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Certificate IV in Fitness

SIS40215

  • Become a professional Personal Trainer with this Certificate IV in Fitness (SIS40215)
  • Gain the knowledge to design health & fitness programs for a broad range of clients
  • Study online when it suits you

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At a glance

Study mode

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Online

Provider

OTEN – Open Training & Education Network (RTO 90004)
Career Opportunities
Recognition

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

Prerequisites

Certificate III Fitness (Gym Instructor)

Location

Online

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

Online


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
Practical assessments & client case studies
Start date

Enrol anytime.

Provider
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.

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

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.

Prerequisites

Students must first complete the Certificate III in Fitness (Gym Instructor) (SIS30315).

What you'll learn

Become trained in:

  • Providing motivation to positively influence exercise behaviour
  • Instructing group PT programs
  • Small business disciplines, including planning, finance and operations
  • How to instruct long-term exercise plans
  • How to train children aged 5 - 17 years old
  • How to support healthy eating

Course structure

20 units

Core units

  1. Fitness buisness


    This cluster of units describes the skills and knowledge required to employ useful strategies to set up a business from home, be able to assess and prioritise risks and identifies and comply with all regulations affecting the business, monitor and improve business performance via a clear strategy complementing the business plan, research and develop an integrated business plan for achieving business goals and objectives, and review financial management strategies on a regular basis, to implement a business plan and modify operations as required.

    Units of competency:
    BSBSMB306 - Plan a home based business
    BSBSMB403 - Market the small business
    BSBSMB404 - Undertake small business planning
    BSBSMB405 - Monitor & manage small business operations
    BSBSMB406 - Manage small business finance
    BSBSMB40 - Establish legal & risk management requirements of small business

  2. Functional movement exercise science


    This cluster 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, assess client movement and exercise capacity and develops 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.

    Units of competency:
    SISFFIT018 - Promote functional movement capacity
    SISFFIT019 - Incorporate exercise science principles into fitness programming

  3. Group personal training


    These units describe 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.

    It 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.

    Units of competency:
    SISFFIT023 - Instruct group personal training programs
    SISXRES001 - Conduct sustainable work practices in open spaces

  4. Nutrition


    This cluster 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.

    These units also describe 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.

    Units of competency:
    SISFFIT025 - Recognise the dangers of providing nutrition advice to clients
    SISFFIT026 - Support healthy eating through the Eat for Health Program

  5. Personal training


    This cluster of units 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 as well as programs for a group of clients who have completed industry endorsed pre-exercise screening and risk stratification procedures, to promote exercise and incorporate behaviour change strategies into fitness instruction, programming and provision of fitness advice.

    Units of competency:
    SISFFIT021 - Instruct personal training programs
    SISFFIT016 - Provide motivation to positively influence exercise behaviour
    SISFFIT020 - Instruct exercise programs for both composition goals

  6. Training children & youth


    This cluster of units describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to plan, instruct and evaluate movement programs for children aged between five and twelve years& 13-17years. It requires the ability to supervise young children and adolescents in small groups participating in movement programs designed to promote functional movement, physical activity and general health. Students will be required to plan, instruct and 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 does not apply to the instruction of children in the use of fitness or gym equipment typically found in gyms and other fitness facilities (5-12 years).

    Units of competency:
    SISFFIT012 - Instruct movement programs to children aged 5 - 12 years
    SISFFIT013 - Instruct exercise to young people aged 13 - 17 years

  7. Allied health


    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.

    Unit of competency:

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

  8. Advanced programming


    This cluster of units 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, and also to design exercise plans and programs to change and maintain desired and realistic body composition of clients, to plan, instruct and evaluate endurance training programs for clients who have completed industry endorsed pre-exercise screening and risk stratification procedures. 

    It requires the ability to identify and analyse specific client needs, instruct specialised endurance tests, and organise and implement a range of endurance training methods to achieve identified goals.

    Units of competency:
    SISFFIT017 - Instruct long-term exercise programs
    SISFFIT024 - Instruct endurance programs

Support and delivery

Studying online explained

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.

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