This course suits students interested in the sport, fitness and recreation industry. Students will develop skills to plan and deliver a variety of gym and fitness programs to people of all ages. Learning about human anatomy, physiology, healthy eating and the provision of quality services in a sport and fitness environment.

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Students who demonstrate competency in the required units may be eligible for a Statement of Attainment towards Certificate III in Fitness SIS30315.

SBAT students who demonstrate competency in the required units may be eligible for a Certificate III in Fitness SIS30315.

Course Duration/Hours

This is a 240 hour course that runs over 2 years. SBAT students may undertake the 360 hour course.


Fitness HSC VET courses count as Board Endorsed unit credit for the HSC but do not contribute towards an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).

For a course to count towards the HSC program of study, students must satisfy the course completion criteria as required by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). Refer to the Assessment Certification Examination (ACE) website. There must be sufficient evidence that the student has:

  • followed the course developed or endorsed by NESA
  • applied themselves with diligence and sustained effort to the set tasks and experiences provided in the course
  • achieved some or all of the course outcomes
  • (where applicable) undertaken the mandatory work placement.

Work Placement

NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) requires students to complete a minimum of 30 hours of work placement. Work placement is a mandatory component of the course.

Days worked as part of a School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship satisfies this NESA requirement.


A course fee is generally charged by schools to cover consumable materials. Your school will provide further advice.


This course is competency based and the student’s performance is recognised against a prescribed industry standard. Assessment strategies may include:

  • Observation
  • Student demonstration
  • Questioning
  • Written tasks
  • Tests

Students are given a number of opportunities to demonstrate competence across the range of competency standards covered by this course.

Recognition of Prior Learning

You may be entitled to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning. If you have completed any training, either through your part-time work, TAFE or other school VET courses you have completed recently, or through experience gained in other ways you can apply for RPL. You should talk to your School VET Leader of Learning/Coordinator, Careers Adviser or course teacher for further information.


To be eligible for this qualification you must successfully complete: 12 units, 1 core, 11 electives. Student undertaking the 240 hour course will receive a Statement of Attainment towards Certificate III in Fitness.


  • SISFFIT001
    Provide health screening and fitness orientation
  • SISFFIT002
    Recognise and apply exercise considerations for specific populations
  • SISFFIT003
    Instruct fitness programs
  • SISFFIT004
    Incorporate anatomy and physiology principles into fitness programming
  • SISFFIT005
    Provide healthy eating information
  • SISFFIT014
    Instruct exercise to older clients
  • SISXCCS001
    Provide quality service
  • SISXFAC001
    Maintain equipment for activities
  • SISXIND001
    Work effectively in sport, fitness and recreation environments


Electives may include:
(Your school will confirm which electives will be delivered.)

  • HLTWHS001
    Participate in workplace health and safety
  • SISXCAI004
    Plan and conduct programs
  • SISXFAC002
    Maintain sport, fitness and recreation facilities
  • SISXCAI006
    Facilitate groups

Students completing the SBAT 360 hour course may also attempt:

  • SISFFIT002
    Recognise and apply exercise considerations for specific populations
  • SISFFIT003
    Instruct fitness programs
  • SISFFIT014
    Instruct exercise to older clients
  • SISFFIT006
    Conduct fitness appraisals

Career Information

Job Roles

Possible job titles include:

  • Group Fitness Instructor
  • Sports Coach
  • Gym Floor Supervisor

Duties and Tasks

Fitness trainers and instructors typically do the following:

  • Instruct and demonstrate exercises to minimise injury and improve fitness
  • Provide healthy eating information including nutrition, weight control, and lifestyle issues
  • Prepare fitness programs and workouts for clients with different levels of fitness and skill
  • Monitor clients’ progress and adapt programs as required
  • Explain and enforce safety rules and regulations on sports, recreational activities, and the use of exercise equipment
  • Maintain equipment and facilities Provide emergency first aid if required

Personal Attributes

Fitness instructors need:

  • a passion for sport, fitness and recreation
  • good fitness and overall health
  • strategic and lateral thinking skills
  • good communication and interpersonal skills
  • the ability to be flexible and innovative
  • discipline and dedication


Students interested in further study could complete the following courses:

  • Certificate IV in Fitness
  • Diploma of Fitness
  • Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Physiotherapy)
  • Diploma of Nutrition and Dietetics for Personal Trainers
  • Bachelor of Human Movement/Exercise Science
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (physiotherapy)
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy

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