National code: SIS40221

Certificate IV in Fitness

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Overview About this course

Realise your dream of becoming a qualified fitness instructor. Work as a group gym instructor or personal trainer. Join the dynamic fitness community, build your own business as a personal trainer and help your clients reach their fitness goals.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Implement science principles of exercise

  • Support exercise behaviour change

  • Support healthy eating for individual clients

  • Implement business operations and leadership knowledge

Course Outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • A nationally accredited qualification at Certificate IV level

  • A pathway to further study in fitness

  • Credit toward a full qualification

  • Specialist skills that will see you thrive in the fitness industry

  • Strong pathways to continue your studies and enhance your career opportunities

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • Successful completion of the Certificate III in Fitness or an equivalent qualification, as evidenced by a copy of your certificate or transcript

Completion requirements

During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:

  • An Adult Pre-Exercise Screening at orientation

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • Appropriate exercise attire such as gym shoes, hand towel, water bottle, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and gym bag

  • Access to a computer and the internet to complete assessment activities outside the classroom

  • Empathy, patience and the capacity to empower others

  • A passion for training others

  • Experience correctly using workout equipment

  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) at a Year 12 high school level

  • TAFE NSW may ask you to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test.

  • This skills test helps us to understand your individual study needs, to design an individualised plan that supports your study success and ensures your LLN skills match the demands of the course.

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future Career and Study Options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: group fitness instructor, gym instructor, personal trainer and team leader in a fitness environment

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 1 Course

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

Further study 1 Course

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

Related study 2 Courses

Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate IV in Fitness qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 17 units of competency, including 10 core and 7 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Support healthy eating for individual fitness clients SISFFIT053

  • Develop and instruct personalised exercise programs for older clients SISFFIT044

  • Develop and instruct personalised exercise programs for adolescent clients SISFFIT045

  • Use exercise science principles in fitness instruction SISFFIT049

TAFE NSW Services Facilities and Support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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