Estimated completion time: 0.5 year/s
The length of time to complete this qualification will depend on the location, study mode and selected units.
Refer to the relevant course information flyer for further information.
This qualification reflects the role of instructors who perform a range of activities and functions within the fitness industry. Depending on the specialisation chosen, this qualification provides a pathway to work as an instructor providing exercise instruction for group, aqua or gym programs.
They work independently with some level of autonomy in a controlled environment such as fitness, leisure, aquatic and community centres where risks are managed through pre-existing risk assessment and hazard control processes.
Individuals who specialise in Group Exercise Instruction deliver exercise sessions designed for participation by a group of clients with a mix of ages/fitness levels. Sessions may be freestyle, pre-choreographed or circuit style. These individuals instruct and demonstrate complete exercise sessions to groups with limited individual interaction.
Individuals who specialise in Gym Instruction provide individually tailored client assessments, provide technique correction as needed, and develop and demonstrate programs. They also provide supervision of a facility or service, keep equipment clean, tidy and well maintained, and handle various customer inquiries.
Fitness is an area of rapid growth both nationally and internationally, with great potential for employment as an instructor and with further studies, for developing an independent business as a personal trainer. Thirty (30) hours of Practical Placement within a Gym is also required.
Occupations relevant to this qualification in industry sectors such as Fitness Industry include:
- Aqua Instructor
- Gym Instructor
- Group Exercise Instructor
- Exercise Instructor
Credit transfers & pathways
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
RPL is the acknowledgement of a person's skills and knowledge acquired through previous training, work or life experience, which may be used to grant status or credit in a subject regardless of how and where they were attained, including overseas.
This can include skills from:
- Previous study excluding courses at another VET/TAFE institution, but including courses at school or college, through adult education classes or training programs at work;
- Work experience (including both work that is paid and unpaid); and/or
- Life experience (for example leisure pursuits or voluntary work).
RPL is a form of assessment. It is used to determine whether a person has acquired, through formal or informal learning, the skills and experience consistent with the stated competency standards that comprise a qualification. RPL is not time referenced, so there are no parameters on how or when the skills are acquired. However, the skills that have been acquired through life experience etc., must be current and must match the elements and performance criteria contained in the individual unit.
Students seeking RPL need to indicate this on their enrolment form at the time of enrolment.
For further information please refer to the Applicant's Guide to the Recognition of Prior Learning or contact VET RPL Enquiries on 1800 238 838 or email email@example.com.
Charles Darwin University as a Registered Training Organisation recognises the Australian Qualifications Framework qualifications and Statement of Attainments issued by any other Australian Registered Training Organisation.
Students are encouraged to submit any requests for credit from previous studies at the time of enrolment, to ensure they are not enrolling in units they may not need to undertake.
In order to apply for exemption/credit transfer from units completed at another training organisation, you will need to complete an Application for Exemption Form available from any campus, centre, or team, or a copy of the form can be obtained from the web.
Your completed Application for Exemption form together with attached documentary evidence (certified copy of Qualification/Statement of Attainment) to support your request for exemption/credit transfer should be submitted directly to the University either in person or by mail. Requests without documentary evidence will not be processed and will be returned to students. There are no fees attached to Credit Transfers.
Further training pathways from this qualification include but are not limited to SIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness.
Course information flyer(s)
CDU Entry Requirements
Students must be 18 years or older to be eligible to enrol in this qualification.
Prior to enrolling in SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness, students will be required to attend an Enrolment Session with the Course Coordinator who will explain the course structure, requirements and expectations. All applicants will be required to complete a learner support indicator to determine any learner support requirements.
External (self-paced) students will need to gain access to a 'Fitness Mentor' who holds the Fitness Qualification being completed, and who is willing to supervise the student for the duration of their studies. Students will be provided with a Fitness Supervisors Contract Form that outlines the requirements for supervision that will need to be signed by both the supervisor and student, and returned to the course coordinator with a copy of the supervisor's qualifications to be kept on file.
This is a current, nationally accredited qualification from the SIS Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package.
Employability Skills are embedded in the training and assessment of national training package qualifications. Information on the Employability Skills relevant to your qualification can be obtained by visiting this website and keying in the national code for the qualification: training.gov.au
Location and study mode
Delivery is subject to sufficient demand and resources.
Locations: Palmerston, Remote
Study Mode: On campus
Some components of this qualification may be available in other modes of delivery and not all modes are available at all locations.
Subject to demand other locations and modes may become available throughout the year.
Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation (Top End)
To achieve a Certificate III in Fitness a total of SIXTEEN (16) units of competency must be completed comprising NINE (9) Core and SEVEN (7) Elective units as detailed in the packaging rules and listed below.
The total Nominal Hours for the sequence listed below is 733.
|Code||Module/Unit of Competency||
|CORE UNITS OF COMPETENCY|
|SISFFIT001||Provide health screening and fitness orientation||15|
|SISFFIT002||Recognise and apply exercise considerations for specific populations||100|
|SISFFIT003||Instruct fitness programs||50|
|SISFFIT004||Incorporate anatomy and physiology principles into fitness programming||95|
|SISFFIT005||Provide healthy eating information||55|
|SISFFIT014||Instruct exercise to older clients||70|
|SISXCCS001||Provide quality service||25|
|SISXFAC001||Maintain equipment for activities||5|
|SISXIND001||Work effectively in sport, fitness and recreation environments||25|
|Total nominal hours for core units||440|
|ELECTIVE UNITS OF COMPETENCY|
|BSBRSK401||Identify risk and apply risk management process||50|
|HLTAID003||Provide first aid||18|
|HLTWHS001||Participate in workplace health and safety||20|
|SISFFIT006||Conduct fitness appraisals||30|
|SISFFIT007||Instruct group exercise sessions||80|
|SISFFIT011||Instruct approved community fitness programs||40|
|SISFFIT024||Instruct endurance programs (unnamed)||55|
|Total nominal hours for elective units||293|
|Total nominal hours for the qualification||733|
Based on course nominal hours of 733 hours, approximate 2020 course fees will be:
VET Tuition Fees: $2,492.20
Domestic Full Fees: $12,461.00
Fee for Service: as per fee for service agreement
The following Fees are applicable to this course:
This course is subsidised by the NT Government.
2020: VET Tuition Fees for 2020 will be charged at $3.40 per nominal hour for subsidised training. More detailed Information about 2020 VET Tuition fees for eligible NT residents is available in the VET Student Guide.
In some circumstances this course may be available as fee-for-service. Please contact the relevant team to discuss delivery charges for this program.