SIS40221 Certificate IV in Fitness

Course CRICOS code: 109354B

Are you on the path to becoming a specialist within the fitness industry? Step up your career or start your own business and become a personal trainer with the Certificate IV in Fitness. Learn to work with groups, one-on-one or to improve health-related components of fitness in low risk situations. Discover more about nutrition and how to collaborate with medical and allied health professionals in a fitness context.  If you’re personally motivated and want to see the fire in your client’s eyes, then this program will bring you independence; whether that’s at a fitness centre, gym, aquatic and community centres, open spaces or your own facility.

Start Dates



54 Weeks

Study: 38 weeks // Supervised Study: 4 weeks // Holidays: 12 weeks

Delivery Mode


14 hrs / week


6 hrs / week

Potential Career Outcomes

Personal Trainer // Health Professional // Gym Owner/Management // Special Needs Training Specialist



Gold Coast

Entry Requirements

Academic Entry Requirement:

Students must provide evidence of successful completion of:

  • Certificate IV or Diploma requires a minimum of Year 12 OR a minimum of a Certificate III level qualification or higher


Please note: home country evidence is accepted and must be translated


Prerequisite Requirements:

Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who hold the following units of competency from the SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness:


  • HLTAID011Provide first Aid (must be current)
  • 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


English Entry Requirement:

Students must pass a minimum of one of the following English Requirements:

  • Upper Intermediate Certificate or higher
  • Certificate IV level or higher qualification in Australia
  • IELTS 5.5-6, FCE Grade B or C, CAE 160-179, TOEFL 72-94, TOEIC 400-485 (listening), 385-450 (reading)
  • Entrepreneur Education English Test, achieving at least Upper Intermediate level


Please note: All English evidence provided must be within a 2 year validity period. Either within two years before the application is made, or within two years of the visa grant


Course Resource Requirements:

The following resources are required to complete this course:

  • Computer Requirements: Students will require continual access to their own laptop computer during class and outside of class to meet distance education requirements


Please note: students are required to purchase these items at their own expense


You may be eligible for Credit Transfers if you hold the same unit(s) from another provider. To be eligible; you must present your certified qualification at enrolment stage, together with the completed ‘Course Credit Form’. Once assessed, you will be notified of the outcome. Should your achieved units be equivalent, your CoE/course duration will be reduced according to the amount of time needed to complete the outstanding units.

Course Subjects

01. You Can Do It

SISFFIT013 Instruct exercise to young people aged 13 to 17 years

SISFFIT020 Instruct exercise programs for body composition goals 

Health, fitness and movement is important at all ages. Learn how to plan, instruct and evaluate exercise for young people aged thirteen to seventeen years. In this unit you will also learn how to change or maintain your clients desired and realistic body composition goals.

02. Rip In

SISXCAI009 Instruct strength and conditioning techniques

SISXCAI010 Develop strength and conditioning programs 

Learn how to build and design drills, exercises and activities to instruct strength and conditioning techniques to individual athletes or groups of athletes according to their sport-specific needs or personal fitness goals.

03. Take the ‘C’ Off Chips and What Do You Get?

SISFFIT025 Recognise the dangers of providing nutrition advice to clients

SISFFIT026 Support healthy eating through the Eat for Health Program    

Hot chips are best in moderation. In this unit you will learn about healthy eating and the risks associated with providing clients with nutritional advice. You will conduct audits on existing food products and over two weeks you will review several case studies working through the nutritional information in line with regulation standards.

04. The Customer is Not Always Right

SISXCCS003 Address client needs

It important to be able to manage ongoing and sometimes complex relationships with your clients. In this unit you will learn the importance of being able to importance of being able to match services to needs and you will become familiar with service provision options that can be negotiated with your client and customised to meet their needs.

05. It’s Not a Sprint; It’s a Marathon

SISFFIT023 Instruct group personal training programs

SISFFIT017 Instruct long-term exercise programs

SISFFIT016 Provide motivation to positively influence exercise behaviour 

This theoretical unit is related to your practical tasks. During the next 6 weeks, while completing the practical logbook, you will be required to document the theoretical underpinnings of instructing long term exercise programs, group personal training programs and providing motivation to positively influence exercise behaviour.

06. Listen to the Doc

SISFFIT015 Collaborate with medical and allied health professional in a fitness context

Learning to collaborate with medical and allied health professionals as a fitness trainer is a vital part of ensuring that your client’s program is developed in their best interests.  You will learn to analyse pre-screening and fitness capacity and write professional referrals to medical personnel.

09. Safety First

HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety

SISXRES001 Conduct sustainable work practices in open spaces

Learn how to implement and monitor work health and safety (WHS) policies, procedures and work practices as part of a small work team. You will learn to conduct research of outdoor land condition, capability, uses and practices and develop and implement strategies to achieve sustainable practices for outdoor programs and activities.

06. Understand Your Business

BSBSMB404 Undertake small business planning

BSBSMB421 Manage small business finances

BSBSMB420 Evaluate and develop small business operations

Build a successful business by developing an integrated business plan for achieving your goals and objectives. In this unit you will develop and implement operational strategies and procedures and you will also learn how to monitor and review business performance and financial management strategies.

07. Let's Move

SISFFIT021 Instruct personal training programs

SISFFIT019 Incorporate exercise science principles into fitness programming

SISFFIT018 Promote functional movement capacity   

This theoretical unit is related to your Project 3 subject and practical tasks. During the next 6 weeks, while completing the practical logbook, you will learn how to plan, instruct and evaluate personal training programs for a variety of clients in both controlled and uncontrolled environments.

08. Market Small Business

BSBSMB403 Market the small business

Improve your business performance by using a clear marketing strategy integrated into a business plan. Whether you operate a small business, or you work within a larger organisation,  you will learn to analyse and interpret market data and apply this to improve business performance by developing a comprehensive marketing plan.

Timetable Information


Please note; Timetables are subject to change.

Course Terminology


During this time your mentor will deliver planned training sessions which are aimed to give you introductory project management skills and knowledge. Activities may include presentations, group work, interactive games or a range of other hands on and engaging experiences.


Collaborate (facilitated learning & project work)

During this facilitated time, you will work collaboratively with your project team, or complete independent research tasks that have been delivered in the workshop sessions. You will practice skills that you have been taught by your mentor.



During this session, you will practice demonstrating required skills in a real and simulated work environment.

Distance Education

Online Course Hub (on-line learning portal)

The course hub provides you with a wide range of learning resources to guide your distance education. You will be able to access a variety of quality resources in your own time.


Facebook Group (communication and conversation group)

Your mentor will lead conversations and communicate information related to your study. You will be encouraged to share ideas and collaborate with your class peers about project work.

Academic Calendars

For start dates prior to 23rd May 2022

Academic Calendars

For start dates after 23rd May 2022