Course Description

Find out more about working in the fitness industry and whether it's the right career path for you.

During the Statement of Attainment in Fitness Foundations course you will learn about human anatomy and physiology and how they apply to fitness. The course will also train you to:

  • Properly health screen and assess clients
  • Deliver fitness programs
  • Provide healthy eating information
  • Identify specific types of clients, and tailor programs to their needs.

Why study this course?

  • This short, taster course will give you an idea of what it’s like to work in the fitness industry.
  • You’ll have the chance to put what you learn into practice with a 33-hour work placement.
  • If you’re hoping to progress to become a Personal Trainer, this course will fulfil the entry requirements for the qualification that can get you there, the Certificate IV in Fitness.
This course involves work placement that currently needs to be undertaken in Australia. More information available in our FAQs
Course number E1222
Qualification name Statement of Attainment in Fitness Foundations
Course duration Maximum 6 months
Delivery Method Online with Work Placement
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Case studies, Demonstrations, Knowledge tests, Practical assessments, Presentations
Awarded by
  • Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90197)


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.


This course involves reading and undertaking a range of written assessments, as well as 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.


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.


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, audio and video files.

Physical requirements

You will be required to undertake tasks such as; demonstrating exercise, spotting exercises, physical activity, working with client’s under the age of 18 and the requirement to fulfill maintenance, risk management and safety procedures.

Whilst 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.

First Aid and CPR

This course includes the unit HLTAID003 Provide first aid and the unit HLTAID001 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation. To meet the requirements of these units you will need to complete a first aid and a CPR course with an accredited provider at your own cost. Many other specialist Registered Training Organisations will deliver first aid and CPR courses.

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.

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.

Working in fitness environments

  • Address client needs and expectations.
  • Provide quality service experience.
  • Resolve customer complaints.

Health screening

  • 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.

Healthy eating

  • Provide healthy eating information.
  • Support positive attitudes to eating and body composition.

Fitness programs

  • 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.

Specific populations

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



What are my payment options?

Pay in full

If you pay your course fees up-front in full, you’ll benefit from a discount. When you pay in full, we don’t have to spend extra money on administration for tasks such as payment plan processing. Instead, we get to pass this saving onto you in the form of a discount.

ZipMoney Payment Plan

If you need a little more flexibility in your finances, and want to pay off your course fees over a longer period of time, you can switch to a zipMoney payment plan. Essentially, zipMoney pays your course fees for you, and you pay this loan back over 24, 36 or 48 months. As long as you are eligible, you can switch to a zipMoney plan at any time.

Payment Plan

Pay for you course in weekly or fortnightly instalments. By paying in instalments, you can schedule your payments around your regular outgoings and get ahead without breaking the bank. Open Colleges payment plans are interest-free.

Find out more

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.

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.

The course contains a minimum of 33 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.

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