Certificate IV in Fitness

Certificate IV in Fitness

Campus: Wollongong
Duration: 1 Session (15 Weeks)
Course Code: SIS40215
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Course Description

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 youth. 

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. 

The qualification does not provide the skills and knowledge for an individual to provide advice or exercise instruction to high risk clients, other than to refer the client to an appropriate medical or allied health professional. 

The UOW College recognises that the SIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness is considered the most sought after fitness qualification by employers. For this reasons we have gone to great lengths to ensure that this course is of the highest quality and graduates possess the level of knowledge expected from Fitness Industry employers.

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

  • Learning from over 200 hours of direct teaching from experts in Strength and Conditioning, Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, Fitness Business Creation and Strategy, Customer Service and Communication.
  • Learn within the University of Wollongong’s own high performance training facility, accessing the latest in strength and conditioning, fitness testing and fitness programming equipment.
  • Access to 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 ensure you receive an outstanding educational experience.

Career Prospects

This qualification provides a pathway to work in a diversity of fitness industry businesses including fitness centres, gyms, aquatic facilities, community facilities and in open spaces, where risk management (through risk assessment and hazard control processes) does not already exist. 

Industry Accreditation

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

  • Personal Trainer

Entry Requirements

This course is only available to domestic students.

This learning program has been designed to continue from the UOW College’s SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness course. Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who satisfy the following criteria:

Alternatively, entry requires learners to have completed a Certificate III in Fitness or have achieved the following units of competency through a recognised training program or recognition process: 

  • Current First Aid and CPR certificate; AND
  • Certificate III in Fitness; OR
  • 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
    • SISXCCS001 Provide quality service

Course Delivery

The SIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness will be delivered 3 days per week face-to-face over a 15-week period. Students will also undertake work placement within this period and are expected to complete a reasonable amount of self-directed study.  

This course is highly practical in nature and it is expected that students will be actively involved in learning activities throughout the duration of the course. 

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 written approval.
  • Attend work placement 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 required) to attend work 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.

Course Requirements

Students are required to study 20 units throughout the duration of this course.

Codes Subject Name
SISFFIT016 Provide motivation to positively influence exercise behaviour
SISFFIT018 Promote functional movement capacity
SISFFIT019 Incorporate exercise science principles into fitness programming
SISFFIT020 Instruct exercise programs for body composition goals
SISFFIT021 Instruct personal training programs
SISFFIT023 Instruct group personal training programs
SISFFIT017 Instruct long-term exercise programs
SISFFIT013 Instruct exercise to young people aged 13 to 17 years
SISFFIT015 Collaborate with medical and allied health professionals in a fitness context
SISFFIT025 Recognise the dangers of providing nutrition advice to clients
SISFFIT026 Support healthy eating through the Eat for Health Program
SISXRES001 Conduct sustainable work practices in open spaces
BSBSMB405 Monitor and manage small business operations
BSBSMB404 Undertake small business planning
BSBSMB403 Market the small business
BSBSMB401 Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business
SISSSTC301 Instruct strength and conditioning techniques
SISSSTC402 Develop strength and conditioning programs
SISXCCS003 Address client needs
SISFFIT024 Instruct endurance programs

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

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 IV in Fitness may seek entry to the Bachelor of Exercise Science or Bachelor of Nutrition Science at UOW. Students must also successfully complete the Certificate III 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 Including Course Fee

  • Costs associated with work placement 
  • Travel and Parking 
Last reviewed: 1 November, 2017