with a basic overview of everything a career in this industry involves. Many of these sports courses involve developing an understanding of exercise and nutrition, professional development, outdoor recreation, health and safety. As sports courses are typically very broad, some sports and fitness certificates will take about a year to complete. 

  • Diploma

From delivering expert training and advice on how to develop and implement sports programs, coaching and motivating, a Diploma in Sports and Fitness is superb for anyone interested in pursuing it as a career. Similarly to certificates, diplomas usually take a year of full-time study to complete but are invaluable regarding the knowledge you’ll gain.

  • Bachelor Degree

If you’re keen on being a sports professional, then a Bachelor degree in sports such as a Bachelor of Sports Management is a fantastic step towards that dream goal. Offering the ability to gain all the theoretical knowledge you need, these sports courses also allow you to acquire practical training in a more detailed way, through a work placement in the sports industry. It’s a great way to work on your networking in the industry, as well as have real- world experience when you graduate.

Career Outcomes

Here are just some of the jobs available to you:

  • Sports Coach
  • Personal Trainer
  • Recreation Coordinator
  • Outdoor Sports Instructor
  • Fitness Trainer/Fitness Instructor

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