Fitness Courses

At the Australian College of Sport and Fitness, we offer fitness programs that are ideal for students who have a strong interest in health, fitness or sport.

Our classes are fun and dynamic. We offer ‘hands on’ learning in real fitness environments, gyms and outdoor parks. Gym entry is included in the program to give students access to the most effective training.

Course Code Duration Mode
Certificate III in Fitness SIS30315 Full Time (9 Months) Classroom
Certificate IV in Fitness SIS40215 Full Time (9 Months) Classroom

CERTIFICATE III IN FITNESS

National Course Code | SIS30315

CRICOS Course Code | 089271G

Course Overview

The Certificate III in Fitness is your first step into the fitness industry. This national qualification allows you to be a ‘fitness instructor’. You will learn to assess, train and supervise clients in fitness centres and gyms.

What do you learn in a Certificate III in Fitness?

The Certificate III in Fitness course will prepare you to:

  • Fitness screen and assess new clients
  • Monitor a client’s fitness level and development
  • Provide fitness training to a single client or group of clients in a supervised and low risk setting
  • Provide advice on exercise and exercise equipment
  • Perform administration duties of the fitness centre or gym
  • Deliver first aid.

Some of the topics you will study include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology and the basics of Exercise Science
  • Client screening and assessment
  • Principles of healthy eating
  • Instructing exercise
  • Planning exercise
  • Exercise for Special Populations clients such as older adults
  • First Aid
  • Fitness Course Instructor Specialisations

Job Outcomes

The program outcomes for this course are:

  • Workers qualified at a Certificate III level are primarily employed as gym or group instructors in a fitness or leisure facility.
  • A study pathway to the Certificate IV in Fitness.
  • Preparation for further study and vocational skills with development of study and research skills, language and literacy skills, communication skills, time management, planning and managing projects, interpersonal skills and the development of techniques.

Additional outcomes include the attainment of a First Aid Certificate.

Click here to see the Units of Competency for this course.

The learner group for this qualification are people wishing to gain a qualification in order to work as an instructor providing exercise instruction for groups or gym programs. They work independently with some level of autonomy in a controlled environment such as fitness, leisure, aquatic and community centres where risks are managed through pre-existing risk assessment and hazard control processes.

The learner group are those who require a structured, classroom based program with significant practical experience.

This is an entry level course and no previous fitness skills or experience are necessary.

Entrants must have:

  • Successfully completed the Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) online test. Please note that if you are applying for more than one course with us, you will only need to complete the LLN online test once. Students returning to studies at ALG after a significant gap may be required to complete the LLN online test at the discretion of ALG. For more details on how to complete the online test, please refer to 8.Appendix_Language, Literacy, and Numeracy (LLN) Requirements Factsheet.

    The purpose of the LLN online test is to ensure that you have the LLN skills needed to undertake your course. It will also show how we can assist you in any areas where you may need help while studying with us.

  • Sufficient level of English proficiency in order to interact with and document client interactions, interpret documents, learner guides and assessment tools, prepare written reports and plans. For more information, please view our English Requirements Factsheet.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills in order to establish and manage professional networks and client relationships with clients of various ages and backgrounds.

The learners’ physical attributes may influence their ability to complete the training and assessment. Assessment and training requires students to be physically capable of performing a range of fitness activities and to use a range of gym equipment. Manual handling is also required.

Students need to be able to relate to clients of differing ages and backgrounds, have a keen interest to assist clients to reach their exercise goals, have good problem solving skills, sound literacy and numeracy skills, be enthusiastic, tactful, patient and have a sense of humour.

The course is aimed at students 18 years of age and over.

This program is timetabled for 600 hours over a course duration of 39 weeks. This time is divided into both training (on campus and self-paced, distance) and assessment. Students will be required to attend the campus for 150 hours per term and engage in self-paced study of 50 hours per term. A term is typically 10 weeks.

The amount of training component is estimated at 80% of the students overall learning (480 hours) and the remaining 20% (120 hours) is attributed to assessment. If required, students have the option to further extend their training hours with additional catch up classes, study groups and resits as published in the timetable.

The volume of learning refers to the total amount of time that a student would be expected to dedicate to successful completion of the course. It includes the structured part of the course as defined above, as well as the self-study, research and practicing of skills that a student would do in their own time. The total Volume of Learning is estimated at 1000 hours (600 structured hours and 400 unstructured). Some students may find that they need more study time and others will find that they can achieve the required level of knowledge and skills in less time than this estimate.

Training and Assessment

Your class room learning will take place in both theory classrooms and working gyms. This means your classroom will have similar equipment, educational and physical resources to those you will find in gym or fitness centre.

Where possible, students will be allocated to different gyms throughout their course, in order to experience different levels of facilities and resources. This will mean that students are able to modify their programming based on the facilities available to them.

In your classes you can expect to take the role of client and instructor, engage in roleplays, create programs and simulate learning activities that you will then put into practice in the workplace. You will learn and develop your knowledge to plan for your clients’ care.

In addition, you will be required to undertake self-paced learning and submit written assessments. A number of practical and skills based assessments will be undertaken in class.
A first aid course is also part of this qualification.

Practical Classes

You will undertake half of your timetabled study program in a working gym. In this practical you will be learning and practicing the skills you will be able to use in your own workplace. In order to successfully complete this component of your study, you will have to successfully complete a range of tasks including a log book and practical exam.

Training Locations

Your training will occur on campus and within the gym.

Please refer to course timetable for the campus locations.

Student Support

The primary learning support comes from Student Services or the training and assessment team.

Student Advisors offer support throughout a learner’s studies and can help with the following information:

  • Support services
  • LLN services (in collaboration with the Training and Assessment team)
  • Legal services
  • Emergency and health services
  • Facilities and resources
  • Complaints and appeals processes
  • Deferments

Additional sources of student services information available includes:

  • Student Services Booklet
  • ALG Student Handbook
  • Online Student Centres – found on our websites
  • Plus a variety of individual factsheets, flyers or electronic messages
  • All students attending practical classes at a gym must wear appropriate gym clothing and shoes and bring a towel to all practical classes. Some practical classes may be conducted outdoors so students should also carry appropriate sun protection and clothing to all classes in event class is conducted outdoors. A water bottle is also highly recommended for students to carry every class.
  • All students will be required to have access to a laptop or desktop to complete external assessments, however, bringing laptops or tablet devices in class is optional.
  • To maximise the chance of a student successfully completing their training, ALG attempts to identify any support individual learners need prior to their enrollment or commencement. Some of the ways to identify learning needs is to ask all prospective students to self-assess. So prior to enrolling please ensure i) you can meet all course requirements (listed in this course overview) ii) you nominate any learning needs they have prior to enrollment either by contacting us or on your application/enrolment forms  and iii) consider booking a trial lesson if you have any doubts the course may not be suitable for you from an educational, cultural or other reason. Please refer to Section A3 of the student handbook for details.

Click here to download the Timetable for this course.

Quick Facts

QUALIFICATION ACHIEVED

SIS30315 – Certificate III in Fitness

CRICOS Course Code

089271G

DURATION

Full Time – 9 Months (3 Terms x 10 Weeks)

JOB OUTCOMES

Fitness Instructor, Gym Instructor, Group Exercise Instructor

COURSE FEES

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CERTIFICATE IV IN FITNESS

National Course Code | SIS40215

CRICOS Course Code | 089272G

Course Overview

If you want to be a Personal Trainer, you will need to undertake the Certificate IV in Fitness. This national qualification allows you to train and develop your own clients in an unsupervised setting.

What do you learn in a Certificate IV in Fitness?

The Certificate IV in Fitness course will prepare you to:

  • Plan exercise programs for your clients
  • Apply your knowledge of exercise science principles
  • Undertake client postural appraisals and other fitness tests
  • Undertake functional range of movement and muscle testing
  • Develop a broad variety of exercise programs
  • Run a small business

Some of the topics you will study include:

  • Exercise Science
  • Advanced Client Screening and assessment procedures
  • Planning and developing exercise programs for clients
  • Special Populations Clients such as teenagers and children
  • Small business planning and marketing

Modules

Cycle A – Adolescent and Adult Personal Trainer Skills
Cycle B – Fitness Business and Functional Movement
Cycle C – Nutrition & Strength and Conditioning

Job Outcomes

The program outcomes for this course are:

  • Workers qualified at a Certificate IV level are primarily employed as personal trainers in a fitness or leisure facility or in their own business.
  • 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, where risk management (through risk assessment and hazard control processes) does not already exist.
  • A study pathway to the SIS50115 – Diploma of Sport and Recreation Management – Fitness Stream.
  • Preparation for further study and vocational skills with development of study and research skills, language and literacy skills, communication skills, time management, planning and managing projects, interpersonal skills and the development of techniques.

Additional outcomes include the attainment of a First Aid Certificate.

Click here to see the Units of Competency for this course.

The learner group for this qualification are people wishing to gain a qualification in order to apply specialist skills to train individual clients, or groups of clients, on a one-on-one or group basis, to improve health-related components of fitness in relatively low risk situations. This includes training of older clients and children.

They have a substantial depth of knowledge to plan, conduct and evaluate exercise training; provide leadership and guidance to clients and other staff; and deal with unpredictable situations applying defined guidelines and procedures from the fitness industry and the organisation.

They work independently or with limited guidance from others and use discretion to solve non-routine problems, including monitoring and managing business activities to operate efficiently and profitably.

The learner group are those who require a structured, classroom based program with significant practical experience.

Mandatory entry requirements

Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who hold a current first aid and CPR certificate and have been recognised as competent through a recognised training program or recognition process against the following units of competency:

SISFFIT001 Provide health screening and fitness orientation
SISFFIT002 Recognise and apply exercise considerations for specific populations
SISFFIT003 Instruct fitness programs
SISFFIT004 Incorporate anatomy and physiology principles into fitness programming
SISFFIT005 Provide healthy eating information
SISFFIT006 Conduct fitness appraisals
SISFFIT014 Instruct exercise to older clients
SISXCCS001 Provide quality service

Recommended entry requirements:

  • Sufficient level of language, literacy and numeracy in order to interpret documents, student guides and assessment tools, prepare written reports and plans.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills to instruct exercise programs across a wide range of clients and maintain relationships with clients of various ages and backgrounds.
  • High level of personal fitness and enthusiasm for health and fitness and helping others improve their fitness level.

Academic Entry Requirements

  • No English proficiency testing for students from English speaking nations
  • International Students from non-English speaking nations:
    • Upper intermediate level (completed)
    • Equivalent of IELTS 5.5
    • With no individual band under 5.0

OR

  • A completed Certificate IV qualification from the Australian Qualifications Framework (issued within 2 years from the commencement of studies with ALG)

A prospective student does not need to provide evidence of an English test score with his/her application if one of the following applies:

  • Prospective student is a citizen and holds a passport from UK, USA, Canada, NZ or Republic of Ireland.
  • Prospective student has completed at least 5 years’ study in English in one or more of the following countries: Australia, UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, or the Republic of Ireland.
  • In the 2 years before applying for the student visa, the prospective student completed, in Australia and in the English language, either the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education or a substantial component of a course leading to a qualification from the Australian Qualifications Framework at the Certificate IV or higher level, while the prospective student held a student visa.

The learners’ physical attributes may influence their ability to complete the training and assessment. Assessment and training requires students to be physically capable of performing a range of fitness activities and using a range of gym equipment. Manual handling is also required.

Students need to be able to relate to clients of differing ages and backgrounds, have a keen interest to assist clients to reach their exercise goals, have good problem solving skills, sound literacy and numeracy skills, be enthusiastic, tactful, patient and have a sense of humour.

The course is aimed at students 18 years of age and over.

  • The course is delivered over 36 weeks (30 weeks delivery plus 6 weeks in term breaks).
    This full-time training program of 900 hours is delivered as follows:
  • 30 weeks delivery (3 x 10-week terms) comprising:
    • 20 contact hours – 13.5 hours face to face classes and 6.5 hours distance structured study per week during term time
    • 10 hours self-directed learning activities per week during term time
    • 6 weeks in term breaks.
  • The units of competency in the qualification have been organised into a program of study clustered into modules as specified above

Training and Assessment
Your classroom learning will take place in both theory classrooms and working gyms. This means your classroom will have similar equipment, educational and physical resources to those you will find in gym or fitness centre.

Where possible, students will be allocated to different gyms throughout their course, in order to experience different standards of facilities and resources. This will mean that students are able to modify their programming based on the resources that are available to them.

In your classes you can expect to take the role of client and personal trainer, engage in roleplays, create programs and simulate learning activities that you will then put into practice in the workplace. You will learn and develop your knowledge to plan for your clients’ care.
In addition, you will be required to undertake self-paced learning and submit written assessments. A number of practical and skills based assessments will be undertaken in class.

A first aid course is also part of this qualification.

Practical Classes
You will undertake half of your timetabled study program in a working gym. In this practical you will be learning and practicing the skills you will be able to use in your own workplace.

In order to successfully complete this component of your study, you will have to successfully complete a range of tasks including a log book and practical exam.
Training Locations

Your training will occur on campus and within a gym.

Please refer to course timetable for the campus locations.

Structured Study

Students are required to undertake structured study for 6.5 hours a week and are provided with a plan (based on a 10-week period) that outlines various learning activities to be undertaken to prepare them to undertake their summative assessment requirements. The plan requires students to spend an average of 2 hours per week on these activities and 3 hours completing their assessments. The completion of the Structured Study Plan is monitored in class.

Self-directed learning activities

Students are expected to undertake self-study 10 hours a week to:

  • review, revise materials and
  • practice gym skills learnt during the week
  • reinforce learning and prepare for follow up sessions.

The amount of time students needs to spend varies upon the individual but generally 10 hours per week during term time is appropriate.

Students are provided with a Self-Directed Learning Plan for each module that guides them through the self-study time with suggested reading, formative activities. Students are also encouraged to reflect on their learning by documenting what they have learned, what activities were useful and what they would like to learn more about.

The completion of the Self-Directed Learning Plan is monitored in class and the activities completed may be utilised in classroom sessions as the basis for group discussion and to engage in discussion in comparing student activity responses.

Student Support
ALG provides a variety of support services to students:

  • LLN Support
    Based on the results of the LLN Robot test, ALG will:
    • enrol the student in an appropriate course-based
      on the student’s language literacy and numeracy levels;
    • offer appropriate support in their selected course
      including completing recommended strategies from LLN Robot and attending
      additional learning support classes during the term;
    • provide customised learning activities to
      increase the relevant LLN areas through the use of a range of strategies e.g. use
      tasks with embedded LLN skills, creating extension tasks and scaffolding
      interaction;
    • schedule professional development of trainers and assessors on implementing support strategies and the design of learning activities
      that will facilitate the ongoing development of students’ LLN levels;
    • ensure that students LLN capabilities are
      monitored during the program duration. Trainers and assessors and the learning support tutor will review each student’s LLN ability and their
      progress with the training and assessment tasks.
  • LLN Support Classes
    ALG will offer LLN classes to assist students with their literacy and communication skills. These classes will run for 1.5 hours a week for 9 weeks each term.
  • Learning Support Classes
    Learning Support classes will be scheduled on week 5 and week 9 of each term (prior to assessments due dates) to support students experiencing difficulties with their studies or assessment tasks. Additional classes may be offered subject to feedback/requests from trainers or students.
  • Counselling Support
    ALG provides a free counselling service on campus. Students can drop in or make an
    appointment to see a professional counsellor for support with their studies or personal issues. Students book online via alg.edu.au/counsellingservice;
    Students can also book a counselling session via the Student Counselling clinic (through ALG online portal http://4lifecollege.edu.au/clinic/), which is provided by students within the Diploma of Counselling program.
  • Student Advisors/Head Trainers/Trainers
    Other support comes from Student Advisors, Head Trainers and the allocated trainer/assessor.
    • Students facing any difficulties which may affect their learning can approach the relevant Student Advisor or trainer for advice. Such advice might include a referral to further student support services.
    • Student Advisors offer support throughout a student’s studies and can help with the
      following information:
      • Support services
      • LLN services
      • Legal services;
      • Emergency and health services;
      • Facilities and resources;
      • Complaints and appeals processes;
      • Deferments
  • All students attending practical classes at a gym must wear appropriate gym clothing and shoes and bring a towel to all practical classes. Some practical classes may be conducted outdoors so students should also carry appropriate sun protection and clothing to all classes in event class is conducted outdoors. A water bottle is also highly recommended for students to carry every class.
  • All students will be required to have access to a laptop or desktop to complete external assessments, however, bringing laptops or tablet devices in class is optional.
  • To maximise the chance of a student successfully completing their training, ALG attempts to identify any support individual learners need prior to their enrollment or commencement. Some of the ways to identify learning needs is to ask all prospective students to self-assess. So prior to enrolling please ensure i) you can meet all course requirements (listed in this course overview) ii) you nominate any learning needs they have prior to enrollment either by contacting us or on your application/enrolment forms  and iii) consider booking a trial lesson if you have any doubts the course may not be suitable for you from an educational, cultural or other reason. Please refer to Section A3 of the student handbook for details.

Click here to download the Timetable for this course.

Quick Facts

QUALIFICATION ACHIEVED

SIS40215 – Certificate IV in Fitness

CRICOS Course Code

089272G

DURATION

Full Time – 9 Months (3 Terms x 10 Weeks)

JOB OUTCOMES

Personal Trainer

COURSE FEES

Download Pricelist

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