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.

Study Structure

Everyone is different, and learns in a different way.  We therefore offer you the choice of studying your Personal Training Course Online, which can be at your own pace and carried out from wherever is convenient, or you can study face-to-face (full time or part time) at our Melbourne or Brisbane campus.

If you’re unsure which option is best for you, contact one of our career advisors who can assist you 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.

Your resume and cover letter

The Academy personally sends your resume and cover letter to the leading recruiters in your area, helping you to get your foot in the door. This will give you a competitive advantage over others seeking work. For more information on how the Academy assists you with gaining work within the industry please contact one of our Careers Consultants today.

“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

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