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Foundations of Fitness

Take the first step into your fitness career!

The Foundations of Fitness will give you the core skills needed to help train people in the gym. This introductory program provides a great foundation for studying more advanced programs like the SIS40215 – Certificate IV in Fitness. This program will help you build a strong foundation in all kinds of training techniques like cardio and circuit training, flexibility, resistance training and working in groups. You’ll also learn how to instruct using basic fitness equipment, develop general fitness programs and provide nutritional advice to clients. And because VFA Learning is all about learning through doing, you’ll spend plenty of time in the gym!


Short Course – Foundations OF FITNESS

SIS40215 – Certificate IV IN FITNESS

SIS50319 – Diploma OF SPORT

Fitness Combo


Key Areas of Study

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 most important 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
  • 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
  • SISFFIT014 Instruct exercise to older clients
  • SISXCCS001 Provide quality service
  • HLTAID003 Provide first aid
  • SISFFIT006 Conduct fitness appraisals


Career Outcomes

Students will achieve a SOA on successful completion of the above units. This is not a full Certificate 3 in Fitness but will provide students with pre requisite units required for entry into the Certificate IV in Fitness (SIS40215)

Entry Requirements

Successful completion of VFA ‘Pre Training Review’


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.

Intake Dates / Course Duration


Full Time – 8 weeks 2 days a week of classroom based training and assessment 1 day per week of online training and assessment Students can also expect self-directed studies and practical practice on the remaining days of the week to reinforce skills.

Part Time – 16 weeks 1 night per week of classroom based training and assessment 1 day workshop per month 1 day per week of online training and assessment

Full Time:

Geelong Campus Only

January 2022 & August 2022

Part Time:

Geelong Campus only

January 2022

Learning Pathway

SIS40215 – Certificate IV in Fitness

Payment Options

Fee-for Service – Upfront payment by bank account transfer or cash.

Payment plan by Direct Debit through Debit Success

People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Delivery Methods

Face to face

Classroom based with large practical element

Workplace experience

Online self directed

Assessment Methods

Written Questions


Case Studies


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