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Real Student Success Stories

At the Australian Institute of Personal Trainers, we’re about creating real graduate outcomes by providing our students with job-ready skills that the fitness industry prefers.  We do this by delivering our courses in real gyms, where you learn from real fitness professionals and offer real employment opportunities after graduation.

But don't take our word for it, see what our students and graduates have to say about their experience with AIPT and where their studies have taken them.

Teegan Jarratt, Complete Personal Trainer^ Graduate 

"The passion I have for fitness has driven me to want to become a personal trainer"

Read Teegan's story


Tiarna Cupello, 21, Complete Personal Trainer^ Graduate and Business Diploma student

At 18, Tiarna stepped away from competitive dance and decided to study to become a Personal Trainer.

Read Tiarna's story


Paul Hooper, 38, AIPT Facilitator

"Working as a Construction Project Manager for 13 years, I wanted more for my career – something I could fit around family life and that also meant I could motivate and inspire others to get active."

Read Paul's story


Vanessa Buckley, 38, Complete Personal Trainer Graduate

Vanenssa was told that at 21 she would be in a wheel chair and unable to have kids. Now she's a successful Personal Trainer, taking up to 60 sessions a week.

Read Vanessa's story


Kate Fitzsimons, Complete Personal Trainer Graduate 

Juggling endless travel commitments with her full time job, Kate Fitzsimon's pasison for fitness and the support from AIPT is what she says saw her through to completion of her Certificate III and IV in Fitess.

Now named in Westpac's Top 100 Women of Influence in the Young Leader category for 2016 Kate says she,"couldn't be more impressed with how flexible the delivery of this course was and all the valuable support the AIPT team provided." 

Read Kate's story


Kirri Brazendale, Complete Personal Trainer Graduate and AIPT Hobart Mentor

Kirri's near death experience during childbirth and subsequent pre and post-natal depression, led to her own Personal Training business, Military Mumma.

Read Kirri's story


Donna Maxwell, Complete Personal Trainer Graduate

“I was lost and wanted a change but didn't know what I wanted until I found out about this course. Then I was excited and couldn't wait to get started.”

Read Donna's story

Cherina Grey, 53, Complete Personal Trainer Graduate

Cherina began her fitness journey after quitting a 20 year smoking habit which had limited her to not even being able to run 100 metres. At the age of 46, she began short walks and exercising, before joining a gym.  As Cherina’s personal outlook on health changed, so too did her passion for learning more about fitness.

Read Cherina's story

Joel Pengelly, 28, Certificate IV in Fitness SIS40210 and Diploma of Business BSB50215 Graduate

“I had spent a number of years struggling with my weight and was close to 100k (this is a lot for me). After some soul searching and support from friends I made the changes necessary and put in a lot of hard work in the gym, as well as nutritionally.”

“Reaching my goal weight of 80 kilograms really sparked a passion for fitness, and I really wanted to share this passion and give back to those in need, as I was once in need too.”

Read Joel's story

Heather Dillon, Complete Personal Trainer Graduate

Heather took a big risk, leaving her retail career, which she'd built over the past 19 years in different fields and entering unfamiliar territory as a Personal Trainer. For Heather, she is glad she challenged herself and provided to herself that it was worth it.

Read Heather's story

Marieke Schemkes, Complete Personal Trainer Graduate

"AIPT gave me the tools, knowledge, support and practical experience to help people change their lives so they too become more confident, stronger, happier and are truly amazed by what their bodies and minds can achieve – everything.”

Read Markieke's story

Brendan Mann, Complete Personal Trainer Graduate

"The day that I got the email to say I had passed my course, Sean Weir Fitness was advertising for a new Personal Trainer. I applied for the job and had an interview the next day.”

Read Brendan's story

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