Course Snapshot

Looking to begin your career in the fitness industry?

The Certificate III in Fitness is the minimum qualification required to commence working as a qualified Gym Instructor.

If you’re looking for a career as a Personal Trainer, check out our Certificate III & IV in Fitness combined course.

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

Study Structure

Not everyone prefers to learn in the same way or has the same lifestyle and work commitments. Therefore we can offer you the choice of study options:

Unsure which option is best for you? Our career advisors can assist in determining which study mode would best suit you.

Point of reassurance: If you find a certain study mode isn’t suitable, you can request to transfer depending on your circumstances. NB: Course fees differ between online and face-to-face delivery, therefore you will be required to pay the difference if applicable. For full terms and conditions, please see our student handbook.



Find out more about Australian Fitness Academy’s courses, policies, terms & conditions processes by downloading the Student Handbook. To register your interest in any future courses please call Australian Fitness Academy on 1300 232 348 or contact us.

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Certificate III in Fitness Course Syllabus

Principles of Nutrition
Client Screening & Assessment
Introduction to Exercise Science
Lower Body/Trunk Anatomy Exercises
Upper Body Anatomy & Exercises
Resistance Programming & Instruction
Cardiovascular Physiology, Programming & Instruction
Programming Progressions
Exercise Instruction for Specific Groups
First Aid

Established Employment Pathways

Once you've completed your Certificate III in Fitness, you'll be able to start applying for jobs to work in gyms as a fitness instructor. Many students decide to work whilst studying their Certificate IV in Fitness, to gain more experience and an income.

Fitness Careers & Jobs Boards

We are regularly contacted by businesses within the industry looking for Personal Trainers, Gym Instructors, Group Exercise Instructors and more. These positions are promoted through the AFA Job Board and Sportspeople Job Board.

If starting your own PT business is more your thing then you’ll need to study the Certificate IV in Fitness also, which covers a range of topics that help set you on the right path to building your own business and also includes the exclusive AFA ‘Ready, Set, GROW!’ ebook.

“I could not speak highly enough of my experience studying Cert 3 & 4 at Australian Fitness Academy.

The staff are exceptional and were always happy to help me understand what was required as a student and assist with any queries I may have had. I would recommend AFA to anyone looking to work in the fitness industry.”

— Nick, AFA Graduate

Australian Fitness Academy 1300 232 348 [email protected]
701 Glenhuntly Road
Caulfield Victoria
3162 Australia