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Become a personal trainer

Become a personal trainer

SIS40215 CERTificate iV IN FITNESS

SIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness will give you the opportunity to become a fully qualified personal trainer.

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

They have a substantial depth of knowledge to plan, conduct and evaluate exercise training; provide leadership and guidance to clients and other staff; and deal with unpredictable situations applying defined guidelines and procedures from the fitness industry and the organisation.

They work independently or with limited guidance from others and use discretion to solve non-routine problems, including monitoring and managing business activities to operate efficiently and profitably.

The PT training course qualification does not provide the skills and knowledge for an individual to provide advice or exercise instruction to high risk clients, other than to refer the client to an appropriate medical or allied health professional.

This PT course qualification provides a pathway to work in a diversity of fitness industry businesses including fitness centres, gyms, aquatic facilities, community facilities and in open spaces, where risk management (through risk assessment and hazard control processes) does
not already exist.

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PT Course Outcomes & Job Opportunities

When you graduate with a SIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness Personal Trainer Course from FIT College you can apply to register with Fitness Australia in the category of Personal Trainer. You will be involved in a range of activities and functions within the fitness industry, including working independently in a broad range of settings, such as within fitness centers, gyms, pools, community facilities, and in open spaces. Personal Trainers will be expected to train individual clients, on a one-on-one basis, and may include older clients and children. Personal Trainers will have the ability to plan, conduct and evaluate exercise training, provide leadership and guidance to clients and other staff and possibly deal with unpredictable situations and FIT College will do our best to prepare you for these with throughout our Personal Training Courses. Personal Trainers and Exercise Trainers will have the ability to monitor and manage business activities to operate efficiently and profitably. Contact FIT College today to discuss your Personal Trainer course options and opportunities in the Personal Training and Fitness Industry.

What a Certificate IV Fitness will get you:

  • Work within predictable and unpredictable settings such as a fitness facility, outdoor environments, and client centred studios
  • Provide individually tailored client assessments, long term programs, personal training, and ongoing assessments and reviews
  • Ability to work with a range of clients across a range of fitness and health-related goals
  • Ability to develop, own and manage your own fitness business
  • Ability to market and promote your fitness services
  • Ability to employ and oversee other fitness professionals

With this Personal Trainer course You can gain work as a:

  • Personal trainer
  • Children and older adult trainer
  • Group fitness trainer
  • Outdoor group trainer

PT Training Course Entry Requirements:

Entry to this Personal Trainer Course qualification is open to those who hold a current first aid and current CPR certificate and who have achieved 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

Topics and Competencies covered in FIT College Certificate IV in Fitness (SIS40215)

Healthy Eating Prescription

HEP teaches students to work within the scope of practice in nutrition when discussing energy balance, dietary guidelines, nutrient density, and macronutrients. Students will learn how to educate clients on correct nutritional information and remain within the scope of practice as determined by Fitness Australia. Students will also learn how to refer to a dietitian or general practitioner when they meet a client who has needs that require more expert assistance.

  • SISFFIT025 – Recognise the dangers of providing nutrition advice to clients
  • SISFFIT026 – Support healthy eating through the Eat for Health Program

Functional Movement Assessment

FMA teaches students how to conduct movement screening in three different formats. The 7 Moves screening tool assesses seven different exercise patterns and uses five criteria for each one. The static alignment screen assesses static postural alignment, and muscle function screen assesses dynamic posture through several key joints and positions. Students should become proficient at observing a client's movement and how to use these screening results to perfect your client's program design.

  • SISFFIT018 – Promote functional movement capacity

Introduction to Exercise Science

IES teaches students about the physiological and mechanical principles used to improve the health & fitness of clients. This topic has a weight loss theme for learning the general science of exercise to help clients achieve safe and effective weight loss. The use of resistance training and the different formats of conditioning are integrated into programming design in this topic.

  • SISFFIT019 – Incorporate exercise science principles into fitness programming
  • SISFFIT023 – Instruct group personal training programs
  • SISXRES001 – Conduct sustainable work practices in open spaces

Programming for Personal Training

PPT has a specific theme of body composition and the science behind body composition goals. Students will learn how body composition is measured in particular, the anthropometric skills of taking girths and skinfolds. The programming variables required to make changes to body composition is dealt with in detail for both resistance training and cardiovascular training. The program design introduces split programs, and more details are provided on how to coach training sessions.

  • SISFFIT016 – Provide motivation to positively influence exercise behaviour
  • SISFFIT020 – Instruct exercise programs for body composition goals
  • SISFFIT021 – Instruct personal training programs

Strength & Conditioning Information

SCI teaches students how to design long term periodised training plans and deliver specific strength & conditioning programs. Students will learn how to write detailed training plans to develop different fitness qualities and will be required to deliver these programs over a normal training block of time. This topic covers much of the ASCA Level 1 Coaching accreditation.

  • SISFFIT017 – Instruct long-term exercise programs
  • SISFFIT024 – Instruct endurance programs
  • SISXCAI010 – Develop strength and conditioning programs
  • SISXCAI009 – Instruct strength and conditioning techniques
  • SISXCAI005 – Conduct individualised long-term training programs

Younger & Specific Populations

YSP teaches students how to program and assess 5-12 and 13-17-year-old clients. Students will learn how to assess skills, and write program activities across a broad range of age-specific activities and report any issues found with these young people to an Allied Health Professional for further feedback and guidance. These units form the key part of the child trainer accreditation.

  • SISFFIT012 - Instruct movement programs to children aged 5 to 12 years
  • SISFFIT013 – Instruct exercise to young people aged 13 to 17 years
  • SISFFIT015 – Collaborate with medical and allied health professionals in a fitness context

Introduction to Fitness Business

IFB is set up to assist students in starting a small business. Students will learn how to develop a business plan including goals, financial and legal considerations, key marketing aspects, concepts, and methods for a 12-week challenge program. Students will also identify branding and sales opportunities to excel in the fitness market.

  • BSBSMB401 – Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business
  • BSBSMB403 – Market the small business
  • BSBSMB404 – Undertake small business planning
  • BSBSMB421 – Manage small business finances



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