Diploma of Fitness


  • Further your career in the fitness industry with this Diploma of Fitness (SIS50215)
  • Develop expert skills in planning, conducting & evaluating advanced exercise programs 
  • Study online when it suits you

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At a glance

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OTEN – Open Training & Education Network (RTO 90004)
Career Opportunities
  • Fitness Services Co-ordinator
  • Advanced Personal Trainer
  • Personal Training Manager

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


Certificate IV in Fitness (SIS40215) plus 1 year of industry experience after this qualification.



Course length
Self-paced (e.g. 13 hrs a week = finish in 1 year, 10 hrs a week = finish in 18 months). 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.

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


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.


If you pay for the course using a VET FEE-HELP government loan, you need to:

  • provide a Year 12 Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (from an Australian agency), OR
  • successfully complete a Language Literacy & Numeracy (LLN) test.

What you'll learn

Become trained in:

  • Applying evidence based practice to exercise programs
  • Implementation of injury prevention strategies
  • Managing budgets and financial plans
  • Developing and instructing strength and condition techniques 
  • Using technology for sport, fitness and recreation work

Course structure

15 units

Core units

  1. Cluster 1 - Advanced exercise science

    These units describe the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to incorporate a progressed understanding of anatomy and physiology to exercise programming within scope of practice. and knowledge required to source and evaluates evidence for contemporary exercise programs and applies findings to the prescription of exercise.

    Units of competency:
    SISFFIT029 - Apply anatomy & physiology to advanced personal training
    SISFFIT028 - Apply evidence-based practice to exercise programs

  2. Cluster 2 - Advanced programming

    These units describe the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to plan, instruct and evaluate advanced exercise programs for clients in both controlled and uncontrolled environments within scope of practice, and requires students to provide a variety of fitness and conditioning programs that are targeted at individuals or groups who have completed industry endorsed pre-exercise screening and risk stratification procedures.

    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to incorporate an understanding of injury prevention into fitness instruction, programming and provision of fitness advice. It involves the application of foundation knowledge and skills to support the encouragement of healthy posture, effective movement patterns and safe exercise technique.

    Units of competency:
    SISFFIT031 - Implement injury prevention strategies
    SISFFIT030 - Instruct advanced exercise programs

  3. Cluster 3 - Health promotion projects

    These units describe the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to plan and incorporate education activities that promote physical activity and other healthy lifestyle recommendations. It requires the ability to deliver appropriate exercise levels within the context of public health recommendations in order to decrease risk factors and prevent chronic disease, undertake a straightforward project or a section of a larger project. It covers developing a project plan, administering and monitoring the project, finalising the project and reviewing the project to identify lessons learned for application to future projects.

    Workers at this level are team leaders or managers responsible for coordinating and monitoring the activities and performance of work teams and other service providers, and aim is to develop skills to analyse behaviour that impacts health and ways in which to reinforce or change them to promote health.

    Units of competency:
    SISFFIT027 - Conduct health promotion activities
    BSBPMG522 - Undertake project work
    CHCPRP003 - Reflect on and improve own professional practice
    CHCCOM002 - Use communication skills to build relationships
    HLTPOP402C - Assess readiness for & effect behaviour change

  4. Cluster 4 - Financial planning

    These units apply to individuals who play a significant role in ensuring a project meets timelines, quality standards, budgetary limits and other requirements set for the project. Skills and knowledge required to manage risks in a range of contexts across an organisation or for a specific business unit or area in any industry setting. Skills and knowledge required to undertake financial management within a work team in an organisation. It includes planning and implementing financial management approaches, supporting team members whose role involves aspects of financial operations, monitoring and controlling finances and reviewing and evaluating effectiveness of financial management processes.

    Units of competency:
    BSBFIM501 - Manage budgets & financial plans
    BSBRSK501 - Manage risk

  5. HLTAID006 - Provide advanced 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.

Elective units

  1. Cluster 5 - Fitness service coordinator

    These units describe the skills and knowledge required to engage consumers, analyse service needs of particular groups and develop programs and services to meet those needs, skills and knowledge required to identify networking and collaboration needs and develop formal and informal partnerships to enhance service delivery and improve professional practice and skills and knowledge required to undertake supervisory and coordinating activities in work groups in health and community service organisations.

    Units of competency:
    CHCCCS007 - Develop  & implement service programs
    CHCPRP001 - Develop & maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
    CHCMGT003 - Lead the work team

  2. Cluster 6 - Management

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to execute tasks associated with the recruitment cycle and apply in-depth knowledge of the work of the organisation, and how recruitment and selection practices fit with other human resources functions, skills and knowledge required to manage the performance of staff who report to them directly. Development of key result areas and key performance indicators and standards, coupled with regular and timely coaching and feedback, provide the basis for performance management and skills and knowledge required to apply and observe marketing plan objectives and action necessary improvements.

    Units of competency:
    BSBHRM405 - Support the recruitment, selection & induction of staff
    BSBMGT502 - Manage people performance
    BSBMKG514 - Implement & monitor marketing activities

*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

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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