Certificate IV in Fitness

Course code: SIS40215

Key features of the course

  • The course covers a range of interesting topics including:
    • Planning, conducting and evaluating exercise training
    • Working in sports, fitness and recreation environment
    • Risk management
    • Collaborating with medical and allied health professionals
    • Strength and conditioning techniques
    • Advising on fitness and nutrition
    • Planning programs for older clients, teenagers and children
    • Setting up own business and marketing
  • Small classes in modern classrooms
  • Well-equipped gym and fitness laboratories on campus
  • Supportive and well qualified teachers with extensive experience in the fitness and exercise science field
  • Practical placement in a fitness centre providing hands on experience with clients
  • Access to student activities in a University environment
  • Access to academic skills support and career advice

More information

Download the handbook (PDF, 1.1MB) Download the brochure (PDF, 554KB)

6 months full time

Study mode:
Face to face classes
Practical placement

Melbourne Campus (Fitzroy)
Brisbane Campus (Banyo)

July each year


  • Those who are passionate about health and well-being
  • Those who want a career as a fitness instructor in Gyms, Aquatic facilities, Community facilities and Outdoor recreation
  • Those who are interested in learning about body and train others
  • Those who want to establish and manage their own business in fitness related field
  • Language, literacy and numeracy skills at an appropriate level to complete the course.
  • Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who hold a current first aid and CPR certificate and have been recognised as competent in the following units of competency:
    • SISFFIT001 Provide health screening and fitness orientation
    • SISFFIT002 Recognise and apply exercise considerations for specific populations
    • SISFFIT003 Instruct fitness programs
    • SISFFIT004 Incorporate anatomy and physiology principles into fitness programming
    • SISFFIT005 Provide healthy eating information
    • SISFFIT006 Conduct fitness appraisals
    • SISFFIT014 Instruct exercise to older clients
    • SISXCCS001 Provide quality service
  • Working with Children Check

Possible career paths include:

  • Fitness instruction in commercial Gyms, Aquatic facilities, Community facilities and Outdoor recreation or freelance consultants
  • Exercise and Health Management
  • Exercise and Sport Psychology
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Physical Education Teaching
  • Sport Management

We recognise your past studies and experiences. If you want to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT) please refer to the student handbook and RPL/CT Policy on our website for further information.

SISFFIT019 Incorporate exercise science principles into fitness programming
Collaborate with medical and allied health professionals in a fitness context
Promote functional movement capacity
Provide motivation to positively influence exercise behaviour
Conduct sustainable work practices in open spaces
Instruct long-term exercise programs
Instruct personal training programs
Instruct group personal training programs
Instruct exercise programs for body composition goals
Support healthy eating through the Eat for Health Program
Recognise the dangers of providing nutrition advice to clients
Instruct exercise to young people aged 13 to 17 years

SISSSTC301A Instruct strength and conditioning techniques
Develop strength and conditioning programs
Instruct movement programs to children aged 5 to 12 years
Undertake small business planning
Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business
Monitor and manage small business operations
Manage small business finances
Market the small business

Tuition fees and funding

In Victoria the training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding for eligible candidates. Please refer to the Department of Education & Training website for funding eligibility in Victoria.

In Brisbane the training is delivered fee for service. Please refer to our fees page for details.