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Certificate III in Fitness (Gym Instructor)

  • National Course Code: SIS30315
  • TAFE NSW code: SIS30315-03V02-21ULL-060

Location – Ulladulla


Part Time


Virtual classroom on campus

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

14 Hours per week


36 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government

Course Details

The nationally accredited Certificate III in Fitness (Gym Instructor) enables you to step up to your career as a qualified fitness instructor. You will learn how to apply the principles of exercise science to help real clients achieve their goals in TAFE NSW gyms or industry workplaces.


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

  • Complete pre-exercise screenings and fitness orientations
  • Plan and instruct approved group exercise and community fitness programs
  • Create and instruct pre-choreographed or prescribed programs to music
  • Evaluate group training programs


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 III level
  • Hands-on experience in the fitness industry working with real clients
  • A First Aid certificate
  • Options 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
  • Certificate III in Fitness (Aqua Exercise Instructor)
  • Certificate IV in New Small Business

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 knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol now.

TAFE NSW also offers the Certificate III in Fitness (Gym Instructor) as a traineeship. To be eligible to enrol as a trainee you must:

  • Be employed in the fitness industry as this course is delivered in the workplace
  • Have a signed traineeship contract

Thinking about a traineeship? Enquire today.


During your study, you will need to meet specific requirements to complete your coursework.

You need to meet the following requirements to be able to undertake work placement. Your teacher will let you know when you need to provide evidence of:

  • A Working with Children Check (WWCC)


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

Work experience is not mandatory for this qualification; however, this is a highly practical course with your coursework structured to include 30 hours of work experience.

If gym facilities are available at your TAFE NSW campus, you will be rostered to complete this component onsite working with real clients.

If your TAFE NSW campus does not have a gym, you will need to arrange work experience with a TAFE NSW industry partner, local gym or other fitness settings. Talk to our team about the options available to you.


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

  • Intermediate English language proficiency
  • An appropriate level of fitness and mobility to perform both fitness activities and CPR on the floor
  • Confidence in and around water, including being able to swim
  • Time for self-paced study and assessment completion outside of scheduled class times

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


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • All students will have at least a moderate level of fitness as determined by the use of the Adult Pre-Exercise Screening Tool, as a moderate level of fitness and mobility is required to successfully complete this course, participate in exercise and complete CPR on the floor.
  • Students must have a current Working With Children Check.
  • Students must have access to a computer and adequate time available for self-study. You must be available and able to attend the mandatory practical workshops each month. You will also be required to submit practical assessment activities by video.

Work placement is a requirement of this course. You will need to complete 30 hours of work placement in a suitable fitness centre approved by your teacher.


To find out more about this course, meet our teachers and receive information about enrolment and next steps, attend an information session.

Date Time Location
Monday 7 June 2021 4.00pm to 5.00pm Online - link TBA.


This is a part-time blended course. You will need to attend approximately 6 hours of class via connected learning, over 2 days a week, for 36 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 8 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 7 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, private practice sessions and research.

Tuesday and Wednesday evening sessions will be online via connected classroom delivered through Microsoft Teams. You will also be required to attend mandatory face-to-face practical workshops at a fitness centre or campus gym once a month, locations to be determined upon enrolment numbers. Locations include TAFE NSW Wagga Wagga on a Monday and TAFE NSW Shellharbour on a Friday, 9.00am to 4.30pm.


This qualification is designed for delivery to adult learners who are seeking to gain employment in the fitness industry.

Students may have some fitness-related experience in current or previous workplaces, school or other studies. In this case, they will bring a variety of fitness-related knowledge and skills to the course but will require support to develop both industry-specific, and general work skills and knowledge.

Students will be from diverse backgrounds and represent a wide variety of age groups and cultural backgrounds. Students will have a medium level of literacy as measured using an LLN assessment (must have LLN of 2 and ready to work at 3) as assessed at or before orientation and can generally work independently with minimal supervision.

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

The way you learn may change during your enrolment to ensure the best learning experience or to keep you safe as COVID-19 restrictions change, and some of our face to face classes may change to online or virtual classroom learning. Also, to ensure that we keep you safe while studying, we may modify our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, there may be a modification or delay in the planned timeframe due to COVID-19 impacts. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Tuesday and Wednesday 6.00pm to 9.00pm via connected learning (Microsoft Teams). You will also be required to attend mandatory face-to-face practical workshops once a month 9.00am to 4.30pm.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


Learn about TAFE NSW Fees

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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Enrolments for this course have now closed.

Enquire now and we will contact you when enrolments open. Visit our Online Courses to view our range of study options that you can start anytime.

Core Units
Number Title
SISXCCS001 Provide quality service
SISFFIT001 Provide health screening and fitness orientation
SISFFIT003 Instruct fitness programs
SISXFAC001 Maintain equipment for activities
SISFFIT005 Provide healthy eating information
SISXIND001 Work effectively in sport, fitness and recreation environments
SISFFIT014 Instruct exercise to older clients
SISFFIT002 Recognise and apply exercise considerations for specific populations
SISFFIT004 Incorporate anatomy and physiology principles into fitness programming
Elective Units
Number Title
SISXFAC002 Maintain sport, fitness and recreation facilities
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
SISFFIT006 Conduct fitness appraisals
SISFFIT011 Instruct approved community fitness programs
BSBRSK401 Identify risk and apply risk management processes
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
SISXCAI006 Facilitate groups

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

156 Green Street, Ulladulla
Phone 131 601

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