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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
How to Apply Please Enquire
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

To successfully complete this course, students must complete a total of 20 units, consisting of:
12 core units and 8 elective units.
Core Units
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
Elective Units
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

Course Assessment Information

Assessment Types
Written/Electronic Assessment
Third Party Verification

Course Intakes

Mixed Mode

There are nine course intakes for 2018, available monthly from February to October.

Duration and dates
12 months part-time


This course is available by Mixed Mode, where study is primarily completed online but students will also be required to attend compulsory on-campus residential schools. Students will require self-motivation and must have 4 - 6 hours per week available for study. 

Students near the Mackay, Rockhampton, Gladstone, Yeppoon, Emerald and Biloela campus can attend videoconferencing sessions at their local CQUni campus. Students in areas outside of campus locations can view recorded sessions at a more suitable time. Sessions will be held on Thursdays from 5 pm - 7 pm. 

Students will also need to attend two compulsory residential schools which will be held at CQUniversity Mackay.



There are ten course intakes for 2018, available monthly from February to November.

Duration and dates
8 months full-time


This course is available to study on-campus at the following locations:

CQUniversity Mackay City
Classes will commence from Monday, 5 February 2018 and will be held weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 am - 3 pm. 

For individual class days and times for each intake please check the TAFE Timetable located here

Related Courses

Course code Course name Short Course
SIS20115 Certificate II in Sport and Recreation No
SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness No

Practical Placement Information

On-campus students

Practical components for the course will be completed during scheduled on-campus class times. Students will undertake personal training roles within the CQUniversity Mackay City Campus gym. One on one and group personal training sessions will be completed in this environment.

Mixed Mode students 

Practical components for students studying by Mixed Mode will be completed by undertaking two compulsory residential schools. Residential Schools will be held at the following locations:

CQUniversity Mackay City

14 – 18 May 2018 and 30 July – 3 August 2018

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