Do you want to become a personal trainer?
SIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness provides the skills and knowledge for an individual to be competent in a range of activities and functions within the fitness industry, including working independently in a broad range of settings, such as within fitness centres, gyms, pools, community facilities and in open spaces. This course is your pathway to becoming a personal trainer!
Our Certificate IV in Fitness program has been customised with an exciting collaboration between SSFCC and Surf Life Saving NSW, to deliver the Aqua Trainer Specialisation.


Career Opportunities

SIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness is appropriate for those students interested in training individual clients, on a one-on-one basis, and may include older clients, children and special population clients.

Students graduating with this level of competency will have the ability to plan, design and deliver exercise programs for individuals and small groups, conduct and evaluate exercise training, provide leadership and guidance to clients and other staff and possibly deal with unpredictable situations.

Exercise Trainers will have the ability to monitor and manage business activities to operate efficiently and profitably.

Job roles for those holding this qualification may include:

  • Personal Trainer
  • Aqua Trainer
  • Older Client Trainer
  • Program Coordinator

Other job outcomes for this qualification might be roles such as Sports Trainer or Pool Lifeguard.

Entry Requirements

All international students must be at least 18 years of age and provide evidence of the following entry requirements:

  1. Academic: year 12 or equivalent and above; and
  2. English language: IELTS 5.5 or equivalent and above

Entry to this qualification is open to those who hold a current first aid qualification and current CPR certificate and who have achieved the following units of competency:

  • 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
  • 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
  • SISXOHS101A Follow occupational health and safety policies
  • SISXRSK301A Undertake risk analysis of activities

Swimming Skill Testing and Proficiency

As the Group A, Aqua Trainer electives have been included in the SIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness, SSFCC must ensure that all students who have enrolled are assessed for swimming ability to guarantee that their safety and wellbeing is a priority whilst undertaking these units. Students will be undertaking delivery and assessment in an appropriate confined shallow water environment and therefore SELC must ensure their safety.

The Swimming Skill Testing and Proficiency is to be delivered and assessed by industry partner Surf Life Saving NSW during orientation week. This is designed not to disadvantage the students but to protect their physical safety. The swimming level required is for students to complete a 200-metre swim in less than 6 minutes, or to complete a 25 metre swim and a 25 metre tow with assisted landing in less than 1 minute and 45 seconds, unaided (goggles/mask permitted), in a swimming pool of not less than 25 metres, or over a measured open water course which will be observed prior to the student undertaking any water training or assessment activities.*

The cost of the proficiency testing is included in your course fees. In the event that a student does not meet the swimming ability level required to undertake the Aqua units, SELC will allow them to terminate their studies with no penalty however SSFCC will retain the cost of the tuition fees.

* SLSNSW will offer the SLSNSW Bronze Medallion course to those SIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness students that did not demonstrate the level of swimming ability that SLSNSW as an industry body deem adequate to undertake the units of competence for Aqua Trainer specialisation.


Course Length: 46 weeks (40 weeks delivery plus 6 weeks holidays)

Exit point/Award

SIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness (AQF – 4)
This qualification is recognised nationally under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)

Course Content

Key elements of SSFCC’s approach to delivery and assessment of Certificate IV in Fitness include:

  • A strong theoretical framework to underpin practical skills,
  • Access to SSFCC’s Fitness Instruction Training Room (a ‘simulated’ industry environment)
  • Access to clients, taken from within the wider learning environment for the development of practical skills,
  • Assessment in a ‘simulated’ industry context, and
  • Appropriate and relevant aquatic environments to facilitate Aqua Trainer specialisation.

To achieve the Certificate IV in Fitness, 15 units of competence must be completed:

  • 10 core units
  • 5 elective units

The delivery and assessment of this program has been clustered into three thematic-based learning modules, comprising dynamic theory and practical sessions. These are:

  1. MODULE A: Personal Trainer Fundamentals
  2. MODULE B: Working as a Fitness Professional
  3. MODULE C: Personal Trainer Specialisation*

Delivery and assessment will be conducted in the SELC F.I.T Room, theory room and computer labs, and in the case of Module C, appropriate aquatic environments selected by Surf Life Saving NSW.

MODULE A: Personal Trainer Fundamentals

Module A: Personal Trainer Fundamentals

Term 1 : Weeks 1 – 10

SubjectUnit of CompetencyCore or Elective
Personal Training and Exercise Programming (PTEP)SISFFIT421APlan and deliver personal trainingcore
SISFFIT417AUndertake long term exercise programmingcore
Exercise Science Principles (ESP)SISFFIT419AApply exercise science principles to planning exercisecore
Posture & Movement Appraisals (PMA)SISFFIT418AUndertake appraisals of functional movementcore
Nutrition and Body Composition (NBC)SISFFIT420APlan and deliver exercise programs to support desired body composition outcomescore

MODULE B: Working as a Fitness Professional

Module B: Working as a Fitness Professional

Term 2 : Weeks 11 – 20

SubjectUnit of CompetencyCore or Elective
Professional Collaboration (PC)SISFFIT415AWork collaboratively with medical and allied health professionalscore
Motivational Psychology (MP)SISFFIT416AApply motivational psychology to provide guidance on exercise behaviour and change to meet health and fitness goalscore
Becoming a Fitness Entrepreneur (BFE)BSBSMB401Establish legal and risk management requirements of small businesscore
BSBSMB403Market the small businesscore
BSBSMB404Undertake small business planningcore

MODULE C: Personal Trainer Specialisation

Module C: Personal Trainer Specialisation

Term 2 : Weeks 21 – 30

SubjectUnit of CompetencyCore or Elective
Aqua Trainer (AT)SISAQU202APerform basic water reescues*elective
SISFFIR422AImplement inclusive aquatic activities for specific population groups*elective
SISAQU308AInstruct water fammiliarisation, buoyancy and mobility skills*elective
Fitness for Older Populations (FOP)SISFFIT314APlan and deliver exercise to older clients with managed conditionselective
Strength and Conditioning (SC)SISSSTC301AInstruct strength and conditioning techniqueselective

* All Aqua Trainer specialisation units will be deliverd by SSFCC partner organisation Surf Life Saving NSW

Each module has a different focus and theme with an appropriate balance of practical, theoretical and real industry exposure. Delivery and assessment will be conducted in the Fitness Instruction Training (F.I.T) room, theory room and computer labs.

SIS40215 course guide


Training Requirements

SIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness is delivered 20 hours per week full time over 46 weeks (40 weeks delivery / 6 weeks holiday). The course includes face to face institution-based training using theory based material for underpinning knowledge and practical sessions in the F.I.T Room and appropriate aquatic environments provided by Surf Life Saving NSW. The timetable is as follows:

  • 16 hours per week Theory and Practice
  • 4 hours per week Integrated E-learning

Assessment Requirements

The assessment tasks have been designed to test, in a practical and realistic manner, the skills and knowledge in the key areas that make a fully competent Exercise Trainer. Every unit of competency has an average of two-three assessment tasks, ranging from practical tasks, such as demonstrations or simulations and role plays, to written tasks, such as reports, question and answers or case studies, and in some cases project work involving real fitness clients.

Some practical assessments will be completed with SSFCC’s industry partner, Surf Life Saving NSW. In this case, SELC Sport and Fitness Career College will closely monitor your progress and attendance.

Resource Requirements

The following resources will be distributed by SSFCC at orientation, and are included in your resource fee.

  • 2 x SELC Sport and Fitness Career College Polo Shirts – White (purchased from SSFCC and included in resource fees)
  • Textbook & additional learning resources

To be provided by student (at student’s own expense).

  • Gym shoes
  • Male students:
    • Black tracksuit pants/shorts (as seasonally appropriate)
    • Black swim shorts/swim trunks (male)
  • Female students:
    • Black tracksuit pants/leggings (as seasonally appropriate)
    • Black swimming costume (One-piece/sport style)

The uniform elements provided by the student will be approved on day one of the course, by the course trainer.

Students are only allowed to enter the F.I.T room in the SELC fitness uniform with suitable gym training shoes, according to the F.I.T Room Code of Conduct.
Students will have an induction to the F.I.T Room during orientation day.

Sample Weekly Timetable

Please be advised that timetables may vary:

Day 18: 30 – 12: 30
  • F.I.T Room
  • Surf Life Saving selected aquatic environments – (Module C only)
  • SSFCC Theory Room
  • Computer labs
Day 21:15 – 5:15
  • F.I.T Room
  • Surf Life Saving selected aquatic environments – (Module C only)
  • SSFCC Theory Room
  • Computer labs

Sample Daily Timetable

Please be advised that timetables may vary:

Day 1Day 2
8:30 – 12:30Exercise Planning and Programming (EPP)
SSFCC Theory Room
Session 1
– Principles and variables of exercise planning
– Structured approach to exercise planning
Exercise Planning and Programming (EPP)
SSFCC Theory Room
Session 2
– Writing exercise plans for adaptations
– Evaluating and modifying fitness plans
1:15 – 5:15Personal Training
SSFCC Theory Room
Session 1- Planning personal training program for clients
– Prepare personal training exercise plans
Personal Training
F.I.T Room
Session 2
– Demonstrating exercise activities/equipment use
– Implementing personal training plan

Partner Organisations

SSFCC has arrangements in place to work with the following industry partner to deliver & assess SIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness:

  • Surf Life Saving NSW : Delivery and assessment for HLTFA311A Apply First Aid (deliver & assess)
  • UNSW Fitness & Aquatic Centre :
    • Deliver and assess: SISCAQU202A Perform basic water rescues, SISCAQU307A Perform advanced water rescues, SISFFIT422A Implement inclusive aquatic activities for specific population groups
    • Assess SIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness students for swimming ability via The Swimming Skill Testing and Proficiency during orientation week
  • Bondi Gym : Real industry experience (primary partner for male & female students to undertake assessment, where applicable, in real industry environment)

Reasons to Choose SSFCC Certificate IV in Fitness

Some key points that distinguish SSFCC’s Certificate IV in Fitness are:

  • SSFCC Fitness offers students unique in-house fitness training facilities, which simulates a real fitness centre, giving the best start to a career in fitness as students gain practical experience in a safe and encouraging environment!
  • SSFCC trainer/assessors are experienced fitness professionals with many years experience working in the fitness industry.
  • SSFCC is offering a unique point of difference from other providers with its Aqua Trainer specialisation delivered in collaboration with Surf Life Saving NSW.
  • The Certificate IV in Fitness is delivered/assessed in SSFCC’s Bondi Junction campus and vocational students will have access to great social programs and facilities.
  • Although SSFCC has industry-approved facilities, students will also have ‘real’ industry exposure through discounted memberships available with SSFCC partner ‘Bondi Gym’ which offers a range of group exercise classes and a great facility within 5 minutes from the college. Students will be encouraged to participate in exercise not only on the scheduled timetabled days on campus, but as part of a fit and healthy lifestyle! This offers a great opportunity to understand the fitness world as a ‘client’ first, and eventually as a qualified Exercise Trainer.

Course Fees

A full list of course fees are available upon request. Please complete a request for course information.

Additional Course Features

Industry Recognition

The Certificate IV in Fitness qualification is recognised by Fitness Australia, the national association for fitness, as the qualification for those working as an Exercise or Personal Trainer within fitness clubs, gyms, sports centres, community recreation organisations and other venues.
Graduates of Certificate IV in Fitness from SSFCC will be eligible to register with Fitness Australia in the category of an Exercise Trainer.

Fitness Training Facility

SSFCC provides:

  • A fully equipped Fitness Instruction Training Room – the “F.I.T” Room
  • Dedicated theory rooms
  • Computer labs for research and assignment work
  • A library resource centre

Aqua Training Facilities

Surf Life Saving NSW will be delivering and assessing on behalf of SSFCC in appropriate swimming pool or natural confined shallow water venues, in the coastal area close to SSFCC. These venues will be confirmed before the beginning of Module C: Aqua Trainer Specialisation.

Social Integration

SSFCC will encourage Certificate IV students to join a Surf Life Saving Club. This is optional and no student will be disadvantaged if they prefer not to join. Joining a surf life saving club provides excellent opportunities to build a social network, and experience a real ‘slice’ of Australian life, something SSFCC is happy to support!

‘A surf lifesaver is a trained volunteer who patrols our beaches on weekends and public holidays’ (Surf Life Saving NSW)

By joining a surf life saving club, you can get healthy, make new friends, and give something truly valuable to the community.

A member of Surf Life Saving NSW will attend SSFCC’s Certificate IV in Fitness orientation to give a talk and students will have the opportunity to ask questions and find out more!

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