Certificate IV in Fitness

National Code: SIS40221
TAFE SA Code: TP01348


Develop a broad range of knowledge and practical skills needed to work in the fitness industry. You’ll be able to hit the ground running as a personal trainer, working with individuals or groups, or collaboratively with medical and allied health professionals.

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4 months 

Full Time or Part Time equivalent

Personal Trainer

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Course Admission Requirements

  • Certificate III in Fitness or
  • Completion of 9 units of competency in Certificate III in Fitness
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course.

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Attendance Requirements (subject to change)
Class times may vary but are generally all day, for example from 9.00 to 4.00pm.

Industry Conditions and Skills
This course is required for those who wish to work in the fitness industry as a Personal Trainer.

Additional Uniforms, Equipment and Costs
$40.00 (approximately) TAFE SA polo shirt.

Total Fees for the 4 month course
Full Fee

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    This qualification provides a pathway to work in a diversity of fitness industry businesses including fitness centres, gyms, aquatic facilities, community facilities and in open spaces.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate IV in Fitness (SIS40221)
    This course covers functional movement, exercise science, personal training (for individuals and groups), providing motivation, long term and endurance training programs, business and collaboration with allied health professionals. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 10 core units and 7 elective units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2023 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Develop and instruct personalised exercise programs for adolescent clients 90
    Develop and instruct personalised exercise programs for body composition goals 50
    Develop and instruct personalised exercise programs for older clients 75
    Develop personalised exercise programs 70
    Establish and maintain professional practice for fitness instruction 60
    Establish and manage client relationships 35
    Instruct personalised exercise sessions 70
    Support exercise behaviour change 55
    Support healthy eating for individual fitness clients 70
    Use exercise science principles in fitness instruction 60


    Name Nominal Hours
    Assess client movement and provide exercise advice 40
    Conduct individualised long-term training programs 60
    Market new business ventures 50
    Organise personal work priorities 30
    Plan and conduct disability programs 40
    Plan and instruct online exercise sessions 60
    Research and develop business plans 50
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