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Certificate IV in Fitness

SIS40215

  • Get qualified to work as a Personal Trainer with this Certificate IV in Fitness (SIS40215)
  • Gain hands-on experience & face-to-face mentoring in a real gym
  • Graduate Placement Guarantee with leading industry partners available to eligible students

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At a glance

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Provider

Australian Institute of Personal Trainers (RTO 32363)
Career Opportunities
Recognition

Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards.
Accredited by Fitness Australia and Physical Activity Australia

Prerequisites
Location

Australia wide - Study anywhere

Work placement

Fast-track on campus: 26 hours
Mentored: 40 hours

Course length
Complete within 1 year. e.g. 1.5 hrs a week = finish in 1 year. (Fast-track includes an 8 week practical program)
Study mode

Blended

In-class


Online

Study from anywhere, when it suits you best and graduate with the identical qualification as an on-campus student.

Blended

Study part of the course online. Combine your online learning with classes or practical sessions on-campus at a college or university.

In-class

Attend classes on-campus at a university, TAFE or college and interact face-to-face with teachers and fellow students.

Assessment
Quizzes, assignments & practical component
Start date

Start anytime.

Provider
Australian Institute of Personal Trainers (RTO 32363)

Australian Institute of Personal Trainers specialises in hands-on fitness education delivered by industry professionals.

When you study with Australian Institute of Personal Trainers, you’ll have access to:

  • Flexible delivery options – fit study into your schedule
  • Practical experience in a real gym
  • Dedicated support from fitness and education specialists

You can study online and complete your practical training in a gym near you, or fast-track your studies with face-to-face delivery at one of Australian Institute of Personal Trainers' campuses around Australia.

Australian Institute of Personal Trainers Pty Ltd (RTO 32363) trading as Australian Institute of Personal Trainers.

Price

The course price can vary depending on a few factors, including whether you are an Australian resident or your chosen payment option. To find out more, contact the course provider.

What you'll learn

Become trained in:

  • Providing exercise instruction and gym programs for groups
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Working in a gym environment and with gym equipment
  • Planning a home based business
  • Working with specific populations

Practical experience

If you study fast-track at an Australian Institute of Personal Trainers campus, you'll complete 26 hours of practical experience in a gym.

If you study through mentored delivery, you'll gain hands on experience through 40 hours of practical placement in a gym near you, mentored by a fitness industry professional.

Course structure

20 units

Units

  1. SISFFIT013 - Instruct exercise to young people aged 13 to 17 years


    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to plan, instruct and evaluate exercise for young people aged thirteen to seventeen years. It requires the ability to supervise young people using fitness facilities and relevant equipment to promote functional capacity and fitness.

    It involves using industry endorsed risk management protocols when determining the provision of suitable exercise services. This may include guidance from relevant medical or allied health professionals.

    This unit applies to personal trainers who work in a variety of fitness locations such as fitness, leisure and community centres. These individuals typically work autonomously in controlled and uncontrolled fitness environments.

    Work is performed according to relevant legislation including working with children or vulnerable people checks, and organisational policies and procedures

  2. SISFFIT015 - Collaborate with medical & allied health professionals in a fitness context


    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to identify situations and conditions requiring guidance from, or the need to work with, medical or allied health professionals. This unit requires the ability to undertake referrals, and interpret and implement instructions from medical or allied health professionals to ensure appropriate exercise planning and delivery within industry endorsed scope of practice.

    This unit applies to personal trainers who require guidance from an appropriate medical or allied health professional following industry endorsed pre-exercise screening and risk stratification, or resulting from professional judgement.

    These individuals typically work autonomously in controlled and uncontrolled fitness environments. Work is performed according to relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures.

  3. SISFFIT016 - Provide motivation to positively influence exercise behaviour


    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to promote exercise and incorporate behaviour change strategies into fitness instruction, programming and provision of fitness advice.

    This unit applies to personal trainers who work in controlled and uncontrolled environments. These individuals typically work independently with some level of autonomy. Work is performed according to relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures.

  4. SISFFIT017 - Instruct long-term exercise programs


    This unit describes the performance outcomes, knowledge and skills required to plan, instruct and evaluate long-term exercise programs for clients. It requires the ability to apply the principles of training and program design to achieve goals in relation to health and skill-related components of fitness. It applies to the use of a variety of training techniques and cardiovascular, free weights and contemporary training equipment, in client programs.

    This unit does not cover exercise prescription or instruction of uncontrolled movements. The personal trainer must only implement instruction and monitoring of power exercises that are controlled and only in situations where the client is prepared. This unit does not apply to the use of Olympic lifts.

    This unit applies to personal trainers who work in controlled and uncontrolled environments. These individuals typically work independently with some level of autonomy. Work is performed according to relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures.

  5. SISFFIT018 - Promote functional movement capacity


    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to assess client movement and exercise capacity and develop an appropriate exercise program. It requires the use of functional movement knowledge in day-to-day professional practice to encourage healthy posture, effective movement patterns and safe exercise technique for clients.

    This unit applies to personal trainers who offer exercise programs to improve functional movement for general populations, including older adults and young people. These clients are those with no unstable health conditions, pain or injury as identified through industry endorsed pre-exercise screening and risk stratification protocols.

    This unit does not apply to the provision of postural assessment, advice or treatment for an injury, disease or condition. The personal trainer is expected to refer clients requiring guidance, advice or treatment to an appropriate allied health professional.

    This unit applies to personal trainers who typically work autonomously in controlled and uncontrolled fitness environments. Work is performed according to relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures.

  6. SISFFIT019 - Incorporate exercise science principles into fitness programming


    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to incorporate an understanding of exercise science principles into fitness instruction, programming and provision of fitness advice.

    This unit applies to the use of physiological and mechanical principles in training to improve the health- and skill-related components of fitness of clients who have recently completed industry endorsed pre-exercise screening and risk stratification procedures.

    This unit applies to personal trainers who typically work autonomously in controlled and uncontrolled fitness environments. Work is performed according to relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures.

  7. SISFFIT020 - Instruct exercise programs for body composition goals


    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to design exercise plans and programs to change and maintain desired and realistic body composition of clients.

    It applies to exercise programs aimed at health-related components of fitness, with particular attention to body composition. This unit does not directly apply to provision of healthy eating information regarding body composition goals, however it does cover the calculation of energy expenditure to enable planning and instruction of appropriate programs to achieve identified goals.

    This unit applies to the planning of programs for clients who have completed industry endorsed pre-exercise screening and risk stratification procedures.

    This unit applies to personal trainers who typically work autonomously in controlled and uncontrolled fitness environments. Work is performed according to relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures.

  8. SISFFIT021 - Instruct personal training programs


    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to plan, instruct and evaluate personal training programs for a variety of clients in both controlled and uncontrolled environments. It requires the ability to plan individualised programs for clients who have completed industry endorsed pre-exercise screening and risk stratification procedures.

    This unit applies to personal trainers who typically work autonomously in controlled and uncontrolled fitness environments. Work is performed according to relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures.

  9. SISFFIT023 - Instruct group personal training programs


    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to plan, instruct and evaluate group personal training programs for a variety of clients in both controlled and uncontrolled environments. It requires the ability to plan individualised programs for clients who have completed industry endorsed pre-exercise screening and risk stratification procedures.

    It requires the ability to instruct personal training sessions and programs to a group of people, whilst taking into account individual goals, programming requirements, personality and fitness level. The personal trainer ensures that the supervision ratio to client adheres to organisation policies and procedures.

    This unit applies to personal trainers who typically work autonomously in controlled and uncontrolled fitness environments. Work is performed according to relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures.

  10. SISFFIT025 - Recognise the dangers of providing nutrition advice to clients


    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to identify when the provision of nutritional advice is beyond the scope of practice of a personal trainer.

    It requires the ability to recognise the dangers of providing nutrition advice in a fitness setting and when a client requires referral to an Accredited Practising Dietitian, Accredited Sports Dietitian or General Practitioner.

    This unit covers recognition of appropriate information sources to apply to the provision of food advice, and when the provision of such advice is unethical and beyond the scope of practice.

    This unit applies to personal trainers who typically work autonomously in controlled and uncontrolled fitness environments. Work is performed according to relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures.

  11. SISFFIT026 - Support healthy eating through the Eat for Health Program


    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to use the Eat for Health Program to support clients who do not have special dietary needs. It covers assisting clients to adapt the Australian Dietary Guidelines to suit their lifestyles and food choice influences using the Eat for Health Program as a guide.

    This unit requires the ability to provide healthy eating information and assist clients within industry endorsed scope of practice following completion of industry endorsed pre-exercise screening.

    The scope of practice of a personal trainer does not include:

    • the provision of specific or individualised dietary analysis or advice, or information regarding:
      • specific diets
      • fad diets
      • nutritional supplementation
      • sports foods
      • ergogenic aids
      • nutrition for exercise or sports performance
    • the provision of information or advice to people with medical conditions requiring specialised dietary advice, or to frail elderly people who are at risk of malnutrition
    • the provision of dietary information or advice for infants and toddlers.

    The personal trainer must refer clients to an Accredited Practising Dietitian, Accredited Sports Dietitian, or General Practitioner as appropriate.

    This unit applies to personal trainers who typically work autonomously in controlled and uncontrolled fitness environments. Work is performed according to relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures.

  12. SISXRES001 - Conduct sustainable work practices in open spaces


    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to plan and conduct work in open spaces while upholding sustainable practices. This unit requires the ability to conduct research of the current land condition, capability, uses and practices, and develop and implement strategies to achieve sustainable practices for outdoor programs and activities.

    This unit applies to operation or program managers who are responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating sport, recreation or fitness programs and activities across a range of activity areas. They work autonomously with responsibility for management of resources and upholding of sustainable work practices.

  13. SISSSTC301A - Instruct strength & conditioning techniques


    This unit describes the performance outcomes, knowledge and skills required to use drills, exercises and activities to instruct strength and conditioning techniques to individual athletes or groups of athletes according to their sport-specific needs, or those undertaking fitness programs to achieve personal fitness goals.

  14. SISSSTC402A - Develop strength & conditioning programs


    This unit describes the performance outcomes, knowledge and skills required to develop, implement and evaluate a strength and conditioning program. It focuses on the skills needed to develop a program which meets the needs of individual athletes or groups of athletes according to their sport-specific needs or those undertaking fitness programs to achieve personal fitness goals.

  15. SISFFIT012 - Instruct movement programs to children aged 5 to 12 years


    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to plan, instruct and evaluate movement programs for children aged between five and twelve years. It requires the ability to supervise young children in small groups participating in movement programs designed to promote functional movement, physical activity and general health.

    This unit does not apply to the instruction of children in the use of fitness or gym equipment typically found in gyms and other fitness facilities.

    This unit applies to fitness instructors who work in a variety of fitness locations such as fitness, leisure and community centres. These individuals typically work independently with some level of autonomy in a controlled environment. Work is performed according to relevant legislation including working with children and/or vulnerable people checks, and organisational policies and procedures.

  16. SISFFIT014 - Instruct exercise to older clients*


    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to plan, instruct and evaluate exercise for male clients aged forty five and over, and female clients aged fifty five and over. It requires the ability to provide instruction of exercise programs aimed at improving health and fitness for older clients, with consideration of aspects of healthy ageing. It also covers promotion of incidental physical activity to clients to minimise the risk of developing sedentary lifestyle behaviours. It involves using industry endorsed risk stratification procedures when determining the provision of suitable advice and referral requirements.

    This unit applies to fitness instructors who work in a variety of fitness locations such as fitness, leisure and community centres. These individuals typically work independently with some level of autonomy in a controlled environment.

    Work is performed according to relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures.

    * This unit is a credit transfer from the entry requirements.

  17. BSBSMB401A - Establish legal & risk management requirements of small business


    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to identify and comply with the regulatory, legal, taxation and insurance requirements, and risk management needs of small business.

    Specific legal requirements apply to the management of a small business.

  18. BSBSMB404 - Undertake small business planning


    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to research and develop an integrated business plan for achieving business goals and objectives.

  19. BSBSMB403 - Market the small business


    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to develop and implement marketing strategies, and to monitor and improve market performance.

  20. BSBSMB405 - Monitor & manage small business operations


    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to operate a small business and to implement a business plan. The strategies involve monitoring, managing and reviewing operational procedures.

First aid requirement:
This course requires you to complete a first aid course. You will need to organise to complete this training through an RTO such as St Johns Ambulance or Australian Red Cross.

Support and delivery

You study part of this course online, and complete the practical component in a real gym with a qualified personal trainer.

Choose from three ways to study:

1. Fast-track on campus

  • Get qualified fast at one of Australian Institute of Personal Trainers’ 100 campuses across Australia.
  • 26 hours of face-to-face structured learning and practical experience with a Personal Trainer in a real gym, delivered over 8 weeks.
  • 15 units to complete online at your own pace.
  • 3 intakes a year.
  • Learn in a group with other students.

2. Choose your own mentor

  • Choose an experienced Personal Trainer to mentor you through the practical parts of the course - your mentor must be approved by the Australian Institute of Personal Trainers.
  • 40 hours of practical experience with your mentor in a real gym.
  • Gain hands-on experience and observe real personal training sessions with clients.
  • 20 units to complete online at your own pace.
  • Start anytime.

3. Get paired with a mentor

  • Australian Institute of Personal Trainers will pair you up with a mentor who is a Personal Trainer – there are over 150 across Australia.
  • 40 hours of practical experience with your mentor in a real gym.
  • Gain hands-on experience and observe real personal training sessions with clients.
  • 20 units to complete online at your own pace.
  • Start anytime.

Support

  • Technical Advisors and Specialists provide one-on-one coaching sessions over the phone or Skype. They’re industry experts who will support you to complete each unit of the course. You can contact them 8am–6:30pm on weekdays.
  • Australian Institute of Personal Trainers have a Support Plan for each student, which ensures you’re contacted regularly and progressing through the course.
  • The team of Student Support Officers are dedicated to helping you graduate and will help you find a solution to any hurdles you’re facing.
  • You will receive a Study Plan that shows how long each unit will take to complete – a great tool to help you stay on track and plan your breaks from study.

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