Fitness and Health Consultant

Fitness and health consultants assess the physical health and fitness levels of clients and, on the basis of this assessment, offer advice on lifestyle changes to improve fitness, general health and well-being.

At the initial evaluation, fitness and health consultants will conduct physical tests such as measurement of pulse, heart rate and weight.

Fitness consultants also evaluate the client’s general state of well-being by inquiring into such matters as stress, eating habits, illnesses and physical activity. Following this, a lifestyle plan is then recommended for the client which addresses aspects such as diet, an exercise programme and stress management.

Personal Requirements

  • fit and healthy appearance
  • professional and self-confident
  • good communication skills
  • likeable, empathetic and patient
  • enthusiastic and able to motivate others

How to Enter

Schooling & School Subjects

  • National Senior Certificate meeting degree requirements for a degree course
  • National Senior Certificate meeting diploma requirements for a diploma course
Each institution has its own entry requirements.

Because entry requirements differ from one course to another, the requirements of the specific course in which you are interested should be checked.

What to Study

Universities offering courses in Biokinetics, Exercise Science and Human Movement Science are: NWU, UP, UV, UCT, RU, UZ, UFS, NMMU, UJ, US, UWC, Wits.

Universities of Technology offering courses in Sport Management - TUT, CPUT, CUT, DUT, VUT.

Exercise Teacher’s Academy courses are offered as full-time, part-time, home study and e-study courses and are recognised by the Sports Science Institute of South Africa, taking from 5 months to one year.


  • universities
  • private colleges
  • training departments of large corporations
  • non-governmental organisations
  • institutions specifically established for adult education
  • dance studios
  • health clubs
  • job training centres
  • community organisations
  • trade unions
  • religious organisations
  • old age homes
  • self-employment, set up own consultancy

Further Information

Exercise Teachers’ Academy
WPCC, Ave de Mist
Rondebosch, 7700 
Tel: (021) 671-1060

Biokinetics Association of SA
Office No 18, Norma Jean Square
244 Jean Avenue, Centurion (Lyttleton)
Tel: (012) 644-1506

Getting Started

  • make an appointment to talk to a fitness and health consultant about this type of career and ask to watch them work
  • attend fitness classes and ensure that you are very fit yourself
  • useful experience for this type of career includes working in areas such as nutrition, physiotherapy or physical education and in customer service work

Programmes by Study Institutions

Related Occupations

Study Exercise Science at Wits

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