Certificate IV in Fitness


Course Length

Full time:

5 Months

Contact Hours

Full time:

1 day a week


Subsidised Standard:


Subsidised Standard (Concession):


Full Fee:


Course Materials:


Student Services Fees (per year):



Shepparton - Fryers Street

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Delivery Mode


Course Overview

Become a qualified Personal Trainer with the Certificate IV in Fitness.

You'll learn to motivate and influence positive health behaviour and support healthy eating and long-term exercise programs. You'll also learn to incorporate exercise science into your programs and collaborate with medical and allied health professionals to develop exercise programs for clients.

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 Sport & Recreation industry as a Personal Trainer, Gym Manager or a Fitness Centres and Community facility Manager. Work in a gym, studio, or run your own business, inspiring and training clients one-on-one.

After graduating SIS40215 Certificate IV Fitness qualification, professional registration can be sourced from the Fitness Accreditation bodies including Fitness Australia and/ or Physical Activity Australia.

Please note, additional training would be required for you to provide advice or exercise instruction to high-risk clients, other than to refer the client to an appropriate medical or allied health professional.

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in the SIS50215 Diploma of Fitness or SIS50612 Diploma of Sports Development.

Course Dates & Times

Shepparton - Fryers Street

Blended - Starts on 02/02/2021 - Tues & Wed - 9am to 4pm/2021

Blended - Starts on 03/06/2021 - Thur - 9am to 4pm/2021

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Blended - Starts on 02/02/2021 - Tues & Wed - 9am to 4pm/2021

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

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Standard: $4,994.00

2. Subsidised Standard (Concession): $990.00

3. Full Fee: $9,977.00

Course Materials: $517.00

Student Services Fees (per year): $70.00

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

Entry Requirements

Training package entry requirements

Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who hold a current first aid and CPR certificate and have been recognised as competent through a recognised training program or recognition process against 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

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
  • Candidates must have a strong interest in Fitness and the Sport & Recreation industry

Course Study Units

Core Units
SISFFIT013 - Instruct exercise to young people aged 13 to 17 years
SISFFIT015 - Collaborate with medical and allied health professionals in a fitness context
SISFFIT016 - Provide motivation to positively influence exercise behaviour
SISFFIT017 - Instruct long-term exercise programs
SISFFIT018 - Promote functional movement capacity
SISFFIT019 - Incorporate exercise science principles into fitness programming
SISFFIT020 - Instruct exercise programs for body composition goals
SISFFIT021 - Instruct personal training programs
SISFFIT023 - Instruct group personal training programs
SISFFIT025 - Recognise the dangers of providing nutrition advice to clients
SISFFIT026 - Support healthy eating through the Eat for Health Program
SISXRES001 - Conduct sustainable work practices in open spaces
Elective Units
BSBSMB401 - Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business
BSBSMB403 - Market the small business
BSBSMB404 - Undertake small business planning
BSBSMB405 - Monitor and manage small business operations
BSBSMB407 - Manage a small team
HLTAAP001 - Recognise healthy body systems
HLTWHS003 - Maintain work health and safety
SISXIND005 - Coordinate work teams or groups

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

  • Written assignments/reports
  • Exams
  • Role plays
  • Oral presentations
  • Observations and practical demonstrations

Additional Information

Students will need access to a computer for goLearn (online) content.

Course Co-ordinator

Sharlene Wohlers

Attendance & Commitment

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

You are encouraged to attend all face-to-face sessions and participate in all practical fitness workshops.

Students complete the course full time over 5 months, attending classes 1 day a week.

Students are also required to undertake 40 hours of practical placement in the workplace within the Fitness sector.

Where to From Here

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.

Educational Support Services

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.

Student Support

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

Learner's Rights

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

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.