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SIS40221

Certificate IV in Fitness

Upgrade your fitness career with this mid-level qualification. Gain the specialised skills employers are looking for and start work as personal trainer or fitness instructor.

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STUDY LOCATIONS Greater Brisbane Gold Coast Sunshine Coast
WAYS TO STUDY On campus Online
LAST CHANCE TO APPLY Start date: 08 Jul 2024 Duration: 6 months View all intakes
WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Full Fee

This is the total course fee. Read more about student loans and payment plans.

$4,050 - $5,100

Course overview

Take the next step in fitness with this mid-level qualification. You'll gain the specialised skills and knowledge needed to start your career in personal training.

The fitness industry in Australia is booming. According to the Australian Government's Job Outlook service, the number of people working as fitness instructors is growing very strongly with around 21,000 job openings predicted over the next five years. 

In addition to learning specialised skills and knowledge to instruct personal training programs, group personal training, and exercise for older clients, you may also learn the fundamentals of operating your own small personal training business.

Successfully completing this qualification will give you the ability to set yourself apart in the fitness industry. You'll be equipped to seek employment as a personal trainer, exercise instructor or expand into your own personal training business.

What can I do?

  • Personal Trainer

Course outcome:

SIS40221 Certificate IV in Fitness

Join our Virtual Classroom

A one-of-a-kind online education experience that features highly experienced fitness educators guiding you every step of the way. Wide range of engaging and educational resources at your convenience, virtual delivery has no compromise on quality.
Flexibility to study from anywhere and incredible opportunities for real-time interaction with peer-collaboration that both fortifies and challenges your capabilities.
This course is for serious individuals seeking an upgrade to become a certified Personal Trainer and work in one of the most exciting industries! With multiple intakes per year with evening study sessions, embrace the freedom of Virtual Learning with TAFE Queensland.

Job-ready training

We put theory into practice, which is why we believe in real-world learning environments. With access to real industry-standard professional gyms as your classroom, you will graduate with confidence, knowing you have all the skills you need to get right to work.

What you will study

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 7 elective units from the list below. You may also be required to undertake 40 hours of vocational placement in an approved setting. 

  • UNIT CODE
  • UNIT NAME

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCCOM006
    Establish and manage client relationships
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCCOM006
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge to establish and manage professional on-to-one relationships with clients in the context of providing an ongoing health service or intervention.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Establish and manage client relationships

  • UNIT CODE
  • SISFFIT041
    Develop personalised exercise programs
    UNIT CODE :
    SISFFIT041
    Unit description :
    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.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Develop personalised exercise programs

  • UNIT CODE
  • SISFFIT042
    Instruct personalised exercise sessions
    UNIT CODE :
    SISFFIT042
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to prepare for, instruct and evaluate pre-designed exercise sessions that have been tailored to individual client needs, exercise preferences and fitness goals, as part of an overall personal training program. It covers skills for modifying programs in response to ongoing client monitoring and feedback.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Instruct personalised exercise sessions

  • UNIT CODE
  • SISFFIT043
    Develop and instruct personalised exercise programs for body composition goals
    UNIT CODE :
    SISFFIT043
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to develop and instruct exercise programs and sessions specifically tailored to meet body composition goals for individual clients. Goals may relate to body composition maintenance or change. It covers skills for evaluating and modifying programs in response to client monitoring and feedback.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Develop and instruct personalised exercise programs for body composition goals

  • UNIT CODE
  • SISFFIT044
    Develop and instruct personalised exercise programs for older clients
    UNIT CODE :
    SISFFIT044
    Unit description :
    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.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Develop and instruct personalised exercise programs for older clients

  • UNIT CODE
  • SISFFIT045
    Develop and instruct personalised exercise programs for adolescent clients
    UNIT CODE :
    SISFFIT045
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to complete pre-exercise screening and fitness assessments for individual clients aged thirteen to seventeen years, and to develop and instruct exercise programs and sessions specifically tailored for these clients. It covers skills for evaluating and modifying programs in response to client monitoring and feedback.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Develop and instruct personalised exercise programs for adolescent clients

  • UNIT CODE
  • SISFFIT049
    Use exercise science principles in fitness instruction
    UNIT CODE :
    SISFFIT049
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to identify how exercise science principles (also known as exercise training principles) apply to fitness instruction, and use those principles in the design and ongoing modification of exercise programs for clients.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Use exercise science principles in fitness instruction

  • UNIT CODE
  • SISFFIT050
    Support exercise behaviour change
    UNIT CODE :
    SISFFIT050
    Unit description :
    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.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Support exercise behaviour change

  • UNIT CODE
  • SISFFIT051
    Establish and maintain professional practice for fitness instruction
    UNIT CODE :
    SISFFIT051
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to establish the industry context for fitness instruction work, develop collaborative relationships with medical and allied health professionals, and use reflective practice and critical thinking for ongoing professional development. It requires the ability to identify and evaluate evidence-based information for use in day-to-day fitness instruction activities.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Establish and maintain professional practice for fitness instruction

  • UNIT CODE
  • SISFFIT053
    Support healthy eating for individual fitness clients
    UNIT CODE :
    SISFFIT053
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to identify individual client needs for healthy eating advice, and provide information that supports clients to establish healthier eating patterns. Information is based on the current Australian national dietary guidelines and associated resources which aim to promote optimal health and wellbeing for generally healthy people.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Support healthy eating for individual fitness clients

Ways to study
  • You'll learn face to face with a teacher in a classroom or simulated workplace environment. You may access learning materials through our online learning management system Connect. Learn more

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  • You’ll primarily learn face to face with a teacher in one of our learning spaces such as a classroom or simulated workplace environment. Some of your training may also take place via video or Zoom. Learn more

  • demo View comparison chart
  • You'll learn face to face with a teacher in a classroom or simulated workplace environment. You may access learning materials through our online learning management system Connect. Learn more

  • demo View comparison chart
CAMPUS STUDY MODE START DATE DURATION WORKLOAD WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
On Campus
08 Jul 2024
6 months
Full time 3 days per week
  • Full fee: $5,100

    This is the total course fee. Read more about student loans and payment plans.

demo

South Bank

On Campus

  • Online Time

    How much of the course will be delivered online. 

    0%
  • On Campus Time
    100%
START DATE

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

08 Jul 2024
DURATION

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

6 months
Workload

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

Full time 3 days per week
WHAT YOU'LL PAY
  • Full fee: $5,100

    This is the total course fee. Read more about student loans and payment plans.

Class format

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

Teacher-led, Scheduled
VIRTUAL CLASS

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

No
ASSESSMENT

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

On-Campus and vocational placement
TEACHER COMMS

The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

  • Phone, Email, Face-to-face, Zoom
South Bank
On Campus
28 Jan 2025
6 months
Full time 3 days per week
  • Full fee: $5,100

    This is the total course fee. Read more about student loans and payment plans.

demo

South Bank

On Campus

  • Online Time

    How much of the course will be delivered online. 

    0%
  • On Campus Time
    100%
START DATE

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

28 Jan 2025
DURATION

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

6 months
Workload

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

Full time 3 days per week
WHAT YOU'LL PAY
  • Full fee: $5,100

    This is the total course fee. Read more about student loans and payment plans.

Class format

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

Teacher-led, Scheduled
VIRTUAL CLASS

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

No
ASSESSMENT

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

On-Campus and vocational placement
TEACHER COMMS

The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

  • Phone, Email, Face-to-face, Zoom
CAMPUS STUDY MODE START DATE DURATION WORKLOAD WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Robina
On campus with some online
28 Jan 2025
6 months
Full time 3 days per week
  • Full fee: $5,100

    This is the total course fee. Read more about student loans and payment plans.

demo

Robina

On campus with some online

  • Online Time

    How much of the course will be delivered online. 

    20%
  • On Campus Time
    80%
START DATE

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

28 Jan 2025
DURATION

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

6 months
Workload

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

Full time 3 days per week
WHAT YOU'LL PAY
  • Full fee: $5,100

    This is the total course fee. Read more about student loans and payment plans.

Class format

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

Teacher-led, Scheduled
VIRTUAL CLASS

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

No
ASSESSMENT

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

Online, On-Campus and vocational placement
TEACHER COMMS

The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

  • Phone, Email, Face-to-face, Zoom
CAMPUS STUDY MODE START DATE DURATION WORKLOAD WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Mooloolaba
On Campus
28 Jan 2025
6 months
Full time 3 days per week
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
  • Full fee: $5,100

    This is the total course fee. Read more about student loans and payment plans.

demo

Mooloolaba

On Campus

  • Online Time

    How much of the course will be delivered online. 

    0%
  • On Campus Time
    100%
START DATE

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

28 Jan 2025
DURATION

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

6 months
Workload

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

Full time 3 days per week
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
WHAT YOU'LL PAY
  • Full fee: $5,100

    This is the total course fee. Read more about student loans and payment plans.

Class format

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

Teacher-led, Scheduled
VIRTUAL CLASS

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

No
ASSESSMENT

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

On-Campus and vocational placement
TEACHER COMMS

The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

  • Phone, Email, Face-to-face, Zoom
  • You will study online however your classes will be delivered in real time via a scheduled timetable. You will interact with your teachers and other students using programs like Zoom. Learn more

  • demo View comparison chart
STUDY MODE START DATE DURATION WORKLOAD WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Online virtual classroom
08 Jul 2024
9 months
Part time: 2 x 2 hour evening online sessions per week plus independent study
  • Full fee: $4,050

    This is the total course fee. Read more about student loans and payment plans.

demo

Online virtual classroom

  • Online Time

    How much of the course will be delivered online. 

    100%
  • On Campus Time
    0%
START DATE

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

08 Jul 2024
DURATION

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

9 months
Workload

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

Part time: 2 x 2 hour evening online sessions per week plus independent study
WHAT YOU'LL PAY
  • Full fee: $4,050

    This is the total course fee. Read more about student loans and payment plans.

Class format

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

Teacher-led, Scheduled
VIRTUAL CLASS

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

Yes
ASSESSMENT

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

Online and vocational placement
TEACHER COMMS

The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

  • Phone, Email, Zoom
Online virtual classroom
30 Sep 2024
9 months
Part time: 2 x 2 hour evening online sessions per week plus independent study
  • Full fee: $4,050

    This is the total course fee. Read more about student loans and payment plans.

demo

Online virtual classroom

  • Online Time

    How much of the course will be delivered online. 

    100%
  • On Campus Time
    0%
START DATE

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

30 Sep 2024
DURATION

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

9 months
Workload

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

Part time: 2 x 2 hour evening online sessions per week plus independent study
WHAT YOU'LL PAY
  • Full fee: $4,050

    This is the total course fee. Read more about student loans and payment plans.

Class format

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

Teacher-led, Scheduled
VIRTUAL CLASS

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

Yes
ASSESSMENT

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

Online and vocational placement
TEACHER COMMS

The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

  • Phone, Email, Zoom
Online virtual classroom
28 Jan 2025
9 months
Part time: 2 x 2 hour evening online sessions per week plus independent study
  • Full fee: $4,050

    This is the total course fee. Read more about student loans and payment plans.

demo

Online virtual classroom

  • Online Time

    How much of the course will be delivered online. 

    100%
  • On Campus Time
    0%
START DATE

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

28 Jan 2025
DURATION

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

9 months
Workload

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

Part time: 2 x 2 hour evening online sessions per week plus independent study
WHAT YOU'LL PAY
  • Full fee: $4,050

    This is the total course fee. Read more about student loans and payment plans.

Class format

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

Teacher-led, Scheduled
VIRTUAL CLASS

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

Yes
ASSESSMENT

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

Online and vocational placement
TEACHER COMMS

The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

  • Phone, Email, Zoom
Online virtual classroom
22 Apr 2025
9 months
Part time: 2 x 2 hour evening online sessions per week plus independent study
  • Full fee: $4,050

    This is the total course fee. Read more about student loans and payment plans.

demo

Online virtual classroom

  • Online Time

    How much of the course will be delivered online. 

    100%
  • On Campus Time
    0%
START DATE

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

22 Apr 2025
DURATION

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

9 months
Workload

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

Part time: 2 x 2 hour evening online sessions per week plus independent study
WHAT YOU'LL PAY
  • Full fee: $4,050

    This is the total course fee. Read more about student loans and payment plans.

Class format

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

Teacher-led, Scheduled
VIRTUAL CLASS

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

Yes
ASSESSMENT

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

Online and vocational placement
TEACHER COMMS

The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

  • Phone, Email, Zoom

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Certificate IV in Fitness (SIS40221)

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Certificate IV in Fitness

COURSE CODE: SIS40221
Payment Options

How can I pay for this course?

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what’s right for you, get in touch. We’re here to help. 

Payment plan

If you have difficulty paying for the full cost of a course upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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Upfront payment

This may be the full fee for the course, or the student contribution amount if you are eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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Entry requirements

Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who hold the following units of competency or units that have been superseded by these units:

  • 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

Students who hold SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness, will need to have completed the two group exercise elective units SISFFIT007 & SISFFIT011 to meet the entry requirements for this qualification. If your qualification does not contain these units, you will need to complete the following two units prior to enrolling in this program, SISFFIT035 and SISFFIT036.

Resources required

You are responsible for meeting the minimum standard of dress. This includes having access to and wearing appropriate general fitness attire and enclosed shoes. You may be required to purchase TAFE Queensland branded uniform items. The purchase of these uniform items may incur additional costs. More details will be provided after enrolment or during orientation.

We suggest you also bring

  • sports clothing
  • gym towel
  • water bottle
  • change of clothes
  • deodorant
  • pen
  • notepad
  • four (4) A4 display folders
  • hat

It is recommended that you have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat Reader. This equipment and software is available for use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

Resources may vary depending on your study location.

Robina campus
The Robina campus will be a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) campus for general learning.  Students are able to access discounted pricing for device purchases via JB Hi-Fi.  TAFE Queensland will have some portable devices available for short term loan and there will also be a limited number of desktop computers located on-site that students will be able to access.  For all the details visit the BYOD page on our website. 

Placement

This qualification contains 40 hours of vocational placement that is required to be performed outside of timetabled classes. A Vocational Placement co-ordinator will assist with organising placement.

Important information

Personal Abilities and Key Activities
Important personal abilities required. The learner should:

  • Be well groomed at all times
  • Have time management/organisational skills
  • Be physically resilient – practical nature of the course and learning experiences.
  • Be sensitive to client’s personal space and requirements
  • Have strong communication skills

Key Activities

  • Participate and conduct physical activity sessions.
  • Train real clients displaying the ability to give them your full attention, taking time to understand and ask questions as appropriate (active listening)
  • Work to an industry standard by being exact and accurate and working within time constraints (efficiency)
  • Ability to perform mathematical functions in relation to time, distance, load and intensity

Blue Card
To successfully satisfy all course requirements you will be required to apply for a Blue Card (working with children check). Learn More

Please note: TAFE Queensland wishes to warn you, as a Blue Card applicant, that it is an offence for a disqualified person to sign a Blue Card application.  For further information regarding 'disqualified' persons, please contact Blue Card Services.

Any student enrolling under the age of 18 must be aware that to gain registration in the industry you cannot be insured until you are 18 years of age. This does not affect enrolment but may affect employability options until this age. Please refer to teacher for further information.

Assessment methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.

Pathways

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about University Pathways

  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland

How to apply

Direct application

If you're ready to get started, simply hit the Apply Now button on your preferred course information page and get your application underway online. 

Course disclaimer

All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) and credit transfers

Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

Learn more