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SIS40221 Certificate IV in Fitness

National ID: SIS40221 State ID: BHE3
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Does your dream career involve helping others reach the best version of themselves by achieving their fitness goals? The Certificate IV in Fitness gives you the skills and knowledge you need to become a qualified personal trainer (PT) or group personal trainer. 

This rewarding career provides job versatality and you can work as a trainer both indoors and outdoors in gyms, council run leisure and community centres, client workplaces and homes, or online. You can be employed by a gym or be self-employed owning your studio or providing one-on-one or group training, even doing personal training as a second job and setting your own hours. 

In this advanced fitness course you will learn how to run your own business and manage client relationships, and how to develop and deliver personalised exercise programs for a range of groups from teens to seniors, athletes and people with disabilities. You will be able to apply the skills of functional anatomy and strength and conditioning techniques to your training programs.

Our courses are widely respected in the fitness industry and you can build your technique in our new functional training centre at Murdoch and be trained by our expert lecturers with strong industry connections. 

Study in specialist facilities

Industry trends are changing and advancing, and to ensure our training facilities are cutting-edge, in November 2022 we opened a brand-new functional training centre for Certificate IV in Fitness students. The centre includes a multi-rig with 8 cells, barbells, weight plates, rowers, spin bikes, kettlebells, deadballs, dumbbells, plyometric boxes and benches to teach the technique of exercises such as squats, pull-ups, benchpress, deadlifts, shoulder press and more. 

Students also learn in a dedicated outdoor personal training centre space to develop skills in teens’ personal training, childrens’ programs and outdoor personal training. 


  • Instruct and deliver personal training to a range of clients, including adolescents, seniors, athletes, and those with more complex exercise needs
  • Plan and deliver training to change client’s body composition (muscle gain and fat loss)
  • Planning and marketing your fitness business
  • Simple diet analysis, and providing healthy eating advice to clients
  • Deliver safe, effective online personal training
  • Work closely with medical and allied health professionals, and take control of your own professional development to further your skills
  • Understand workplace safety and health practices


In order to make an informed choice about the suitability of this course, you must take into account the essential skills and knowledge required to undertake this study.

  • enjoy being physically active and participating in exercise
  • be a team player
  • be driven and have a passion for helping people to achieve their goals in health and fitness
  • be customer focused, enthusiastic and energetic
  • be able to multi-task
  • have basic math skills
School Leaver Non-School Leaver AQF
C Grades in Year 11 WACE General English, and OLNA; or NAPLAN 9 Band 8 C Grades in Year 11 English and Maths or equivalent Certificate II or Certificate III

This course requires completion of the below units from the Certificate III in Fitness or equivalent for entry:

  • HLTAID011 - Provide First Aid (or a unit that supersedes this unit)
  • HLTWHS001 - Participate in workplace health and safety
  • SISFFIT032 - Complete pre-exercise screening and service orientation
  • SISFFIT033 - Complete client fitness assessments
  • SISFFIT035 - Plan group exercise sessions
  • SISFFIT036 - Instruct group exercise sessions
  • SISFFIT040 - Develop and instruct gym-based exercise programs for individual clients
  • SISFFIT047 - Use anatomy and physiology knowledge to support safe and effective exercise
  • SISFFIT052 - Provide healthy eating information

Attendance in class

This course is equivalent to 3 days per week when studied full time across one semester. 

At-home study

As well as the in-class component, you may be required to complete additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, assignment preparation, and research.

You will need to have the basic technical requirements for at-home study. If you don’t have access to a computer and WiFi at home, we recommend using our library computers during library hours.

What you need for your first day of class

On your first day you should bring your SM TAFE confirmation enrolment receipt, your student ID, stationery (a pen and notepad and equipment from orientation booklet lists).

Uniforms and workwear requirements

Students are required to wear enclosed shoes and a South Metropolitan TAFE college T-shirt. 

Please note this list should be used as a guide only as job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations.

SM TAFE actively promotes the employment availability of course graduates to key industry partners and organisations. We also seek expressions of interest from organisations for the placement of our students into work experience. We endeavour to assist students into a career pathway, but please be aware that neither employment nor work experience placement is guaranteed by us.

To access free career planning and job search assistance, visit the Jobs and Skills Centres page.

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Semester 1, 2024

Duration 1 Semester
When Semester 1, 2024
Where Murdoch
How On Campus

Semester 2, 2023

Duration 1 Semester
When Semester 2, 2023
Where Murdoch
How On Campus