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


15 hrs / week


5 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:


  • HLTAID011 Provide First Aid (or a unit that supersedes this unit)
  • HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
  • SISFFIT032 Complete pre-exercise screening and service orientation
  • SISFFIT033 Complete client fitness assessments
  • SISFFIT035 Plan group exercise sessions
  • SISFFIT036 Instruct group exercise sessions
  • SISFFIT040 Develop and instruct gym-based exercise programs for individual clients
  • SISFFIT047 Use anatomy and physiology knowledge to support safe and effective exercise
  • SISFFIT052 Provide healthy eating information


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. Explore Fitness

BSBESB301 Investigate business opportunities

Now it’s time to start your own business. You will learn to identify a business opportunity and its key components. This requires undertaking research to determine the viability of the opportunity, with reference to the legislative frameworks affecting the business.

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?

SISFFIT053 Support healthy eating for individual fitness clients  

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.

04. Move It

SISFFIT034 Assess client movement and provide exercise advice

Learn how to assess client movement and provide advice so clients achieve optimal movement, safe and effective exercise techniques. Learn how to assess client movement and provide advice so clients achieve optimal movement, safe and effective exercise techniques.

05. Marketing Tactics

BSBESB404 Market new business ventures

While undertaking this unit you will analyse and interpret market data. This will hone your skills to develop and implement a marketing strategy that is integrated into the business plan in order to improve the performance of a business venture.


BSBCRT411 Apply critical thinking to work practices

Everyone thinks. It is our nature to do so. But much of our thinking, left to itself, is biased, distorted, partial, uninformed, or downright prejudiced. Learn how to use advanced-level critical thinking skills in a workplace context. This includes using methods of analysis, synthesis and evaluation.

07. Manage your relationships
SISFFIT051 Establish and maintain professional practice for fitness instruction
CHCCOM006 Establish and manage client relationships

Learning to communicate with other health professionals and learning to manage client relationships.

08. Create a Routine
SISFFIT041 Develop personalised exercise programs
SISFFIT042 Instruct personalised exercise sessions

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to develop exercise programs and a series of sessions tailored to individual client needs, exercise preferences and fitness goals. It requires the ability to integrate information from pre-exercise screenings, fitness assessments, and any medical guidance that may have been received for particular clients, to design suitable programs. Skills for instructing sessions are covered in a complementary unit.

09. Safety First

HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety

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.

10. Healthy Aging
SISFFIT044 Develop and instruct personalised exercise programs for older clients
SISFFIT050 Support exercise behaviour change

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to develop and instruct exercise programs and sessions specifically tailored for individual older clients. Older clients are those aged at least 55 years; however, they can be significantly older. It covers skills for evaluating and modifying programs in response to client monitoring and feedback. Programs and sessions take account of the particular issues and risks for older clients. This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to establish current patterns of client exercise and support clients to make changes to optimise fitness outcomes, health and wellbeing. Support for behaviour change reflects evidence-based approaches and can be integrated into fitness assessment, program planning, instruction and evaluation.

SISFFIT043 Develop and instruct personalised exercise programs for body composition goals
SISFFIT049 Use exercise science principles in fitness instruction

It requires the ability to promote healthy ageing and integrate information from pre-exercise screenings, fitness assessments, and any medical guidance that may have been received for particular clients, to design suitable programs.

SISFFIT045 Develop and instruct personalised exercise programs for adolescent clients

Program design involves effective application of exercise science and training principles. This unit has a direct relationship with, and is supported by, SISFFIT049 Use exercise science principles in fitness instruction.

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

Canvas (Learner Management System)
Canvas is your online learning portal. Within this platform, you will be able to access your course learning materials, assessment requirements, and marked submissions. You will also be able to communicate with your Mentor within this platform, outside of timetabled hours. The system is user friendly and will help keep you on track throughout your studies.

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