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0.5 Year


The Certificate III in Fitness (Gym Instructor) gives you the skills and knowledge you need to become a gym or group exercise instructor in the growing global sports and fitness sector.

You’ll start with the essential principles of anatomy and physiology and learn how to provide quality care and service, maintain your equipment and adapt exercise programs to diverse groups to meet their unique needs.

Developed in consultation with industry experts, the Certificate III in Fitness (Gym Instructor) blends face-to-face learning with practical training. You’ll work with real clients to meet to meet their goals in a fully equipped TAFE NSW campus gym.


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Through course work, you will learn to: 

  • Provide health screening and fitness orientation
  • Instruct fitness programs - Perform first aid and CPR
  • Provide healthy eating information
  • Instruct exercise to older clients
  • Work effectively in sport, fitness and recreation environments


Gain a range of skills to ensure your clients achieve their health and fitness goals, including:

  • Skills in pre-exercise risk assessment
  • Fitness assessments
  • Fitness program planning and evaluation
  • Facility risk management


Gain the confidence to work with colleagues and clients of all ages with these critical professional skills:

  • Techniques to motivate and inspire clients
  • Outstanding communication
  • Positive attitude
  • Problem solving
  • An entrepreneurial spirit


The global market for health and weight management is set to grow from AUD $257 billion in 2020 to AUD $400 billion by 2025. That’s an annual growth rate of 9.3% over the next 5 years.

A 2020 survey of the global wellness sector found an increased demand for certified fitness professionals. Other emerging trends include:

  • Wearable technology
  • Training with free weights
  • Bodyweight training


When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledgeand skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

Academic Requirements: English Language Requirements:
  • Academic IELTS 5.5 or TOEFL (iBT) 46 or equivalent
  • Or Completion of a TAFE NSW General English Program

  • TAFE NSW makes every effort to ensure your Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) needs are met. The level of support you need may be assessed via a review of your LLN skills with written tasks and a one-on-one interview. If you need to strengthen your LLN skills, an individual training plan will be created with you.

    Work experience provides you with exposure to circumstances that cannot be replicated in a learning or simulated environment.

    To be successful in this course, it is recommended that you complete at least 30 hours of work experience.

    If gym facilities are available at your TAFE NSW campus, you will be rostered to complete this requirement onsite working with real clients. If your campus does not have a gym, TAFE NSW will arrange work experience with an industry partner, local gym or in another fitness setting.

    Work experience is a learning opportunity, you will not be paid for your work experience hours.

    Before You Start Work Experience

    Before you attend your first work experience shift, you must:

    If you need help arranging your WWCC, speak with your teacher when you begin the course.

    Please Note: Working with Children Checks can take several weeks to process. When you apply for your WWCC, be sure to allow enough time before the start of your work experience.

    To be prepared for this course, you should have:

    • A desire to help others reach their exercise goals
    • Access to the internet, a computer or other mobile device
    • Confidence in and around water, including being able to swim
    • Current or previous workplace experience in a fitness-related field


    It is recommended that you are at least 17 years old on the date of your enrolment in this course. This recommendation is based on industry and training guidelines.


    You must participate in an 'Adult Pre-Exercise Screening' at orientation as you need to demonstrate that you have the required level of fitness to complete the course, and that you can complete CPR on the floor as required by the unit HLTAID003.

    You will also need appropriate exercise clothing and shoes, a hand towel, water bottle, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and a gym bag.

    If you require any help preparing for study, contact us about your options.


    From mountains to oceans, from cities to country towns, international students can choose from a range of courses offered at multiple campus locations across the state. Experience our vibrant spaces such as libraries, cafes and gyms as well as places you can network and socialise.

    Learn more about TAFE NSW study locations

    LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
    Meadowbank Jul A$7,660
    Northern Beaches Jul A$7,660
    Randwick Feb , Jul A$7,660
    LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
    Meadowbank Feb , Jul A$7,660
    Northern Beaches Feb , Jul A$7,660
    Randwick Feb , Jul A$7,660


    Additional costs for uniforms, equipment, textbooks and materials (if applicable) range from A$300 - $1,000 per course.


    TAFE NSW offers you a range of on campus study environments you will have access to industry specific computer rooms, real or simulated fitness workplaces, study and presentation areas as well as general student facilities to enhance your learning and student experience.

    Student facilities, amenities and support services include:

    • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service
    • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support
    • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service
    • Studiosity - online access to a tutor


    To receive this course students must complete all core units and a range of Additional units. 

    Note: Additional units may vary between each semester and campus, and will depend on a number of considerations including the packaging rules for the qualification and demand for the unit at that location. TAFE NSW does not guarantee that speciality units listed will be offered at each location and semester. You will receive your timetable from the teaching section on commencement and speciality units offered will be provided at that time.

    • Packaging Rules
    • This course requires a total of 16 units, made up of 9 core units and 7 elective units, consisting of all units in Group A, B or C plus the remaining units to make up the required 7 elective units from Group D. Maximum of 2 units may be selected elsewhere in the SIS Training Package, or any other current Training Package or accredited course. Units selected must be relevant to the work outcome, and must contribute to a valid, industry supported vocational outcome.
    • All 4 electives in Group C must be completed for the award of Certificate III in Fitness (Gym Instructor), along with an additional 3 electives.
    • Core Units
    • SISFFIT001 Provide health screening and fitness orientation
    • SISFFIT002 Recognise and apply exercise considerations for specific populations
    • SISFFIT003 Instruct fitness programs
    • SISFFIT004 Incorporate anatomy and physiology principles into fitness programming
    • SISFFIT005 Provide healthy eating information
    • SISFFIT014 Instruct exercise to older clients
    • SISXCCS001 Provide quality service
    • SISXFAC001 Maintain equipment for activities
    • SISXIND001 Work effectively in sport, fitness and recreation environments
    • BSBRSK401 Identify risk and apply risk management processes (Group C; Gym Instructor)
    • HLTAID003 Provide first aid (Group C; Gym Instructor)
    • HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety (Group C; Gym Instructor)
    • SISFFIT006 Conduct fitness appraisals (Group C; Gym Instructor)
    • SISFFIT007 Instruct group exercise sessions (Group B; Group Exercise Instructor)
    • SISFFIT011 Instruct approved community fitness programs (Group B; Group Exercise Instructor)
    • SISFFIT010 Deliver pre-choreographed or prescribed group exercise to music (Group D; General Elective)


    From certificates to diplomas, degrees to study packages, you can take your study further with us.


    Build your expertise with a TAFE NSW Sports and Fitness study pathway:

    Be Recognised

    If you already have experience, skills and knowledge that are relevant to your course, you may be able to apply for credit through articulation, credit transfer or recognition of prior learning.


    Plan your study around your life with a TAFE NSW study package. Our study packages allow for multiple courses to be packaged together that can lead you to a TAFE NSW or an Australian University Bachelor Degree with credits. This gives you a one stop shop by completing your applications for the whole package through TAFE NSW allowing you to apply for one student Visa for the full duration of the package.

    TAFE NSW allows for two or more courses to be packaged together, either to meet the prerequisite requirements for a course or to plan your studies around your career goals. You can submit a single TAFE NSW application form and will be able to apply for one Student Visa for the full duration of the package.