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Certificate III in Fitness

Looking to enter the rapidly growing fitness industry?

The Certificate III in Fitness is the minimum qualification required to commence working as a fully qualified Gym Instructor, Group Exercise or Aqua Instructor.

On completion of the Certificate III in Fitness you will be a qualified instructor helping people to achieve their health and fitness goals and change their life. As an instructor you can specialise in group exercise, water based training or general fitness instruction for weight loss or improved exercise performance.

“As a mature student I found the team at Australian Fitness Academy to be of the highest standard. Right from the orientation and induction through to the course delivery, coaching and technical instruction the whole AFA team were committed and passionate about creating the best learning environment for the students. If you’re thinking about a career in the industry, then choose AFA you wont be disappointed!” Nicholas


About the (SIS30310) Certificate III in Fitness (Gym Instructor)

This base level course qualifies you as a gym instructor and provides you with the foundations of knowledge to become a sought after fitness professional. Throughout the Certificate III in Fitness (Gym Instructor) you can expect to study:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Sport and Recreation
  • Nutrition
  • Exercise Base Programming
  • Exercise Prescription
  • Programming for Special Populations
  • Core Stability
  • Occupational Health & Safety
  • more!

Gym Instructors run fitness assessments, write introductory programs, conduct program show throughs and supervise the gym floor.


First Aid qualification pre-requisite

Obtaining your First Aid qualification is a pre-requisite to register and work within the fitness industry. Australian Fitness Academy offers HLTFA311A Apply First Aid.

Work experience

Work Experience is compulsory for the Certificate III in Fitness, with a total of 30-hours placement required. Australian Fitness Academy offers a comprehensive work experience program, which assists in providing essential practical experience before entering the fitness industry.

Put the theory into practice in a real life environment with work experience!

Certificate III in Fitness (Group Exercise Instructor)

Get paid for doing what you love! Take your passion for group exercise and become a nationally accredited Group Exercise Instructor with the Australian Fitness Academy.

The group exercise module is delivered face-to-face within Victoria only. Find out more information on becoming a Group Exercise Instructor here.

Certificate III in Fitness (AQUA Instruction)

You may have heard, quality aqua instructors are in high demand! Experience the rewards of teaching water based fitness whilst expanding your employment opportunities, developing your career and increasing your earning capacity!

Australian Fitness Academy has partnered with Water Exercise Training Service (WETS), to provide you with the accredited qualification to become an aqua instructor. WETS is the recognised leading training provider for the Australian Aqua Industry.

Find out more information about the WETS Instructor course here.

Study options

To ensure study can fit with your schedule, the Certificate III in Fitness is offered through flexible delivery modes. This includes online and face-to-face.

Online learning

Self paced over 6 or 12-months, you can study at a time and pace to fit with your busy lifestyle. Online learning includes presentations, videos, activities and readings which you can complete in your own time while receiving access to the Academy’s extensive student support services.

Online course – sample

A sample course has been set up to show how the online content is presented and how the course is structured. Anyone interested in online study can view the sample course to get an idea of the quality of resources available throughout the course.
To access the online sample course:

You can also view the below videos, which form part of the learning resources we offer to all our students.

Support while studying online

Australian Fitness Academy understands you will most likely need further assistance while studying online. For this reason Australian Fitness Academy has full-time Student Support who are available should you need extra help while studying online.
“I would really like to thank you all for a wonderful job you have done in assisting me over the last 12 months to complete certificate 3 and currently through certificate 4.  Without the ongoing support, online students would not be able to achieve a qualification in this field of work.  Due to the commitment you all put in, it has enabled me to be employed at our local gym and assist in the training of our local rugby league team for next year’s competition. This has given me a great opportunity to work with a sporting group, and hopefully throughout the journey towards the new season experience their progress and know that I have helped them achieve their goals for the new season. Once again, thank you and have a very lovely and safe Christmas and New Year and really look forward to your friendly and encouraging help in 2013.” Kiara, QLD 

Face-to-face learning

Face-to-face study involves attending classes in Caulfield, Melbourne or Toowong, Brisbane. Studying face-to face-includes both theory and practical sessions utilising the on-campus state of the art Training Centres.
This course can be studied both full-time and part-time
Please refer to the course timetable for more information.

Government Funded

Australian Fitness Academy is approved to deliver government subsidised training within Victoria via the Victorian Training Guarantee. If you are eligible you can study the Certificate III in Fitness with help from the Victorian and Commonwealth governments. Government funded courses are available face to face and fully online.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Australian Fitness Academy’s RPL process offers prospective students a potentially quicker way to obtain the Certificate III and IV in Fitness qualifications.

Undertaking the RPL process allows applicants to use their past qualifications and work related experience in order to match the current unit of competencies that make up a Certificate III and IV in Fitness.

Upon review of an RPL application, prospective students will be informed as to exactly what modules (if any) they need to complete in order to obtain their qualifications.

Download the Certificate III in Fitness RPL Application kit here.

Course Fees

Course fees can vary depending on the course you choose to study and the mode of delivery (face-to-face or fully online). AFA offers convenient fortnightly payment plans so you can pay your course off over time and we are happy to work these plans in with your budget.

The Academy also offers discounts on face-to-face study when two or more people enrol at the same time.

Please note: for any course fees above $1000 we accept no more than $1000 prior to the commencement of a course and the total amount paid for other services yet to be delivered does not exceed $1500.

Please contact AFA on 1300 232 348 for more information.

For further information

Find out more about Australian Fitness Academy’s courses and policies by downloading the Student Handbook. To register your interest in any future courses please call Australian Fitness Academy on 1300 973 342 or contact us.