Australian Institute of Personal Trainers

Certificate IV in Fitness

SIS40221Australian Institute of Personal Trainers (RTO 32363)
Up to 12 monthsself-paced
Study mode
Online, On-campus
Next start date

Why study this course

  • Get qualified to work as a Personal Trainer with the SIS40221 Certificate IV in Fitness
  • Build skills that can be used to work within a gym environment or to build your own personal training business
  • Study theoretical components online, and gain hands-on, practical experience in a real gym


This course meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards.

Nationally Recognised Training
Australian Qualifications Framework

Entry requirements

For entry into this course students must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Year 10, OR Certificate II or higher, OR relevant industry experience
  • Minimum 16 years old (if under 18 your enrolment form will need to be signed by a parent or guardian)
  • Permanent Australian Resident or equivalent

Before commencing SIS40221 Certificate IV in Fitness, students are required to complete and be deemed competent in the below units of competency (or superseded units), which are available as part of the SIS30321 Certificate III in Fitness:

  • 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

Practical Assessment: Please be aware some of your assessments require you to source participants to role-play clients, please work with your mentor to secure the required number.

Working with Children Check: For the work placement portion of your course, you may need a current 'Working with Children Check Clearance' issued by the relevant authority in your state/territory.



For the online part of the course, you may need regular access to:

  • Computer: Laptop or desktop computer with working speakers or headphone points
  • Internet: High-speed internet such as Broadband or ADSL, T1/T2, fibre optic (Dial-up access is not recommended)
  • Windows: Operating system – Windows 8 or above
  • Mobile phone with video capability or video camera: Some assessments in your course will require you to take and submit videos of you undertaking tasks for assessment
  • Office equipment: Printer and scanner to pring and upload some of your assessments
  • Internet Browser: Google Chrome, Firefox or Microsoft Internet Explorer 11
  • MAC: Operating system - OS X 10.14 Mojave or later
  • Software: Flash, Adobe Reader, Microsoft Word (or Open Office which is free to download)

Where is this course offered?

Available campuses

  • Learn in a gym near you
Online study also available

The course duration and available study modes can vary depending on the campus.

Enquire with Australian Institute of Personal Trainers or visit their website to find out more about your study options.

What you’ll learn

In this course you will learn to:

  • Use exercise science principles in fitness instruction
  • Establish and manage client relationships
  • Develop personalised exercise programs
  • Support exercise behaviour change
  • Assess client movement and provide exercise advice
  • Plan and instruct online exercise sessions
  • Instruct strength and conditioning techniques

Enquire with Australian Institute of Personal Trainers or visit their website to find out more about the course content, units, and what you’ll learn.

Course price

The course price can vary depending on a few factors, including:

  • Whether the institution offers subsidies, concessions, or government loans and your eligibility to receive them
  • Your previous study and work experience
  • Your unit selections

Enquire with Australian Institute of Personal Trainers or visit their website to find out more about the course price for you.

What to know before you apply

To help you decide if this is the right course for you, Australian Institute of Personal Trainers can provide you with more information about:

Credit and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

You may be able to get credit or RPL for some units of this course based on your previous studies and work experience. This means the duration of the course may be reduced.

Enquire with Australian Institute of Personal Trainers or visit their website to find out more about Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

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Support and delivery

You study part of this course online, and complete the practical component in a real gym with a qualified personal trainer.

Choose from three ways to study:

  • Campus Club

Learn in a small group environment inside one of Australia's leading gyms and be mentored by a real fitness professional.

Undertake 27 hours of face-to-face practical learning following a set timetable.

  • 1-to-1 Flexible Mentor

You'll be matched with one of AIPT's qualified Personal Trainers who will mentor you inside a real club.

Enjoy the flexibility of arranging your own timetable to complete 27 hours of face-to-face practical learning with your Mentor.

Dependant on availability of a mentor in your area.

  • Mentor of Your Choice

If you already know a Personal Trainer, AIPT could approve them to be your Mentor to guide you through the practical components of your course.

Complete 27 hours of face-to-face practical learning at a club of your choice.

Your chosen Mentor must be approved by the Australian Institute of Personal Trainers.


  • Specialists in the AIPT Support Teams provide support over the phone if needed. The team of Student Support Officers are dedicated to helping you graduate and will help you find a solution to any hurdles you’re facing.
  • Your personalised Learning Management System will help you with a Study Plan that shows how long each unit will take to complete – a great tool to help you stay on track and plan your breaks from study.

Find out more about this course

Australian Institute of Personal Trainers

Certificate IV in FitnessSIS40221

You may wish to discuss the following with Australian Institute of Personal Trainers:

  • Course price
  • Study options available at your campus
  • Prior Recognition of Learning (RPL)
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