This qualification is nationally recognised entry-level qualifications for employment in the Fitness industry. It reflects the role of instructors who perform a range of activities and functions within the fitness industry. Due to the elective specialisation chosen, this qualification provides a pathway to work as an instructor providing exercise instruction for gym programs.

They work independently with some level of autonomy in a controlled environment such as fitness, leisure, aquatic and community centres where risks are managed through pre-existing risk assessment and hazard control processes.

Individuals who specialise in Gym Instruction provide individually tailored client assessments, provide technique correction as needed, and develop and demonstrate programs. They also provide supervision of a facility or service, keep equipment clean, tidy and well maintained, and handle various customer inquiries.


SIS30321 – Certificate III in Fitness

  • Satisfactory completion of all units of work available in 300 hours of study is required to be eligible for this qualification. Only SBATs are able to undertake the 60 hours of Specialisation study in Fitness.
  • Students undertaking 240 hour course will be eligible to achieve a Statement of Attainment towards Certificate III in Fitness.
Course Duration/Hours

This is a 240 hour course that runs over 2 years.

There is no 120 hour course available towards the Fitness qualification.


Successful completion of all units included in the 360 hour course is required to achieve the full qualification. This can only be undertaken by students who are signed into a School Based Traineeship.

HSC Information

This is a Board Endorsed Course and therefore has no HSC examination. It cannot be counted towards an ATAR

Work Placement

NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) requires students to complete a minimum of 30 hours of work placement. Work placement is a mandatory component of the course and must be completed prior to the student’s last HSC exam.

Days worked as part of a School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship satisfies this NESA requirement.


This course is competency based and the student’s performance is recognised against a prescribed industry standard. Assessment strategies may include:

  • Observation
  • Student demonstration
  • Questioning
  • Written tasks
  • Tests

Students are given a number of opportunities to demonstrate competence across the range of competency standards covered by this course.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

You may be entitled to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning. If you have completed any training, either through your part-time work, TAFE or other school VET courses you have completed recently, or through experience gained in other ways you can apply for RPL. You should talk to your School VET Coordinator, Careers Adviser or course teacher for further information.


A course fee is generally charged by schools to cover consumable materials. Your school will provide further advice.

Units of Competency

To be eligible for SIS30321 you must successfully complete: 15 units: 11 core, 4 electives


  • HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety (Core)
  • HLTAID011 Provide first aid (Core)
  • SISFFIT037 Develop and instruct group movement programs for children
  • SISXFAC001 Maintain equipment for activities
  • SISXFAC002 Maintain sport, fitness and recreation facilities
  • SISFFIT052 Provide healthy eating information (Core)


  • SISFFIT047 Use anatomy and physiology knowledge to support safe and effective exercise (Core)
  • BSBOPS304 Deliver and monitor a service to customers (Core)
  • BSBPEF301 Organise personal work priorities (Core)
  • SISFFIT032 Complete pre-exercise screening and service orientation (Core)
  • SISFFIT035 Plan group exercise sessions (Core)
  • SISFFIT036 Instruct group exercise sessions (Core)

Specialisation (SBATs only)

  • SISXIND001 Work effectively in sport, fitness and recreation environments
  • SISFFIT033 Complete client fitness assessments
  • SISFFIT040 Develop and instruct gym-based exercise programs for individual clients (Core)

Successful completion of all units of competency included in the 300 hour course is required to be eligible for this qualification. Students undertaking a 240 hour course, or those not satisfactorily completing all units in the 300 hour course, will be eligible for a Statement of Attainment towards Certificate III in Fitness.

Further Study
  • Certificate IV in Fitness
  • Diploma of Fitness
  • Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Physiotherapy)
  • Bachelor of Human Movement/Exercise Science
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (physiotherapy)
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy
Career Information

Job Roles

Fitness instructors help people improve and maintain their fitness through exercise programs and tailored fitness classes. They work with people in groups, or one-on-one, and assess their fitness, develop individual fitness routines and teach them how to use gym equipment and weights correctly. They also work with individuals who are training for a particular sport or event, or who may be recovering from physical illness or injury.

Duties and Tasks

Fitness instructors work in gyms, fitness clubs and leisure centres, which can be noisy and crowded. They are often required to work shift work for early morning or late evening fitness classes or client appointments. Some fitness instructors work on a casual basis and may work at a number of different locations.

Personal Attributes

A fitness instructor needs

  • a friendly, supportive and motivating personality
  • excellent communication skills
  • excellent physical fitness
  • good organisational skills
  • the ability to work both independently and in a team.

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