Course Description

The Certificate will train you to become a fitness instructor in gyms, community centres and fitness facilities. During your study you will build a strong fitness and wellbeing knowledge base, which will enable you to guide, motivate and instruct gym clients.

The course is also a great pathway into the Certificate IV in Fitness, and the dynamic world of personal training.  

Why study this course?

  • With this Certificate you can work as a professional fitness instructor in gyms, fitness facilities and community facilities.
  • You will learn to provide programs for individuals, as well as larger groups.
  • Studying online means you can fit study around your life, while the Certificate’s work placement lets you practice your skills in a real-world environment.
This course involves work placement that currently needs to be undertaken in Australia. More information available in our FAQs

Potential career outcomes

  • Fitness Instructor
  • Gym instructor
Course number E1168
Qualification name SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness (Gym Instructor)
Course duration Maximum 12 months
Delivery Method Online with Work Placement
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Case Studies, Demonstrations, Knowledge tests, Matching Answers , Multiple Choice Questions, Practical Assessments, Presentations, Scenario-Based Question , Short-Answer Questions, True/False question
Awarded by
  • Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90197)

The Certificate will train you to become a fitness instructor in gyms, community centres and fitness facilities. During your study you will build a strong fitness and wellbeing knowledge base, which will enable you to guide, motivate and instruct gym clients.

The course is also a great pathway into the Certificate IV in Fitness, and the dynamic world of personal training.  

Why study this course?

  • With this Certificate you can work as a professional fitness instructor in gyms, fitness facilities and community facilities.
  • You will learn to provide programs for individuals, as well as larger groups.
  • Studying online means you can fit study around your life, while the Certificate’s work placement lets you practice your skills in a real-world environment.

Once you are enrolled in this course, you will receive access to the first Module, which contains the first set of units for the course. When you have successfully completed those units, you'll be given access to the next Module. Modules 1 to 5 have been released and are available. The subsequent Modules will be available on the following dates:

  • Module 6: May 2017
  • Module 7: May 2017
Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements. Please download the course guide for current information about the course and its status.

Module 1

  • Develop industry knowledge.
  • Identify client needs and organisational objectives.
  • Implement customer service practices.
  • Minimise risks to personal and public safety.
  • Address client needs and expectations.
  • Provide quality service experience.
  • Resolve customer complaints.

Module 2

  • Identify client fitness requirements.
  • Administer pre-exercise health screening questionnaire.
  • Advise benefits of fitness activities and exercise prescription.
  • Identify client fitness goals.
  • Plan and conduct fitness appraisal.
  • Evaluate fitness appraisal.

Module 3

  • Provide healthy eating information.
  • Support positive attitudes to eating and body composition.
  • Comply with the scope of practice in provision of nutrition advice.
  • Identify situations outside of scope of practice.
  • Identify client needs within the Eat for Health Program.
  • Develop client profiles of food choices and eating patterns.
  • Provide eating pattern and health status information.
  • Influence healthier eating patterns.

Module 4

  • Identify risks
  • Analyse and evaluate risks
  • Treat risks
  • Monitor and review effectiveness of risk treatment
  • Follow safe work practices
  • Implement safe work practices
  • Contribute to safe work practices in the workplace
  • Reflect on own safe work practices

Module 5

  • Consolidate understanding of anatomy and physiology.
  • Apply knowledge to own professional practice.
  • Maintain and update knowledge of anatomy principles.
  • Identify client fitness requirements.
  • Develop program plans.
  • Conduct exercise sessions.
  • Evaluate program.

Module 6

  • Identify client fitness requirements.
  • Develop program plans.
  • Conduct exercise sessions.
  • Evaluate program.
  • Identify client fitness requirements.
  • Develop program plans.
  • Instruct exercise session.
  • Evaluate program.

Module 7

  • Conduct maintenance checks of facilities or areas.
  • Check supplies.
  • Clean facility areas.
  • Contribute to facility or activity administration.
  • Perform routine equipment maintenance.
  • Conduct equipment repairs.
  • Store equipment to maintain serviceable condition.

First Aid

The completion of a first aid certificate is a requirement of the course. You will need to gain your certification from an accredited provider at your own cost. Whilst it is not a requirement to hold a current first aid certificate to undertake work placement in the fitness industry, workplaces have the right to request this.

  • Respond to an emergency situation
  • Apply appropriate first aid procedures
  • Communicate details of the incident
  • Evaluate the incident and own performance

Education

You will need to have completed year 10, or equivalent. Equivalency can be demonstrated by one of the following:

  • A qualification at Certificate II level or higher OR
  • 2 years of industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 18 years old.

English

This course involves reading learner guides and undertaking a range of written assessments and engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 10 level.

If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 10 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate II level or higher; or
  • 2 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication

Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. See the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Considerations section for more information on tools, resources and support services provided to by Open Colleges.

Computing

You will need access to a computer and the internet and have basic computing skills. Minimum specifications for your computer are:

All users:

  • Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 2GB of RAM
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher.
  • Access to printer and associated software
  • Access to scanner and associated software
  • Digital imaging software
  • File compression software.

Windows users:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher (Windows 8 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Mac OS users:

  • Mac OSX v10.5 or higher (Mac OSX v10.6 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Digital equipment

You will need access to:

  • A digital video recording device and/or a digital camera and associated software to save and upload video, image and audio files to OpenSpace. Many mobile phones and smart phones include this technology.
  • Software to view online videos and images. Software such as Adobe Reader, Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Viewer etc. are available as a free download from the internet.

Skills

To successfully complete this course, you will require basic computing skills. This includes:

  • Creating, saving and editing Microsoft Office documents
  • Accessing and searching the internet
  • Downloading and saving documents from websites
  • Uploading documents through websites
  • Participating in online discussions
  • Connecting digital cameras and downloading and storing images and audio files
  • Connecting digital video devices and downloading and storing videos
  • Compressing image files.

Physical requirements

You will be required to undertake tasks related to a Certificate III in Fitness qualified Gym Instructor during work placement. Tasks may involve; demonstrating exercise, spotting exercises, physical activity, working with client’s under the age of 18 and the requirement to fulfil maintenance, risk management and safety procedures.

Undertaking the unit HLTAID003 Provide first aid (not delivered by Open Colleges), you will be required to undertake Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) continuously for a minimum 2 minutes while kneeling on the floor as indicated in the assessment requirements for the unit.

Additional

First Aid

The unit HLTAID003 Apply first aid (or its equivalent) is not delivered by Open Colleges. This unit can be satisfied via the completion of the nationally recognised unit of competency or its equivalent offered by an approved provider. You will need to provide a certified copy of a current certificate or Statement of Attainment to be provided credit for this unit. You will need to pay a fee directly to the provider and may be required to travel in order to undertake this unit with the provider of your choice. Whilst it is not a requirement to hold a current first aid certificate to undertake work placement in this industry, workplaces have the right to request this.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies. You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.

Professional Accreditation

Upon graduation you may apply to join Fitness Australia or Physical Activity Australia.


Fitness Australia and Physical Activity Australia are the two peak health and fitness industry associations and provide support services for Fitness professionals by aiding registered members attain employment, further their education and keep them informed of the latest Fitness Industry developments.

The course contains a minimum of 45 hours of work placement

You will be required to undertake your work placement in a workplace that provides fitness services, once you have successfully completed Modules 1 to 3. Various pieces of contemporary fitness equipment should be made available to clients and staff. This might include a weights gym and an outdoor environment. It’s also recommended that the facility services a range of different clients with different fitness needs.

Open Colleges offers this qualification in association with Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90197). The testamur will be issued by Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd.

Boris Bojanovic

Boris' passion for strength training has lead to a multifaceted career as a competitor, coach and presenter. With a degree in Exercise Physiology, his major area of interest is functional anatomy and how to optimise movement for performance and injury prevention.

Boris' is a Corrective Exercise Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach, and also provides teaching for Rehab Trainer, Australian Institute of Kettlebells/Functional Training Institute and CrankIt Fitness. Boris has also written articles and developed educational materials for Fitness Australia. He gets immense satisfaction from using his expertise in corrective exercise and functional training to help clients and educate other trainers.

Dane Ivicevic

Dane is a body composition specialist and an integrative medicine practitioner running a specialised health and body composition consultancy with over 15 years’ experience helping others achieve their personal best in health and fitness. Dane is also a Biochemist for Gen-Tec Nutrition, where he conducts research and development for the formulation and design of leading sports supplements Australia wide. As a qualified clinical biochemist, nutritionist and exercise scientist Dane has also lectured at Australia’s leading fitness and nutrition institutes over the past 7 years, and has presented at various wellness and fitness conferences on nutrition. An accomplished bodybuilder, he has competed internationally since 2005, placing in the top three at the universe titles three times within NABBA, INBA and WFF. He has also won the Australian titles for his division three times. A big believer in education, Dane holds the following qualifications: Masters of Complimentary Medicine (Current), Postgraduate Diploma of Infection and Immunity, Postgraduate Certificate of Pharmacy, Bachelor of Science (Nutrition and Exercise Science), Diploma of Exercise Science and Fitness Management, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Certificate IV Fitness and a Certificate III Fitness.

Matthew Burns

Matthew has been employed within the fitness industry and education sector for 6 years as a personal trainer and as a PDHPE teacher/Trainer & Assessor for Fitness and Sport & Recreation. As a personal trainer, Matthew has worked for a number or gyms across Sydney and has run an independent personal training business. Matthew’s passion for learning about the body continued into his university years, where his primary focus was Exercise Science (Bachelor) and Secondary Education (Diploma). Matthew also holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Pool lifeguard Certification, Certificate III in Fitness and was a sponsored fitness model in the under 30 Australian National Bodybuilding (ANB) Nationals competition in Sydney 2012. 

Matthew Morrison

Matthew is a registered Australian Strength and Conditioning Coach with experience training AFL draftees, elite level junior rugby union players and highly ranked Muay Thai fighters. Matthew holds a Diploma of Fitness, a Certificate IV in Fitness, a Certificate III in Fitness, and a Certificate III in Nutrition and Dietetic Assistance, as well as a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

An ardent advocate for fitness, he runs his own personal training business, has worked with one of Australia’s leading supplement companies and continues to work closely with Barbarian Muay Thai fight team. An athlete in his own right, Matthew has a passion for, and competes in, both Muay Thai and Kickboxing.

Phil Casey

Since receiving his Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Phil has held a number of specialist posts in both hospital and community settings, including roles in pediatrics and working with diabetics. He has also worked as a chiropractic assistant in Sydney’s CBD for five years, a role which saw him perform exercise rehabilitation sessions for clients.

Also qualified in sports/remedial massage and personal fitness training, Phil has 20 years fitness industry experience including personal training, facility management and sales.

As an educator, Phil has over six years’ experience teaching a range of face-to-face and online courses across anatomy and physiology, Certificate III and IV in Fitness and the Diploma of Fitness.

Phil McKay

Phil has completed a Certificate III and IV in Fitness and a Diploma of Fitness. Phil began his career as a gym instructor and also worked in personal training. He later moved into a fitness coordinator role, supervising a team of personal trainers and group fitness instructors. After a few years of managing a professional gym, Phil started his own fitness studio. Phil wants to use his experience to help his students take their passion to change their lives, and develop better health and wellbeing.

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