How To Get A Personal Training Certification

Jan 28, 2015 | by AIF

Originally written by past AIF Coach Michael Devlin, this article has since been updated by the AIF Communications Team.

So, you’ve made the very exciting decision to embark on the adventure of a lifetime; becoming a qualified Personal Trainer at the Australian Institute of Fitness!

Your course is going to be so much fun and an experience you won’t forget… but in order to walk out the other side with a certificate in hand and an industry job lined up, you’ll need to pass your assessments.

Throughout the Fitness Coach, Personal Trainer and Master Trainer Program™, there are a number of assessments to measure your learning and assess your progression through the courses. These can be in the form of a knowledge check, case study, portfolio of evidence, demonstration, role play or a practical observation. For a student to be deemed satisfactory in the course you must be competent in all areas.

Here are our tips, to excel in your assessments throughout your AIF course.

Tip #1 – Get to know the course outline

The first thing you should do is get to know the course outline so that preparation and study time can be organised in advance for each assessment.

Tip #2 – Attend every class

Attend 100% of classes and if not possible, organise resits. By doing this, you’ll ensure not to miss out on the important information you need for an assessment.

Tip #3 – Utalise your textbook

Read your AIF textbooks throughout the course and before classes and assessments to gain an extra understanding of the concepts and ideas.

Tip #4 – Take the VAK test

Find your best way to learn by using the VAK principle (visual, auditory and kinaesthetic), and repeat the information in this way. This will help you the information sink in. You can take the VAK test here.

Tip #5 – Ask questions

Be open to participate in class discussions, and ask questions within the class environment or one-on-one with our experienced coaching team to enhance your learning experience.

Tip #6 – Review daily learnings

Study, study, study. At the end of each day, spend 10-15 minutes reviewing what you learnt! This will help with comprehension and eradicate any possibility of you falling behind. Check out this blog, for more tips on studying smarter, not harder.

Tip #7 – Experience

Most importantly, experience fitness for yourself. This can be completed through the use of a mentor or experienced Personal Trainer. Think about the kind of personal trainer you want to be – what does your PT do well? What do you think they could improve on? This will help greatly in your practical assessments.

The ball is your court now! In order to excel in assessments throughout this course, you need to come with an open mind, a willingness to learn and a positive attitude. Our friendly and supportive coaches will be able to help you along your journey so never hesitate to reach out!

Best of luck!

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The Australian Institute of Fitness
Note from the author: Where Certificate III in Fitness or Cert III/cert 3 is mentioned, it refers to SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness. Where Certificate IV in Fitness or Cert IV/Cert 4 is mentioned, it refers to SIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness. Where Certificate IV in Massage or Cert IV/Cert 4 is mentioned, it refers to HLT42015 Certificate IV in Massage Therapy. Where Diploma of Remedial Massage is mentioned, it refers to HLT52015 Diploma of Remedial Massage.


At the Australian Institute of Fitness (AIF), we are no stranger to the competitive and evolving nature of the fitness industry. That’s why we remain the #1 fitness educator since 1979. We continuously raise the bar by providing the best education and resources through dynamic and hybrid training methods that mould to your lifestyle. We are strong believers in evidence over fads, so you can be assured your training with AIF will solidify your career for the long-term.

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