Certificate IV in Fitness (SIS40215) – Exercise Trainer (Personal Trainer) Correspondence Course

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

Take your Fitness career to the next level by completing your Certificate IV in Fitness (SIS40215) with Fernwood Learning. Obtaining your Certificate IV in Fitness (SIS40215) through Fernwood Learning will give you the qualification necessary for registration as a Certificate IV Exercise 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. With the flexibility to work full or part time anywhere in Australia whilst completing your course, the choice is yours when undertaking your Cert IV in Fitness (SIS40215) with Fernwood Learning.

What are the advantages of the Fernwood Learning correspondence course?

  • No class attendance - 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 always available to help, encourage and motivate students throughout their studies
  • Take up to 9 months to complete your course – when studying with Fernwood Learning you have up to 9 months to complete your course, however, you can complete this course much quicker than this if you choose too!

Fernwood's nationally recognised Certificate IV in Fitness (SIS40215) 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 Certificate IV in Fitness, you will be able to register as a Personal Trainer/Exercise Trainer. This qualification enables you to work privately or within health clubs and gyms as a Personal Trainer/Exercise Trainer, designing and delivering individualised training to both individuals and groups.

Certificate IV in Fitness (SIS40215) subject areas

Successful completion of the Certificate IV in Fitness requires you to complete 21 units of competency. These units are grouped together into 9 different modules.

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 40 hours that is spread over the duration or end of your course in a Fernwood Club (or another Gym approved by Fernwood Learning).

Qualification for Certificate IV in Fitness requires completion of 11 core units and 10 elective units. Units have been grouped together into learning modules as outlined below.

Code Units of Competency Core/ Elective
Module 1: 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 2: Allied Health
SISFFIT015 Collaborate with medical and allied health professionals in a fitness context Core
Module 3: Motivation and Psychology
SISFFIT016 Provide motivation to positively influence exercise behaviour Elective
Module 4: 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 5: Strength and Conditioning
SISSSTC301A Instruct strength and conditioning techniques Elective
SISSSTC402A Develop strength and conditioning programs Elective
Module 6: Endurance
SISFFIT024 Instruct endurance programs Elective
Module 7: 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 8: Group Personal Training
SISFFIT023 Instruct group personal training programs Core
SISXRES001 Conduct sustainable work practices in open spaces Core
Module 9: 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 Market the small business Elective
  • Module 1: 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 2: Allied Health
    • Code
    • SISFFIT015
    • Units of Competency
    • Collaborate with medical and allied health professionals in a fitness context
    • Core/ Elective
    • Core
  • Module 3: Motivation and Psychology
    • Code
    • SISFFIT016
    • Units of Competency
    • Provide motivation to positively influence exercise behaviour
    • Core/ Elective
    • Elective
  • Module 4: 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 5: 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 6: Endurance
    • Code
    • SISFFIT024
    • Units of Competency
    • Instruct endurance programs
    • Core/ Elective
    • Elective
  • Module 7: 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 8: 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 9: 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

To complete assessment for the above units a minimum of 40 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 IV in Fitness course?

This qualification 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.

Those with this level of competency will be expected to train individual clients, on a one-on-one basis, and may include older clients.

Persons with this level of competency 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.

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

Job roles

  • Exercise Trainer - Personal Trainer
  • Exercise Trainer - Program Coordinator
  • Exercise Trainer - Older Client Trainer

Is my Certificate IV in Fitness (SIS40215) qualification recognised throughout Australia?

It certainly is! Fernwood Learning courses are recognised throughout Australia. Upon completion of the Certificate IV in Fitness (SIS40215) 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 if you secure a role.

Is the Certificate IV in Fitness (SIS40215) course for me?

You will need to be well organised with good reading and writing skills in English, be 18 years or older, have access to a computer, internet and email to complete the Certificate IV in Fitness online/correspondence course. You need an active interest in health and physical activity and a strong desire to work in this industry. The Certificate IV in Fitness 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!

What time is required?

You will need to commit to approximately 10 to 15 hours of home study per week to complete the Certificate IV in Fitness correspondence course. A work placement component of a minimum of 40 hours is also required. This can be done in a block at the end of the course, or in small periodic shifts throughout the duration of the course. (Please note you will not be competent in any unit/module until the practical component for that module has been completed.) 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.

What time is required to complete Certificate 4 in Fitness?

Certificate IV in Fitness requires about 10 to 15 hours of study and professional development per week to be completed in 4 to 6 months with an option to take up to 1 year to complete. A work placement of 40 personal training sessions spread over several weeks is required to complete the Certificate IV in Personal Training course and to develop your practical competence.

Why should I do my Certificate IV in Fitness (SIS40215) 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 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 Certificate IV Fitness (SIS40215) course is informative and our training staff is qualified and skilled to assist you with your studies. Students can log into the forum at anytime 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 Certificate IV in Fitness (SIS40215) course you will be ready to enter the industry and start your new profession.

Can I get a job with Fernwood at the end of my Certificate IV in Fitness (SIS40215) 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 a suitable work placement at a Fernwood Women's Health Club. Enquiries for the 40 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 Certificate IV in Fitness (SIS40215) cost?

Fernwood Learning makes it easy to get started on the path to your new career.

  • $2250 payable on 6 Month Payment Plan

Refer to Enrolment Form detailing monthly payment amounts.

This covers the cost of 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?

As a minimum, you need to have completed the following units from the Certificate III in Fitness (SIS30313):

  • HLTWHS001 - Participate in workplace health and safety
  • BSBRSK401 - Identify risk and apply risk management processes
  • SISXFAC001 - Maintain equipment for activities
  • SISXCCS001 - Provide quality service
  • SISXIND001 - Work effectively in sport, fitness and recreation environments
  • SISFFIT006 - Conduct fitness appraisals
  • SISFFIT001 - Provide health screening and fitness orientation
  • SISFFIT016 - Provide motivation to positively influence exercise behaviour
  • SISFFIT004 - Incorporate anatomy and physiology principles into fitness programming
  • SISFFIT003 - Instruct fitness programs
  • SISFFIT005 - Provide healthy eating information
  • SISFFIT014 - Instruct exercise to older clients
  • SISFFIT002 - Recognise and apply exercise considerations for specific populations
  • HLTAID003 - Provide First Aid
  • SISFFIT011 - Instruct approved community fitness programs
  • SISFFIT007 - Instruct group exercise sessions

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 for an Enrolment Form. Once received, complete the Enrolment Form, including the Statement of Understanding from the Learner's Handbook and the Pre-training Review, and return it to us either by email, fax or post. Upon receipt Fernwood Learning will confirm your enrolment details and before you know it have you 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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