New Zealand Institute of Sport

Find success in the growing sport and recreation industry with the New Zealand Institute of Sport

Interested in a career in the Sport, Fitness and Recreation industry? The New Zealand Institute of Sport (NZIS) could have the right programme to get you on your way, plus give you the tools to excel at your chosen sport.

Since being established in 1996, NZIS has developed and taught a range of courses designed to help you into your career in sport and recreation regardless of your starting position.

NZIS operates three learning hubs in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. In turn, these central campuses are linked to top class facilities for your practical components of your courses. NZIS can also assist with a range of accommodation options in the three cities.

Gateway courses can get you started 

Level 2 and 3 Gateway courses can help you focus your interest and energy towards a career in sport while you are still at high school. Talk to your careers advisor about enrolling in the NZIS Gateway Courses set for the school holidays in 2017.

If you’re big into sport but not into school, perhaps the Level 2 NZIS Certificate in Sport & Recreation Programme could be a great place to start your sports career. This is a Youth Guarantee programme so it is fees free in you are 16-19.

Got 80 credits at NCEA Level 2? 

If you have finished school with at least 80 credits at NCEA Level 2, the NZIS tertiary programme offers two years of courses. The first of these is the NZIS Diploma in Sport Management and Exercise Prescription (NZQA Level 5), which introduces students to all aspects of the industry. When you have completed this year, you are ready for entry-level jobs such as Sport Coordinators in schools, Gym Instructors, and Event Management Assistants.

In the second year Diploma programme (NZQA Level 6), you can specialise in your area of interest, either Advanced Sport Management or Advanced Exercise Prescription (exercise programming).

Train further through other tertiary institutions

For those wanting to take it all the way, NZIS has teamed with Victoria University in Melbourne and the Open Polytechnic to offer students the chance to enter the third year of degree studies at both institutions. At the Open Polytechnic, students can study for a bachelor of Applied Science or a Bachelor of Applied Management. The Victoria course leads to a Bachelor of Human Movement and opportunities to study further are also available.


The staff at NZIS are highly qualified and many are top sportspeople in their own right. The list of successful graduates and alumni is impressive too, with NZIS students going on to represent NZ in virtually every sporting discipline from the All Blacks and National Netball teams down.

NZIS has established specialist Rugby, Rugby League and High Performance Sporting Academies, these designed to not just foster talent but to maximise students’ chances of success in their chosen sport.

 Certificate in Pre-Police Proficiency

Another programme at NZIS that will interest some school leavers is their Certificate in Pre Police Proficiency, a one-year course getting you ready to undertake training for the NZ Police.

Take a look also at these NZIS associated accommodation options in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch if you are from outside the major cities.


NZIS website

NZIS Prospectus

NZIS Certificate in Sport & Recreation (and Youth Guarantee)

Diploma in Sport Management and Exercise Prescription (Level 5)

Diploma in Sport (Advanced Exercise Prescription) (Level 6)

Diploma in Sport (Advanced Sport Management) (Level 6)

Certificate in Pre Police Proficiency



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