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By Janine Cameron - Careers Consultant
on Wednesday, 1 February 2017
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Group Exercise Instructor – Friend or Foe

To coincide with our podcast, we have written this article in response to the growing trend within registered training organisations (RTOs) who deliver fitness courses.
There is a move towards down-playing the SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness course by fast-tracking learners into becoming personal trainers by enrolling them in a combined statement of attainment and SIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness course.

The primary reason for SkillsIQ in consultation with industry engagement was to improve the quality of education and training within the SIS10 Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package and ensure that Australian’s receive the necessary guidance and support from graduates who are competent within their trained scope of practice.

By fast-tracking into a hybrid PT course you are shortcoming in very important areas of study including nutrition units, quality service and Work, Health and Safety. At PT National, our trainers and assessors who have worked in industry for over 20 years believe that the lack of study in these essential units will adversely affect client safety, including club members engaging in gymnasiums in the long term.

If you are a client of a PT it is important to enquire whether they hold the necessary qualifications to maintain currency within the workforce, including Public Liability and Public Indemnity insurances, a current first aid and CPR certificates. Secondly, if you are considering a career pathway within the health and fitness industry, we strongly encourage you to find value in the SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness, as the foundational course of study to enter the fitness industry.
An additional piece of information that learning consultants fail to highlight when enquiring about a fitness career pathway is that a Certificate III in Fitness permits you to work within fitness centres and outdoor settings just as a PT would, as long as there are two or more clients then you are covered by insurance. Today, two or more is considered a group.

Something we have already begun to notice this year is that people are wanting to get real industry experience while they are studying. The best thing about studying a full certificate III & IV is having the freedom to work in industry after completion of Certificate III, whilst completing study of your Certificate IV. This may not sound like much but it is huge. You are able to start building a client base, increasing your experience and earning money while you continue your own study after completing the 16 Certificate III units. If you don't do the full Certificate III course you are forced to study a minimum of 28 units (Cert III Core + Cert IV Certificate) before even starting to work on your own!


If you would like to learn further about the differences between the SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness and SIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness please contact PT National by contacting the team at learn@ptnational.edu.au or call 8094 1240.

Janine Cameron
Careers Consultant