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Certificate III in Fitness (Gym Instructor)

  • Qualification:

    Certificate III

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  • Payment options:

    Payment plan
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    Max 18 months

  • Start date:

    Anytime – start today!

  • Awarded by:

    Integrated Care & Management Training (ICMT) (RTO 90197)

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This course meets Nationally Recognised Training standards. It is listed on the Australian government's National Register for Vocational Education and Training (VET). Studying this course leads to a qualification that's recognised throughout Australia, and lets employers know that you have the right skills for the job.

What you'll learn

About this course

Studying a Certificate III in Fitness (Gym Instructor) (SIS30315) program with Open Colleges will provide you with the skills and training necessary to work and instruct in a gymnasium. You can also enjoy the convenience of studying whenever and wherever you want with this online fitness course.

Upon completion of this course you will gain the credentials necessary to become a gym or fitness instructor.

Work placement

This online fitness course includes a mandatory work placement of at least 45 hours. It is recommended that workplace assessments and training be undertaken in a facility that services a range of different clients with different fitness needs.


To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age; AND
  • Have completed Year 10; OR
  • Hold a certificate II or higher; OR
  • Have at least two years' experience in a role that requires written documentation and communication

Areas of study

In this fitness course, the units of competency you may study include:

  • HLTAID003 - Provide first aid*
  • SISXIND001 - Work effectively in sport, fitness and recreation environments
  • SISXCCS001 - Provide quality service
  • SISFFIT001 - Provide health screening and fitness orientation
  • SISFFIT006 - Conduct fitness appraisals
  • SISFFIT005 - Provide healthy eating information
  • SISFFIT025 - Recognise the dangers of providing nutrition advice to clients
  • SISFFIT026 - Support healthy eating through the Eat for Health Program
  • BSBRSK401A - Identify risk and apply risk management processes
  • HLTWHS001 - Participate in work health and safety
  • SISFFIT004 - Incorporate anatomy and physiology principles into fitness programming
  • SISFFIT003 - Instruct fitness programs
  • SISFFIT002 - Recognise and apply exercise considerations for specific populations
  • SISFFIT014 - Instruct exercise to older clients
  • SISXFAC002 - Maintain sport, fitness and recreation facilities
  • SISXFAC001 - Maintain equipment for activities

*Must be obtained via an approved external provider

Open Colleges is one of the largest private education providers in Australia. It offers a wide variety of courses, from leisure courses to vocational and higher education courses, many of which are government-accredited and employer-recognised. Most courses are delivered online or via blended learning, allowing you to work at your own pace and around your own schedule. Studying with Open Colleges is perfect for people with busy lifestyles, and those wishing to work and learn for themselves.
As a student of Open Colleges, you will have access to a range of student and administrative support options. Your course trainers are available via email, messaging and through your online course forums in OpenSpace. You will also have access to help with study skills such as time management, essay writing and referencing.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Certificate III in Fitness (Gym Instructor) (SIS30315) from Integrated Care & Management Training (ICMT).

This program will provide you with entry-level requirements to work effectively and safely in this expanding field. You will gain valuable leadership and client liaison skills that will help you advance your career in the fitness world or start off on your own two feet. The fitness education you will receive through theory and practical placements will also be applicable to your everyday life.

Upon graduation you can also apply to join Fitness Australia or Physical Activity Australia.

Curious about where a career in fitness could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Personal Trainer
  • Fitness Trainer
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Gym Instructor
  • Group Exercise Instructor
  • High Performance Coach

Payment options & support

Finance options

Open Colleges offers two flexible payment models to help make studying more affordable:

Pay in weekly instalmentsPay in full
Pay just $103.33 per week with a $100 depositPay $3,056 upfront and save 20%

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