Qualifications are needed to work in the Fitness Industry
here to see all about the New Zealand Register of Exercise
countries, such as the UK and Australia have fitness instructor
registration systems. These all have the common theme
of having industry agreed standards for each category
of work (e.g. PT, Gym Instructing etc) and these standards
then administered by a central body (normally the industry
present in New Zealand there are no uniform standards
for instructor qualifications, but it has been identified
by the industry as an important issue. We are therefore
developing such a system this year (2002/3) in partnership
with Sfrito (www.sfrito.org.nz).
(Sfrito is the Industry Training Organisation responsible
for facilitating education and training in many physical
recreation areas, including fitness). Included in the
proposed registration system will be portability of registrations
from other countries (especially Australia).
the registration system is developed each fitness centre/health
club is responsible for setting its own qualifications/training
standards. So at present our advice for those thinking
about working in the fitness industry is to talk to the
centres/clubs that you may potentially wish to work for
about the qualifications that these centres most value.
you have registered with an organisation outside New Zealand
and hold suitable qualifications, you may be able to use
this in New Zealand without any further upskilling, but
this will depend on the individual centre(s) you're thinking
of working for. Once again, contact the centre(s) you
consider potential employers and discuss with them your
current qualifications and training.
FitnessNZ has developed the registration system we will
advise the industry via fitness centres and health clubs,
and at that time you will be asked to then formally register
with us. At this point we will be able to definitively
say what is the acceptable standard for qualifications
in the fitness industry.