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Certificate IV in Fitness (SIS40221) | Fitness Education Online

Certificate IV in Fitness (SIS40221) | Fitness Education Online

This qualification reflects the role of personal trainers who develop, instruct and evaluate personalised exercise programs for generally healthy and low risk clients, to achieve specific fitness goals.

This qualification provides a pathway to work as an employed or self-employed personal trainer in settings such as fitness facilities, gyms, leisure and community centres, client workplaces and homes, and outdoor locations.

Personal trainers may offer services to individuals and groups, and may provide online training services. In some employment contexts, personal trainers may be involved in team leadership or supervisory activities.

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Course Details

To complete the Certificate IV in Fitness (SIS40221), you need to take a total of 17 units, which comprises of 10 core units and 7 elective units.

Prerequisite Units (8)

Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who hold a current first aid and CPR certificate and have been recognised as competent through a recognised training program or recognition process against the following units of competency:

  • 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

Course Outline

Qualification: Certificate IV in Fitness (SIS40221) - Online

Module 1: Fitness Business

  • BSBESB301: Investigate business opportunities
  • BSBOPS403: Apply business risk management processes
  • BSBESB404: Market new business ventures
  • SIRXSLS001: Sell to the retail customer

Module 2: Nutrition Coaching

  • BSBPEF302: Develop Self Awareness
  • SISFFIT053: Support healthy eating for individual fitness clients
  • SISFFIT050: Support exercise behaviour change

Module 3: Advanced Programming

  • SISFFIT049: Use exercise science principles in fitness instruction
  • SISFFIT041: Develop personalised exercise programs

Module 4: Personal Training

  • SISFFIT043: Develop and instruct personalised exercise programs for body composition goals
  • SISFFIT044: Develop and instruct personalised exercise programs for older clients
  • SISFFIT042: Instruct personalised exercise sessions
  • SISXCAI009: Instruct strength and conditioning techniques
  • SISXCAI010: Develop strength and conditioning programs

Module 5: Youth Programs

  • SISFFIT045: Develop and instruct personalised exercise programs for adolescent clients
  • SISFFIT051: Establish and maintain professional practice for fitness instruction
  • CHCCOM006: Establish and manage client relationships

Course Duration


Students may take a maximum of up to 12 months to complete the certification.

At Fitness Education Online our qualification is 100% online and self paced, which means students have the option to progress more quickly through the qualification.

The total time it takes to complete the a Certificate IV in Fitness usually depends on the students previous experience, how much time they can dedicate to their study and the pace they prefer to study at.


Entry Requirements


Age: Must be at least 16 years of age

Education: Must have completed year 10 (or equivalent)

Residency Status: Must be a permanent Australian resident (or equivalent)

Resources: Must have access to a computer and internet access


How much does the Online Certificate IV in Fitness (SIS40221) cost?


Current special - $1,997

We have a 7 day cooling off period. If you are unhappy with the course and let us know within 7 days, you are entitled to a refund. Conditions apply.


What You'll Learn

Taking a certificate IV in fitness online course allows you to acquire the knowledge and skills you need to advance your career as a fitness coach. Additionally, enrolling in our online course will help you learn various things, including the following:

  • Instructing personal and group personal training programs
  • Teaching long-term exercise programs
  • Working with medical and allied health professionals in a fitness context
  • Promoting healthy eating
  • Presenting, securing, and supporting sales solutions
  • Marketing a small business
  • Undertaking small business planning
  • Monitoring and managing small business operations and finances

Graduate Outcomes with a Certificate IV in Fitness (SIS40221)

Earning a Certificate IV in Fitness opens diverse career paths in the wellness industry, validating expertise and enabling specialisation. It sets professionals apart in a competitive market, fostering growth and meeting specific client needs.

Personal Trainer Role

Certified personal trainers, equipped with a Certificate 4 in fitness, design bespoke exercise programs and provide individual coaching. Their expertise spans weight loss, strength training, sports conditioning, and corrective exercise.

Program Coordinator Position

Within fitness facilities, individuals with a Certificate 4 in fitness often assume program coordinator roles. They oversee the seamless execution of fitness programs, demonstrating proficiency in event planning, scheduling, and budget management.

Children’s Trainer Role

Passionate about children's fitness, professionals with a Certificate 4 in fitness tailor engaging exercise programs for young clients. These programs focus on promoting physical literacy and motor skill development in a fun and age-appropriate manner.

Older Client Trainer Position

With an ageing population, there's a growing demand for trainers holding Certificate 4 in fitness certification. These professionals specialise in assisting older adults with functional fitness exercises and injury prevention strategies tailored to their needs.

Group Fitness Instructor Role

Certificate 4 in fitness qualifications open doors to careers as group fitness instructors. Instructors lead diverse classes, such as cardio, strength, and yoga, using effective planning, cueing, and participant interaction techniques to create motivating experiences.


Professional Registration

Qualified candidates are able to register as a Personal Trainer with appropriate fitness registration bodies including but not limited to AUSactive, Physical Activity Australia and FitRec.


What is the Difference Between a Certificate III and Certificate IV in Fitness

The major difference between Certificate III and IV in Fitness is in the job opportunities on completion of the qualification. Certificate III in Fitness (SIS30321) is tailored for people who want to work as a Group or Gym Instructor while Certificate IV in Fitness (SIS40221) is tailored for people who want to work as a Personal Trainer.


Delivery Method for Certificate IV in Fitness (SIS40221)

Online Learning Experience

Interactive Content: Students enjoy a rich array of resources, including engaging instructional videos, detailed PowerPoint presentations, and comprehensive online textbooks, enhancing the SIS40221 online learning experience.

Self-Paced Structure: The self-paced format of our Cert 4 in Fitness online courses empowers learners to customise their study schedule, aligning education with personal and professional commitments for a balanced approach.

Practice Sessions

Real-World Application: Practice sessions are pivotal in translating theoretical knowledge into practical skills, preparing students for real-world challenges in the fitness industry.

Client Interaction: Simulated client scenarios during practice sessions help develop vital communication and interpersonal skills, boosting confidence in prospective fitness professionals.

Feedback Mechanism: An integrated feedback loop allows students to receive constructive criticism, which is essential for refining techniques and improving client interactions in practice sessions for Cert 4 in fitness.

Practical Assessment

Culmination of Learning: The SIS40221 competency assessment marks the culmination of the SIS40221 certification process, evaluating the ability to apply learned concepts in practical fitness settings.

Live Evaluation: This practical evaluation offers a platform to demonstrate skills in a real-world environment, under the guidance and supervision of experienced instructors, showcasing competency in cert 4 in fitness.

Competency Validation: Successfully completing the practical assessment validates the student's readiness to enter the professional fitness industry, affirming their competency and skill set acquired through the SIS40221 certification.

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