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Certificate III in Fitness (Group Exercise Instructor)

National Course Code: SIS30315


The nationally recognised Certificate IV in Fitness (Group Exercise Instructor) gives you the practical skills you need to work as a gym instructor or group exercise instructor. With TAFE NSW, you'll learn to motivate and inspire people through plateaus to reach their fitness goals.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Incorporate anatomical and physiological principles into fitness instruction
  • Provide pre-exercise screening and fitness orientation
  • Maintain equipment for activities
  • Provide healthy eating information
  • Plan, instruct and evaluate exercise programs for a wide variety of client groups
  • Manage risks
  • Work safely in the sport, fitness and recreation industry


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Empathy
  • Adaptability
  • A desire to help people
  • Complex problem-solving skills
  • Effective communication skills
  • Entrepreneurial skills


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally accredited qualification at Certificate III level
  • First Aid Certificate
  • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

Career opportunities:

  • Gym instructor
  • Group exercise instructor


Take your career further with the:

  • Certificate IV in Fitness

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

Course details

People who are successful in this field are:

  • Self-motivated and be able to motivate others
  • Great communicators
  • Positive and have a can-do attitude
  • Interested in health and fitness
  • Entrepreneurial in spirit
  • Able to solve problems and find solutions
  • Genuine and approachable
  • Supportive and empathetic

Assessments give you the opportunity to demonstrate what you've learned so far and identify what knowledge or skills need further development. In this course you will undertake:

  • Skills assessments
  • Knowledge assessments
  • Case study assessments
  • Projects

The Certificate III in Fitness is an entry level qualification that will help you gain employment in the health and fitness industry as a gym, group or aqua exercise instructor.

Fitness instructors work independently and with some level of autonomy in a controlled environment like a fitness, leisure, aquatic or community centre where risks are managed through pre-existing risk assessment and hazard control processes.

The Certificate III in Fitness includes pre-requisite units that you will need to complete before you can progress on to studying the Certificate IV in Fitness where you will gain the skills and knowledge to become a personal trainer.

Depending on your campus location and local partnerships with TAFE NSW, you may have the opportunity to participate in excursions that get behind the scenes in the health and fitness industry.

You will gain a range of hands-on skills to help people achieve their health and fitness goals, including:

  • Skills in pre-exercise risk assessment
  • Fitness assessments
  • Fitness program planning and evaluation
  • How to work with different groups in the community and adapt programs to meet their needs

You will also learn how to operate in a contemporary fitness industry environment including:

  • Skills in risk management
  • Maintaining equipment
  • Offering a quality service

You will work with real clients in the TAFE NSW campus gym or an industry workplace to help them meet their personal health and fitness goals. You will also experience how an effective team works together to operate a successful business.

Study at your local TAFE NSW campus and practice your skills in settings that reflect a real workplace.

You will also have access to the following support:

  • Access to Counsellors, LNN specialists, interpreter services, helpdesk and online learning support
  • Guidance from Library staff
  • Guidance from student support services
  • Opportunities to participate in tutoring
  • Time with your teacher outside of the classroom and online lecture environment, including additional contact with them via email, Skype calls, phone calls with allocated meeting times
  • Work experience support

Continued growth is expected in this sector as more and more people embark on their health and fitness journey. This is a great time to enter the industry as there is a demand for skilled and qualified fitness instructors.

Fitness leaders are at the forefront of getting our population moving. Both the Government and leading health organisations are calling for Australians to be more physically active for health, happiness, longevity and disease prevention.

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed

This course is superseded

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