11 Jun 2020

What’s the Difference Between a Certificate III & Certificate IV in Fitness?

Study Advice

Not sure what qualifications you need for a successful career in the fitness industry?

Choosing a course that aligns with your career goals is crucial, as your level of education can influence your employment opportunities.

Although both Certificate III and Certificate IV in Fitness will qualify you to work in the fitness industry, each qualification offers a different level of expertise. Considering your current experience and what you want to do with your certification will help you determine which course is right for you.

Discover the differences between Certificate III and Certificate IV in Fitness to ensure your fitness education is on track for success.

SIS30321 Certificate III in Fitness

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If you’re at the start of your career, the Certificate III in Fitness is an entry-level qualification. Designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to perform a range of roles within the fitness industry, it can help you get a foot in the door.

No matter which fitness discipline you want to specialise in, this qualification is the minimum education requirement for fitness instructors. Once you’ve successfully completed the course, you’ll be qualified to conduct fitness appraisals, create exercise programs, and teach workout techniques.

Having a nationally recognised fitness certification under your belt won’t just prove that you’ve successfully completed the required course work; it will also bring you greater professional opportunities, allowing you to build on your experience in the fitness industry.

The main point of difference between Certificate III and Certificate IV in Fitness is the type of perquisites you’ll need to qualify for enrolment. Applicants must have completed Year 10, or equivalent, to enrol in Certificate III. Equivalency can be demonstrated through a Certificate II qualification or higher, or two years of industry experience in a role requiring the use of written documentation and communication.

On the other hand, the Certificate IV in Fitness has more extensive entry requirements, as it’s a higher-level qualification. Keep reading to learn more about Certificate IV.

Enrol in AIPT’s SIS30321 Certificate III in Fitness.

SIS40221 Certificate IV in Fitness

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The Certificate IV in Fitness is the qualification required to work as a personal trainer. If you’re already employed in the fitness industry but want to further your career, it can open up more employment pathways. By completing this course, you’ll gain the skills needed to provide personal training services to groups and individuals. As a more in depth qualification, it’s designed to build on the skills acquired during Certificate III.  

While studying for a Certificate IV in Fitness, you’ll build on the solid foundation of knowledge you will have acquired by completing Certificate III. Covering extended subject matter related to physiology and anatomy, the coursework includes instructions on how to apply your knowledge of fitness and nutrition to suit the various needs of clients.

Entry requirements for the Certificate IV in Fitness include prior training – to qualify for enrolment, you’ll need to demonstrate that you’ve completed a recognised training program.

Enrol in AIPT’s SIS40221 Certificate IV in Fitness.

No matter which course you enrol in, getting qualified is key to achieving your career goals in the fitness industry. The theory components of AIPT’s fitness courses can be completed online, allowing you to balance your studies with other life commitments.

Learn more about the health and fitness courses on offer at AIPT today.

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