SIS40215 – Certificate IV in Fitness

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.

Qualification Structure and 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, 21 units of competence must be completed:

  • 13 core units
  • 8 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: Exercise Science: Programming Fundamentals
  2. MODULE B: Fitness Entrepreneurship: Sales & Marketing
  3. MODULE C: Body Composition and Nutrition: Younger Clients
  4. MODULE D: Personal Trainer Professional Skills: Strength and Conditioning

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

Subject Unit of Competency
Exercise Science SISFFIT019 Incorporate exercise science principles into fitness programming
SISFFIT018 Promote functional movement capacity
Programming fundamentals SISFFIT021 Instruct personal training programs
SISFFIT023 Instruct group personal training programs
SISFFIT017 Instruct long-term exercise programs

Module B

Subject Unit of Competency
Aqua Trainer SISFFIT022 Instruct aquatic sessions for specific population groups
Younger clients SISFFIT Instruct exercise to young people aged 13 to 17 years
Client motivation SISFFIT016 Provide motivation to positively influence exercise behaviour
Fitness business basics BSBSMB401 Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business
BSBSMB404 Undertake small business planning

Module C

Subject Unit of Competency
Body Composition and Nutrition SISFFIT020 Instruct exercise programs for body composition goals
SISFFIT025 Recognise the dangers of providing nutrition advice to clients
SISFFIT026 Support healthy eating through the Eat for Health Program
Sales and Marketing BSBSLS408 Present, secure and support sales solutions
BSBSMB403 Market the small business

Module D

Subject Unit of Competency
Personal Trainer Professional Skills SISFFIT015 Collaborate with medical and allied health professionals in a fitness context
SISFFIT016 Provide motivation to positively influence exercise behaviour
SISXRES001 Conduct sustainable work practices in open spaces
Strength and Conditioning SISSSTC402A Develop strength and conditioning programs
SISSSTC301A Instruct strength and conditioning techniques
SISFFIT024 Instruct endurance programs
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.

Sample Timetable

SELC Certificate IV in Fitness sample timetable

Terms and Breaks

SELC Certificate IV in Fitness calendar

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.

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.

Reasons to Choose 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

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!

Partner Organisations

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

  • St. John Ambulance. Delivery and assessment for HLTAID003 Provide First Aid.
  • Fitness First
  • F45
  • Origem Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Body by Bec
  • Pod Fitness

Exit point/Award

Nationally_Recognised_TrainingSIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness (AQF – 4)
This qualification is recognised nationally under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)

Course Entry

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:

  • SISXIND001 Work effectively in sport, fitness and recreation environments
  • SISXCCS001 Provide quality service
  • SISXFAC001 Maintain equipment for activities
  • SISFFIT001 Provide health screening and fitness orientation
  • SISFFIT005 Provide healthy eating information
  • SISFFIT004 Incorporate anatomy and physiology principles into fitness programming
  • SISFFIT003 Instruct fitness programs
  • SISFFIT002 Recognise and apply exercise considerations for specific populations
  • SISFFIT014 Instruct exercise to older clients