Qualification

SSISA's QUALIFICATIONS

Inform, Transform Perform at the home of Sport Science

Study at the renowned SSISA. We have state of the art facilities and internationally recognised experts to transform your career aspirations into reality.

OUR STORY

The Sports Science Institute of South Africa (SSISA) was established in 1994 and was the first institution in South Africa to promote the advancement of sport through science. SSISA’s goal was; and continues to be “optimise the sporting performance and health of all South African’s through the application, execution and dissemination of science”. One of the governing principles is to “endeavour to provide internationally recognised sports science services, programmes, teaching and research”.

Over the past 23 years, SSISA has continued to provide a holistic approach to fitness, performance and wellness.

Science continues to play a central role in the activities of SSISA and is the focus of our qualifications.

SSISA – Teaching tomorrow’s skills today

WHY SSISA

COURSE CONTENT AND DELIVERY

Written by specialists currently working in their respective fields, the course content is innovative and contemporary. Authors include professors, doctors, and biokineticists the majority of whom work for SSISA or for UCT’s Exercise Science and Sports Medicine (ESSM) department, housed at SSISA.

Our lecturers have the qualifications and experience to transfer knowledge and skills in an interactive environment.
30% of the course is theoretical and 70% is practical to ensure that you are fully prepared to enter directly into your chosen profession.

Assessments are conducted directly after each module to enable regular monitoring and to provide learner support should the need arise.

ACCREDITATION

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.

FACILITIES

Our five-story building is adjacent to the Newlands Rugby Stadium. It is 200m from the Newlands train station and just off the Main Road, Newlands which makes it easily accessible.

SSISA boasts a state of the art fitness centre with the latest training equipment, indoor track and heated swimming pool.
In addition SSISA has a high performance gym, yoga/pilates studio, an endurance studio and several testing laboratories for high performance athletes.

To optimise learning, SSISA has several multimedia classrooms, a student hub with computers, unlimited WiFi access and air conditioning throughout the building.

You will complete your practical and work place experience at SSISA during which time you will have access to our fitness facilities.

Career Opportunity

Graduates of SSISA’s Personal Training and Conditioning Certificateand Advance Personal Training and Coaching Diplomacould 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

Short Course

The SSISA offers a number of online short courses which can be undertaken as additional studies. These courses are highly interactive and developed by our own specialists. They cover the following areas:

  • Endurance running coaching and performance
  • Cycling coaching and performance
  • Swimming coaching and performance
  • Soccer periodisation
  • The basics of nutrition
  • Sleep
  • The role of movement in children’s development

QUALIFICATIONS ON OFFER

National Certificate Fitness: NQF Level 5; 137 Credits

The Personal Training and Conditioning Certificate (PTCC) 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.

In addition to the modules specified by SAQA, SSISA has included an elective module on Growth and Development to empower you to appropriately condition young children and adolescents who are still maturing.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

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.
  • 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.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The learner must have a Grade 12 National Senior Certificate (matric) or an NQF Level 4 qualification in the fitness industry. It is important to note that the course will be facilitated and assessed in English.

COURSE DURATION

This course is run over 10 months.

COURSE METHODOLOGY

Lecturers are experienced subject matter experts that are currently working in their respective fields.

The course is 30% theory and 70% practical to ensure thatyou are fully prepared to enter directly into your chosen profession. All practical work and work place experience is undertaken 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.

ACCREDITATION

The Personal Training and Conditioning Course is accredited by CATHSSETA and registered with REPSSA.

CAREERS

Graduates of the PTCC 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
  • Schools
  • Community centres
  • Holiday camps
  • Hotels
  • Spas
  • Cruise liners

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.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

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.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

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.

COURSE DURATION

This course is run over 10 months in year 1 and 7 months in year 2.

COURSE METHODOLOGY

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.

ACCREDITATION

The Personal Training and Conditioning Course is accredited by CATHSSETA and registered with REPSSA.

CAREERS

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
  • Schools
  • Community centres
  • Holiday camps
  • Hotels
  • Spas
  • Cruise liners

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