0.5 years full time
Delivery mode:
Face to Face with eLearning
Start date:
11 July 2022
Application due dates:
Applications for this course are currently being accepted.


The Certificate IV in Fitness SIS40215 gives you the skills to kick start your career the health sector, one of the fastest growing industries globally.

Consumers are looking for a more personalised training service and there is increasing demand for fitness professionals to work with medical and allied health professionals, to design and offer fitness programs suitable for older people as well having the skills to coach and train children.

Before applying for this course, please check that you meet the entry requirements, ensuring that you:

  • hold a current first aid and CPR certificate, and
  • have completed all eight (8) prerequisite units listed under 'Admission & pathways'.

You'll learn to work with clients on a one-on-one or group basis from our industry-leading facilitators. You'll gain advanced skills to:

  • work with people affected by chronic conditions
  • liaise with fitness service coordinators and personal training managers
  • lead a team of personal trainers to plan, conduct and evaluate exercise training
  • provide leadership and guidance to clients and other staff
  • deal with unpredictable situations
  • work independently or with limited guidance
  • use discretion to solve non-routine problems, including monitoring and managing business activities to operate efficiently and profitably.

Victoria University Polytechnic will get you job-ready through hands-on learning opportunities in our $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 and through supported work placements.

This course is delivered through Victoria University Polytechnic’s award-winning interactive e-learning model that combines face-to-face workshops with flexible, user-friendly eLearning activities.

VU's Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available to all students.

Our campus libraries have photocopying, computing and printing facilities as well as electronic and print resources.

You'll also have access to a rich collection of online resources at any time of the day or night, including:

  • databases
  • e-learning content for courses
  • student email
  • student software packages
  • social networking tools.

On campus, we make sure that all of our students have access to digital resources. We offer:

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 Female student working out in the gym.

Gain the skills and knowledge to confidently work as a gym instructor or group exercise instructor with the Certificate IV in Fitness SIS40215.

Careers in fitness

The fitness and health sector is a fast-growing industry. Once you've qualified, you'll be able to work across a range of roles including:

  • group exercise instructor
  • personal trainer
  • PT coordinator
  • PT manager
  • outdoor trainer
  • gym instructor.

You'll also be eligible to apply for registration with key industry bodies including Physical Activity Australia and Fitness Australia.

Course structure

To be awarded the SIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness, a student must successfully complete a total of twenty (20) units of competency, comprising of:

  • twelve (12) core units, and;
  • eight (8) elective units, of which:
  • four (4) units must be selected from Group A;
  • at least two (2) units must be selected from Group A or Group B, and;
  • two (2) units may be selected elsewhere in SIS Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package, or any other current training package or accredited course.

The selection of electives must be guided by the job outcome sought, local industry requirements and the complexity of skills appropriate to the AQF level of this qualification as well as be approved by the Polytechnic.

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).



Group A

Group B

This qualification reflects the role of personal trainers who have specialist skills to train individual clients, or groups of clients, on a one-on-one or group basis, to improve health-related components of fitness in relatively low risk situations. This may include training of older clients and children.

They have a substantial depth of knowledge to plan, conduct and evaluate exercise training; provide leadership and guidance to clients and other staff; and deal with unpredictable situations applying defined guidelines and procedures from the fitness industry and the organisation. They work independently or with limited guidance from others and use discretion to solve non-routine problems, including monitoring and managing business activities to operate efficiently and profitably.

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).

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Scholarships & assistance

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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.

Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Entry requirements

Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who hold:
*a current first aid and CPR certificate
*have been recognised as competent through a recognised training program or recognition process against the following units of competency:
- SISFFIT001 Provide health screening and fitness orientation;
- SISFFIT002 Recognise and apply exercise considerations for specific populations;
- SISFFIT003 Instruct fitness programs;
- SISFFIT004 Incorporate anatomy and physiology principles into fitness programming;
- SISFFIT005 Provide healthy eating information;
- SISFFIT006 Conduct fitness appraisals; SISFFIT014 Instruct exercise to older clients, and;
- SISXCCS001 Provide quality service. 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.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Use our credit calculator to find out how much credit you could get towards your course, based on your previous study.

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.

On completion of this course you will be guaranteed entry into the following degree and in some cases receive credit for your study:

You will be credited for up to 36 credit points of study.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

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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.

Available start dates:

  • 11 July 2022

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.

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