What To Expect When Doing a Certificate III in Fitness
Fitness is your life. You are completely dedicated to ensuring that you meet your personal health and fitness goals by sticking closely to a rigorous nutrition and exercise regime that grows with you and changes as your unique needs change and your body adapts. Your fitness journey has been one of tremendous self-discovery. Through training and discipline you’ve accomplished things that you never thought possible. You’ve come to terms with the fact that you’re a constant work in progress and love coming up with new ways to challenge yourself as your goals change.
Instead of languishing in a job where you’re static, overworked, underpaid and under-appreciated, it’s time to take your first steps towards becoming a qualified fitness instructor and helping a wide range of clients meet their own health and fitness goals.
But how do you make the jump between being a fitness enthusiast and a fitness instructor? The Certificate III in Fitness allows you to take your first step towards an exciting, challenging and potentially highly lucrative career in fitness.
But it’s important to know what to expect on this exciting and popular course. Let us give you the full rundown…
What are the course requirements for a Certificate III in Fitness?
You may wonder if you are even able to study this course. But fear not. The answer is almost certainly yes!
There is no minimum educational standard required for entry to the Certificate III in Fitness. That said, there is a literacy and numeracy assessment that you are required to pass before the course commences.
Of course, that doesn’t mean that the course won’t be challenging. You will be expected to carry out independent research and study for which you will need access to a computer with a reliable internet connection.
You’ll also be required to find a suitable workplace in which to carry out a work placement and get your Log Book signed off. If you’ve been a permanent fixture at your gym for years, this may be a good place to start, although we can assist students in doing this.
What kind of stuff will I learn?
The short answer is… Everything you need to take your first steps towards a career in fitness. The course uses a range of practical and theoretical assessments to make sure that once qualified you can meet the needs of your clients.
You’ll gain valuable experience working in a real gym with real clients. You’ll gain the combination of theoretical knowledge and practical experience that can help you to make the perfect start. And you’ll have our support every step of the way.
The course is split into 9 core units and 7 elective units. Within these units you’ll gain invaluable knowledge about;
- How to develop fitness programs in line with specific needs (including specific populations and age groups).
- Anatomy and physiology, and how to use them to deliver effective fitness programs.
- How to provide health screening and fitness orientations.
- How to maintain gym equipment.
- How to provide first aid.
- How to conduct group exercise or aqua exercise sessions (additional fees may apply).
- How to work effectively in sport, fitness and recreation environments (including workplace health and safety, as well as risk identification and management).
- How to carry out fitness appraisals and track your client’s progress.
- How to deliver exceptional service to your clients and bring value to your personal brand so that you get more (and higher paying) clients.
What kinds of jobs can I get with a Certificate III in Fitness?
Think of the Certificate III in Fitness as the key that unlocks the world of professional fitness. It is a nationally recognised qualification which can open up career doors all over Australia. There are many jobs which you can apply for upon passing your Certificate III and it can also provide a gateway to other qualifications.
A Certificate III in fitness marks the start of an exciting career in fitness. As you grow in knowledge and experience as the course progresses you may choose to move into a particular specialism or decide that you like working in certain environments. The possibilities are practically endless. Still, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t lots of jobs for which you can apply upon passing your Certificate III in fitness, and you can tailor your learning to them.
When undertaking the Certificate III in Fitness you can move in to Gym Specialisation. This teaches you everything you need to know about the realities and practicalities of working in a gym.
You’ll learn how to instruct and support clients in line with their specific needs. You’ll guide them towards achieving effective results safely through exercise and nutrition. You’ll clean a knowledge of human anatomy, healthy eating, the proper way to conduct fitness assessments and administering effective First Aid.
Upon receiving your qualification, you’ll be able to specialise as a gym instructor in a variety of fitness centre or gym settings.
Group Exercise Instructor
A specialism in Group Exercise Instruction will give you the skills you need to deliver effective and engaging group exercise sessions or community fitness programs. This includes the ability to plan these sessions with the needs of specific populations in mind.
Aqua Exercise Instructor
This specialism will allow you to create and conduct effective water-based group exercise sessions and activities. You’ll be able to instruct in a number of areas, familiarise clients with water, help with buoyancy and mobility skills, and administer water-based fitness activities and aquatic sessions for specific groups of people. You’ll also learn how to perform basic water rescues.
How easy is it to find employment with a Certificate III in fitness?
In a time where more and more of Australia’s population is at risk from health problems caused by obesity, it’s safe to say that fitness professionals are in increasingly high demand. In fact, we get calls from businesses looking for our graduates on a weekly basis.
While we obviously can’t make guarantees, we can say that now is the perfect time to consider a career in fitness.
I think I’m ready, sign me up!
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