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Dual Qualification

SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness & SIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness

Training and Assessment is delivered by Fernwood Learning Pty Ltd (TOID 21940)

Keep fit, work flexible hours and change people’s lives

Launch yourself into a career in fitness by completing your SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness & SIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness (Dual Qualification) with Fernwood Learning.

Obtaining your SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness through Fernwood Learning will give you the qualification necessary for registration as a Fitness Instructor with Fitness Australia and Physical Activity Australia. This enables you to work as a Gym Instructor, providing you with your first step into the fitness industry.

Obtaining your SIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness through Fernwood Learning will give you the qualification necessary for registration as a Personal Trainer with Fitness Australia and Physical Activity Australia. This enables you to work as a Personal Trainer, providing you with the foundations of a rewarding and enjoyable career in Fitness.

You’ll have the flexibility to work full or part time anywhere in Australia once you complete your Dual Qualification with Fernwood Learning!

Why a Dual Qualification?

By completing the Certificate III & Certificate IV in Fitness together, you reduce the overall amount of units you need to complete, reducing the time commitment involved, and the cost involved.

What are the advantages of the Fernwood Learning correspondence course?

  • No class attendance required - learn at your own pace and comfort level
  • You choose your course start date – start your learning when it is most convenient for you
  • Learn from industry experts who actively work in our Clubs and gain hands on experience and knowledge
  • Interactive web forum – interact with others, share ideas, meet a training buddy
  • Support from experienced workplace trainers - on-going phone and email support. We are available to help, encourage and motivate students throughout their studies
  • Take up to 24 months to complete your Dual Qualification – when studying with Fernwood Learning you have up to 24 months to complete your course, however, you can complete this course much quicker than this if you choose too (Study Guides are mapped out for shorter durations – it’s up to you!)

Fernwood's nationally recognised Dual Qualification course will provide you with the skills you need to start working in a career that gives you a great lifestyle and flexible working hours.

Upon successful completion of your qualification, you will be able to register as a Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer. These qualifications enable you to work in a variety of roles within a gym, including Exercise/Gym Instructor through to Personal Training.

Course Structure

Successful completion of the Dual Qualification requires you to complete 20 core units of competency and 15 elective units. These units are grouped together into 16 different modules. Students may also complete an additional elective unit that is included at no additional cost.

Each module requires you to complete written question and answers, projects, and a variety of practical activities whilst on work placement. Practical work placement assessments will consist of a minimum of 70 hours that is spread over the duration of your course in a Fernwood Club (or another Gym approved by Fernwood Learning).

SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness

Code Units of Competency Core/ Elective
Module 1: Workplace Health & Safety
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety Elective
BSBRSK401 Identify risk and apply risk management processes Elective
SISXFAC001 Maintain equipment for activities Core
Module 2: Working in Fitness
SISXCCS001 Provide quality service Core
SISXIND001 Work effectively in sport, fitness and recreation environments Core
Module 3: Health Screening and Fitness Testing
SISFFIT006 Conduct fitness appraisals Elective
SISFFIT001 Provide health screening and fitness orientation Core
Module 4: Motivation and Psychology
SISFFIT016 Provide motivation to positively influence exercise behaviour Elective
Module 5: Exercise Science and Programming
SISFFIT004 Incorporate anatomy and physiology principles into fitness programming Core
SISFFIT003 Instruct fitness programs Core
Module 6: Healthy Eating
SISFFIT005 Provide healthy eating information Core
Module 7: Specific Populations
SISFFIT014 Instruct exercise to older clients Core
SISFFIT002 Recognise and apply exercise considerations for specific populations Core
Module 8: Group Fitness
SISFFIT011 Instruct approved community fitness programs Elective
SISFFIT007 Instruct group exercise sessions Elective
First Aid
HLTAID003 Provide First Aid Elective
  • Module 1: Workplace Health & Safety
    • Code
    • HLTWHS001
    • Units of Competency
    • Participate in workplace health and safety
    • Core/ Elective
    • Core
    • Code
    • SISXRSK301A
    • Units of Competency
    • Undertake risk analysis of activities
    • Core/ Elective
    • Core
    • Code
    • SISXFAC207
    • Units of Competency
    • Maintain sport and recreation equipment for activities
    • Core/ Elective
    • Core
  • Module 2: Health Screening & Fitness Testing
    • Code
    • SISFFIT307A
    • Units of Competency
    • Undertake client health assessment
    • Core/ Elective
    • Elective
    • Code
    • SISFFIT301A
    • Units of Competency
    • Provide fitness orientation and health screening
    • Core/ Elective
    • Core
  • Module 3: Exercise Science and Programming
    • Code
    • SISFFIT305A
    • Units of Competency
    • Apply anatomy and physiology principles in a fitness context
    • Core/ Elective
    • Core
    • Code
    • SISFFIT304A
    • Units of Competency
    • Instruct and monitor fitness programs
    • Core/ Elective
    • Elective
    • Code
    • SISFFIT308A
    • Units of Competency
    • Plan and deliver gym programs
    • Core/ Elective
    • Elective
  • Module 4: Workplace Skills
    • Code
    • SISFFIT302A
    • Units of Competency
    • Provide quality service in the fitness industry
    • Core/ Elective
    • Core
    • Code
    • SISXIND101A
    • Units of Competency
    • Work effectively in a sport and recreation environment
    • Core/ Elective
    • Core
  • Module 5: Nutrition
    • Code
    • SISFFIT306A
    • Units of Competency
    • Provide healthy eating information to clients in accordance with recommended guidelines
    • Core/ Elective
    • Core
  • Module 6: Specific Populations
    • Code
    • SISFFIT303A
    • Units of Competency
    • Develop and apply an awareness of specific populations to exercise delivery
    • Core/ Elective
    • Core
  • Module 7: Functional Movement & Programming
    • Code
    • SISFFIT418A
    • Units of Competency
    • Undertake appraisals of functional movement
    • Core/ Elective
    • Core
    • Code
    • SISFFIT417A
    • Units of Competency
    • Undertake long term exercise programs
    • Core/ Elective
    • Core
    • Code
    • SISFFIT419A
    • Units of Competency
    • Apply exercise science principles to planning exercise
    • Core/ Elective
    • Core
  • Module 8: Personal Training & Body Composition
    • Code
    • SISFFIT421A
    • Units of Competency
    • Plan and deliver Personal Training
    • Core/ Elective
    • Core
    • Code
    • SISFFIT420A
    • Units of Competency
    • Plan and deliver exercise programs to support desired body composition outcomes
    • Core/ Elective
    • Core
  • Module 9: Strength & Conditioning
    • Code
    • SISSSTC301A
    • Units of Competency
    • Instruct strength and conditioning techniques
    • Core/ Elective
    • Elective
    • Code
    • SISSSTC402A
    • Units of Competency
    • Develop strength and conditioning programs
    • Core/ Elective
    • Elective
  • Module 10: Motivation & Psychology
    • Code
    • SISFFIT416A
    • Units of Competency
    • Apply motivational psychology to provide guidance on exercise behaviour and change to meet health and fitness goals.
    • Core/ Elective
    • Core
  • Module 11: Allied Health
    • Code
    • SISFFIT415A
    • Units of Competency
    • Work collaboratively with medical and allied health professionals
    • Core/ Elective
    • Core
  • Module 12: Business Principles
    • Code
    • BSBSMB403A
    • Units of Competency
    • Market the small business
    • Core/ Elective
    • Core
    • Code
    • BSBSMB404A
    • Units of Competency
    • Undertake small business planning
    • Core/ Elective
    • Core
    • Code
    • BSBSMB401A
    • Units of Competency
    • Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business
    • Core/ Elective
    • Core
  • Module 13: Older Clients
    • Code
    • SISFFIT314A
    • Units of Competency
    • Plan and deliver exercise to older clients with managed conditions
    • Core/ Elective
    • Elective
  • First Aid
    • Code
    • HLTAID003
    • Units of Competency
    • Provide First Aid
    • Core/ Elective
    • Elective

* Students are required to complete HLTAID003 Provide first aid with a registered First Aid Training Provider. Students will be issued with a Credit Transfer for this unit upon provision of their First Aid Certificate to Fernwood Learning.

SIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness

Code Units of Competency Core/ Elective
Module 9: Functional Movement
SISFFIT017 Instruct long-term exercise programs Core
SISFFIT018 Promote functional movement capacity Core
SISFFIT019 Incorporate exercise science principles into fitness programming Core
SISFFIT021 Instruct personal training programs Core
Module 10: Allied Health
SISFFIT015 Collaborate with medical and allied health professionals in a fitness context Core
Module 11: Nutrition and Body Composition
SISFFIT025 Recognise the dangers of providing nutrition advice to clients Core
SISFFIT026 Support healthy eating through the Eat for Health Program Core
SISXCCS003 Address client needs Elective
SISFFIT020 Instruct exercise programs for body composition goals Core
Module 12: Strength and Conditioning
SISSSTC301A Instruct strength and conditioning techniques Elective
SISSSTC402A Develop strength and conditioning programs Elective
Module 13: Endurance
SISFFIT024 Instruct endurance programs Elective
Module 14: Younger Generation
SISFFIT012 Instruct movement programs to children aged 5 to 12 years Elective (*optional)
SISFFIT013 Instruct exercise to young people aged 13 to 17 years Core
Module 15: Group Personal Training
SISFFIT023 Instruct group personal training programs Core
SISXRES001 Conduct sustainable work practices in open spaces Core
Module 16: Business Principles
BSBSMB403 Market the small business Elective
BSBSMB404 Undertake small business planning Elective
BSBSMB401 Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business Elective
BSBSLS408 Present, secure and support sales solutions Elective
  • Module 9: Functional Movement
    • Code
    • SISFFIT017
    • Units of Competency
    • Instruct long-term exercise programs
    • Core/ Elective
    • Core
    • Code
    • SISFFIT018
    • Units of Competency
    • Promote functional movement capacity
    • Core/ Elective
    • Core
    • Code
    • SISFFIT019
    • Units of Competency
    • Incorporate exercise science principles into fitness programming
    • Core/ Elective
    • Core
    • Code
    • SISFFIT021
    • Units of Competency
    • Instruct personal training programs
    • Core/ Elective
    • Core
  • Module 10: Allied Health
    • Code
    • SISFFIT015
    • Units of Competency
    • Collaborate with medical and allied health professionals in a fitness context
    • Core/ Elective
    • Core
  • Module 11: Nutrition and Body Composition
    • Code
    • SISFFIT025
    • Units of Competency
    • Recognise the dangers of providing nutrition advice to clients
    • Core/ Elective
    • Core
    • Code
    • SISFFIT026
    • Units of Competency
    • Support healthy eating through the Eat for Health Program
    • Core/ Elective
    • Core
    • Code
    • SISXCCS003
    • Units of Competency
    • Address client needs
    • Core/ Elective
    • Elective
    • Code
    • SISFFIT020
    • Units of Competency
    • Instruct exercise programs for body composition goals
    • Core/ Elective
    • Core
  • Module 12: Strength and Conditioning
    • Code
    • SISSSTC301A
    • Units of Competency
    • Instruct strength and conditioning techniques
    • Core/ Elective
    • Elective
    • Code
    • SISSSTC402A
    • Units of Competency
    • Develop strength and conditioning programs
    • Core/ Elective
    • Elective
  • Module 13: Endurance
    • Code
    • SISFFIT024
    • Units of Competency
    • Instruct endurance programs
    • Core/ Elective
    • Elective
  • Module 14: Younger Generation
    • Code
    • SISFFIT012
    • Units of Competency
    • Instruct movement programs to children aged 5 to 12 years
    • Core/ Elective
    • Elective (*optional)
    • Code
    • SISFFIT013
    • Units of Competency
    • Instruct exercise to young people aged 13 to 17 years
    • Core/ Elective
    • Core
  • Module 15: Group Personal Training
    • Code
    • SISFFIT023
    • Units of Competency
    • Instruct group personal training programs
    • Core/ Elective
    • Core
    • Code
    • SISXRES001
    • Units of Competency
    • Conduct sustainable work practices in open spaces
    • Core/ Elective
    • Core
  • Module 16: Business Principles
    • Code
    • BSBSMB403
    • Units of Competency
    • Market the small business
    • Core/ Elective
    • Elective
    • Code
    • BSBSMB404
    • Units of Competency
    • Undertake small business planning
    • Core/ Elective
    • Elective
    • Code
    • BSBSMB401
    • Units of Competency
    • Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business
    • Core/ Elective
    • Elective
    • Code
    • BSBSLS408
    • Units of Competency
    • Present, secure and support sales solutions
    • Core/ Elective
    • Elective

* Students may complete the optional unit SISFFIT012 Instruct movement programs to children aged 5 to 12 years. This unit is required to work with child of this age group. The unit is included at no additional charge.

SISFFIT016 Provide motivation to positively influence exercise behaviour, is part of the SIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness and is attained via credit transfer from completion within the SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness.

To complete assessment for the above units a minimum of 70 hours of supervised work placement must be satisfactorily completed. This will complete the practical sections of the above units.

What will I be qualified in at the end of my Certificate III & IV in Fitness course?

These qualifications provides the skills and knowledge for an individual to be competent in a range of activities and functions within the Fitness industry, including working independently in a broad range of settings, such as within fitness centres, gyms, community facilities and in open spaces.

Graduates have the capacity to work with individual clients, on a one-on-one basis, work with small groups, as well as train indoors and outdoors. Personal Trainers may also work with older clients as well as children and young adolescents.

Graduates will have the ability to monitor and manage business activities to operate efficiently and profitably.

Job roles

  • Gym Instructor
  • Group Fitness Instructor
  • Personal Trainer

Is my Dual Qualification - Dual Qualification qualification recognised throughout Australia?

It certainly is! Fernwood Learning courses are recognised throughout Australia. Upon completion of the Dual Qualification students will be able to register with Physical Activity Australia or Fitness Australia which have international registration links. Registration will enable you to work in the fitness industry generally and for Fernwood Fitness if you secure a role.

Is the Dual Qualification course for me?

You will need to be well organised with good reading and writing skills in English to at least Year 10 level, have access to a computer, internet and email to complete the Dual Qualification online course. You need an active interest in health and physical activity and a strong desire to work in this industry. The Dual Qualification course covers areas such as strength and cardio training in gymnasiums, and it is expected that you are a current participant in these areas. After all, you will be later working in these areas to help people connect with activity and change their lives!

It is a requirement of units within the course to demonstrate a number of different exercises in the assessment of the qualification. If you are unable to perform certain exercises due to injury, illness or a disability you should indicate this on the Pre- Training Review and discuss with a trainer and assessor as you may not be able to complete the qualification.

What time is required?

All students learn at different pace, however it is expected you will need to commit to a minimum of 10 to 15 hours of home study per week for 24 months to complete the Dual Qualification course. Committing additional time to the course may decrease course duration.

A work placement component of a minimum of 70 hours is also required. This can be done in a block at the end of each of the courses (30 hours Certificate III and 40 hours Certificate IV), or in small periodic shifts throughout the duration of the course. Work placement will provide you with the practical experience necessary to feel confident you're work ready immediately after the course and increase your employment opportunities.

Why should I do my Dual Qualification course through Fernwood Learning?

As a leading employer in the health and fitness industry, Fernwood knows what it takes to be a great fitness professional. Fernwood Fitness has been in operation for more than 25 years and currently employs over 2,500 people. Fernwood Learning is the only provider of Fitness Courses within Australia directly associated with a network of health clubs.

Fernwood Learning is focused on delivering quality certified training by experienced instructors. Our Dual Qualification course is informative and our training staff are qualified and skilled to assist you with your studies. Students can log into the forum at any time for learning support. Students receive high quality text books and interactive online learning along with Learner Workbooks that guide you through your assignment tasks. You can be confident that when you graduate from your Dual Qualification course you will be ready to enter the industry and start on your new profession.

Can I get a job with Fernwood at the end of my Dual Qualification course?

Whilst there is no guaranteed job at the end of the course, Fernwood Clubs are always looking for motivated fitness professionals. Fernwood Learning’s courses are so comprehensive that Fernwood Clubs know they are taking on high quality, knowledgeable staff when they employ a Fernwood Learning graduate. Careers information and work placement are included in the course to give you the best opportunity to seek employment and achieve a rewarding career within the industry.

Can I do my work placement in a Fernwood Club?

Where possible, Fernwood will assist you to find suitable work placement at a Fernwood Women's Health Club. Enquiries for the 60 hours work placement at a Fernwood Gym as part of your course should be directed to Fernwood Learning. Requests for work placement at a gym other than Fernwood may incur an additional fee for a facility report by a qualified workplace trainer. This will not necessarily ensure the suitability of gyms other than Fernwood.

How much does a Dual Qualification cost?

Fernwood Learning makes it easy to get started on the path to your new career. We offer affordable payment plans with a deposit and monthly instalments. Please refer to the Learner Information Handbook for current fee information.

Fees are inclusive of tuition and administration costs, including on-line Learner’s Workbooks for each subject, text books, handouts and assessment, work placement diaries, access to the forum and online sections of the course as well as email and phone support.

Do I need any other qualifications?

No! However the HLTAID003 Provide first aid component does need to be completed within the first month or two of commencing your studies to ensure you are able to apply first aid in the work setting if required. Contact your local First Aid provider to arrange.

Is there anyone I can talk to about this training?

Our friendly staff will be more than happy to speak to you and send you a Learner’s Information Handbook.

Contact details are (03) 9630 8820 during business hours, or email learning@fernwoodfitness.com.au

What do I need to do next?

To enrol, please contact Fernwood Learning to receive a course application pack. Once received, please complete the Statement of Understanding from the Learner's Handbook and the Pre-training Review, before returning it to us either by email, fax or post. Upon receipt Fernwood Learning will confirm your eligibility to enrol and provide you with an enrolment form. Before you know it you will have started on your studies in health and fitness!

Please contact Fernwood Learning if you have any questions – we'd love to hear from you!

Fernwood Learning P/L Level 1 / 475 Flinders Lane Melbourne, VIC, 3000 Phone: (03) 9630 8800 Fax: (03) 9630 8830 Email: learning@fernwoodfitness.com.au

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