Personal Training Qualification


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Become an internationally certified personal trainer with the Sports Science Institute.

We offer two personal fitness qualifications: the National Certificate in Fitness (Personal Training) and the National Diploma in Fitness (Personal Training and Conditioning). Both of these courses are now run via distance learning.


National Certificate in Fitness is a full qualification that equips you to enter the fitness industry with the confidence, knowledge and skills required to offer professional services to meet the needs and expectations of a range of individuals and groups.

This is a 10 month course.


National Diploma in Fitness is a full qualification that equips you to apply your knowledge about sport conditioning to the design and implementation of physical fitness programmes. Through your training in the Diploma you will be capable of applying physical fitness training protocols that comply with the relevant physiological principles of training. In addition, you will be able to integrate fitness, skills, tactics and nutrition into a planned programme. The inclusion of these electives together with the advanced module in lifestyle change and personal development will provide you with the opportunity for specialisation and career growth.

This is a two year course.

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SSISA – Teaching tomorrow’s skills today


Written by specialists currently working in their respective fields, our course content is innovative and contemporary. The courses are developed by professors, doctors, and biokineticists, the majority of whom work for SSISA.

Our lecturers have the qualifications and experience to transfer knowledge and skills in a distance learning environment. There is a focus on practical application of knowledge and skills that ensure you are fully prepared to enter directly into your chosen profession.


As a distance learning student, you will be given the opportunity of enjoying practical training conducted in three blocks over the year by qualified professionals in the industry at a localised venue.


On completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the fitness environment and the context in which physical activity takes place.
  • Conduct and interpret pre-participation screening for physical activity readiness.
  • Assess, evaluate and monitor health related fitness components.
  • Feedback and refer as it relates to physical activity.
  • Design, demonstrate and lead exercise programmes.
  • Implement, monitor and modify exercise programmes.
  • Motivate and support fitness participants in making activity related and wellness decisions.
  • Demonstrate entrepreneurial, administration and business skills.
  • Project and conduct oneself in a professional manner.


Graduates of SSISA’s Personal Training Certificate and Personal Training and Conditioning Diploma could enter the following careers:

  • Personal fitness trainers
  • Fitness facilities manager
  • Floor supervisor
  • Group fitness instructor
  • Health and wellness coach
  • Physical education
  • Fitness club owner/operator

The workplace options include:

  • Fitness centres, gyms or health clubs
  • Corporate fitness facilities
  • Sports clubs
  • Schools
  • Community centres
  • Holiday camps
  • Hotels
  • Spas
  • Cruise liners


SSISA is an accredited service provider for the Cultural, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality, Sports Education Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA). Our provider number is: 613/P/000126/2008. Our qualifications:

National Certificate Fitness (SAQA ID 67693) and National Diploma Fitness (SAQA ID 67691) and also accredited by CATHSSETA.

SSISA is also a provider of the Register for Exercise Professionals South Africa (REPSSA). As REPSSA is an affiliate of ICREPS (International Confederation of Registers for Exercise Professionals) graduates of our qualifications are able to join this international professional body as soon as they qualify. If they register, their qualification will be recognised overseas in countries such as Australia, Belgium, New Zealand, Canada, Poland, the United Kingdom and Ireland, the United States of America or United Arab Emirates.


National Certificate in Fitness Qualification:
You must have a Grade 12 National Senior Certificate (Matric)

National Diploma in Fitness Qualification:
You must hold a National Certificate in Fitness Qualification (NQF 5).

All courses will be facilitated and assessed in English.