Group Exercise Instructor

Course Overview

The Group Exercise Instructor course will enable students to teach a range of group classes, from athletic to choreographed.

Key learning modules include exercise selection, the incorporation of music and equipment , plus relevant teaching methodologies. On completion, students will have the confidence to teach and lead group classes, as well as effectively manage different personalities in their class.

This course can be taken as a Certificate III in Fitness as a Group Exercise Instructor, added to the Master Trainer program as a specialisation, or taken as a standalone program for those who already hold a recognised fitness qualification.

Who Should Attend?
  • Those with a passion for training a group, either athletic or choreographed
  • Those with a desire to add variety and an additional income stream to their role as a Personal Trainer or Fitness Instructor
  • Those with a natural flair for energising and motivating others
  • Those with a talent and/or experience working with groups or considered a natural teacher
  • Those with an interest in music and movement
Why Should I Do The Course?

Group fitness is experiencing impressive growth with an array of group training opportunities provided by the fitness industry. In 2013, many clubs specifically added a group training area to the gym floor, as well as scheduled 30-minute classes. Likewise, some clubs are taking the step to operate as a group training venue, rather than the more traditional gym-equipment set-up.

Your Coaches

The Institute’s Group Training Coaches are a select group of fitness professionals who are passionate about group training and have many years’ experience teaching a range of class styles.

Their aim is to develop your skills quickly and effectively, and set you up for success. And when you add  to this their ‘larger than life’ approach to fitness, you can expect to feel energised and inspired to be the best instructor you can be.

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Ali Cavill

"I’m grateful for the confidence the course gave me to don a microphone and step up on stage with enthusiasm!"

Ali Cavill

Institute graduate and owner of Fit Fantastic

Group Exercise Instructor

Course Information

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for the Group Exercise Instructor Certificate III in Fitness course, students must have an interest in fitness, have a computer and internet access, be over 16 years old and meet our acceptance criteria, which includes an eligibility interview and demonstrating satisfactory levels of language, literacy and numeracy.

Training and Assessment

Sessions are delivered on weekends with a range of take-home assessment tasks to complete. The course culminates in a practical assessment which showcases the students' skills.

  • Different group training workouts
  • Mechanics of music
  • Exercise selection and instruction
  • Safety in groups
  • Teaching skills: voice projection and positioning
  • Creating choreography and athletic drills
  • Systemised instructional techniques
  • Designing and delivering a class/workout
  • Screening groups
  • Motivation and group dynamics
  • Using equipment, such as plates, steps and mats
  • How to acquire classes as a new instructor

Units of Competency

Certificate III in Fitness

Print Table
Competency Code Competency Title Training Package
Core (10 units of competency)
SISFFIT301A Provide fitness orientation and health screening Fitness
SISFFIT302A Provide quality service in the fitness industry Fitness
SISFFIT303A Develop and apply an awareness of specific populations to exercise delivery Fitness
SISFFIT305A Apply anatomy and physiology principles in a fitness context Fitness
SISFFIT306A Provide healthy eating information to clients in accordance with recommended guidelines Fitness
SISXFAC207 Maintain sport, fitness and recreation equipment for activities Fitness
SISXIND101A Work effectively in sport and recreation environments Fitness
SISXOHS101A Follow occupational health and safety policies Fitness
SISXRSK301A Undertake risk analysis of activities Fitness
HLTAID003 Provide first aid Fitness
Electives - General (2 units of competency)
SISFFIT311A Deliver approved community fitness programs Fitness
SISFFIT313A Plan and deliver exercise to apparently healthy children and adolescents Fitness
Electives - Specialisation: Group Exercise Instructor (3 units of competency)
SISFFIT304A Instruct and monitor fitness programs Fitness
SISFFIT309A Plan and deliver group exercise sessions Fitness
SISXCAI306A Facilitate groups Fitness

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Career Opportunities

  • Group Exercise Instructor
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Personal Trainer
  • Other more specialised group exercise programs
John Noble

"To become a Group Exercise Instructor at Goodlife, you’ll need a Certificate III in Fitness, as well as a qualification related to what type of class you want to take."

John Noble

State Director at Goodlife Health Clubs

Ready for the challenge?

Take the first step towards your fitness career today.

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