Course Description

New figures show Australia's obesity rate has ballooned, with 10.8 million Australians now classified as overweight or obese*.

This exciting and comprehensive course has been developed with the textbook Fitness Trainer Essentials.

This certificate is a nationally recognised qualification from the SIS10 Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package covering fitness planning and programming, legal matters, client screening and motivation, program delivery and business planning. The course also includes a work placement to enhance your skill development, and give you real, working knowledge of the fitness industry.

Study Fitness Online

This course is delivered through a combination of online learning and a work placement. Theory, knowledge and initial skills are developed via our online campus OpenSpace, which is where you can access your course material and complete your assessments.

Practical skills as a fitness instructor are gained through a work placement which you will do in in a gym or other appropriate workplace. We can advise you on how to find a suitable work placement in your area. 

* Figures by the National Health Reporting Authority for the Council of Australian Governments, 2014.

This course involves work placement that currently needs to be undertaken in Australia. More information available in our FAQs

New figures show Australia's obesity rate has ballooned, with 10.8 million Australians now classified as overweight or obese*.

This exciting and comprehensive course has been developed with the textbook Fitness Trainer Essentials.

This certificate is a nationally recognised qualification from the SIS10 Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package covering fitness planning and programming, legal matters, client screening and motivation, program delivery and business planning. The course also includes a work placement to enhance your skill development, and give you real, working knowledge of the fitness industry.

Study Fitness Online

This course is delivered through a combination of online learning and a work placement. Theory, knowledge and initial skills are developed via our online campus OpenSpace, which is where you can access your course material and complete your assessments.

Practical skills as a fitness instructor are gained through a work placement which you will do in in a gym or other appropriate workplace. We can advise you on how to find a suitable work placement in your area. 

* Figures by the National Health Reporting Authority for the Council of Australian Governments, 2014.

This course involves work placement that currently needs to be undertaken in Australia. More information available in our FAQs

Potential career outcomes

  • Personal trainer
Course number E1169
Qualification name SIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness (Personal Trainer)
Course duration Maximum 14 months
Delivery Method Online with Work Placement
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Case Studies, Demonstrations, Knowledge tests, Matching Answers , Multiple Choice Questions, Practical Assessments, Presentations, Reports, Scenario-Based Question , Short-Answer Questions, True/False question
Awarded by
  • Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90197)

New figures show Australia's obesity rate has ballooned, with 10.8 million Australians now classified as overweight or obese*.

This exciting and comprehensive course has been developed with the textbook Fitness Trainer Essentials.

This certificate is a nationally recognised qualification from the SIS10 Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package covering fitness planning and programming, legal matters, client screening and motivation, program delivery and business planning. The course also includes a work placement to enhance your skill development, and give you real, working knowledge of the fitness industry.

Study Fitness Online

This course is delivered through a combination of online learning and a work placement. Theory, knowledge and initial skills are developed via our online campus OpenSpace, which is where you can access your course material and complete your assessments.

Practical skills as a fitness instructor are gained through a work placement which you will do in in a gym or other appropriate workplace. We can advise you on how to find a suitable work placement in your area. 

* Figures by the National Health Reporting Authority for the Council of Australian Governments, 2014.

Once you are enrolled in this course, you will receive access to the first Module, which contains the first set of units for the course. When you have successfully completed those units, you'll be given access to the next Module. Modules 1 to 3 have been released and are available. The subsequent Modules will be available on the following dates:

  • Module 4: March 2017
  • Module 5: March 2017
  • Module 6: April 2017
  • Module 7: May 2017
  • Module 8: May 2017
  • Module 9: May 2017
  • Module 10: May 2017
Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements. Please download the course guide for current information about the course and its status.

Module 1

  • Comply with the scope of practice in provision of nutrition advice.
  • Identify situations outside of scope of practice.
  • Identify client needs within the Eat for Health Program.
  • Develop client profiles of food choices and eating patterns.
  • Provide eating pattern and health status information.
  • Influence healthier eating patterns.

Module 2

  • Perform routine equipment maintenance.
  • Conduct equipment repairs.
  • Store equipment to maintain serviceable condition.
  • Conduct maintenance checks of facilities or areas.
  • Check supplies.
  • Clean facility areas.
  • Contribute to facility or activity administration.

Module 3

  • Consolidate understanding of functional movement.
  • Inform clients of importance of functional movement.
  • Recognise and analyse client functional movement.
  • Consider static posture.
  • Implement functional exercise strategies.
  • Consolidate understanding of exercise science principles.
  • Apply knowledge to own professional practice.
  • Maintain and update knowledge of exercise science principles.
  • Identify client fitness goals.
  • Develop program plans.
  • Conduct exercise sessions.
  • Evaluate program.

Module 4

  • Refer to medical or allied health professional.
  • Receive and respond to referrals.
  • Deliver and monitor client fitness program.
  • Report on client progress.
  • Maintain client records.

Module 5

Module 6

  • Identify client fitness requirements.
  • Develop personal training exercise plan and program.
  • Conduct personal training sessions.
  • Evaluate personal training program.
  • Consolidate understanding of behaviour change strategies.
  • Apply knowledge to own professional practice.
  • Maintain and update knowledge of motivation and behaviour change.
  • Identify client body composition requirements.
  • Develop exercise plan to improve body composition.
  • Implement exercise plan.
  • Evaluate exercise plan.

Module 7

  • Identify group personal training program requirements.
  • Develop group personal training exercise plan and program.
  • Conduct group personal training sessions.
  • Evaluate personal training program.
  • Plan sustainable activities for work in open spaces.
  • Conduct minimal impact activities.
  • Monitor impacts and changes.

Module 8

  • Identify fitness requirements.
  • Plan exercise session.
  • Instruct exercise session.
  • Evaluate exercise session.
  • Identify client needs.
  • Recommend services.
  • Customise services.
  • Confirm services.

Module 9

  • Identify and implement business legal documents
  • Comply with legislation codes and regulatory requirements
  • Negotiate and arrange contracts
  • Develop marketing strategies
  • Determine a marketing mix for the business
  • Implement marketing strategies
  • Monitor and improve marketing performance

Module 10

  • Implement financial plan
  • Monitor financial performance
  • Identify elements of the business plan
  • Develop a business plan
  • Develop strategies for minimising risks

Education

Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who hold a current first aid and CPR certificate and have been recognised as competent through a recognised training program or recognition process against 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


Students are also required to have:

  • Completed schooling to Year 10.
  • Completed a qualification at the Certificate III level or higher.

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 18 years old.

English

This course involves reading learner guides and undertaking a range of written assessments and engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 10 level.

If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 10 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate II level or higher; or
  • 2 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication

Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. See the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Considerations section for more information on tools, resources and support services provided to by Open Colleges.

Computing

You will need access to a computer and the internet and have basic computing skills. Minimum specifications for your computer are:

All users:

  • Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 2GB of RAM
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher.
  • Access to printer and associated software
  • Access to scanner and associated software
  • Digital imaging software
  • File compression software.

Windows users:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher (Windows 8 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Mac OS users:

  • Mac OSX v10.5 or higher (Mac OSX v10.6 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Physical requirements

You will be required to undertake tasks related to a Certificate IV in Fitness qualified Personal Trainer during your work placement. Tasks may involve: demonstrating exercise, spotting of exercises, physical activity and the requirement to fulfill maintenance/risk management procedures.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies. You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.

Professional Accreditation

Upon graduation you may apply to join Fitness Australia or Physical Activity Australia.


Fitness Australia and Physical Activity Australia are the two peak health and fitness industry associations and provide support services for Fitness professionals by aiding registered members attain employment, further their education and keep them informed of the latest Fitness Industry developments.

The course contains a minimum of 60 hours of work placement

It is advised that you will be assessed in a fitness/health workplace. The workplace will need to provide fitness/health services. Various pieces of contemporary fitness equipment should be made available to clients and staff.


Units within the course require the demonstration of skills to plan and instruct a variety of training sessions within an environment with appropriate facilities, equipment and materials such as free weights or exercise machines. Assessment must also ensure access to access to a range of clients with real or simulated fitness goals.


It is strongly recommended that you commence your work placement no earlier than module 3.

Open Colleges offers this qualification in association with Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90197). The testamur will be issued by Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd.

Boris Bojanovic

Boris' passion for strength training has lead to a multifaceted career as a competitor, coach and presenter. With a degree in Exercise Physiology, his major area of interest is functional anatomy and how to optimise movement for performance and injury prevention.

Boris' is a Corrective Exercise Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach, and also provides teaching for Rehab Trainer, Australian Institute of Kettlebells/Functional Training Institute and CrankIt Fitness. Boris has also written articles and developed educational materials for Fitness Australia. He gets immense satisfaction from using his expertise in corrective exercise and functional training to help clients and educate other trainers.

Dane Ivicevic

Dane is a body composition specialist and an integrative medicine practitioner running a specialised health and body composition consultancy with over 15 years’ experience helping others achieve their personal best in health and fitness. Dane is also a Biochemist for Gen-Tec Nutrition, where he conducts research and development for the formulation and design of leading sports supplements Australia wide. As a qualified clinical biochemist, nutritionist and exercise scientist Dane has also lectured at Australia’s leading fitness and nutrition institutes over the past 7 years, and has presented at various wellness and fitness conferences on nutrition. An accomplished bodybuilder, he has competed internationally since 2005, placing in the top three at the universe titles three times within NABBA, INBA and WFF. He has also won the Australian titles for his division three times. A big believer in education, Dane holds the following qualifications: Masters of Complimentary Medicine (Current), Postgraduate Diploma of Infection and Immunity, Postgraduate Certificate of Pharmacy, Bachelor of Science (Nutrition and Exercise Science), Diploma of Exercise Science and Fitness Management, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Certificate IV Fitness and a Certificate III Fitness.

Matthew Burns

Matthew has been employed within the fitness industry and education sector for 6 years as a personal trainer and as a PDHPE teacher/Trainer & Assessor for Fitness and Sport & Recreation. As a personal trainer, Matthew has worked for a number or gyms across Sydney and has run an independent personal training business. Matthew’s passion for learning about the body continued into his university years, where his primary focus was Exercise Science (Bachelor) and Secondary Education (Diploma). Matthew also holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Pool lifeguard Certification, Certificate III in Fitness and was a sponsored fitness model in the under 30 Australian National Bodybuilding (ANB) Nationals competition in Sydney 2012. 

Matthew Morrison

Matthew is a registered Australian Strength and Conditioning Coach with experience training AFL draftees, elite level junior rugby union players and highly ranked Muay Thai fighters. Matthew holds a Diploma of Fitness, a Certificate IV in Fitness, a Certificate III in Fitness, and a Certificate III in Nutrition and Dietetic Assistance, as well as a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

An ardent advocate for fitness, he runs his own personal training business, has worked with one of Australia’s leading supplement companies and continues to work closely with Barbarian Muay Thai fight team. An athlete in his own right, Matthew has a passion for, and competes in, both Muay Thai and Kickboxing.

Phil Casey

Since receiving his Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Phil has held a number of specialist posts in both hospital and community settings, including roles in pediatrics and working with diabetics. He has also worked as a chiropractic assistant in Sydney’s CBD for five years, a role which saw him perform exercise rehabilitation sessions for clients.

Also qualified in sports/remedial massage and personal fitness training, Phil has 20 years fitness industry experience including personal training, facility management and sales.

As an educator, Phil has over six years’ experience teaching a range of face-to-face and online courses across anatomy and physiology, Certificate III and IV in Fitness and the Diploma of Fitness.

Phil McKay

Phil has completed a Certificate III and IV in Fitness and a Diploma of Fitness. Phil began his career as a gym instructor and also worked in personal training. He later moved into a fitness coordinator role, supervising a team of personal trainers and group fitness instructors. After a few years of managing a professional gym, Phil started his own fitness studio. Phil wants to use his experience to help his students take their passion to change their lives, and develop better health and wellbeing.

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