Why a Fitness Certificate and Diploma?

This programme gives you the opportunity to gain a stand-alone National Certificate in Fitness before either starting your career or going on to achieve your National Diploma in Fitness. During the programme, you will learn to apply the theory in practice, building a portfolio which prepares you for work in the sports and fitness industry, as well as building your skillset through complementary Short Learning Programmes.

What You’ll Learn

Anatomy and biomechanics

Health and safety


Screening and Testing

Understanding special population groups

Fitness nutrition and chronic disease management

Business management and professionalism

Exercise Programming

Career Path

Health Club Manager

Strength, Wellness or Conditioning Coach

Professional or Amateur Team Manager Sports Facility Manager

Corporate fitness director

Rehabilitation Centre Director

Fitness Programme or Event Planning Manager

Nutrition Centre Manager


Why Study this Programme and Receive Support from NewBridge?

NewBridge provides a revolutionary learning model, combining full-time lecture and tutorial support with carefully-chosen Short Learning Programmes (SLPs) and a unique Professional Development Programme (PDP). This course includes various SLPs aimed at complementing your qualification with relevant skills and abilities.

Our Professional Development Programme runs concurrently with your course, giving you a competitive edge by imparting crucial skills for navigating your academic career, the digital world, the workplace, your finances, and even your personal life.

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PHYSICAL IQ is considered the gold standard for Fitness and Sport Management education in South Africa and is recognised by the country’s largest fitness chains. Graduates are accredited by the Register of Exercise Professionals South Africa (REPSSA), giving them global recognition and allowing them to practice their trade in the UK, New Zealand, Australia, the UAE and Europe.

Programme Content While Studying at NewBridge

6 Months PDP Content

  • Academic Orientation
  • Work Readiness
  • Financial Literacy
  • Personal Development
  • Digital Citizenship

Year 1 Qualification Content (National Certificate in Fitness)

  • Introduction to the Fitness Industry
  • Physiology
  • Exercise Programming
  • Motivating Fitness Clients
  • Fitness Nutrition
  • Anatomy and Biomechanics
  • Screening and Testing
  • Health and Safety
  • Business Management
  • Professionalism

Year 2 Qualification Content (National Diploma in Fitness)

  • Introduction to the Fitness Industry
  • Anatomy & Biomechanics
  • Physiology
  • Screening & Testing
  • Exercise Programming
  • Health & Safety
  • Understanding Special Population Groups
  • Sports Psychology
  • Business Management
  • Fitness Nutrition
  • Professionalism
  • Chronic Disease Management
  • Elective Module (HP Conditioning Techniques)

Bridging the Gap

At NewBridge, we focus on the often-neglected gaps – the transition from the classroom to the lecture theatre, and from the lecture theatre to the boardroom. Our unique and exclusive Professional Development Programme combines modules on the crucial life skills required to confidently navigate the world with relevant Short Learning Programmes from internationally-recognised universities and institutions to boost your skills in your chosen career path.

Your Competitive Edge

Professional Development Programme (PDP)

Our exclusive Professional Development Programme (PDP) equips every NewBridge student with the skills and insights required to create an accomplished career in the field. Our PDP includes modules on Academic Orientation, Work Readiness, Financial Literacy, Personal Development and Digital Citizenship, giving students the tools to make the most of their educational journey and to follow a prosperous career and life path after they graduate.

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Short Learning Programmes (SLP)

Forming part of your PDP, Short Learning Programmes (SLPs) are short courses offered through a variety of internationally-recognised institutions. Each course at NewBridge is accompanied by a custom set of SLPs which have been chosen for their direct benefit to your study path.

To augment your Fitness Certificate and Diploma, you will take part in some of the following SLPs:

  • Vital Signs: Understanding what the body is telling us (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Career Total Fitness Annual Retreat (State University of New York)
  • Science of Exercise (Colorado University)
  • Steps to becoming an in demand Fitness Professional (Udemy)
  • Gym in a Box (NewBridge)

The skills you learn in these short courses will be integrated into your academic career and beyond, empowering you to develop the mindset and capabilities to embark on a journey of lifelong learning.

A Unique Approach to Tertiary Education

The NewBridge education model is a new approach to education, an evolution in the progress towards a dynamic, comprehensive learning experience. Our teaching methods embrace a wide variety of learning methodologies, including face-to-face learning, workshops, online engagement, blended learning, tutorials, presentations and peer-to-peer collaboration. Our campus is fully digitally-enabled, allowing you to immerse yourself in new and innovative technologies, giving you every advantage possible. Our approach ensures that you are prepared to not only launch your career, but to successfully embrace a lifetime of opportunities.

Fee Structure

Your fees include full-time lecture and tutorial support for your chosen academic programme, our exclusive PDP syllabus, relevant SLPs, use of all campus amenities, and all sport and social activities. You are responsible for paying fees to NewBridge as well as to the external examining bodies for your particular programme.

We have made various payment options available for your convenience. Upon registration, you will be able to select the payment option that works best for you. To view our 2019 fees structure, please click the button below.

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Please note: As an independent learning platform and environment, NewBridge does not offer, provide or confer qualifications. NewBridge provides support and facilitation towards registered and accredited qualifications from registered local education institutions, such as IMM Graduate School and Physical IQ, as well as Short Learning Programmes from international institutions, such as CTH.

The registered local higher and further education institutions remain responsible for registering students, assessing students’ performance and providing and delivering the curriculum. Furthermore, as an independent learning platform and environment NewBridge curates Short Learning Programmes and non-higher education certifications towards industry and career-aligned programmes and portfolios.

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