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Does a Certificate III in Fitness Qualify You to Train Kids?

June 5, 2024
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When it comes to training kids in fitness, there's more to consider than just having a passion for teaching or a knack for sports. For many of us in the fitness training industry, understanding the professional requirements, including certifications and regulations, is crucial. Specifically, if you hold a Certificate III in Fitness, you might wonder if this qualifies you to train kids effectively. Well, the answer isn't a straightforward 'yes' or 'no'. It largely depends on several factors, including guidelines set by fitness registration bodies, your insurance specifics, and the particular units you've completed during your training.

At Fitness Education Online - Australia, we realize the importance of being properly equipped and qualified to handle various training demographics, particularly children, who have different needs and safety considerations compared to adults. This article is set to explore the scope of Certificate III in Fitness concerning training kids and delve into additional qualifications and units that can better prepare you for this task. Join us in uncovering the essentials every fitness instructor should know about before taking on the rewarding challenge of training young individuals.

Understanding the Role of Registration Bodies 

When we start training kids in fitness, it's important to first understand the framework provided by fitness registration bodies such as AUSactive. AUSactive outlines clear guidelines that dictate the standards and practices for children's health and fitness services. These not only set benchmarks for safety and effectiveness but also help us deliver age-appropriate fitness education. Compliance with these guidelines ensures that our training programs meet national standards and that we are recognised as professional trainers who are qualified to work with children.

Check out the guidelines here:

Key Units in Certificate III and IV for Training Kids

Knowing that different certifications equip us with varied capabilities, it's essential to understand which specific units you need to be proficient in when training young clients. In the latest Certificate IV in Fitness (SIS40221), for instance, a compulsory unit detailed as SISFFIT045 Instruct exercise to young people aged 13 to 17 years covers the fundamentals of training individuals aged 13 to 17. This includes understanding the unique physiological and psychological needs of this age group, which is crucial for fostering a supportive and effective training environment. This is the unit that AusActive requires if you want to train people aged 13-17.

In contrast, for younger children aged 5 to 12, there is an elective unit, SISFFIT037 Instruct Movement Programs to Children Aged 5 to 12, which trainers can choose to specialise in. This unit dives into the specifics of designing and delivering movement programs that are both fun and safe for younger children. It emphasises creating engaging fitness activities that promote a healthy lifestyle among kids while ensuring their safety and catering to their short attention spans and rapidly developing bodies.
This is the unit that AusActive requires if you want to train people aged 5-12.

For those who trained under the previous Certificate III (SIS30315) and IV (SIS40215) in Fitness, two elective units, SISFFIT012, and SISFFIT013, were available. These units addressed similar competencies but structured under earlier guidelines which still form the basis of knowledge required to train young clients effectively. Depending on when and where you completed your fitness certification, you may need to consider updating or supplementing your qualifications to meet current standards for training children.

Additional Qualifications for Training Children

If you’ve completed the units above and you’re still not feeling confident or you’d like to get a more comprehensive understanding, you can choose to further your understanding by completing CEC courses in training kids and young adults. These courses dive further into the science and the art of training kids and will include topics such as:

  • Business of training kids
  • Training school groups
  • Programming for kids
  • Workout ideas for kids
  • Instructor tips for keeping kids engaged

Insurance when training children

Even if you have done all the above courses ( SISFFIT045, SISFFIT037 ) you will need to ensure your insurance policy covers you for training kids and young adults. Every insurance company is different and if you are covered or not depends on your policy. Even if your registration body says you can, it will be beneficial to contact your insurance company and get it in writing that you are covered.

Insurers often align their terms with the standards set by registration bodies, so ensuring our practices meet these guidelines can also secure comprehensive insurance coverage. This means we're not only conducting safe sessions but are also protected legally should any unforeseen events occur. It's all about providing a secure environment for the kids we train and peace of mind for their guardians.

How Fitness Education Online - Australia Can Help Enhance Your Qualifications

At Fitness Education Online - Australia, we understand the gaps that might exist in your current training expertise, especially concerning specialised demographics like children. To address this, we offer standalone units that were part of previous certifications but might not have been completed by many trainers. These units, such as SISFFIT037 Instruct Movement Programs to Children Aged 5 to 12, and SISFFIT045 Instruct Exercise to Young People Aged 13 to 17, are available for anyone looking to close the qualification gaps in their resume.

By taking these courses, trainers can not only fulfil the necessary qualifications to train children effectively but also stand out in a competitive industry. Our courses are designed to equip you with both the knowledge and practical skills needed to ensure a safe, engaging, and effective training environment for children. These additions to your qualifications can help build trust with parents and guardians and open new opportunities within schools and community centres needing certified professionals.


Training children in fitness requires more than just basic workout knowledge. It's about understanding their developmental needs, creating engaging sessions that promote lifelong health habits, and ensuring all activities are safe and age-appropriate. 

For those looking to specialise further or update their abilities to train the younger population effectively, check out our complete range of CEC courses designed for child fitness could be your next great step. Visit us at Fitness Education Online - Australia and explore how we can help you become a favourite trainer for kids, enhancing both your skills and career prospects.

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