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Certificate IV in Fitness (SIS40215)

Course summary

This qualification reflects the role of personal trainers who have specialist skills to train individual clients, or groups of clients, on a one-on-one or group basis, to improve health-related components of fitness in relatively low risk situations. This may include training of older clients and children.

They have a substantial depth of knowledge to plan, conduct and evaluate exercise training; provide leadership and guidance to clients and other staff; and deal with unpredictable situations applying defined guidelines and procedures from the fitness industry and the organisation.

They work independently or with limited guidance from others and use discretion to solve non-routine problems, including monitoring and managing business activities to operate efficiently and profitably.

The qualification does not provide the skills and knowledge for an individual to provide advice or exercise instruction to high risk clients, other than to refer the client to an appropriate medical or allied health professional.

Course details

Course Type Qualification
Student Availability
  • - Domestic
Application Mode
  • Direct To University
Study Area
  • - Health
Skill Area
  • - Fitness Sport and Recreation
AQF Level Level 4: Certificate IV

Entry Requirements

Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who hold a current first aid and CPR certificate and have been recognised as competent through a recognised training program or recognition process against the following units of competency:
  • SISFFIT001 Provide health screening and fitness orientation
  • SISFFIT002 Recognise and apply exercise considerations for specific populations
  • SISFFIT003 Instruct fitness programs
  • SISFFIT004 Incorporate anatomy and physiology principles into fitness programming
  • SISFFIT005 Provide healthy eating information
  • SISFFIT006 Conduct fitness appraisals
  • SISFFIT014 Instruct exercise to older clients
  • SISXCCS001 Provide quality service

It is preferable that students complete the full Certificate III in Fitness (SIS30315) qualification before continuing on to Certificate IV in Fitness.

Student Outcomes, Career Opportunities and Occupations

This qualification provides a pathway to work in a diversity of fitness industry businesses including fitness centres, gyms,personal training studios, aquatic facilities, community facilities and in open spaces.

Course Structures

Please select a Course Structure from the options below:

Standard Course Structure

SISFFIT013 Instruct exercise to young people aged 13 to 17 years
SISFFIT015 Collaborate with medical and allied health professionals in a fitness context
SISFFIT016 Provide motivation to positively influence exercise behaviour
SISFFIT017 Instruct long-term exercise programs
SISFFIT018 Promotes functional movement capacity
SISFFIT019 Incorporate exercise science principles into fitness programming
SISFFIT020 Instruct exercise programs for body composition goals
SISFFIT021 Instruct personal training programs
SISFFIT023 Instruct group personal training programs
SISFFIT025 Recognise the dangers of providing nutrition advice to clients
SISFFIT026 Support healthy eating through the Eat for health program
SISXRES001 Conduct sustainable work practices in open spaces
BSBSMB403 Market the small business
BSBSMB404 Undertake small business planning
BSBSMB405 Monitor and manage small business operations
SBSMB401 Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business
SISFFIT011 Instruct approved community fitness programs
SISFFIT024 Instruct endurance programs
SISSSTC301A Instruct strength and conditioning techniques
SISSSTC402A Develop strength and conditioning programs
Study Sequence


2. BSBSMB401


4. BSBSMB403





9. BSBSMB404

10. SISFFIT024

11. SISFFIT020

12. SISFFIT025

13. SISFFIT026



16. SISFFIT011

17. SISFFIT023

18. SISXRES001

19. SISFFIT013

20. SISFFIT026

Course Availabilities

CQUniversity Mackay City

There are two intakes for this course. One intake for Term 1 2017 and one intake for Term 2 2017.

Duration and dates
6 months.

The course is available at CQUniversity Mackay City Campus for Full Time students.

Twenty (20) units must be successfully completed - twelve (12) core units and eight (8) electives.


Term 1 classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 am - 3 pm. 

Term 2 2017 will commence from Monday, 10 July 2017. Classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 am - 3 pm. 

Distance Education - Part Time

Next intake for this course is Term 1, 2017.

Duration and dates
The course is completed in 2 terms.

This course is delivered via video-conferencing through CQUniversity Mackay City campus.

Twenty (20) units must be successfully completed - twelve (12) core units and eight (8) electives.


Students in Mackay, Emerald, Gladstone, Rockhampton, Yeppoon, Biloela, Townsville and Cairns can attend local videoconferencing sessions. Students in remote areas can complete the course using a combination of video, interactive sessions and direct contact with the teacher.

This course is part time. All students must have access to a computer and the internet.

Videoconferencing classes are scheduled for Thursday nights from 5pm to 7pm. 

There are 2 compulsory practical blocks that are held at CQUniversity Mackay City Campus. These practical blocks are held during the week. The first practical is late April/early May and is on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The second practical is held in late June/early July and is on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Specific dates are set in January of each year.

Related Courses

Course code Course name Short Course
SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness No

Textbook Requirements

Students must have access to a computer and the internet as all resources for this course (except optional textbook below) are available online via Moodle. 

The below textbook is relevant to the course and will provide good supplementary information, however it is not compulsory to purchase the text.

  • Fitness Trainer Essentials 2e for the Personal Trainer Tony Attridge and Martin Felice  IBSN 978-1-4425-1021-0

Practical Placement Information

Full Time - Practical components for the course will be completed during the set course delivery hours. Students will undertake personal training roles within the CQU Mackay City Campus gym.   One on one and group personal training sessions will be completed in this environment.

Part Time - Students must attend two compulsory practicals held at the Mackay City Campus.  One practical is held April/May and another in June/July. Practical dates will be provided at the beginning of the course.  A significant amount of practical will be completed during these practical blocks but additional practical will need to be undertaken in the student's own time.