International Course Info

Course code:


Course fee:



0.5 Year


The Certificate IV in Fitness is designed to take your fitness career to the next level as a skilled personal trainer in the global sports and fitness sector.

You will learn how to build your brand, manage a small business and confidently train a range of clients in group or one-on-one sessions. Graduate with the ability to provide leadership to clients and staff, deal with unpredictable situations and deliver outstanding fitness solutions for a range of unique needs. Plus, you’ll work with real clients in a TAFE NSW campus gym or through your industry work experience and inspire them to meet their personal health and fitness goals.

**This qualification is superseded.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.**


Through course work you will 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
  • Provide advice on healthy eating to meet body composition goals
  • Plan, manage and market a successful small business


Gain a range of skills to help people achieve their health and fitness goals, including:

  • Instruct individual and group personal training programs
  • Motivate people to keep reaching for their health and fitness goals
  • Operate in a contemporary fitness industry environment
  • Monitor and manage business activities to operate efficiently and profitably


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

  • Techniques to inspire clients
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Problem solving
  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Work independently
  • An entrepreneurial spirit


The global market for health and weight management is forecast 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
  • High intensity interval training
  • Training with free weights
  • Bodyweight training
  • Health and wellness coaching


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 require 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 simulated environment.

    To be successful in this course, at least 40 hours of work experience is recommended.

    If gym facilities are available at your TAFE NSW campus, you will be rostered 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 other 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, it is recommended that you have:

    • Time to set aside for study and assessments outside of scheduled class times
    • A good level of fitness
    • Access to the internet, a computer or other device
    • Fitness-related experience in your current or previous workplace or in previous studies

    Recommended Age At Completion
    It is recommended that you are at least 18 years old by the time you are expected to complete the course. This recommendation is based on industry and training guidelines. If you are under the recommended age and still want to enrol in this course, talk to your agent or a member of our team.

    Fitness Test and Screening
    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 (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) on the floor.

    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.

    No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.


    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

    • Packaging Rules:
    • This course requires a total of 20 units, 12 core units and 8 elective units to complete the course. The electives selected must include at least 4 units from group A, and the remaining 4 electives may be from group A (business electives) or group B (general electives).
    • Core Units
    • SISFFIT013 Instruct exercise to young people aged 13 to 17 years
    • SISFFIT015 Collaborate with medical and allied health professionals in a fitness context
    • SISFFIT016 Provide motivation to positively influence exercise behaviour
    • SISFFIT017 Instruct long-term exercise programs
    • SISFFIT018 Promote functional movement capacity
    • SISFFIT019 Incorporate exercise science principles into fitness programming
    • SISFFIT020 Instruct exercise programs for body composition goals
    • SISFFIT021 Instruct personal training programs
    • SISFFIT023 Instruct group personal training programs
    • SISFFIT025 Recognise the dangers of providing nutrition advice to clients
    • SISFFIT026 Support healthy eating through the Eat for Health Program
    • SISXRES001 Conduct sustainable work practices in open spaces
    • BSBSLS408 Present, secure and support sales solutions
    • BSBSMB401 Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business
    • BSBSMB403 Market the small business
    • BSBSMB404 Undertake small business planning
    • BSBSMB405 Monitor and manage small business operations
    • BSBSMB406 Manage small business finances
    • BSBFRA301 Work within a franchise
    • BSBFRA402 Establish a franchise
    • BSBFRA403 Manage relationship with franchisor
    • BSBHRM405 Support the recruitment, selection and induction of staff
    • BSBPMG522 Undertake project work
    • BSBSMB306 Plan a home based business
    • BSBSMB407 Manage a small team
    • BSBSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
    • CUFIND401A Provide services on a freelance basis
    • HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety
    • ICTICT203 Operate application software packages
    • SISCAQU012 Assist participants with a disability during aquatic activities
    • SISFFIT011 Instruct approved community fitness programs
    • SISFFIT012 Instruct movement programs to children aged 5 to 12 years
    • SISFFIT022 Instruct aquatic sessions for specific population groups
    • SISFFIT024 Instruct endurance programs
    • SISSSTC301A Instruct strength and conditioning techniques
    • SISSSTC402A Develop strength and conditioning programs
    • SISXCAI005 Conduct individualised long-term training programs
    • SISXCCS002 Coordinate client service activities
    • SISXCCS003 Address client needs
    • SISXDIS001 Facilitate inclusion for people with a disability
    • SISXICT001 Select and use technology for sport, fitness and recreation work
    • SISXIND005 Coordinate work teams or groups
    • SISXIND006 Conduct a sport, fitness or recreation event


    Whatever your career ambitions, we will help you get there with a range of courses to develop your skills, build your knowledge and prepare you for work.

    TAFE NSW is here to create exceptional learner experiences and provide quality, personalised services to make sure you achieve your goals.

    Explore your study options across a range of disciplines and talk to your TAFE NSW Education Agent or contact us.