National Diploma Fitness: NQF Level 5; 247 Credits
The Advanced Personal Training and Conditioning Diploma (ATCD) 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 Advanced Diploma you will be capable ofapplying 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.
Students may register for the Advanced Personal Training and Conditioning Diploma without first enrolling in the Personal Training and Conditioning Certificate. The two year APTCD incorporates all of the PTCC modules. Graduates of the PTCC (or equivalent) could enter the Diploma programme in the second year.
On achieving this qualification, 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, and/or, components related to sports performance.
- Feedback and refer as it relates to physical activity and/or to athletic performance.
- Design and demonstrate exercise and/or sports conditioning programmes.
- Implement, monitor and modify exercise programmes.
- Motivate and support participants in making activity related and or wellness decisions and or sports performance related decisions.
- Demonstrate entrepreneurial, administration and business skills as well as the ability to incorporate IT technology.
- Demonstrate ability to discern the quality and validity of research information.
- Manage, project and conduct oneself in a professional manner.
You must hold a National Certificate in Fitness qualification (NQF 5).It is important to note that the course will be facilitated and assessed in English.
This personal training and conditioning qualification course is run over 10 months in year 1 and 7 months in year 2.
Lecturers are experienced subject matter experts that are currently working in their respective fields.
The course is 30% theory and 70% practical to ensure that you are fully prepared to enter directly into your chosen profession. All practical work and work place experience is carried out at the SSISA.
Assessments are conducted directly after the respective modules to ensure you are monitored regularly and support can be given should the need arise.
The Personal Training and Conditioning Course is accredited by CATHSSETA and registered with REPSSA.
Graduates of the APTCD could enter the following careers:
- Personal fitness trainers
- Fitness facilities manager
- Floor supervisor
- Group fitness instructor
- Health and wellness coach
- Fitness club owner/operator
- Physical educator
The workplace options include:
- Fitness centres, gyms or health clubs
- Corporate fitness facilities
- Sports clubs
- Community centres
- Holiday camps
- Cruise liners