The health and fitness industry has been one of the fastest growing over the last ten years and attracts professionals from a variety of disciplines. This two-year programme through Physical IQ identifies the significant overlap between the fitness and sports industries, coupling National Certificates in both Fitness and Sports Management. Together with accreditation from REPSSA (the governing body for Fitness in SA) and a partnership with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), USA, you obtain a qualification of global relevance.

This programme blends practical skills with valuable business and management skills which culminate in a commanding industry relevant portfolio, ensuring you are well-prepared to impact the industry.

At NewBridge College, you will attend full-time lectures in support of your Physical IQ certificate, and your programme will include the NewBridge College exclusive Professional Development Programme, giving you the tools to adapt and thrive in our ever-changing working world. Each programme is also accompanied by relevant Short Learning Programmes, offered through the innovative learning platform, boosting your CV and ensuring that you remain relevant in the workplace.

What You Will Learn



  • Career pathways
  • The fitness environment
  • Functional anatomy biomechanical principals
  • Assessing physical fitness
  • Programme design techniques
  • Entrepreneurial skills
  • Establishing and implementing a business plan
  • Exercise programming
  • Nutritional guidance
  • Values and ethics


  • Principles of physical activity
  • Health, safety and security in a facility
  • Diversity and equity in sport
  • Principles of marketing and marketing
  • Ethics and discipline in sports
  • Media and public relations
  • Business management
  • Planning, organising and administration

Career Path

  • Health Club Management
  • Strength, Wellness or Conditioning Coaching
  • Professional or Amateur Team Management
  • Sports Facility Management
  • Corporate Fitness Direction
  • Fitness Programme or Event Planning Management
  • Game Day and Event Co-ordination
  • Athletics Administration
  • Sports Management
  • Corporate Partnership Management
  • Blogging

Physical IQ Entrance Criteria

The NewBridge College admission criterion is a National Senior Certificate or equivalent. The applicant must be able to demonstrate proficiency in both English and Numeracy.

NewBridge College may apply alternative criteria in cases where the applicant does not meet the requirements for admission stated above in order to demonstrate readiness.

Professional Development Programme

Our exclusive Professional Development Programme runs concurrently with your Physical IQ certificate, teaching you crucial academic skills, workplace skills, financial literacy, personal skills and digital citizenship, and giving you an advantage for life.

Programme Content

The Physical IQ certificate is registered and accredited in the South African regulatory system by the Department of Education and CATHSETA respectively. This qualification is offered via distance by Physical IQ. Physical IQ is responsible for registration, assessment, providing and delivering the curriculum, and certification of the qualification. NewBridge College offers full-time lecture and tutorial support towards this Physical IQ qualification.

Similarly, NewBridge College offers support for the Short Learning Programmes offered on that are detailed above. Our full-time campus, situated in Musgrave, Durban, ensures that students who enrol with us will enjoy a full student life that includes lectures, personal development, and an exciting sport and social programme while they study towards this internationally-recognised Physical IQ qualification.

For further information on this accreditation, click here