Certificate IV in Fitness - SIS40221

Build your career in fitness with Fit Education’s Certificate IV in Fitness. This is the industry standard course for personal trainers and sets you up to be able to work anywhere in Australia as a personal trainer or group fitness trainer, in and out of the gym.

Our industry-leading Cert IV in Fitness course blends theory and practice in an exciting and dynamic course that will provide you with comprehensive skills and knowledge across strength and conditioning, as well as personal and group training. You will also learn valuable skills in small business management, so you can confidently start your own business as a personal trainer. Our expert instructors will show you how to keep up-to-date with the latest industry trends, as well as new equipment and techniques to ensure you remain at the top of your game as a personal trainer.

If you are looking for a new career, and have a passion for helping people to achieve their health and fitness goals, then the Certificate IV in Fitness is the course for you. At the completion of this intensive course, you will be able to work independently across Australia, and many other countries, with this nationally recognised qualification.

The Certificate IV in Fitness is a natural progression from the Certificate III in Fitness and will provide you with more in-depth skills for personal training. Graduates of the Certificate IV in Fitness can start rewarding careers as:

✔ Personal trainer, independently or with a gym

✔ Group trainer

Entry to this qualification is open to anyone who has been recognised as competent through a recognised training program or recognition process against the following units of competency:

✔ HLTAID011 Provide First Aid.

✔ HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety.

✔ SISFFIT032 Complete pre-exercise screening and service orientation.

✔ SISFFIT033 Complete client fitness assessments.

✔ SISFFIT035 Plan group exercise sessions.

✔ SISFFIT036 Instruct group exercise sessions.

✔ SISFFIT040 Develop and instruct gym-based exercise programs for individual clients.

✔ SISFFIT047 Use anatomy and physiology knowledge to support safe and effective exercise.

✔ SISFFIT052 Provide healthy eating information.

You must also hold a current First Aid and CPR certificate.

Depending on the experience and skills you obtained in prior study, you can even apply for exemptions from certain units in our course. If you think you have relevant experience, don’t hesitate to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Course: Certificate IV in Fitness (Cert 4 in Fitness)

Code: SIS40221

Outcome: Nationally Recognised Training

Career: Personal Trainer

Study methods: Online, on campus, or a combination

Payment methods: Pay up-front (discounts apply or flexible payment plan)

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What you will learn in this course

Detailed Course Breakdown

✔ Conduct and evaluate long-term periodical fitness plans

✔ Develop sales and marketing skills

✔ Evaluate and analyse the performance of individuals or groups, in a variety of settings

✔ Apply teaching methods both indoors and outdoors

✔ Be competent in strength and conditioning programs

✔ Start your own personal training business

✔ Work as a strength and conditioning coach for a sporting team


Course Modules

Individual Units

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  • SISFFIT041 Develop personalised exercise programs
  • SISFFIT034 Assess client movement and provide exercise advice
  • SISFFIT043 Develop and instruct personalised exercise programs for body composition goals
  • SISFFIT053 Support healthy eating for individual fitness clients
  • CHCCOM006 Establish and Manage Client Relationships
  • SISFFIT050 Support exercise behaviour change
  • SISFFIT042 Instruct personalised exercise sessions
  • SISXCAI010 Develop strength and conditioning programs
  • SISFFIT049 Use exercise science principles in fitness instruction
  • SISFFIT051 Establish and maintain professional practice for fitness instruction
  • SISCCAI005 Conduct individualised long-term training programs
  • SISFFIT045 Develop and instruct personalised exercise programs for adolescent clients
  • SISFFIT044 Develop and instruct personalised exercise programs for older clients
  • BSBESB404 Market New Business Ventures
  • BSBESB401 Research and Develop Small Business Plans
  • BSBESB402 Establish legal and Risk Management Requirements of New business Ventures
  • BSBESB403 Plan Finances for New Business Ventures

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Training and assesment

Our courses are delivered online to you, no matter where you are located. There are 4 modules included within the Certificate IV in Fitness, with all resources required to complete the course available in your student study portal. A trainer is assigned to you for guidance throughout the course and will grade your assessments.

Need extra help in your local area? Let us connect you with a mentor in your area today. Visit https://fiteducation.edu.au/faqs/ for answers to our most frequently asked questions.

Our Flexible Study Formats

  • Full-time face-to-face learning at our Brisbane campus
  • Blended learning, combining face-to-face learning and online study
  • Online studying
  • Your preferred study mode may influence the duration of the course.

Why study Certificate IV in Fitness with Fit Education?

Our Certificate IV in Fitness (SIS40221) course is delivered from the National Training Package (SIS – Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package). It is s nationally recognised qualification. Once you complete your course, you can register with Fitness Australia and work anywhere in Australia as a fully qualified fitness instructor, gym instructor or group fitness instructor.

Want to work abroad? So far, our courses have helped people find work in England, Scotland, Portugal, and New Zealand.

Career pathways with Fit Education

At University of the Sunshine Coast, Fit Education Certificate IV in Fitness graduates will receive credit for up to 4 courses towards the degree of:

  • Bachelor of Sport Studies
Total credit transfer: Up to 4 courses
Total courses to be completed at UniSC: Minimum of 20 courses
Unless otherwise indicated, 1 course = 12 units.
Course credits:
  • SPX121 Exercise Prescription and Programming I
  • Up to 3 x Introductory General Electives depending on choice of Major 

University of the Sunshine Coast. CRICOS Provider Number: 01595D

This credit linkage is subject to periodic review including when this qualification is superseded or if UniSC programs undergo a change.

Graduate opportunities

As a graduate of the Certificate IV in Fitness, you can go on to complete Fit Education’s Diploma of Sport.

This additional qualification will provide you with a unique combination of skill-sets across strength and conditioning, rehabilitation and sport coaching allowing you to provide a superior level of service to clients and increase your earning opportunities by up to 38% more than Certificate IV graduates. Should you wish to continue your study Fit Education has articulation pathways with Griffith UniversityJames Cook University and Torrens University.  Contact a Fit Education careers adviser on courses@fiteducation.edu.au to discuss.

Employment for Fitness Instructors/Personal Trainers is rated as “very strong growth”. Check out the latest employment data here. There are currently many amazing opportunities in the fitness industry for graduates with a Certificate IV in Fitness. We are in the fortunate position of not having enough graduates to keep up with the demand from employers. Check out the Fit Education Jobs Board here.

"I did my certificate 3 and 4 with these guys and honestly could not recommend them more highly"

I did my certificate 3 and 4 with these guys and honestly could not recommend them more highly. The lecturers were professional, university qualified and went above expectations with every aspect of the course. They don’t just teach the basics, but instead challenge you in every session so that when you finish you can feel confident that you are going to be better than a lot of other people out there with the same certification as you. It was fun, very practical, and taught by coaches who have been in the real world. Don’t go anywhere else, it won’t be worth it.

Kelly Penfold

The only way that you can qualify as a personal trainer in Australia is with a Certificate IV in Fitness, and the best way to earn a Cert IV is through Fit Education. For over fifteen years we have been training and assessing the best health and fitness instructors in Australia. We have garnered a reputation for producing high-quality instructors and trainers who establish businesses and gain success in their own right. Everything that we do comes from our passion for sports health and fitness; this passion informs our educational practice and is passed on to every student we teach. That is why our former students can be found working with some of the best performing athletes and sporting institutions around the globe.

Course Content

Throughout the Certificate IV in fitness students cover an extensive range of modules across Personal Training, Strength and Conditioning, Children and Adolescents and Small Business. Subjects are explored and assessed in detail to ensure that students have a concrete understanding of the core competencies. Students learn how to:

  • Instruct personal training programs
  • Conduct functional movement appraisals
  • Instruct exercise programs for body composition goals
  • Recognise the dangers of providing nutrition advice to clients
  • Support healthy eating
  • Conduct functional movement appraisals
  • Address client needs
  • Provide motivation to positively influence exercise behaviour
  • Develop strength and conditioning programs
  • Incorporate exercise science principles into fitness programming
  • Instruct long term training programs
  • Collaborate with medical and allied health professionals in a fitness context
  • Conduct sustainable work practices in open spaces
Getting Your Certificate IV in Fitness Has Never Been Easier

Our qualifications are recognised nationally, so when you complete your certificate, you can find employment throughout Australia. You can also find work further afield in certain European countries. You don’t need any prior educational qualifications to take one of our courses, just the passion and dedication to study the material and pass the assessments. All of our courses are available for either online or on-campus study. For people with busy work schedules, we also offer blended learning where you can structure a study schedule that works best for you. We also have great partnerships across the industry, and keep our students informed of the most recent job opportunities. Getting qualified and finding the perfect health and fitness job for you has never been more achievable.

Embrace Your New Career In Fitness Today

If you are looking for a new career and have a passion for helping people to achieve their health and fitness goals, then a fitness certificate from Fit Education is the perfect qualification for you. You can make your dream job a reality today by getting in touch with us and requesting a course brochure. If you’re keen to kickstart your career in fitness then why not enrol for a course today. It couldn’t be more simple; just visit our website online and click on the enrol button. We’ll take you through the whole process and have you studying toward a brighter future in no time at all.

How to Earn Your Cert IV Fitness Online

Australia is a huge country, which inevitably means that for many thousands of students, the prospect of getting the kind of education that you want feels out of reach. Travelling cross-country or from one region to the next is a costly endeavour, not to mention living costs and the other expenses that go hand-in-hand with any educational undertaking. However, anyone with a passion for health and fitness will be pleased to learn that it is very easy to study for and gain your Cert 4 Fitness qualification online, thanks to the team here at Fit Education.

We appreciate that for those who work in a gym as an instructor, the desire to grow your knowledge base is strong and you want to be able to seize the many different opportunities that exist today. Our nationally accredited courses in health and fitness are renowned as a result of the success rates of past students. As such, a Cert 4 in Fitness from Fit Education opens up many more possibilities and puts you in good standing when you set out to step up or strike out on your own.

From the comfort of your home, or wherever you want to connect, you can determine when and where and at what pace you will complete your studies. Our smart approach equips you with current information, all necessary supports and superior assessors with a wealth of practical experience as well as theoretical knowledge to ensure that you can deliver the very best instruction and personal service to your clients no matter where you are in Australia.

Build Your Fitness Career and Learn Valuable Business Skills with a Cert IV

At Fit Education, we acknowledge that the fitness industry is booming today and this has happened for many different reasons. However, while the external perception of the world of fitness, health, instructors and personal trainers may seem like one that simply involves physical commitment, there is a lot more to learn that is essential for any budding personal trainer to succeed.

The Cert 4 in Fitness was developed at our Brisbane headquarters to provide students with a rounded education. While you can be certain that the education you receive with regards to fitness and health is of a very high standard, we want you to also gain important additional learning with regards to business management and administration.

Anyone with a Certificate 4 in Fitness can move and achieve independently throughout Australia. You don’t need a gym to thrive, however, you must know what is required so that your business stands a chance of succeeding. It’s a highly competitive market, so understanding marketing principles, time management and organisational concepts are just as important so that your hard work does not come undone before it has a chance to thrive.

The Certificate IV in Fitness is the ideal way to focus your mind on the two sides of your future that must be balanced as you progress. As you learn the most effective techniques, you also train your mind to consider decisions and plans from a business perspective.

Here at Fit Education, our goal is to equip you with the tools that are necessary to succeed. Our approach affords you a skill set in business that complements your health and fitness skills and knowledge. Ultimately, by engaging and qualifying with the Certificate IV in Fitness online you give your future the greatest possible foundation from which to grow. We look forward to being part of that journey.