Certificate III in Fitness (Gym Instructor)


  • Take your love of sport and fitness to the next level & become a certified instructor with this Certificate III in Fitness (Gym Instructor) (SIS30315)
  • Gain a national recognised qualification
  • Study online, when and where it suits you

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OTEN – Open Training & Education Network (RTO 90004)
Career Opportunities
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Exercise Instructor
  • Gym Instructor

Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards.
This course is recognised by Fitness Australia.





Course length
Self-paced (e.g. 13 hrs a week = finish in 1 year). Complete within 18 months.
Study mode



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


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


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

Practical assessments & client case studies
Start date

Enrol anytime.

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OTEN – Open Training & Education Network (RTO 90004)

TAFE NSW - OTEN - Open Training and Education Network (RTO 90004) is the largest online TAFE provider in Australia.

You can study OTEN’s accredited online TAFE courses at your own pace, and start anytime.

OTEN’s flexible courses are developed in consultation with relevant industry groups – to ensure you build the skills that are valued by employers.

Many OTEN courses are VET FEE-HELP approved so you can study now and pay later.

TAFE NSW - Open Training & Education Network (RTO 90004) trading as Open Training & Education Network

Payment options

12-month interest free payment planTerms & conditions apply

Upfront payment

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The cost of a course can vary depending on a few factors, including:

  • Whether you are an Australian resident
  • How you pay for the course (via a government loan, via a payment plan, or upfront)

To work out how much this course would cost you,
contact a SEEK Learning consultant.

What you'll learn

Become trained in:

  • Providing health screening & fitness orientation
  • Conducting fitness appraisals
  • Maintaining sport, fitness and recreation equipment and facilities
  • How to instruct fitness programs
  • Providing healthy eating information for older clients

Course structure

15 units

Core units

  1. Client screening & appraisal

    You will learn to identify client fitness requirements, administer a pre-exercise health screening questionnaire and advise clients of appropriate fitness programs, services and facilities. You will also learn the skills and knowledge required to plan and conduct fitness appraisals, related to the health-related components of fitness.

    Units of competency:
    SISFFIT001 - Provide health screening and fitness orientation
    SISFFIT006 - Conduct fitness appraisals

  2. Gym instruction

    You will learn the knowledge and skills required to incorporate an understanding of the human body structure and physiology into fitness instruction, programming and provision of fitness advice. You will learn to plan, instruct and evaluate a variety of fitness programs and circuit sessions aimed at the health-related components of fitness. It involves programming and instruction of cardiovascular, resistance and flexibility programs for low or moderate risk clients who have completed industry endorsed pre-exercise screening and risk stratification procedures. You will also learn to recognise exercise considerations common to specific population groups. It requires the ability to understand anatomical and physiological considerations and apply that understanding to client exercise participation aimed at improving health-related components of fitness.

    Units of competency:
    SISFFIT003 - Instruct fitness programs
    SISFFIT002 - Recognise & apply considerations for specific populations
    SISFFIT004 - Incorporate A & P principles to fitness programming

  3. Industry practice

    You will learn the skills and knowledge required to address needs and expectations of clients and colleagues, promote programs, services and facilities, and respond to conflict and client complaints. This includes the ability to use industry knowledge to support the completion of day-to-day work activities, such as to conduct routine maintenance and minor repairs on equipment.

    Units of competency:
    SISXCCS001 - Provide quality service
    SISXIND001 - Work effectively in sport, fitness & recreation environments
    SISXFAC001 - Maintain equipment for activities
    SISXFAC002 - Maintain sport, fitness & recreation facilities
    BSBSUS201 - Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

  4. Older clients instructor

    You will learn 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. You will also learn to establish and facilitate the effective functioning of a group of people participating in an activity.

    You will learn the skills and knowledge required to provide healthy eating information and support healthy attitudes to eating and body composition. This is undertaken in accordance with recommended guidelines within industry endorsed scope of practice.

    Units of competency:
    SISFFIT014 - Instruct exercise to older clients
    SISXCAI006 - Facilitate groups
    SISFFIT005 - Provide healthy eating information

  5. HLTAID003 - Provide first aid*

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide a first aid response to a casualty. The unit applies to all workers who may be required to provide a first aid response in a range of situations, including community and workplace settings.

  6. Risk, health & safety

    You will learn to identify risks and to apply established risk management processes within responsibilities and obligations of the exercise instructor role. You will also learn to participate in safe work practices to ensure your own health & safety and that of others.

    Units of competency:
    BSBRSK401 - Identify risk & apply risk management processes
    HLTWHS001 - Participate in workplace health & safety

*You’ll need to complete the ‘Provide first aid’ unit with a local training organisation, and arrange and pay for it separately.

Support and delivery

When you study online with OTEN, you can:

  • Study from anywhere, when it suits you best.
  • Graduate with the identical qualification as an on-campus student.
  • Get comprehensive support from teachers via phone and email.
  • Access course materials online.
  • Interact with teachers and fellow students via platforms like virtual classrooms, forums and video calls.

OTEN's online courses can also be referred to as distance education. Some hard-copy course materials and assessments may be accessed or submitted via post.

Payment options

There are 2 ways you can pay for this course:

1. 12-month interest free payment plan

Pay for your course over time by making weekly, fortnightly or monthly repayments.

This flexible payment plan requires no deposit, and you pay no interest for the first 12 months.

After 12 months, you will be charged an interest rate of 19.95% per annum on the amount that remains to be repaid.

Most working Australian adults are eligible. See Am I Eligible? for details.

A SEEK Learning consultant can help you set up this payment plan. There is a $99 annual fee. Terms and conditions apply.

2. Upfront payment

You can pay for this course upfront via credit card or bank transfer.

To understand more about payment options or find out if you’re eligible for a funding entitlement, contact a SEEK Learning Consultant.

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