Certificate in Sports Training and Indigenous Culture Certificate in Sports Training and Indigenous Culture - TOA Sports

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CertificateFull time - 1 year, part time - up to 3 years

Annual Fees(indicative 2017)

Programme code



$1,600 - $1,900




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Course related costs

Advised before enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

20 January for February start


Christchurch - Madras Street and off-site sporting venues


If you are interested in sport and fitness you will have the opportunity to gain further physical, health and mental conditioning while gaining an understanding of Māori and Pasifika language and cultures.

This one-year, full time certificate programme (also known as TOA Sports) combines study in sport, fitness and indigenous language and culture in a supportive whānau environment.

From 2016, TOA Sports will specialise in rugby league and can be studied at either our Christchurch - Madras Street campus or at the Lions Sports Trust in Linwood.

If rugby league is your passion, this programme will improve both your league skills and your academic abilities. You'll enhance your physical, health and mental conditioning for the sport, while at the same time gaining an understanding of Te Reo Māori and other Pacific Island languages and cultures.

You'll learn about the many aspects of the sport and fitness industry and how to improve your own physical health and wellbeing. Areas of study include basic human anatomy, fitness assessment methods, plus physiology and nutrition for athletes. TOA Sports also covers the core principles and practices of sports training and coaching at the sub-elite level, to prepare you for further study in sport, health and recreation.

Credit recognition

Credit recognition is available for this programme; if you have related skills, knowledge and/or experience, it may count towards part or even all of the qualification.

To learn more about credit recognition please see our Centre For Assessment of Prior Learning.

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 120 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • This programme has open entry, but English language requirements apply.
Alternative requirements
  • Evidence of literacy, numeracy and an ability to study at the appropriate level. This can be through study, work and/or life experience. Literacy and numeracy assessments are available.

Additional requirements
English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

    Note: If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements you are not required to provide evidence of English Language Skills.










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Next steps

Staff can meet with you to discuss the programme and assess its suitability for you.

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an Admission and Enrolment Form

If you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning .

Due to Immigration New Zealand visa requirements international students are ineligible to enrol in this certificate.

Application documents

Career opportunities

Turn your passion of sports into your career with our certificate. With further study you can specialise in personal or team training, gym management, sports promotion, physiotherapy or sports medicine.

Study pathways

On successful completion of this programme you will be eligible to apply for entry to further study including:

  • Te Ata Hōu- Certificate in Foundation Studies (60 credits are able to be cross-credited),
  • Certificate in Pre Health and Science
  • Certificate in Fitness (you may need to complete FTES401 INtroduction to Exercise Science)

By completing Te Ata Hōu (the Certificate in Māori Studies) you can apply to enrol in the Bachelor of Language (Māori). If you complete a science-rich pathway at Level 4 (for example the Certificate in Pre Health and Science) you'll be eligible for entry to the Bachelor of Applied Science in either Sport and Exercise Science, or Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Te Reo Māori