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Do you need a Cert III in Fitness before a Cert IV?

March 1, 2023
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If you're considering a career in the fitness industry, you may be wondering what qualifications you need to get started. In Australia, the Certificate III in Fitness (SIS30321) is generally considered to be the entry-level qualification for the fitness industry, while the Certificate IV in Fitness (SIS40221) is considered to be a higher-level qualification.

So, do you need a Cert III in Fitness before a Cert IV? The short answer is: it depends.

While it is generally recommended that individuals complete the Cert III in Fitness before moving on to the Cert IV in Fitness, the official government website training.gov.au states that students must complete the following units before commencing a Certificate IV

HLTAID011: Provide First Aid (or a unit that supersedes this unit)

HLTWHS001: Participate in workplace health and safety

SISFFIT032: Complete pre-exercise screening and service orientation

SISFFIT033: Complete client fitness assessments

SISFFIT035: Plan group exercise sessions

SISFFIT036: Instruct group exercise sessions

SISFFIT040: Develop and instruct gym-based exercise programs for individual clients

SISFFIT047: Use anatomy and physiology knowledge to support safe and effective exercise

SISFFIT052: Provide healthy eating information

(all the above Units are found in the Certificate III in Fitness (SIS30321)

So technically speaking, an individual does not need to complete a Certificate III in Fitness, before commencing a Certificate IV in Fitness. They do however need to complete the units above. They can either complete these units as part of their Certificate III in Fitness or they can do what is often referred to as a "Fast Track Personal Training Course" which means they complete the nine units above individually and then commence a Certificate IV in Fitness.

In saying this, in November 2021, the Certificate III in Fitness was upgraded from the SIS30315 to the SIS30321. Which means if an individual completed their Certificate III in Fitness prior to November 2021, they wouldn't have completed the units above. Which means even though they have a Certificate III in Fitness - they won't be able to enrol into a Certificate IV in Fitness unless they complete the pre requisite units above.

It is always a good idea to check with the specific provider and/or industry regulatory body in your state or territory to determine the specific requirements for obtaining a fitness qualification. This will help ensure that you have the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed in the fitness industry and provide safe and effective services to your clients.

In general, the Cert III in Fitness is a good foundation for those interested in a career in the fitness industry. It provides a broad introduction to the principles and practices of fitness, including anatomy and physiology, exercise science, and training principles. The Cert IV in Fitness, on the other hand, is more focused on the practical aspects of personal training, including how to design and deliver safe and effective training programs for a wide range of clients.

So, if you're considering a career in the fitness industry, it is generally a good idea to start with the Cert III in Fitness and then move on to the Cert IV in Fitness once you have a solid foundation in the principles and practices of fitness. This will help ensure that you have the necessary knowledge


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