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Certificate III in Fitness.

This hands-on course gives you the knowledge and skills to enjoy an active role as a Gym Instructor or Group Fitness Instructor in a fitness environment.

Become a Fitness or Gym Instructor.

Give your fitness career a kick-start with a SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness 

The SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness can turn your passion for health and fitness into a career. This course can take you to a job where you love coming to work or even get to be your own boss.

By enrolling with AIPT, you’re signing up for a truly interactive and hands-on approach to learning. Throughout the SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness, you’ll acquire the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to conduct fitness assessments and design/deliver fitness programs that help people achieve their goals.

When studying the SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness, you’ll choose one of two specialisations based on your career aspirations: 

  • Group Exercise Instructor – People who graduate with this specialisation are ready to deliver group exercise sessions designed for clients across a range of ages and fitness levels. These sessions may be freestyle, pre-choreographed, or circuit-style.

  • Gym Instructor – People who graduate with this specialisation are equipped to provide tailored client assessments, assist gym members with correct technique and equipment usage, and develop/demonstrate fitness programs. You’ll also have the skills to supervise a facility or service, keep a fitness centre clean and well-maintained, and handle a range of customer enquiries.

This course also helps you develop a comprehensive understanding of fitness and training fundamentals, such as anatomy and physiology principles, equipping you to become a highly valuable member of any gym staff. You’ll also learn the latest in healthy eating trends and motivational strategies, allowing you to help clients succeed on their health and fitness journeys.

With AIPT, you’ll enjoy flexible course delivery. The practical components are delivered by real fitness professionals in real gyms, while you can complete the theory elements of the SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness online from the comfort of your home.

This nationally recognised course is also a fantastic stepping stone towards the SIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness – perfect for those aspiring to become qualified personal trainers.

Course Outcomes

Depending on your chosen specialisation, the SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness will prepare you to work as a:

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Gym Instructor

Work as part of a team of fitness professionals in a gym providing advice on using gym equipment and writing exercise programs, while also contributing to daily operations.
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Group Exercise Instructor

Deliver exercise sessions designed for participation by a group of clients with a mix of ages and fitness levels. Sessions may be freestyle, pre-choreographed or circuit style. You’ll instruct and demonstrate complete exercise sessions to groups with limited individual interaction.

Please note: This course is currently in a transition period (superseded due to Government-mandated updates), with updates due for release in the coming year. Rest assured, completion of this course version before 10 May 2023 will still provide you with a valid and quality outcome. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact a Career Advisor on 1300 616 180.

Course snapshot

Certificate III in Fitness.

Delivery structure

Practical Elements:

  • With a 1-to-1 Flexible Mentor
  • With a Mentor of Your Choice

Theoretical Elements:

  • Are completed online

Up to 12 months

Study load
  • 30 hours of practical experience in a real gym depending on your delivery mode
  • 16 course units to complete
  • Complete one assessment every 2.5 weeks to graduate in 12 months.
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Delivery structure.

Studying the Certificate III in Fitness with AIPT is flexible and can be tailored to suit your needs. The course is broken down into 2 parts:

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1. Practical

The practical elements of your course can be undertaken in one of two ways:

1-to-1 Flexible Mentor

You’ll be matched with one of our qualified Fitness Professionals who will mentor you inside a real club.

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Enjoy the flexibility of arranging your own timetable to complete 30 hours of face-to-face training with your Mentor.
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Lean inside a leading gym and be taught be a real fitness professional.

Mentors near you

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2. Theoretical

Study the theoretical elements of this course, anywhere and anytime through our online learning platform.


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16 units to complete.
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Completed online, at your own pace.

Resources Required

For the online part of the course, you’ll need regular access to:

Computer: Laptop or desktop computer with working speakers or headphone points.
High-speed internet such as Broadband or ADSL, T1/T2, fibre optic (Dial-up access is not recommended).
Operating system – Windows 8 or above.
Mobile Phone with video capability
or Video Camera – Some assessments in your course will require you to take and submit videos of you undertaking tasks for assessment.
Internet Browser:
Google Chrome, or Microsoft Internet Explorer 11.
Operating system - OS X 10.14 Mojave or later.
Flash, Adobe Reader, Microsoft Word (or Open Office which is free to download).


Certificate III in Fitness

Cost & payment.

You can pay for your course upfront via VISA/MasterCard or a bank deposit. Alternatively, we offer instalment plans that can be paid over several weeks or fortnights.

Your course fee includes

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Delivery and assessment of your qualification

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Study materials (including all resources)

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Ongoing support from our Education Team.

We offer two payment methods

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Full fee upfront

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Instalment plans

For more information about the course costs, please call us on 1300 616 180.

Why choose AIPT?

AIPT Australia Wide

100+ campus locations

We're all around Australia, with locations near you.

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Flexible payment options

A range of payment options to suit your lifestyle.

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Learn from real fitness professionals, in real gyms

Designed to give you a practical experience in a real gym environment.

Our mission

Largest network of industry partnerships

The largest network of employers, fitness professionals and fitness business owners.

Amy Marshall Student Review

I spoke with Tamara, who was wonderful. She gave me all the information about the course and kept in touch during the enrolment process. The AIPT team are always available to help you and answer any questions you may have.

Amy Marshall
Brad Davis Student Review

They have an excellent range of courses on offer, as well as superb customer service that made me feel welcomed and supported throughout my studies.

Brad Davis
Jaiden Myer Student Review

Having the opportunity to study my theory online and at my own pace allowed me the freedom to continue working my full-time job. The face-to-face branch of the studies was an amazing experience to be able to work with my instructor, who had many years of experience in the industry.

Jaiden Myer
Mem Hockley Student Review

AIPT supported me from the moment I joined. Even through Covid times, they carried on and were always there for me if I needed anything. AIPT customer service is a real credit to them; they are amazing.

Mem Hockley
Dylan Garbutt Student Review

Studying with AIPT allowed me to study while working 5 days a week and start a university degree. They made this possible by allowing flexibility throughout my study while still ensuring I received the highest possible education throughout the course. The range of payment plans was also a significant factor for me.

Dylan Garbutt
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