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Certificate IV in Fitness

National Course Code: SIS40215


The nationally recognised Certificate IV in Fitness enables you to help people live their best lives as a skilled personal trainer. Learn to collaborate with other health professionals, deepen your knowledge in fitness and nutrition and get the skills to start your own personal training business.


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

  • Collaborate with medical and allied health professionals
  • Promote functional movement capacity
  • Incorporate exercise science principles into client fitness programs
  • Support a diverse range of clients and provide advice on healthy eating to meet body composition goals
  • Plan, manage and market a successful small business


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Self-motivation and the ability to motivate others
  • Great communication skills
  • Positivity and a can-do attitude
  • An interest in health and fitness
  • Entrepreneurial spirit
  • Ability to solve problems and find solutions
  • A genuine and approachable nature
  • The ability to be supportive and empathetic


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate IV level
  • The skills to start your own small business as a personal trainer

Career opportunities:

  • Personal trainer
  • Personal training manager
  • Outdoor personal trainer
  • Exercise specialist
  • Fitness instructor


Take your career further with the:

  • Certificate IV in New Small Business

This course is superseded.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.


This course is currently available at 14 campus locations across NSW. Enquire now for other locations.

Course details

People who are successful in this industry are:

  • Self-motivated and able to motivate others
  • Great communicators and enjoy working with the public
  • 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
  • Collaborative and enjoy working as part of a tea

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

  • Skills assessments: perform an activity under observation
  • Knowledge assessments: short answer and multiple choice
  • Case study assessments: respond to a scenario under observation
  • Projects: develop business planning

The Certificate III in Fitness is an entry level qualification that will help you gain employment in the health and fitness industry and work with some level of autonomy in a controlled environment, where risks are managed through existing risk assessments and hazard control processes.

The Certificate IV builds upon the Certificate III qualification, providing a deeper understanding of the theory and practice in providing a safe and high quality personal training service. You will also gain key skills needed to start your own small business.

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 related to helping people achieve their health and fitness goals, including:

  • Instructing individual and group personal training programs
  • Providing appropriate advice to clients on healthy eating, incorporating exercise science principles into fitness programming
  • Motivating people to keep reaching for their health and fitness goals

You will also learn how to operate in a contemporary fitness industry environment including how to plan, manage and market a successful small business.

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

You will have access to industry specific computer rooms, studios, study areas, presentation areas and general student facilities available at most TAFE NSW campuses. You will also spend time in a real or simulated fitness environment where you can practice your skills in settings that reflects a real workplace.

You will have access to additional supports:

  • Counsellors
  • LNN specialists
  • Interpreter services
  • Helpdesk and online learning support
  • Guidance from Library staff and student support services. Opportunities to participate in tutoring
  • Time with your teacher outside of the classroom and in an online lecture environment
  • Work placement support

In NSW, the fitness instructor job role, is forecast to increase by around 2,090 employment opportunities to 2024.

Participation in fitness or gym activities is the second most popular type of sport and recreation for adults in Australia. The industry has experienced significant growth over the past five years which is expected to continue to 2024. Population growth, rising health consciousness, increasing discretionary incomes, and the ageing population are all contributing reasons to the continued growth.

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • On campus, Combination
  • Full Time, Part Time

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