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Certificate III in Fitness


Certificate III in Fitness SIS30315

Course Overview

The Certificate III in Fitness is a must for anyone who wants to work in the fitness industry. Students will gain the skills and knowledge to provide exercise instruction and conduct activities for individuals or groups. Work as a gym instructor, lead group fitness classes, or run aqua fitness sessions at the pool.

Please note: the information on this page is relevant for 2022 enrolments.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

During COVID‐19 lockdown periods, this course will have the majority of the training delivered using online methods of teaching and communication while students engage from home with their trainers. Any required practical components of the course will be moved to a more appropriate time later in the year.

Career Pathways

This course prepares you to work in the fitness industry. Roles you may be eligible for include:

  • Aqua Instructor
  • Gym Instructor
  • Group Exercise Instructor
  • Exercise Instructor

You may find work in gyms, aquatic centres, or community recreation centres. In addition, this workforce requires teamwork and collaboration with other allied health professionals.

Industry requirements

Working in this industry may involve working weekends and/or shift work and can be physically demanding. Applicants should consider their physical ability to complete the job role e.g. bending, lifting, manual handling etc.

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in the SIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness.

Course Dates & Times

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Traineeship - Open from 10th January - 2022

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
3. Subsidised Trainee
4. Subsidised Trainee (Concession)
5. Full Fee
Course Materials
Student Services Fees (per year)

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.

Please note that the fees on this webpage, for this particular course:

  • are correct at the time of publishing for those enrolling in 2022 and may change without notice.
  • will be discussed with applications as part of the application process to ensure it is understood what is being paid for and which fee rates they may be eligible for.

Course Fees consist of 3 different components:

  1. Student Tuition Fee - cover the costs of training and assessment. These fees vary across courses and are calculated based on a rate per nominal hour enrolled in. The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Circumstances may include:
    1. an individual’s eligibility for Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    2. an individual’s eligibility for concession rates on Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    3. ineligible individuals who are required to pay the full fees for tuition and other costs.
  2. Material Fee - where applicable, cover the costs of classroom consumables, handouts and booklets, e-Learning resources and associated license access fees and excursions.
  3. Student Services Fee (SSF) - contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF is a non-refundable annual fee that does not apply to short course participants.

Additionally, some courses require students to purchase or supply textbooks, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

GOTAFE offers a range of payment options to help you pay your fees.
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This course is in transition. The course code, title, units, and content may change in the future. Further information will be provided upon enrolment, or during the course of your training.

Training package entry requirements

There are no training package entry requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements

Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Complete a Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) online test to ensure the required literacy & numeracy levels for the course are met.
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review by interview to ensure the course suits their needs and aspirations, and that they are likely to complete the course successfully.
  • For students looking to complete this course as a traineeship, please apply through an Apprenticeship Network Provider with your employer to organise your traineeship contract prior to applying for this course
  • provide a portfolio of any sporting/fitness involvement in the community
  • have a strong interest in fitness and the Sport and Recreation field
  • obtain their Working with children's check (WWCC) prior to enrolment
  • complete their First Aid Certificate prior to the start of the placement

Technical requirements

Students will be required to have access to the following:

  • Laptop/Computer with internet access, including access to YouTube.
  • Access to a digital camera or video camera for visual and audio assessment tasks.
  • Media player

Text book

  • Marchese R, (Eds) (2020) Essential Guide to Fitness Textbook
Core Units
Provide health screening and fitness orientation
Recognise and apply exercise considerations for specific populations
Instruct fitness programs
Incorporate anatomy and physiology principles into fitness programming
Provide healthy eating information
Instruct exercise to older clients
Provide quality service
Maintain equipment for activities
Work effectively in sport, fitness and recreation environments
Elective Units
Identify risk and apply risk management processes
Provide first aid
Participate in workplace health and safety
Conduct fitness appraisals
Instruct group exercise sessions
Deliver pre-choreographed or prescribed group exercise to music
Educate user groups

Assessment methods may include:

  • Written assignments/reports
  • Exams/tests
  • Online forums
  • Role plays
  • Oral presentations
  • e-Portfolio
  • Practical demonstrations

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It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions.

Students are encouraged to attend all face-to-face sessions. A timetable will be provided upon enrolment.

Delivery Modes:


  • Students complete the course over 6 months
  • Class on campus 1 day per week; Approximately 20hrs per week of online learning and research between classes
  • There is a requirement to complete a minimum of 40 hours (1 week) of work placement within a formal gym setting.
  • A uniform will need to be purchased for placement (t-shirt)
  • Students organise their own placement under the guidance of the trainer. Some travel may be required.


  • Students complete the course over 1 year, part-time
  • A blend of workplace training and online learning/assessment
  • An average of 38 hours per week commitment is required (workplace training, online learning and assessments).
  • No on-campus attendance is required.
  • GOTAFE trainers visit students in the workplace 4 times per year.
  • Students are provided with a webinar timetable with webinars scheduled at varying times throughout the day or evening to maximise face to face attendance and participation.
  • Students have access to Trainers for the duration of their course and can schedule a one on one phone call outside of working hours if required.

Common questions:

  • Do I need to complete Cert III before Cert IV?
    You must complete the pre-required units and hold a first-aid certificate to enter the Cert IV fitness.

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Further information is provided at course induction.

Please note: Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review. This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification. There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking. You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.

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