Do you want to become a group fitness instructor?
SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness delivered by SELC Sport & Fitness Career College provides the skills and knowledge for an individual to be competent in a range of activities and functions requiring autonomous work within a defined range of exercise instruction situations and activities. The elective grouping of this qualification is suitable for people interested in group exercise programs.

Career Opportunities

The Certificate III in Fitness is appropriate for people who want to be qualified to work as an Exercise Instructor in locations such as gyms, fitness facilities, pools, and community facilities.

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

Prospective students who provides an AQF Certificate III or above in any discipline will be deemed as meeting both academic and English language entry requirements.


Course Length: 36 weeks (30 weeks delivery plus 6 weeks holidays)

Exit point/Award

Nationally_Recognised_TrainingSIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness (AQF – 3)
This qualification is recognised nationally under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)

Course Content

The Certificate III in Fitness focuses on providing the practical skills and knowledge to provide professional fitness group exercise instruction in a confident, contemporary and dynamic way.

To achieve the Certificate III in Fitness, 16 units of competency must be completed: 9 core units and 7 elective units.

The course content is divided into four major areas of study (modules) covering a range of topics designed to increase your fitness knowledge.

Module A: Working in the Fitness Industry, Screening and Appraisal Processes

Module A: Working in the Fitness Industry, Screening and Appraisal Processes

Term 1 : Weeks 1 – 5

SubjectUnit of CompetencyCore or Elective
Working in the Fitness IndustrySISXIND001Work effectively in sport, fitness and recreation environmentscore
SISXCCS001Provide quality servicecore
SISXFAC001Maintain equipment for activitiescore
Screening and Appraisal ProcessesSISFFIT001Provide health screening and fitness orientationcore
SISFFIT005Provide healthy eating informationcore
SISFFIT006Conduct fitness appraisalscore

Module B: Health and safety considerations, Anatomy & Physiology and Fitness Programming

Module B: Health and safety considerations, Anatomy & Physiology and Fitness Programming

Term 1 : Weeks 6 – 10

SubjectUnit of CompetencyCore or Elective
Health and safety considerationsHLTAID003Provide first aidcore
BSBRSK401Identify risk and apply risk management processescore
HLTWHS001Participate in workplace health and safetycore
Anatomy & PhysiologySISFFIT004Incorporate anatomy and physiology principles into fitness programmingcore
Fitness ProgrammingSISFFIT003Instruct fitness programscore

Module C: Group Exercise Specialisation and Working with Specific Populations

Module C: Group Exercise Specialisation and Working with Specific Populations

Term 2 : Weeks 11 – 15

SubjectUnit of CompetencyCore or Elective
Group Exercise SpecialisationSISFFIT007Instruct group exercise sessionselective
SISFFIT008Instruct water-based fitness activitiescore
Working with Specific PopulationsSISFFIT002Recognise and apply exercise considerations for specific populationselective
SISFFIT011Instruct approved community fitness programscore
SISFFIT014Instruct exercise to older clientscore

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.

SIS30315 course guide

Training Requirements

The Certificate III in Fitness is delivered 20 hours per week full time over 36 weeks (30 weeks delivery / 6 weeks holiday). The course includes face to face institution-based training using theoretical material for underpinning knowledge and practical sessions in the F.I.T Room involving the use of fitness equipment to improve skills. The timetable is as follows:

  • 2 x 8 hours per week theory and practical learning [8.00am – 4:30pm]
  • 1 x 4 hours per week integrated e-learning

Assessment Requirements

The assessment tasks have been designed to test, in a practical and realistic way, the skills and knowledge in the key areas that make a fully competent Exercise Instructor. 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, case studies, and in some cases project work involving real fitness clients.

Some practical assessments will need to be completed within a real industry environment. In this case, SELC Sport and Fitness Career College will monitor your progress and make sure that your supervisor can sign off for each assessment task completed.

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)
  • Female students:
    • Black tracksuit pants/leggings (as seasonally appropriate)

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 – 12:30SSFCC Theory Room/ F.I.T Room
Working in a Sport/Fitness Environment
Session 1:
– Developing sport/recreation knowledge (1)
SSFCC Theory Room
Risk Analysis & Work Health & Safety
Session 1:
– Observing health and safety procedures
– Contributing to the management of OHS issues
1:15 – 5:15SSFCC Theory Room/F.I.T Room
Risk Analysis & Work Health & Safety
Session 2:
– Carrying out general maintenance procedures
– Establishing the context of the risk analysis
F.I.T Room
Working in a Sport/Fitness Environment
Session 2
– Developing sport/recreation knowledge (2)

Partner Organisations

SELC Sport and Fitness Career College has arrangements in place to work with the following partners to deliver and assess SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness:

  • St John Ambulance, delivery and assessment for HLTAID003 Provide First Aid.
  • UNSW Fitness & Aquatic Centre : Use of facility for SSFCC to deliver SISFFIT008 Instruct water-based fitness activities (facilities only)
  • Fitness First
  • F45
  • Origem Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Body by Bec
  • Pod Fitness

Reasons to Choose SSFCC Certificate III in Fitness

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

  • SSFCC offers students unique in-house fitness training facilities, which simulate 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.
  • The Certificate III in Fitness is delivered/assessed in SSFCC’s Bondi Junction campus and vocational students will have access to some great social programs and facilities from the wider SELC environment.
  • Although SSFCC has industry approved facilities, students will also have ‘real’ industry experience and a thorough preparation for working in the world of fitness instruction by undertaking real industry experience placement as part of the course.
  • 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! Students have the opportunity to join a local gym in the Bondi area and try out a range of group exercise classes for discounted student membership prices with a great opportunity to understand the fitness world as a ‘client’ first, and eventually as an instructor.

Course Fees

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

Additional Course Features

Real Industry Experience

Integrated into the Certificate III in Fitness is ‘real industry experience’ undertaken with SSFCC partner industry organisations. Whilst SSFCC has the practical facilities to deliver and assess the Certificate III in Fitness, exposure to real industry environments makes the learning experience industry relevant. We believe there is no replacement for real world experience!
The idea of the real industry placement experience is to enhance students’ learning experience and make SSFCC graduates, as future fitness instructors, more knowledgeable, skillful, versatile and successful.
It is SSFCC’s mission to ensure graduates have employability skills and are ‘work ready’. We aim to open students’ eyes to the wide variety of options offered in the world of fitness, and to help establish graduates as successful professionals. Through real industry experience with partner organisations, SSFCC will keep students up-to-date with the latest trends and encourage a deeper understanding of fitness.

Industry Recognition

The Certificate III in Fitness qualification is recognised by Fitness Australia, the national association for fitness, as the minimum qualification for those working with low-risk clients as a group exercise/fitness instructor.
Graduates of Certificate III in Fitness from SSFCC will be eligible to become a Registered Exercise Professional (REP) with Fitness Australia.

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 Facility

SSFCC will be delivering and assessing the SISFFIT310A Plan and deliver water based fitness at UNSW Fitness and Aquatic Centre, UNSW Kensington

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