Certificate III in Fitness

Certificate III in Fitness

Campus: Wollongong
Duration: 1 Session (15 Weeks)
Delivery: Full time. Blended face-to-face correspondence activities & work placements.
Course Code: SIS30315
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Course Description

This course aims to equip students with the fundamental knowledge and skills required to work as a gym instructor, or group exercise instructor in the fitness industry. Students will learn from industry experts using the high performance training facility located at the University of Wollongong Sports Hub. Whilst this course is highly practical in nature it also aims to prepare students academically for furthering study into the Certificate IV in Fitness course. 

The Certificate III in Fitness is considered an entry qualification into the fitness industry; students will require the Certificate III in Fitness before progressing to the Certificate IV in Fitness.

What makes the UOW College Certificate III in Fitness course unique?

  • Over 200 hundred hours of direct teaching from experts in Strength and Conditioning, Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, Fitness Business Creation and Strategy, Customer Service and Communication.

  • Use of the University of Wollongong's own high performance training facility, accessing the latest in strength and conditioning, fitness testing, and fitness programming equipment.
  • Specialised tutorials and workshops from local industry experts in the field of Sport and Exercise Science.
  • Access to the University of Wollongong's full range of facilities and support services to help provide an outstanding educational experience.

Career Prospects & Industry Accreditation

Successful graduates from this course may gain accreditation with Fitness Australia as a registered Level 1 Fitness Professional with specialisation in:

  • Gym Instructor
  • Group Exercise Instructor 

Entry Requirements

  • Only available to domestic students
  • No academic entry requirements 

Units of Study

Students are required to study 16 units throughout the duration of this course and complete 50 hours of work placement.   

Code Subject Name
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
SISFFIT014 Instruct exercise to older clients
SISXCCS001 Provide quality service
SISXFAC001 Maintain equipment for activities
SISXIND001 Work effectively in sport, fitness and recreation environments
BSBRSK401 Identify risk and apply risk management processes
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
SISFFIT006 Conduct fitness appraisals
SISFFIT007 Instruct group exercise sessions
SISFFIT011 Instruct approved community fitness programs
SISXFAC002 Maintain sport, fitness and recreation facilities

*Electives subject to change at UOW College discretion in accordance with training package rules and industry requirements.


The SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness is delivered 3 days per week over a 15-week period. Students are also expected to undertake a work placement component and complete a reasonable amount of self-directed study. 

Delivery will include face-to-face and online theory lectures, practical workshops, tutorials, work placements and or specialised workplace learning lessons.

Work Placement

Students are required to:

  • Successfully complete 50 hours of work placement throughout the duration of their course. While it is intended that students will complete their work placement with the University of Wollongong Recreation and Aquatic Centre or Innovation Gymnasium, students may be permitted to complete work placement through alternative locations subject to the Program Manager’s prior approval.
  • Attend work placement each session to demonstrate the application of skills and knowledge within a workplace setting.
  • Organise their own transport to and from the placement facilities.
  • Organise leave with their employer (if applicable) to attend clinical placement. 
  • Plan financially for their unpaid work placement period.  

For VET courses with work placement components:
Please Note: Course fees do not include additional uniform requirements for work placement (eg, shoes) and any other associated costs (eg, travel or parking costs). Additional costs may also be incurred to attend excursions.


A range of assessment methods are used to determine competence. These may include: 

  • Short answer/multiple choice questions
  • Assignments
  • Oral presentations
  • Role plays
  • Visual presentations
  • Simulations
  • Workbooks
  • Observation in the workplace 

Included Course Materials

  • Course text book
  • Student workbook including assessment guide
  • Class power point presentations, notes and handouts
  • UOW College uniform shirt and name badge 

Pathways from the Qualification

Students who successfully complete the Certificate III in Fitness are eligible to enter the Certificate IV in Fitness. Certificate III in Fitness graduates seeking entry to the Bachelor of Exercise Science or Bachelor of Nutrition Science at UOW must also successfully complete the Certificate IV in Fitness and complete UAP005 Chemistry and UAP012 Mathematics with a weighted average mark of 70% to receive guaranteed entry to the Bachelor degree, and will receive 12 credit points (2 subjects) of unspecified credit towards their degree. 

Payment Options

  1. NSW Government Smart and Skilled funding available 
  2. Upfront payment
  3. Pay by instalment plan

Additional costs not included in course fee

  • Costs associated with work placement
  • Travel and parking 
  • Additional uniform requirements – appropriate footwear (UOW College branded polo shirts are provided for work placement as part of you uniform).


Last reviewed: 1 November, 2017