SIS40221 Certificate IV in Fitness

Become a Personal Trainer

Take charge of your career and advance your skills and expertise with the SIS40221 Certificate IV in Fitness.

VFA Learning’s comprehensive Personal Training course will help to amplify your knowledge and fitness skills, building your confidence to take control of your programs and Personal Training clients.

VFA Learning’s SIS40221 Certificate IV in Fitness provides you with a comprehensive learning program that teaches you how to run a professional Personal Training business.

You’ll dig deeper into the fitness industry, develop business, marketing and communication skills to ensure your personal brand connects with people in any fitness environment.

VFA Learning is all about learning through doing, so you’ll spend plenty of time in the gym too!

Course Duration

8 months full-time, blended study

Intake Dates

November 2024


Geelong Campus, 78 Yarra Street Geelong, VIC

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Career Outcomes

Personal Trainer

Group Fitness Trainer

Outdoor Group Trainer

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Course Information

Key Study Areas

In just eight months of full-time study, you’ll become certified and ready to train and motivate others. Here’s a look at the highlights:

Advanced Programming Techniques

From sports performance to determining the best plans for older adults and children, and injury recovery, the course gives you the most comprehensive understanding of what it takes to become a Personal Trainer.

Resistance Training Methods

You’ll learn all the latest processes and improvements in training regimes like: speed agility, flexibility, medicine ball workouts, boxing and circuit training.

Testing Methods

Develop specific testing processes around various topics such as body composition, nutrition, metabolism and more.

Functional Training

Stop injuries before they happen! You’ll learn a range of posture assessment tools that can help you teach the best way to perform exercises.

Marketing & Business

Create your personal training brand by utilising sales, marketing and business planning. You will also understand how you can grow your business profile in gyms, studios and group fitness environments. You will learn about management, legal issues, business relationships, record keeping and leadership.


Units of Competency

You must be deemed competent in all units in order to be awarded the qualification in SIS40221 Certificate IV in Fitness.

CHCCOM006 Establish and manage client relationships

BSBESB301 Investigate business opportunities

BSBESB302 Develop and present business proposals

BSBESB401 Research and develop business plans

BSBESB402 Establish legal and risk management requirements of new business

SISFFIT034 Assess client movement and provide exercise advice

SISFFIT041 Develop personalised exercise programs

SISFFIT042 Instruct personalised exercise sessions

SISFFIT043 Develop and instruct personalised exercise programs for body composition goals

SISFFIT044 Develop and instruct personalised exercise programs for older clients

SISFFIT045 Develop and instruct personalised exercise programs for adolescent clients

SISFFIT046 Plan and instruct online exercise sessions

SISFFIT049 Use exercise science principles in fitness instruction

SISFFIT050 Support exercise behaviour change

SISFFIT051 Establish and maintain professional practice for fitness instruction

SISFFIT053 Support healthy eating for individual fitness clients

SISXICT001 Select and use technology for sport, fitness and recreation work

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Entry Requirements

Successful completion of VFA Learning Pre-Training Review and approved Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Test.

No ATAR required.

Evidence through a statement of attainment or qualification of the required pre-requisite units.

Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who hold the following units of competency or units that have been superseded by these units:

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

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Flexible Study

We understand that many of our students need to work while learning, so we have developed a blended option for this course. It includes online theory components and placement as required by the qualification.

Our Flipped Learning approach encompasses the following:

  • Face-to-Face
  • Classroom-based with a large practical element
  • Workplace experience
  • Online (self-directed)

Potential students are encouraged to speak with one of our highly experienced Course Consultants to discuss options that suit your learning needs.

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Work Placement

As part of this program, students will be required to complete 40 hours of practical work placement in a fitness setting. VFA learning will assist with organising practical placement where required.

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Assessment Methods

  • Written Questions
  • Observations
  • Case Studies
  • Assignments
  • Workplace Logbook
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Course Duration

If you need flexibility, we offer a blended mode of delivery for our certificate course. Each week you can expect the following:


  • 1 day of classroom-based training and assessment
  • 1 day of online training and assessment
  • Students can also expect self-directed studies and practical practice on the remaining days of the week to ensure they develop the required skills and knowledge. This will vary from individual to individual depending upon rate of learning, but it’s approximately 6 – 12 hours.
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Course Costs

For more information, refer to our guide on fee schedule for all approved courses and census dates.

This training will be delivered by Victorian Fitness Academy Pty Ltd TA VFA Learning RTO 22360.

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Payment Options

Fee-for Service: Deposit and Direct Debit payment of balance (paid through Debit Success)

Payment plans are available through Debit Success.

Where eligible Victorian Government subsidy

This training will be delivered by Victorian Fitness Academy Pty Ltd TA VFA Learning RTO 22360.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.

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Pathway to Further Education

The SIS40221 Certificate IV in Fitness is a pathway to the SIS50321 Diploma of Sport (Coaching).

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