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Choosing a Personal Training Course

Fitness Courses Brisbane - How to Choose the Best Personal Training Course

Have you always had a passion for exercise and fitness? Does the concept of helping others to achieve their health or fitness goals interest you?

If you are someone that has the motivation and passion to work in the fitness industry, you are most probably wondering what the process to become a fitness instructor or personal trainer involves. There are three specific qualifications, leading to different job outcomes, but everyone starts at the same place. The entry into the industry is with Certificate 3 in Fitness; with that you can advance to the Certificate 4 in Fitness, and finally you can undertake a Diploma in Fitness. Whether you decide to complete all three qualifications or not will depend on a range of factors, such as the time that you have to complete the courses, the price, what role you really want and what qualifications and experience you already have.

It is not always an easy process choosing where you want to end up and what you decide initially may not be where you finish! Your career is important and there are various pros and cons to weigh up and consider. Whatever you decide, the Certificate III is your starting point.

If you dream of working in a gym, running group classes or delivering aqua aerobics classes, for example,the Certificate 3 in Fitness could be as far as you go. This option will provide you with a strong knowledge of exercise methods and their different impacts on the body. It will provide you with the skills to work on the gym floor, deliver group classes, undertake pre-exercise screening, conduct fitness appraisals and write programs with the knowledge to adapt these programs to be performed effectively in various environments.

The Certificate 4 in Fitness takes you up a level and is your ‘next step’ in your journey in the fitness industry. Usually, this course is taken after the Certificate 3 in Fitness course had been completed. Be careful of 'combined' courses, make sure you will receive an Certificate III qualification! The aim of the Certificate 4 in Fitness is to further your knowledge, which is why it should be undertaken once the Certificate 3 in Fitness has been completed and passed.

This course is designed to enhance your skills and knowledge, providing you with a broader understanding of fitness. It is also designed to teach you how to effectively launch a business within the fitness industry and operate it successfully. Once this course has been completed, you will have all the practical knowledge required to work as a professional personal trainer, as well as to work with specialist groups of people, focus on one-on-one training, undertake postural assessment and prescribe corrective exercise.

Why Choose The College of Health and Fitness?

Certificate III

Certificate III in Fitness

The Certificate III in Fitness course is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to perform the duties of a gym, group or aqua aerobics instructor.

The Certificate III course provides you with an extensive knowledge of exercise principles enabling you to fully understand the effect of exercise on the body and therefore to write and adapt fitness programs to suit the specific needs of individuals, groups or teams. You will be able to adapt programs to suit various environments as well as provide technical advice on equipment and exercise techniques.

The College of Health & Fitness provides you with “hands on” practical training in a fully equipped gym and/or pool for specific units of this course.

Certificate IV

Certificate IV in Fitness

The Certificate IV in Fitness course is designed to compliment and further the knowledge and skills you gained during the Certificate III in Fitness and can only be commenced after successful completion of the Certificate III content.

The Certificate IV course will enable you to operate within a broad range of varied contexts that may be complex and non-routine. It will supply you with the knowledge and skills to operate a business within the fitness industry. You will gain knowledge on providing supervision and guidance to others in the application and planning of fitness training and activities, and learn basic work place training.

After completing the Certificate IV in Fitness you will be qualified to obtain employment as a Personal Trainer and/or to work with older adults or special populations, including pregnant women, rehabilitation clients and people with disabilities.

As in the Certificate III Course, The College of Health & Fitness provides “hands on” practical training in a fully equipped fitness facility, pool and various other facilities that may be used as exercise locations.


Diploma in Fitness

The Diploma qualification provides the skills and knowledge required for you to be competent in a range of activities and functions within the fitness industry. Particularly, working collaboratively with medical and allied health professionals in a broad range of settings, including fitness facilities, aquatic facilities, community facilities and in open spaces.

With this qualification you will be able to provide exercise training to individual clients with specific needs on a one-on-one or group basis. Your clients may include older persons and children and you will develop your practical skills beyond those required by a Personal Trainer. However, you will not be able to work with clients with chronic conditions. Depending on the units you choose, the Diploma will give you the skills to manage and support a team of fitness professionals, or develop collaborative programs across various health and wellness sectors.


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When you have completed your Certificate III and IV in Fitness and gained the appropriate experience working in industry for 12 months, you may decide to complete the Diploma in Fitness.. If you dream of developing networks with all manner of people, including qualified medical professionals to help people with injuries recuperate and get back on their feet, or to work in a more managerial role within the fitness industry, this is the course for you.

You will develop skills in advanced personal training and instructing advanced exercise programs and injury prevention strategies. You could be working in a wide range of facilities, from fitness centres and aquatic facilities to open spaces and community facilities, to help people recovering with more specific issues improve their quality of life. The course focuses on health promotion and knowledge development to build on your existing knowledge.

Unlike the earlier version of this course, (SIS50213), the qualification does not provide the skills and knowledge to provide advice or exercise instruction to high risk clients, other than to refer the client to an appropriate medical or allied health professional. There is instead a heavy focus on managerial and business skills.

Each of these three courses provides for a different career outcome and while you start with your Certificate III, it’s just a case of taking the time to consider which outcome could be best for you. Of course, in order to be able to complete the higher courses, you need to have completed the lower level one or have adequate training or experience from another course. So this is something that you need to take into account when it comes to determining what is right for you.

It is also vital to think about the kind of fitness professional you want to be and whether specialist areas, such as aqua or group exercise are your passion. Take your time thinking things through - don’t rush the process, take your time making a decision. The fact is that you need to take your career into account and consider what will be best for you in the long run, and what will make it easier for you to achieve your dreams more quickly.

Each of these courses will be beneficial; there is no doubt about that. These courses are all packed full of interesting and useful learning that will come in handy regardless of the area of fitness that you choose to go into.

One of the benefits of each of these courses is that fully functional, practical training is provided, giving you a hands-on experience, which is invaluable in the fitness industry.

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