Foundations of Fitness (Short Course)

Take the first step into your fitness career

Build a strong fitness foundation by learning the core skills and knowledge to help train people in the gym

The Foundations of Fitness (Short Course) will give you the core skills and knowledge needed to help train people in the gym. This introductory program provides a great foundation to further your studies with the SIS40221 Certificate IV in Fitness.

This program will help you build a strong foundation in all kinds of training techniques like cardio, circuit training, flexibility, resistance training and training groups.

You will also learn how to instruct using basic fitness equipment, develop general fitness programs and provide advice to clients. VFA Learning is all about learning through doing, so you’ll spend plenty of time in the gym too!

Course Duration

8 weeks full-time, blended study

Intake Dates

June 2024


Geelong Campus, 78 Yarra Street Geelong, VIC

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Course Overview

If you want to start an exciting career in fitness, the Foundations of Fitness (Short Course) is a great start. It’s also an excellent way to get a taste of the industry and find out if it’s the right career for you.

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

  • 2 days of classroom-based training and assessment
  • 1 day of online training and assessment
  • Self-directed learning will vary from individual to individual, depending upon the rate of learning. Full-time is 6 – 12 hours per week.

Students will achieve a Statement of Attainment on completing the competency units delivered in this short course. This is not a full qualification but will provide students with the prerequisite units required for entry into the SIS40221 Certificate IV in Fitness.

If you want to be supported on your learning journey and need flexible study, then the VFA Learning Foundations of Fitness (Short Course) is your first step to becoming a Personal Trainer.

Career Outcomes

Gym Instructor

Group Exercise Instructor

Gym Administration

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Course Information

Key Study Areas

Exercise Assessment & Programming

Learn how to develop, manage and instruct fitness programs for clients of all ages.

First Aid

Get critical skills in first aid so you can provide support and management in case someone you’re working with gets injured during exercise.

Body Structure & Function

Understand how the human body works and learn the body systems and terminology that apply to instructing people.

Communication & Leadership

One of the essential elements of being a fitness professional is being able to help people both physically and emotionally, which is why we spend time helping you

develop a confident and positive attitude to get clients over personal barriers.


Units of Competency

HLTAID011 Provide First Aid

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

These units come from the SIS30321 Certificate III in Fitness package and are pre-requisite units for SIS40221 Certificate IV in Fitness.

These units form part of the SIS30321 Certificate III of Fitness. These competencies may be applied as credit transfers towards other qualifications.

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Entry Requirements

Successful completion of VFA Learning Pre-Training Review and approved

Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Test.

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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 15 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

8 weeks full-time

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Course Costs

There are two options available to students, and the costs are:

Fee For Service – $1,400

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.

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Pathway to Further Education

The Foundation of Fitness (Short Course) is a pathway to the SIS40221 Certificate IV in Fitness.

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