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SIS40221 Certificate IV in Fitness

National ID: SIS40221 State ID: BHE3
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Take the next step in your fitness journey. Become a personal trainer.

The Certificate IV in Fitness enables participants to work as a qualified personal trainer. Upon successful completion, participants will have specialist skills to train individual or groups of clients on a one-on-one or group basis to improve health-related components of fitness.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Plan, conduct and evaluate exercise training
  • Provide leadership and guidance to clients and other staff
  • Deal with unpredictable situations applying defined guidelines and procedures from the fitness industry and relevant organisation
  • Monitor and manage business activities in order to operate efficiently and profitably

This qualification provides a pathway to work in a diversity of fitness industry businesses including fitness centres, gyms, aquatic facilities, community facilities and in open spaces.

Throughout this course, you will gain skills in:

  • Understanding anatomy, physiology and human movements (biomechanics)
  • Exercise planning 
  • Client fitness assessments 
  • Providing gym equipment support and technique correction 
  • Customer support  
  • You have completed the pre-requisite units for entry to Certificate IV in Fitness (e.g. those who completed the Certificate III in Fitness) and wish to continue learning or gain the formal qualification 'Personal trainer. 
  • You are a student who is interested in gaining a basic understanding to follow on with a university pathway in Sport and Exercise Science or Education.

Not all units and study modes are offered at all campuses. Please check with your local campus.

Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who hold the following units of competency or units that have been superseded by these units: 

  • HLTAID011 Provide First Aid (or a unit that supersedes this unit)  
  • 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 
  • Completing a Certificate III in Fitness
  • OLNA Completion or Year 10 completion – English C Grade 
  • Students who are over the age of 16 

As part of this qualification, participants are required to undertake a supervised work placement where they will be able to apply the skills and knowledge learned.


National ID Unit title
CHCCOM006 Establish and manage client relationships
SISFFIT041 Develop personalised exercise programs
SISFFIT042 Instruct personalised exercise sessions
SISFFIT043 Develop and instruct personalised exercise programs for body composition goals
SISFFIT044 Develop and instruct personalised exercise programs for older clients
SISFFIT045 Develop and instruct personalised exercise programs for adolescent clients
SISFFIT049 Use exercise science principles in fitness instruction
SISFFIT050 Support exercise behaviour change
SISFFIT051 Establish and maintain professional practice for fitness instruction
SISFFIT053 Support healthy eating for individual fitness clients


National ID Unit title
BSBESB301 Investigate business opportunities
BSBESB404 Market new business ventures
SISFFIT037 Develop and instruct group movement programs for children
SISXCAI009 Instruct strength and conditioning techniques
SISXCAI010 Develop strength and conditioning programs
SISXDIS001 Facilitate inclusion for people with a disability
SISXDIS002 Plan and conduct disability programs


This qualification prepares you for roles such as:

  • Fitness instructor
  • Personal trainer

Job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations.

For more information about job and career pathways, visit JobOutlook (opens in a new tab) or Jobs and Skills WA(opens in a new tab)

Students can use this as entry to further University studies including qualifications such as Sports Science / Education and Human Movement

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Tuition fee*

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Our estimated fees are based on:

  • Full time study in 2023
  • A selection of elective units designed to meet local industry demand for skills (different unit selections will attract different fees)
  • For more information regarding eligibility and fees, please visit DTWD website 

These fees are estimates only and depend on your eligibility for government funding, concession rates, the units you choose to study or seek to be recognised under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Additional resource, material and/or equipment costs may apply. Visit our Fees and Charges page for more information, including on consumer rights.

Delivery locations and study options

Duration 1 year
When Date: 2023
Where Karratha Campus

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