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Group Exercise Leader

Group Exercise LeaderBecome a Certified Group Exercise Leader with Australian Institute of Fitness without having to complete a full Certificate III in Fitness (Group Fitness Instructor qualification). This program is ideal for instructors who want to teach a specific group exercise training program but do not have a current fitness certification recognised in Australia. It is designed to be quick and affordable.

Australian Institute of Fitness has joined together with two leading group exercise training organisations - Body Training Solutions (BTS) and Zumba Fitness - to offer their instructors the opportunity to gain certification and credibility to teach classes in the fitness industry.

Teaching group exercise is fun and rewarding; you can teach in gyms, health clubs, community halls, schools, and even holiday resorts!

The Institute’s Group Exercise Leader program is approved by Fitness Australia, and certification will enable you to register as a Group Exercise Leader with them. You'll will have the stamp of approval from the Institute and the national health and fitness industry association. More and more fitness clubs will only employ instructors who are certified and registered.

What’s Involved?

Certification as an Institute Group Exercise Leader requires you to complete either a BTS instructor training program face-to-face or the Zumba® Basic 1 training course face-to-face, plus the Institute’s Group Exercise Leader program online.

So you learn the class face-to-face and you expand your fitness knowledge online.

Cost: $495
NB: does not include your face-to-face training

If you have already completed the face-to-face training then you can enrol online for the Group Exercise Leader straight away. BTS instructors should visit and  Zumba® Instructor Network (ZIN™) members must sign in at - look for the Group Exercise Leader link that will explain how to enrol online.

If you haven’t completed any face-to-face training, you can start Group Exercise Leader but you must fulfil all requirements of the face-to-face training program to be eligible for certification. Visit the websites above to inquire about training and look for the Group Exercise Leader link for online enrolment.

Tell me more about Group Exercise Leader

The program is fully online which means that you can get started straight away and study at your convenience anytime, anywhere.

The program complements your face-to-face training and consists of three modules:

  1. Leadership – rapport and communication
  2. The Body – bones, muscles and more
  3. Group Exercise – class preparation and class delivery

The modules contain easy-to-read eBooks full of photos, videos and relevant links, plus quizzes so you can check your knowledge. There are guidelines to follow and practical activities to help develop and refine your teaching skills. You have 12 weeks to complete the program.

While this program does not lead to a nationally-recognised qualification, you will receive a Statement of Attainment for two units of competency from the SIS10 Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package:

SISFFIT302A Provide quality service in the fitness industry
SISXOHS101A Follow occupational health and safety policies

You will also receive an Institute Certificate as a Group Exercise Leader recognising that you demonstrated an ability to:

The Institute Certificate and the Statement of Attainment are required for registration as a Group Exercise Leader with Fitness Australia.