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In this SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness course, you will learn how to screen and assess a client's fitness using a variety of well-established assessment protocols. You will also learn how to develop effective exercise programs, using an evidence based knowledge model and how to teach and evaluate exercise safely.

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You will also gain a thorough understanding of exercise science principles, including concepts of anatomy and exercise physiology and the main theories behind healthy eating for a variety of populations and how to deliver safe and effective exercise to older populations.

The AC Gym Instructor Course has been developed to promote a high level of skill and will prepare you to work on the gym/studio floor with confidence. This course has been developed by the most sought after and experienced fitness educationalists in Australia (check out our academic faculty). The AC SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness can be completed online* via our unique online learning portal CREATINE, which includes our online fitness centre - open 24/7.

*All students will complete a Skills Based Professional Development Manual and a Practical Workshops program.

You will need to undertake the first aid course unit externally, in your area (additional cost) and submit a copy of your certification to the College.

Professional Recognition

AC graduates may apply for registration and insurance with the Fitness Australia Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) as a Gym Instructor and also gain International recognition. Fitness Australia’s REPs provides assurance and confidence to consumers, employers and health professionals that all registered exercise professionals are qualified and have the knowledge, skills and competence to perform specific roles.

Course summary

Course code
Qualification gained
Certificate III in Fitness
Nationally recognised
Study mode
Flexible delivery (including online with some projects / activities and/or skills-based training)

Course fees
Pay up-front, pay by installment or completely customise your own payment plan here.
Flexible duration
Up to 18 months
Study load
Start date
Start anytime
Assessment method
Multiple choice, true/false exams, essay questions, case studies, workplace program - professional development manual, online fitness centre – simulated learning, practical sessions – practical workshop manual and video assessment, provide first aid

Career opportunities

  • Gym instructor

Course units

For this course you have 3 modules and 1 first aid unit (16 units of competency in total), to complete:

  • Anatomy and Physiology (4 units)
  • Working in the Industry (5 units)
  • Exercise Prescription (6 units)*
  • Provide First Aid*

You will also have access to the: Online Fitness Centre (OFC).

During your course you will complete a Professional Development Manual and a Practical Workshops Manual that you will receive as a hard copy on completion of unit 15 and you will also complete or will have completed already a *Provide First Aid course (usually a 1 day course with some online study).

Incorporate anatomy and physiology principles into fitness programming
Provide healthy eating information
Provide health screening and fitness orientation
Recognise and apply exercise considerations for specific populations*
Provide quality service
Maintain equipment for activities
Maintain sport, fitness and recreation facilities
Work effectively in sport, fitness and recreation environments
Participate in workplace health and safety
Conduct fitness appraisals
Identify risk and apply risk management processes
Instruct fitness programs
Instruct strength and conditioning techniques*
Instruct exercise to older clients*
Provide motivation to positively influence exercise behaviour*
Provide first aid

**You will need to undertake the first aid course unit externally, in your area and submit a copy of your certification to the College.

* = Units which can be credit transferred to the AC Certificate IV in Fitness (SIS40215)

Entry requirements

No formal entry requirements.

Australian College requires:

  • Competent in spoken and written English
  • Successful completion of an LLN review prior to commencement
  • At least 16 years of age*
  • Access to a PC/laptop or similar, email address, internet
  • Additional reading materials and textbooks may be used throughout the course.

*Students under 18 year of age will need to provide parent/guardian consent.

Qualification pathways

  • Complete the required training and the assessment requirements
  • Have you studied a related course? Apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
  • Are you currently working in a related industry? Apply for Recognition of Current Competency (RCC)
Student reviews

"The Australian College tutors were very helpful and inspiring. Coming from various backgrounds, they offered industry relevant information, trends, and ideas 'outside the box' at a level of which I would otherwise not have had access.

They helped me to focus on the individual topics through the assignments and extract the most out of the course, making it directly relevant to the industry."

Marnie Bernard

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