Take the next step in your career and gain the qualification you need to become a Personal Trainer.
If you currently work in the fitness industry as a Gym or Group Fitness Instructor, elevate yourself to the next level by studying the Certificate IV in Fitness to become a Personal Trainer.
Taking the next step to gain the higher qualification will open up an array of career opportunities both in Australia and internationally.
The Certificate IV in Fitness builds on your existing knowledge and skills and covers more advanced methods of programming including one-on-one and group PT, advanced strength and conditioning, functional movement analysis, marketing and business, and much more.
Note: The new SIS40221 Certificate IV in Fitness will replace this qualification in 2022
We recognise that not everyone prefers to learn in the same way or has the same work and lifestyle commitments.
That’s why we offer our students the choice to study either;
Our online course is self-paced and can be completed from any location within Australia, while our face-to-face classes are held at AFA in Melbourne.
These study options are designed to cater to the individual needs of students. Irrespective of the method of study, all students cover the same course content and complete the same assessments to ensure there is the consistency of learning across each study option.
Our Online Personal Trainer Course is designed to give you the flexibility to study while also maintaining regular work and lifestyle commitments.
You have up to 12 months to complete the Certificate IV in Fitness. Our online course can be studied at your own pace, so you are able to work through the course materials and assessments when it best suits you.
Studying online provides you with access to our Learner Management System. This portal will be your hub for all course content, video presentations, assessments, quizzes and student support. We’ll provide you with a schedule to help you plan your study time, however there are no set dates in which modules need to be completed – this is completely self-managed.
Our Student Support services are readily-available to assist you and help you progress throughout your course. If you have any questions regarding assessments or coursework, your dedicated Student Support Officers can be contacted anytime.
Face-to-face study involves attending classes at our Melbourne campus.
This course can be studied either full-time or part-time:
- Full-time: In-class attendance 2 days per week, plus additional home study.
- Part-time: Evening attendance 2 nights per week (6.15pm – 9.45pm) and one day over the weekend, plus additional home study.
Face-to-face classes run for approximately 16 weeks, with a total time of up to 12 months to complete the course.
During this time you will work through the course content with our lecturers and complete theory and practical sessions in our full equipped fitness facility at AFA. You will also have access to the online Learner Management System so you can review course material and complete the required quizzes and assessments.
You will be thoroughly supported throughout your studies by our Student Support team and dedicated face-to-face lecturers, who are available to be contacted anytime.
The Practical Placement component of the Certificate IV in Fitness provides a great opportunity to put the knowledge and skills learnt throughout the course into practice, helping you gain valuable experience in a real-life industry setting.
You can perform your placement at an approved fitness centre or Personal Training Studio of your choice under the supervision of a qualified Personal Trainer. Should you have any difficulties securing placement, AFA can utilise our Industry Partnerships to assist you to find a suitable facility and mentor.
We find that many of our students go on to find employment in the fitness centres where they complete placement or through the connections they make throughout their work experience.
The Work Experience requirements for the Certificate IV in Fitness are:
- 30 hours of practical placement
- 50 hours professional practice logbook
Certificate IV in Fitness Course Syllabus
- Applied Nutrition
- Motivational Psychology
- Personal Training Methods
- Athlete Strength & Conditioning
- Allied Health Industry Collaboration
- Principles of Functional Movement
- Business Operations & Marketing
- Exercise Prescription for Children & Adolescents
Several units from the Certificate III in Fitness are prerequisites for the Certificate IV in Fitness. If you don’t already have the Certificate III, we provide a combined personal trainer course to enable you to obtain both qualifications and become a Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer.
There are some State Government initiatives available for eligible applicants to access funding to assist them to complete qualifications. As these initiatives often change, it is recommended you contact our Careers Advisors on 1300 232 348 or by clicking here to obtain further information.
More information on eligibility requirements can be found here.
Our interest-free payment plans allow you to study from as little as $50 a week or $100 a fortnight. We only require a $100 deposit to get started, so there’s no large upfront costs or big student loan debts to worry about.
Course fees vary depending on mode of study and whether you are eligible for Government Funding.
Recognised Prior Learning
If you have studied a course in a similar field or have completed units with another provider, you may be eligible for Recognised Prior Learning (RPL).
Undertaking the RPL process allows applicants to use their past qualifications and work-related experience to match the current unit of competencies that make up the Certificate IV in Fitness.
Once our Student Support team have reviewed the RPL application, prospective students are informed of the units that have been credited and the remaining components of the course they will need to complete to gain their qualifications.
Ask our Careers Advisors for more information on this.
Download the Certificate IV in Fitness RPL Application Kit here.
By completing the Certificate IV in Fitness, you’ll be opening up new doors to exciting opportunities in the industry.
As a nationally and internationally recognised Personal Trainer, you’ll be able to set up and operate your very own fitness business, work in fitness centres around the country, manage gyms and instruct bootcamps.
You can also choose to specialise in niche fitness markets like older adults, children and teenagers, fitness competitors and outdoor adventure, just to name a few.
Our Job Board can connect you with our extensive industry partners including some of the biggest fitness organisations in Australia.
PLEASE NOTE: AFA is not CRICOS-approved, which means you won’t be able to study this course if you are in Australia on a student visa or are looking to apply for one. For more information about CRICOS-approved courses, click here