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The Fitness Zone

The difference between Cert III and Cert IV in Fitness, and Master Trainer
November 4, 2014

Unsure about what level of fitness education you need to complete to make your career in fitness a reality? Read on to discover the differences between Cert III and Cert IV in Fitness, and how you can enhance your fitness employment opportunities.

Certificate III in Fitness (Fitness Instructor)

Cert III is an entry-level qualification required for fitness industry employment. It provides students with essential baseline knowledge and necessary skills to work as a fitness instructor,  group fitness instructor or fitness professional.

Taught by our expert Coaches in a fun and engaging learning environment, you will learn how to incorporate the latest health, fitness and training principles into your program writing, as well as learn the most up to date nutritional information to guide you when you are conducting fitness tests and appraisals with your clients. In addition, you will also gain an understanding of how to work effectively in sport, fitness and recreational environments, including how to apply risk management processes.

On a practical level, First Aid is also covered within the course, as well as a range of gym activities that focus on strength, stamina, flexibility, and effective circuit training.

Upon completion, students will have the foundation of their new career in fitness and can progress to their Certificate IV in Fitness!

Certificate IV in Fitness (Personal Trainer)

Cert IV is a higher level of qualification acquired after Cert III. It offers students the opportunity to increase their foundation fitness skills and knowledge to a deeper intensity so that they can competently administer effective one-on-one personal training sessions.

The Personal Trainer course offers interactive, fun course work and the latest fitness knowhow, developed and delivered by industry leaders and expert Coaches. This program covers all the fitness fundamentals plus much more, including nutritional guidance, anatomy, physiology, how to prescribe exercise as well as training principles and solutions for a range of groups and special populations such as adults, adolescents, older adults, amateur athletes and people with body composition and endurance based goals.

Business is also be a key focus where you will learn how to setup and prepare for your own small business, and learn basic sales and marketing skills necessary to acquire clients. The course will also teach you how to select and use technology for sport, fitness and recreational work plus how to provide motivation to positively influence exercise behaviour.

Certificate IV in Fitness is mandatory for a successful career as a Personal Trainer. Without it, you can't obtain personal trainer insurance, or take clients one-on-one or do group personal training sessions.

The Master Trainer Program™

The Australian Institute of Fitness’  Master Trainer Program™ delivers THE most recognised fitness qualification in the industry and is the number one qualification employers are looking for.  

The Master Trainer Program™ assesses on six extra criteria which, when achieved, will elevate you from a standard Trainer to an Institute Certified Master Trainer Level 1, equipping you with the latest skills, knowledge and know-how you’ll need to kick-start your successful career in the fitness industry.

This content is not intended to be used as individual health or fitness advice divorced from that imparted by medical, health or fitness professionals. Medical clearance should always be sought before commencing an exercise regime. The Institute and the authors do no take any responsibility for accident or injury caused as a result of this information.

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