Certificate IV in Fitness

Course code SIS40215
Start date(s) February/July
Course length Full time: 30 weeks
Part time: 1 year
Campus Moorabbin; Waverley
Study mode Full time; Part time
International course No
  • Course Overview

    Launch an exciting career as a personal trainer. Personal trainers work in a varietyof settings and are largely responsible for the development, implementation andsupervision of exercise programs with individual clients or small groups.

    With manyAustralians living longer than ever before, plus an increase in conditions suchas diabetes and obesity, it's clear there's a growing need for health andfitness services.

    During this course you will learn how to tailor personal trainingprograms for a range of clients, including older adults. Plus you'll learn theimportance of nutrition, and how to manage injuries and specific medicalconditions.

    The coursewill also teach you how to use a diverse range of personal training equipment,operate in different environments, and design programs for one-on-one, group training and functional training.

    Inaddition the course covers the fundamentals of marketing and operating a smallfitness business successfully.

    This qualification reflects the role of personaltrainers who have specialist skills to train individual clients, or groups ofclients, on a one-on-one or group basis, to improve health-related componentsof fitness in relatively low risk situations. This may include training ofolder clients and children.

  • Course Structure

    To receive this qualification you must complete 12 core units and 8 elective units. Elective units have been chosen by Holmesglen based on feedback from industry and staff qualifications. If you have already completed other eligible elective units, these may be counted towards completion of this program.


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


    SISFFIT013Instruct exercise to young people aged 13 to 17 years
    SISFFIT015Collaborate with medical and allied health professionals in a fitness context
    SISFFIT016Provide motivation to positively influence exercise behaviour
    SISFFIT017Instruct long-term exercise programs
    SISFFIT018Promote functional movement capacity
    SISFFIT019Incorporate exercise science principles into fitness programming
    SISFFIT020Instruct exercise programs for body composition goals
    SISFFIT023Instruct group personal training programs
    SISFFIT025Recognise the dangers of providing nutrition advice to clients
    SISXRES001Conduct sustainable work practices in open spaces
    BSBSMB405Monitor and manage small business operations
    BSBSMB401Establish legal & risk management requirements of small business
    BSBSMB403Market the small business
    BSBSMB404Undertake small business planning
    SISFFIT024Instruct endurance programs
    SISSSTC301AInstruct strength and conditioning techniques
    SISSSTC402A Develop strength and conditioning programs
    SISXCAI005Conduct individualised long-term training programs
    SISFFIT021Instruct personal training programs
    SISFFIT026Support healthy eating through the Eat for Health Program
  • Requirements

    Recognition of prior learning

    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. AQF 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.


    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
    All 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.

    Selection Process

    Interview is required prior to enrolment

  • Outcomes

    Qualification & Recognition

    Upon successfully completing this program, you will be eligible to receive the nationally endorsed SIS40210 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.


    Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may wish to broaden their career opportunities and pathway directly into the Diploma of Sport Development or Diploma of Fitness.

    Career Opportunities

    • Gym instructor
    • Personal trainer
    • Older adults trainer
    • PT coordinator
    • PT manager
    • Assistant PT manager
    • Outdoor trainer
  • Dates


    • Waverley full time courses run three days a week
    • Moorabbin full time courses run three days a week
    • Waverley part time courses run on a Monday and Wednesday evening, 6pm - 9:30pm and Saturday classes, 9am - 4:30pm.

  • How to Apply


    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

    Apply online now

    The application process takes approximately 5 minutes and at this stage, you do not need to provide any documentation.

    To apply offline, contact the department directly using the details below. Your application will be reviewed by the faculty and you will be contacted within 2 working days. For further information on the full application process, including how to accept your offer, complete enrolment and make payment, visit How to Apply.


    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.

    Further Advice

    If you have further questions about your application please contact the department:

    Sport, Recreation and Fitness Department

    03 9564 1699


    Holmesglen may engage third parties to recruit students on behalf the of the institute. Third party recruiters receive a commission and this will not impact on your fees.

    Find out more about your rights and obligations as a student and the services we provide at Holmesglen.

  • Fees

    $7500 Holmesglen TAFE
    Holmesglen TAFE SIS40215

    Program Fees

    Gov. Subsidised$7500

    Which fee applies to me?

    Due to the different level of government subsidy available to you, there are three possible fee levels for program fees – government subsidised, full fee and concession.

    Your eligibility for concession or subsidised program fees is determined by your individual circumstances such as how old you are, what level of education you have and what type of program you want to study. Concession fees are not available for qualifications at diploma level or above.

    The Holmesglen Information staff can help you determine your eligibility and discuss options if you are ineligible.

    How do I pay my fees?

    VET Fee HELP / VET Student Loans is an Australian Government loan scheme that helps eligible students pay all or part of their tuition fees for diploma, advanced diploma, graduate certificate and graduate diploma programs.

    Holmesglen also offers a range of scholarships each year which you may be eligible to apply for.

    To be eligible for a VET Fee HELP /  VET Student Loans you will need to meet the VET Student Loans entry requirements.

    Information Offices are situated at all campuses. Discuss your payment options with Holmesglen Information staff.

Fitness & Recreation Open Days

  • 15Dec

    Visit us on Open Day to find out more about starting a career in the Fitness industry. You will be given an overview of the Sport and Recreation industry, at 5pm, before discussing the specifics of Holmesglen's Fitness courses and which career may suit you - from gym instructing and personal training to becoming a specialised trainer.

    - , Thu 15 Dec - bookings essential.

    Holmesglen Moorabbin Campus, 488 South Road, Moorabbin, Vic Australia

  • 15Dec

    Visit us on Open Day to find out more about starting a career in the Fitness industry. You will be given an overview of the Sport and Recreation industry, at 5pm, before discussing the specifics of Holmesglen's Fitness courses and which career may suit you - from gym instructing and personal training to becoming a specialised trainer.

    - , Thu 15 Dec - bookings essential.

    Holmesglen Waverley Campus, 595 Waverley Road, Glen Waverley, Vic Australia