Qualification
SIS40221 Certificate IV in Fitness
Study Modes
Virtual & Online
Duration
5-6 MONTHS

Course overview

“Launch your career as a Personal Trainer with the industry’s leading training provider and turn your passion for fitness into a meaningful and successful profession! If empowering others to achieve their health and fitness goals inspires you, join the ranks of numerous accomplished SIS40221 Certificate 4 in Fitness graduates and become a personal trainer! Our Personal Trainer course offers dynamic, interactive learning and cutting-edge fitness expertise, developed and presented by expert Coaches and top industry professionals.

This comprehensive program covers all aspects of fitness, including nutritional guidance, anatomy, physiology, exercise prescription, training principles, and specialized solutions for diverse groups such as adults, adolescents, older adults, amateur athletes, and individuals with body composition and endurance-based objectives. The course also emphasizes business acumen, equipping you with the knowledge to establish and prepare your own small business while mastering essential sales and marketing skills to attract clients. Additionally, you’ll learn how to select and use technology for sport, fitness, and recreational work, along with techniques for providing motivation to positively impact exercise behavior.

Moreover, you’ll have access to FREE industry skills workshops, where you’ll learn about the latest, innovative equipment solutions and participate in our well-known Fitness Industry Recruitment Expos (F.I.R.E.). Completing your SIS40221 Certificate 4 in Fitness gives you the means to further enhance your Personal Trainer credentials and distinguish yourself within the fitness industry, as it is the most widely recognized fitness qualification in the industry and is the top choice among employers. “

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Who this course is for

  • Those who are passionate about fitness and want to make it their career
  • Those who want to help others achieve their fitness goals and change lives
  • Those who are looking for a career change, and have a passion for health and fitness
  • Those interested in receiving the highest quality education in fitness, superior learning support and the greatest opportunities to start a successful fitness career

Benefits

With obesity and other diseases linked to inactivity on the rise in Australia, the importance of fitness education and services are more essential than ever.

At the AIF, it is our mission to train our students to be Warriors against SeDs (Sedentary Death Syndrome) to activate the nation to stay fit and healthy. With exercise now widely recognised as both a pre-habilitative solution and a rehabilitative solution for chronic lifestyle diseases, more doctors are prescribing exercise to their clients, increasing the demand for highly skilled PTs.

Personal training is no longer seen as a luxury service, and as the fitness industry continues to grow, so does the uptake of personal training services.

Our Coaches

When we ask our students what they love most about their experience at the AIF, our Coaches continually rank as a standout feature of the course. We believe this is one of the reasons our students regularly score our course experience at over 9 out of 10.

Our highly qualified team of Coaches bring passion and commitment to their teaching, ensuring all areas of learning are delivered in a fun and engaging way.

They have many years experience working with a huge range of personal training clients, from elite sportspeople to those new to fitness, and many also present at fitness conventions and write for reputable fitness resources.

Career opportunities

  • Personal Trainer
  • Outdoor Trainer
  • Older Clients Trainer
  • Personal Training Manager

Training & assessment

AIF’s Personal Trainer course includes over 45 delivery sessions, with knowledge checks and assessment challenges.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for this course, students must have completed the relevant entry requirement units with supporting
evidence, have a computer and internet access, be over 17 years old, and meet AIF’s acceptance criteria, which includes
an eligibility interview and demonstrating satisfactory levels of language, literacy and numeracy.

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SIS40221 Certificate IV in Fitness

Competency Code Competency Title Elective/Core
BSBESB401 Research and develop business plans Elective
BSBESB301 Investigate business opportunities Elective
BSBESB404 Market new business ventures Elective
SISXCAI005 Conduct individualised long-term training programs Elective
SISFFIT051 Establish and maintain professional practice for fitness instruction Core
CHCCOM006 Establish and manage client relationships Core
SISFFIT050 Support exercise behaviour change Core
SISFFIT034 Assess client movement and provide exercise advice Elective
SISFFIT041 Develop personalised exercise programs Core
SISFFIT042 Instruct personalised exercise sessions Core
CHCCOM006 Establish and manage client relationships Core
SISFFIT050 Support exercise behaviour change Core
SISFFIT043 Develop and instruct personalised exercise programs for body
composition goals
Core
SISFFIT053 Support healthy eating for individual fitness clients Core
SISFFIT044 Develop and instruct personalised exercise programs for older
clients
Core
SISFFIT049 Use exercise science principles in fitness instruction Core
SISFFIT045 Develop and instruct personalised exercise programs for
adolescent clients
Core
SISXICT001 Select and use technology for sport, fitness and recreation
work
Elective
SISFFIT046 Plan and instruct online exercise sessions Elective

 

What you'll learn

You’ll accomplish your goals and achieve your qualifications by undergoing and completing the following units within your courses:

BSBESB401 ElectiveResearch and develop business plans

Gain the skills and knowledge required to establish and oversee successful fitness businesses, encompassing market analysis, financial planning, and risk management. Personal trainers will create detailed business plans, achieving their goals and objectives. Suitable for trainers in diverse settings, this unit is crucial for aspiring entrepreneurs in the fitness industry.

BSBESB301 ElectiveInvestigate business opportunities

This unit assists personal trainers in starting or expanding their business by identifying and evaluating potential opportunities within the fitness industry. It covers the essentials of business opportunities, legal frameworks, market research, financial planning, and risk assessment. Applicable to both independent trainers and those within a larger organisation, graduates will develop and execute effective business plans, attaining their goals in the competitive fitness sector.

BSBESB404 Elective Market new business ventures

This unit aims to teach personal training students the skills and knowledge necessary to devise and execute an effective marketing strategy integrated within their business plan. Students will learn to identify target audiences, develop persuasive communication strategies, and analyse market data, improving their business venture’s performance. Ideal for personal trainers starting or expanding their business, graduates will gain valuable skills for building a strong brand identity, communicating effectively, and fostering business growth.

SISXCAI005 Elective Conduct individualised long-term training programs

This unit is crucial for personal training students, as it focuses on acquiring the skills and knowledge needed to develop and implement long-term training programs that enhance individual sporting skills or physical capacity. The course covers a wide range of topics, such as applying sport or activity-specific knowledge, program planning, and evaluation techniques. Students will be able to work with diverse clients, including individuals, groups, or teams, to create customised training programs that are effective and sustainable. The course also includes best practices for program evaluation, ensuring that training programs are continuously adapted and improved to meet clients’ evolving needs, fostering their progress and success.

SISFFIT051 Core Establish and maintain professional practice for fitness instruction

This unit is fundamental for those pursuing a personal training career, as it lays the foundation for success in the industry. Personal trainers will develop the skills and knowledge necessary to create an industry context for their work, build relationships with medical and allied health professionals, and engage in ongoing professional development through reflective practice and critical thinking. In this unit, personal trainers will learn how to identify and evaluate evidence-based information, equipping them with the tools needed to make informed decisions in their daily activities. These skills are vital for independent personal trainers, allowing them to exercise discretion and judgement while developing and delivering individually tailored client exercise programs and providing comprehensive support to individual clients.

CHCCOM006 Core Establish and manage client relationships

This unit imparts the skills and knowledge needed to establish and manage professional one-on-one relationships with clients while providing ongoing health services or interventions. Students will learn how to work independently with clients within established guidelines, maintaining a high level of professionalism. This involves effective communication with clients, assessment of their needs, and development of customised health interventions that cater to their unique requirements. By completing this unit, students will be prepared to deliver high-quality services that address their clients’ needs, paving the way for a successful career in the field and fostering lasting professional relationships.

SISFFIT050 Core Support exercise behaviour change

In this unit, students will acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to identify clients’ current exercise patterns and assist them in making positive changes to achieve their fitness goals. The unit emphasises evidence-based approaches to behaviour change and instructs students on integrating these approaches into every aspect of client support, from initial fitness assessments to program planning, instruction, and evaluation. This comprehensive approach ensures that students are prepared to provide a service that is tailored to each client’s specific needs. The unit stresses discretion and judgement in the development and delivery of individually tailored exercise programs for personal trainers who work independently with clients. Furthermore, it offers guidance on helping individual clients reach their goals, promoting lasting behavioural change and ongoing progress.

SISFFIT034 Elective Assess client movement and provide exercise advice

In this unit, students will acquire the skills to conduct movement assessments and offer customised exercise advice that can be integrated into comprehensive fitness programs for individual clients. Emphasising the importance of discretion and judgement for personal trainers working independently, this unit guides students in delivering assessments and advice tailored to each client’s specific needs. Upon completing this unit, students will be proficient in providing personalised assessments and recommendations that can be incorporated into well-rounded fitness programs, setting them up for success in the industry.

SISFFIT041 Core Develop personalised exercise programs

In this unit, students will learn how to combine information from pre-exercise screenings, fitness assessments, and medical advice to design customised exercise programs that address each client’s unique needs. The unit emphasises the practical application of exercise science and training principles in program development and is complemented by SISFFIT049, which covers exercise science principles in fitness instruction. Students will gain the ability to use exercise science and training principles to create safe, effective, and personalised programs catering to each client’s specific requirements.

SISFFIT042 Core Instruct personalised exercise sessions

In this unit, students will learn how to modify exercise programs based on continuous client monitoring and feedback. Emphasising the need to adapt and adjust programs as clients advance through their personal training journey, the unit helps students effectively instruct and assess exercise sessions within a broader personal training program. Students will acquire the ability to adjust pre-designed exercise sessions to accommodate each client’s unique needs and objectives, ensuring a customised and efficient training experience. Upon completing this unit, students will have the expertise to plan, deliver, and evaluate exercise sessions tailored to individual client requirements, preferences, and fitness goals, paving the way for a successful career in the industry.

SISFFIT043 Core Develop and instruct personalised exercise programs for body composition goals

This unit targets personal training students who want to learn how to identify individual clients’ healthy eating needs and provide information that helps clients adopt healthier eating habits. Students will learn to utilise the current Australian national dietary guidelines and related resources to promote optimal health and well-being in otherwise healthy individuals. Through this unit, students will acquire the skills and knowledge required to offer clients practical advice on healthy eating habits. Emphasising evidence-based approaches to healthy eating, the unit ensures students have the most current information and techniques for assisting their clients. Upon completing this unit, students will be able to provide evidence-based, client-specific advice that promotes optimal health and well-being.

SISFFIT053 Core Support healthy eating for individual fitness clients

Focusing on the skills and knowledge required to create safe and effective exercise programs for clients over the age of 55, this unit considers the unique needs, challenges, and risks associated with ageing. The unit emphasises the importance of encouraging healthy ageing and integrating information from pre-exercise screenings, fitness assessments, and medical guidance to design appropriate programs. It also covers evaluating and modifying programs based on client feedback for optimal results. Personal training students will learn how to provide tailored exercise programs that promote healthy ageing for their senior clients.

SISFFIT044 Core Develop and instruct personalised exercise programs for older clients

This unit emphasises the skills and knowledge required to create secure and effective exercise programs for older clients, aged 55 and above. These programs and sessions consider the unique needs, challenges, and risks associated with ageing. The unit highlights the importance of fostering healthy ageing and integrating information from pre-exercise screenings, fitness assessments, and medical guidance to devise appropriate programs. It also covers evaluating and modifying programs based on client feedback for optimal outcomes. Personal training students will learn to provide tailored exercise programs that promote healthy ageing for their elderly clients, ensuring a better quality of life.

SISFFIT049 Core Use exercise science principles in fitness instruction

This unit educates personal trainers on applying exercise science principles to their practice, enabling them to design effective exercise programs for clients. Students will learn to adjust programs over time, ensuring adherence to the latest evidence-based practices. By the end of the unit, students will possess a comprehensive understanding of using exercise science to help clients achieve their fitness goals safely and efficiently, resulting in improved client satisfaction and success.

SISFFIT045 Core Develop and instruct personalised exercise programs for adolescent clients

This unit concentrates on the skills and knowledge necessary to perform pre-exercise screening and fitness assessments for adolescent clients between the ages of thirteen and seventeen. It also covers designing and delivering exercise programs and sessions specifically tailored to their needs. The unit highlights the importance of program evaluation and modification based on client monitoring and feedback, ensuring safe and effective programs for adolescent clients. Additionally, the unit addresses potential issues and limitations that may arise during their development. Personal training students who complete this unit will be proficient in working independently with adolescent clients, providing individually tailored exercise programs using discretion and judgement to meet their unique requirements.

SISXICT001 Elective Select and use technology for sport, fitness and recreation work

This unit outlines the performance outcomes, skills, and knowledge required to evaluate and review technology requirements for consistently providing personal training services. It involves obtaining technical information and utilising technology skills to enhance the delivery of personal training services. The unit encompasses various personal training-related technologies, including fitness tracking apps, virtual coaching platforms, and online communication tools. The objective is to ensure personal trainers possess the necessary technological skills to offer their clients a high-quality and efficient service, keeping up with modern trends

SISFFIT046 Elective Plan and instruct online exercise sessions

This unit equips personal training students with the skills and knowledge to plan and conduct effective online exercise sessions for individuals or groups. Students will learn how to develop engaging and safe sessions using basic technologies, whether live or pre-recorded. The unit focuses on specific considerations for delivering online exercise sessions, such as researching and configuring technology, assessing safety risks, and selecting appropriate exercises. Upon completing this unit, students will be capable of delivering engaging and effective online sessions that cater to the fitness goals of their clients, offering flexibility in their service delivery

FAQs

Still have questions? Check out more FAQs here or speak with our friendly Careers Team on 1300 669 669

What are the entry requirements at the Australian Institute of Fitness?

Each student must meet our acceptance criteria and age requirements before studying with AIF. The AIF acceptance criteria assesses the skills and values of each and every student, such as punctuality and attitude, ensuring we are bringing the best people into the industry. We also verify you have the tools required to succeed, necessary written and verbal communication skills, and are committed to your goal.

How old do I have to be to study at the Australian Institute of Fitness?

You must meet the age requirements for the course you intend to study. To study a SIS30321 Certificate III in Fitness you must be at least 16 years old on your course commencement date. For a SIS40221 Certificate IV in Fitness you must be at least 17 years old on your course commencement date. To study for a career in massage with AIF, you must be at least 18 years old on your course commencement date.

How much does it cost to study at the Australian Institute of Fitness?

Tuition cost varies depending on course, study modality and applicable scholarships. We have multiple payment options available, which our Careers Team will discuss to find the option that suits you.

Why should I get qualified as a Personal Trainer at the Australian Institute of Fitness?

If you want to be the best, you have to train with the best! AIF is recognised in the industry for having trained many of Australia’s top fitness professionals. A pioneer in virtual and online fitness education, we provide the tools and facilities to complete your studies with confidence, including our exclusive Support PlusTM program from our incredible Coaches who are there to assist. With our unrivalled network of Career Partners, AIF can help you turn your passion into a career by positioning you front and centre, with the best industry connections.

Are the Australian Institute of Fitness courses practical?

At AIF, we know that being a PT is a hands-on role, so our courses are designed to reflect this. Our students film their assessments with real-life clients, and gain practical gym experience from wherever they are located. We also run gym-based Masterclass workshops for those who can make it, giving plenty of opportunities to gain practical experience.

How long does it take to become a Personal Trainer?

If you choose to study virtual, you can complete our Master Trainer Program in 11 months. Our online, self-guided modality is completed in 14 months. If you already have attained a qualification, such as SIS30321 Certificate III in Fitness, this may adjust your study duration. Chat to our friendly Careers Team to see what option is best for you.

Does AIF help you get a job once you have completed your course?

With AIF, you’ll receive the support you need to position yourself for success in the fitness industry. We ensure our students have the most up-to-date and relevant information regarding fitness industry roles and connect you with job opportunities with our many Career Partners. You’ll also have access to regular industry presentations and our famous F.I.R.E (Fitness Industry Recruitment Expos) where you can meet key industry employers and secure a job or trainer experience placement.

What makes our online option superior to other online learning?

For us, experience is everything. That’s why our students regularly score our course experience at over 9 out of 10. Our unique learning platform allows you to study in your own space, at your own pace. With access to virtual classrooms and interactive webinars, you’ll have the best tools and knowledge to succeed as a fitness professional. That’s why our online course boasts a graduation rate almost 4 times higher than the industry average.

Who is going to be coaching me and what experience do they have?

When we ask our students what they love most about their experience at the AIF, our Coaches continually rank as a standout feature of the course. We believe this is one of the reasons our students regularly score our course experience at over 9 out of 10. Our highly qualified team of Coaches bring passion and commitment to their teaching, ensuring all areas of learning are delivered in a fun and engaging way. They have many years experience working with a huge range of personal training clients, from elite sportspeople to those new to fitness, and many also present at fitness conventions and write for reputable fitness resources. Check out our coach profiles here to find out more about our coaching team!

Are you living in NSW?

AIF is a provider of this approved NSW Smart and Skilled Program qualification. If you are a citizen of NSW and depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for a Smart and Skilled fee subsidy or a Smart and Skilled Scholarship for this course. Please ask your Career Guru for further information.

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