Certificate IV in Fitness

This qualification provides the skills and knowledge for an individual to be competent in a range of activities and functions within the Fitness industry, including working independently in a broad range of settings, such as within fitness centres, gyms, pools, community facilities and in open spaces.

Those with this level of competency will be expected to train individual clients, on a one-on-one basis, and may include older clients and children.

Persons with this level of competency will have the ability to plan, conduct and evaluate exercise training, provide leadership and guidance to clients and other staff and possibly deal with unpredictable situations.

Exercise Trainers will have the ability to monitor and manage business activities to operate efficiently and profitably.

Job roles

exercise trainer - personal trainer

exercise trainer - aqua trainer

exercise trainer - program coordinator

exercise trainer - children's trainer

exercise trainer - older client trainer


15 units must be completed:

10 core units

5 elective units, consisting of:

all the units in any one of Groups A to C

the remaining to make up the required 5 elective units from General electives; up to 2 of these remaining units may be selected elsewhere in SIS10 or any current accredited course or other Training Package, and must be first packaged at AQF level 3 or 4.

In all cases, selection of electives must be guided by the job outcome sought, local industry requirements and the characteristics of this qualification (as per the AQF descriptors).

Core (10)

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Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business

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Market the small business

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Undertake small business planning

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Work collaboratively with medical and allied health professionals

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Apply motivational psychology to provide guidance on exercise behaviour and change to meet health and fitness goals

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Undertake long term exercise programming

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Undertake appraisals of functional movement

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Apply exercise science principles to planning exercise

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Plan and deliver exercise programs to support desired body composition outcomes

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Plan and deliver personal training

Electives (5)

Group A - Aqua Trainer

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Perform basic water rescues

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Perform advanced water rescues

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Implement inclusive aquatic activities for specific population groups

Group B - Children's Trainer

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Interact effectively with children

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Plan and deliver exercise to apparently healthy children and adolescents

Group C - Older Clients Trainer

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Plan and deliver exercise to older clients with managed conditions

General electives


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Assist participants with a disability during aquatic activities


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Deliver approved community fitness programs

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Plan and deliver an endurance training program


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Instruct strength and conditioning techniques

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Develop strength and conditioning programs

Cross Sector

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Manage projects


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Establish a franchise

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Manage relationship with franchisor

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Plan a home-based business

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Recruit, select and induct staff

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Monitor and manage small business operations

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Manage small business finances

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Manage a small team

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Provide services on a freelance basis

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Operate computing packages

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Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

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Roster staff


    Not Applicable

Entry Requirements

Entry to this qualification is open to those who hold a current first aid qualification and current CPR certificate and who have achieved the following units of competency:


Provide fitness orientation and health screening


Provide quality service in the fitness industry


Develop and apply an awareness of specific populations to exercise delivery


Instruct and monitor fitness programs


Apply anatomy and physiology principles in a fitness context


Provide healthy eating information to clients in accordance with recommended guidelines


Undertake client health assessment


Plan and deliver gym programs


Follow occupational health and safety policies


Undertake risk analysis of activities

Licensing Information

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of endorsement.

Employability Skills


The following table contains a summary of the employability skills required by the fitness industry for this qualification. The employability skills facets described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on packaging options.

Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


Negotiating with clients to determine and interpret their specific requirements and preferences; explaining the benefits of, and selling personal training services proactively to ensure profitability; adjusting communication styles to meet client needs and motivate clients to meet fitness goals; developing and maintaining documentation such as operational procedures, equipment instructions and marketing information.


Motivating and leading diverse groups of employees or clients; planning work to take into account other facility or environment users; providing support and coaching.


Anticipating facility, equipment or staffing problems and developing a range of strategies to address typical problems; preparing business or operational plans which outline risk management strategies and actions; identifying issues related to client adherence to exercise programs and developing practical solutions; monitoring client progress and identifying modifications to fitness activities and services based on client feedback; identifying issues outside of scope and determining when to refer clients to medical and allied health professionals.

Initiative and enterprise

Using creativity and innovation in delivering exercise sessions that meet or exceed client expectations or improve business capacity; adapting products and services to respond to emerging fitness industry trends; implementing a continuous improvement approach across the personal training business.

Planning and organising

Collecting, analysing and recording client information to allow for the efficient planning and delivery of personal training sessions; developing business or operational plans to ensure effective delivery of services; preparation of exercise programs that include progression and are appropriate to the client's fitness goals; allocating equipment and determining staffing levels to deliver programmed sessions.


Understanding and complying with the legal and ethical responsibilities that apply to personal trainers; understanding and respecting scope of practice; taking responsibility for scheduling own time to ensure the personal training business runs efficiently and profitably; seeking and acting on feedback and guidance from clients and colleagues.


Proactively maintaining and updating exercise product and service knowledge and skills; sharing information with colleagues; accessing current evidence based research; actively listening to clients to learn more about their needs and preferences and incorporating these in program design.


Identifying updated technologies that assist in the planning, delivery and selling of exercise products and services; safely using and maintaining exercise equipment according to manufacturer's specifications and own policies and procedures.