Certificate IV in Fitness

Holmesglen offers you the opportunity to obtain both your gym instructor and personal training qualification. Without prior qualifications, you will enrol directly into the Certificate IV in Fitness and begin your road to becoming a fully qualified personal trainer. As a student you will initially undertake the requirements of becoming a gym instructor, and then progress to the more advanced skills of becoming a personal trainer all within this course.

The Certificate IV in Fitness at Holmesglen develops both the instructional and fitness specific skills to undertake exercise programming for a variety of populations. It is a nationally recognised qualification that enables graduates to work as both a fitness instructor (gym) and personal trainer. Specialising in a wide variety of areas such as fitness evaluation and health screening, resistance training, advanced exercise prescription, postural appraisal and personal training this course will enable you to hone your skills effectively and efficiently.

The Holmesglen Certificate IV course is registered with the American College of exercise. Graduates from the program will also have the opportunity to undertake an exam to register with ACE (American College of Exercise).

Program Commencement Dates

Full Time and Part Time courses commence in February and July each year.

Career Opportunities

  • Gym instructor
  • Personal trainer
  • Older adults trainer
  • PT Coordinator
  • PT Manager
  • Assistant PT Manager
  • Outdoor trainer

Program Structure

Full time students will complete the course over 1 semester.

Part time students will complete the course over 2 semesters (approximately 6.5 months).

Subject CodeSubject Name
BSBSMB401A Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business
BSBSMB402A Plan small business finances
BSBSMB404A Undertake small business planning
SISFFIT314A Plan and deliver exercise to older clients with managed conditions
SISFFIT415A Work collaboratively with medical and allied health professionals
SISFFIT416A Apply motivational psychology to provide guidance on exercise behaviour and change to meet health and fitness goals
SISFFIT420A Plan and deliver exercise programs to support desired body composition outcomes
SISFFIT421A Plan and deliver personal training
HLTFA311A Apply first aid
SISFFIT305A Apply anatomy and physiology principles in a fitness context
SISFFIT306A Provide healthy eating information to clients in accordance with recommended guidelines
SISFFIT307A Undertake client health assessment
SISFFIT308A Plan and deliver gym programs
SISXIND404A Promote compliance with laws and legal principles
SISXOHS101A Follow occupational health and safety policies
SISXOHS402A Implement and monitor occupational health and safety policies
SISXRSK301A Undertake risk analysis of activities
SISFFIT301A Provide fitness orientation and health screening
SISFFIT302A Provide quality service in the fitness industry
SISFFIT303A Develop and apply an awareness of specific populations to exercise delivery
SISFFIT304A Instruct and monitor fitness programs
BSBSMB306A Plan a home based business
SISFFIT312A Plan and deliver an endurance training program
SISFFIT417A Undertake long term exercise programming
SISFFIT418A Undertake appraisals of functional movement
SISFFIT419A Apply exercise science principles to planning exercise


Waverley full time courses run three days a week, 9am - 4:30pm.

Moorabbin full time courses run three days a week, 9am - 4:30pm.

Waverley part time courses run on a Monday and Wednesday evening,  6pm - 9:30pm and include Saturday classes, 9am - 4:30pm.


Assessment may be a combination of written and online assignments, tests, examinations and practical application projects.


There are no qualification pre requisites for this course, however, applicants should have numeracy and literacy skills equivalent to Level 2 of the National Reporting System. This outlines that the participant must be able to demonstrate the following: 

  • Reading and writing - read and comprehend a range of simple texts and write a range of short texts in a number of contexts, which may be inter-related
  • Oral communication - use and respond to language around every day subject matter, that may include some unfamiliar aspects for a range of purposes in a number of contexts, that may be inter-related, including some unfamiliar material
  • Numeracy and mathematics - deal easily with straightforward calculations, either manually and/or using a calculator.

Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer

You may be able to shorten the length of your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQTF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen.

Please see Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer for more information.

How to Apply

Directly to Holmesglen

Apply directly to Holmesglen if you are a:

  • Part time student
  • Full time student commencing studies outside of the February intake
  • Non year 12 applicant and only applying to Holmesglen

Applicants must also submit an Application Form and contact the department to arrange an interview.


Apply through VTAC for the program's February intake (full time study).
The VTAC code for this program is 6100461704.

Applicants must also submit a VTAC Personal Statement via the VTAC website.


This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible students.

Fees are calculated according to the level of course being studied, and the number of hours being undertaken, up to Government established maximums. Eligible students are able to access a Government Subsidised Place and certain categories of Full Fee Paying students may be able to access an Eligibility Exemption. Assistance is available in the form of VET FEE HELP or a Holmesglen Payment Plan for students who are unable to afford fee payment up front.

For further information please visit the Fees and Charges page or contact the department via phone, email or through the Enquire Now form on this page.

Qualification & Recognition

Upon successful completion of the course you will be awarded the Certificate IV in Fitness, which will enable you to register with either Fitness Australia or Physical Activity Australia as both a fitness instructor (gym) and personal trainer. You will also be awarded a Level 2 First Aid Statement of Attainment.

Upon successful completion of this course graduates will be given the opportunity to undertake an examination process which awards International Recognition with the American Council on Exercise (ACE) as a Personal Trainer.

Quick Stats

Program Code:SIS40210
Start Date(s):
February; July
Study Mode:Full time; Part time
Program Length:
  • Full time - 6 months
  • Part time - 6.5 months (Evening and weekend)
Location:Moorabbin; Waverley
Program Enquiries:Recreation, Fitness & Complementary Health Department
03 9564 1699

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