The Certificate III in Fitness SIS30315 gives you the skills and knowledge to work confidently as a gym instructor or group exercise instructor.
Victoria University Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Fitness SIS30315 is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge to work confidently as a gym instructor or group exercise instructor.
You'll learn the latest styles of training from our industry-leading teachers and gain essential skills in:
- fitness session design and instruction
- anatomy and physiology principles
- fitness appraisals
- exercise instruction for older clients
- health screening
- workplace health and safety
- first aid and risk management.
You'll have access to Victoria University’s $68 million sport precinct that includes an aquatic centre, commercial gym with the latest equipment and group exercise spaces. You'll also gain hands-on work experience in a supported learning environment at our custom designed teaching gym on campus.
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- drop-in sessions
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- e-learning content for courses
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Gain the skills and knowledge to confidently work as a gym instructor or group exercise instructor with the Certificate III in Fitness SIS30315.
Once you've qualified, you'll be able to apply for employment opportunities as a:
- group exercise instructor
- gym instructor.
You'll also be eligible to apply for registration with key industry bodies including Physical Activity Australia and Fitness Australia.
The course structure comprises the following core and elective units. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback.
To be awarded the SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness, a student must successfully complete a total of sixteen (16) units of competency, consisting of:
- nine (9) core units, and;
- seven (7) elective units, consisting of:
- all units in Groups A, B or C, and;
- all remaining units to make up the required seven (7) electives must be selected from Group D of which:
- a maximum of two (2) units may be selected elsewhere in the SIS Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package, or any other current training package or accredited course.
The Polytechnic currently offer the following as a dual specialisation:
1. Group Exercise Instructor, and;
2. Gym Instructor.
VU Polytechnic delivers the electives listed in the ‘course structure and units’ below. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback. Alternative suitable electives are only available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT).
Dual Specialisation: Group Exercise Instructor, Gym Instructor
To be awarded the dual specialisation, the following training package rules must be adhered to:
All Group B and Group C electives must be selected.
Group A: Aqua Exercise Instructor
Group A electives are not currently offered by the Polytechnic.
Group B: Group Exercise Instructor
Group C: Gym Instructor
Please note the following units meet the requirements for Group C.
BSBRSK401, HLTAID003 and HLTWHS001 which are listed in Group B.
SISFFIT006 which is listed in Group D.
This qualification reflects the role of instructors who perform a range of activities and functions within the fitness industry. Depending on the specialisation chosen, this qualification provides a pathway to work as an instructor providing exercise instruction for group, aqua or gym programs. They work independently with some level of autonomy in a controlled environment such as fitness, leisure, aquatic and community centres where risks are managed through pre-existing risk assessment and hazard control processes.
Individuals who specialise in Group Exercise Instruction deliver exercise sessions designed for participation by a group of clients with a mix of ages/fitness levels. Sessions may be freestyle, pre-choreographed or circuit style. These individuals instruct and demonstrate complete exercise sessions to groups with limited individual interaction.
Individuals who specialise in Gym Instruction provide individually tailored client assessments, provide technique correction as needed, and develop and demonstrate programs. They also provide supervision of a facility or service, keep equipment clean, tidy and well maintained, and handle various customer inquiries.
Fees & scholarships
Fee type for this course: VET
Fee type definitions
The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full fee-paying place.
Students who enrol in a:
- government subsidised place pay subsidised tuition fees (the government contributes the rest), and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee along with any material fees
- full fee-paying place pay the full fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).
Find out more about:
- the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)
- ways to pay your fees
- important fee dates
- how to apply for a VE/TAFE refund
Scholarships & assistance
Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.
We can help with fee assistance and advice.
Admission & pathways
Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course. Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.
If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs.
As part of the application process, applicants must complete a Pre-training Review (PTR) and undertake a literacy and numeracy (LN) assessment to determine suitability for admission and to identify support needs.
For employment and practical placement purposes, this vocational sector typically requires:
- a current Working with Children's Check. Failure to provide the required documents in the timeframe specified by the Course Coordinator, means you will be unable to undertake practical placement in a workplace and therefore not eligible to progress in this course.
The following is a suggested site you could visit to obtain this check:
- Working with Children Check - http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/
You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.
Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.
How to apply
Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.
Before you apply
Before starting your application, please read through the step-by-step VU Polytechnic application process to make sure you have all the necessary documents and information ready to successfully complete your application.
Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:
- Credit transfer/Recognition of prior learning (RPL): If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.
Apply direct to VU
Apply direct to VU using our admission centre, submit applications for one or more courses, track and save your progress and upload additional information.
Already a VU student?
If you are already a VU student, apply direct to VU using our Admissions centre to transfer into this course. Remember it’s best to be accepted into your new course before withdrawing from your current one.
After you apply
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- Complete any requests for information by the given dates, otherwise your application may not be considered