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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. You'll 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.

This course is delivered through a combination of workshops and online learning.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

We've had to make adjustments to how our courses are delivered due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. This means that we're currently offering a combination of delivery modes including online and flexible learning and, where we can, on-campus classes with strict social distancing in place.

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.

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

Shepparton - Fryers Street

Blended - Starts on 15/07/2021 - Thur & Fri - 9am to 4pm/2021

Blended - Starts on 10/03/2022 - online/practical - 9.00am to 3.00pm / 2022

Wangaratta - Docker Street

SIS30315 - Traineeship

Blended - Starts on 15/07/2021 - Thur & Fri - 9am to 4pm / 2021

Traineeship - Open from 10th January - 2022

Blended - Starts on 07/03/2022 - online/practical - 9.00am to 3.00pm / 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)

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Please note all fees and charges are correct at time of publication for 2021 and may change without notice.

Students will be invoiced for the components of the course that they are enrolled into for each year or semester.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

  • Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
  • E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
  • Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, 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.

All students are required to pay an annual Student Services Fee (SSF) of $70.00. The Student Services Fee contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF does not apply to short course participants.

Further details on fees available

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:

  • Attend an interview
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to document previous work experience and qualifications and assess suitability for the course
  • Complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course
  • Please apply through an Apprenticeship Network Provider with your employer to organise your traineeship contract prior to applying for this course
  • Applicants need to provide a portfolio of any sporting/fitness involvement in the community
  • Applicants must also have a strong interest in fitness and the Sport and Recreation field
  • Applicants must be working with an employer in the industry
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

Sharlene Wohlers

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.

students complete the course over 15 weeks (over 6 months), attending classes 2 days a week. There is a requirement to complete a minimum of 40 hours of work placement within a formal gym setting. In addition there is a large component of Moodle study and assessments to complete, self-paced.

Trainees: can complete the course over a 12 to 36 month period where the training will be undertaken in the workplace and online. No on-campus attendance is required.

If you need any further clarification of the information provided please contact one of our client service officers on 1300 468 233 who can assist you or submit an enquiry through our website now and one of the team will be in touch.

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you will be welcome to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Welfare Unit. These services are designed to best support you to successfully complete your course.

Services include on campus supports and remote supports

  • Counselling
  • employment information
  • careers
  • activities etc.

Learn more about support services

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.

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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