Qualification details

SIS40210 - Certificate IV in Fitness (Release 4)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by SIS40215 - Certificate IV in FitnessNot Equivalent. Revised qualification structure. Number of units required for completion increased from 15 to 20 units. 02/Sep/2015
Supersedes SRF40206 - Certificate IV in Fitness 06/Jun/2011

ReleaseRelease date
4 (this release) 14/Sep/2013
(View details for release 3) 06/Mar/2013
(View details for release 2) 28/Nov/2011
(View details for release 1) 07/Jun/2011

Units of competency

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ICAICT203A - Operate application software packagesOperate application software packagesSupersededElective
BSBSMB403A - Market the small businessMarket the small businessSupersededCore
BSBFRA402B - Establish a franchiseEstablish a franchiseSupersededElective
SISSSTC301A - Instruct strength and conditioning techniquesInstruct strength and conditioning techniquesSupersededElective
SISFFIT421A - Plan and deliver personal trainingPlan and deliver personal trainingSupersededCore
SISFFIT312A - Plan and deliver an endurance training programPlan and deliver an endurance training programSupersededElective
SISCAQU312A - Assist participants with a disability during aquatic activitiesAssist participants with a disability during aquatic activitiesSupersededElective
BSBSUS201A - Participate in environmentally sustainable work practicesParticipate in environmentally sustainable work practicesSupersededElective
SISFFIT313A - Plan and deliver exercise to apparently healthy children and adolescentsPlan and deliver exercise to apparently healthy children and adolescentsSupersededElective
CHCIC301E - Interact effectively with childrenInteract effectively with childrenSupersededElective
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 452111 Fitness Instructor 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 6396-11 Fitness Instructor 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0921 Sport And Recreation 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 511 Certificate IV 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Fitness Industry 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Exercise Trainer 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 452111 Fitness Instructor 18/Nov/2011 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 6396-11 Fitness Instructor 18/Nov/2011 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0921 Sport And Recreation 18/Nov/2011 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 511 Certificate IV 07/Jun/2011 
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Modification History

The release details of this qualification are in the table below. The latest information is at the top.




SISCAQU307A Perform advanced water rescues removed from Group A – Aqua Trainer


Editorial updates.

Updated units.


  • Pre requisite unit SISCAQU202A Perform basic water rescues has been inserted into Group A – Aqua Trainer

Other changes made are as follows:

  • The heading "Suggested electives for those wishing to operate a personal training small business" and associated list of units has been deleted
  • SISSST301A corrected to SISSSTC301A
  • SISSST402A corrected to SISSSTC402A


This qualification provides the skills and knowledge for an individual to be competent in a range of activities and functions within the Fitness industry, including working independently in a broad range of settings, such as within fitness centres, gyms, pools, community facilities and in open spaces.

Those with this level of competency will be expected to train individual clients, on a one-on-one basis, and may include older clients and children.

Persons with this level of competency will have the ability to plan, conduct and evaluate exercise training, provide leadership and guidance to clients and other staff and possibly deal with unpredictable situations.

Exercise Trainers will have the ability to monitor and manage business activities to operate efficiently and profitably.

Job roles 

  • exercise trainer - personal trainer
  • exercise trainer - aqua trainer
  • exercise trainer - program coordinator
  • exercise trainer - children's trainer
  • exercise trainer - older client trainer

Pathways Information

Not Applicable

Licensing/Regulatory Information

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of endorsement.

Entry Requirements

Entry to this qualification is open to those who hold a current first aid qualification and current CPR certificate and who have achieved the following units of competency:


Provide fitness orientation and health screening


Provide quality service in the fitness industry


Develop and apply an awareness of specific populations to exercise delivery


Instruct and monitor fitness programs


Apply anatomy and physiology principles in a fitness context


Provide healthy eating information to clients in accordance with recommended guidelines


Undertake client health assessment


Plan and deliver gym programs


Follow occupational health and safety policies


Undertake risk analysis of activities

Employability Skills Summary


The following table contains a summary of the employability skills required by the fitness industry for this qualification. The employability skills facets described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on packaging options.

Employability Skill 

Industry /enterprise requirements for this qualification include :


Negotiating with clients to determine and interpret their specific requirements and preferences; explaining the benefits of, and selling personal training services proactively to ensure profitability; adjusting communication styles to meet client needs and motivate clients to meet fitness goals; developing and maintaining documentation such as operational procedures, equipment instructions and marketing information.


Motivating and leading diverse groups of employees or clients; planning work to take into account other facility or environment users; providing support and coaching.


Anticipating facility, equipment or staffing problems and developing a range of strategies to address typical problems; preparing business or operational plans which outline risk management strategies and actions; identifying issues related to client adherence to exercise programs and developing practical solutions; monitoring client progress and identifying modifications to fitness activities and services based on client feedback; identifying issues outside of scope and determining when to refer clients to medical and allied health professionals.

Initiative and enterprise

Using creativity and innovation in delivering exercise sessions that meet or exceed client expectations or improve business capacity; adapting products and services to respond to emerging fitness industry trends; implementing a continuous improvement approach across the personal training business.

Planning and organising

Collecting, analysing and recording client information to allow for the efficient planning and delivery of personal training sessions; developing business or operational plans to ensure effective delivery of services; preparation of exercise programs that include progression and are appropriate to the client's fitness goals; allocating equipment and determining staffing levels to deliver programmed sessions.


Understanding and complying with the legal and ethical responsibilities that apply to personal trainers; understanding and respecting scope of practice; taking responsibility for scheduling own time to ensure the personal training business runs efficiently and profitably; seeking and acting on feedback and guidance from clients and colleagues.


Proactively maintaining and updating exercise product and service knowledge and skills; sharing information with colleagues; accessing current evidence based research; actively listening to clients to learn more about their needs and preferences and incorporating these in program design.


Identifying updated technologies that assist in the planning, delivery and selling of exercise products and services; safely using and maintaining exercise equipment according to manufacturer's specifications and own policies and procedures.

Packaging Rules

15 units must be completed:

  • 10 core units
  • 5 elective units, consisting of:
  • all the units in any one of Groups A to C
  • the remaining to make up the required 5 elective units from General electives; up to 2 of these remaining units may be selected elsewhere in SIS10 or any current accredited course or other Training Package, and must be first packaged at AQF level 3 or 4.

In all cases, selection of electives must be guided by the job outcome sought, local industry requirements and the characteristics of this qualification (as per the AQF descriptors).

Core  (10 )


Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business


Market the small business


Undertake small business planning


Work collaboratively with medical and allied health professionals


Apply motivational psychology to provide guidance on exercise behaviour and change to meet health and fitness goals


Undertake long term exercise programming


Undertake appraisals of functional movement


Apply exercise science principles to planning exercise


Plan and deliver exercise programs to support desired body composition outcomes


Plan and deliver personal training

Electives  (5 )

Group A  - Aqua Trainer 


Perform basic water rescues


Implement inclusive aquatic activities for specific population groups

Group B  - Children's Trainer 


Interact effectively with children


Plan and deliver exercise to apparently healthy children and adolescents

Group C  - Older Clients Trainer 


Plan and deliver exercise to older clients with managed conditions

General electives 



Assist participants with a disability during aquatic activities



Deliver approved community fitness programs


Plan and deliver an endurance training program

Strength and Conditioning 


Instruct strength and conditioning techniques


Develop strength and conditioning programs

Cross Sector 


Manage projects



Establish a franchise


Manage relationship with franchisor


Recruit, select and induct staff


Plan a home-based business


Monitor and manage small business operations


Manage small business finances


Manage a small team


Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices


Provide services on a freelance basis


Operate application software packages


Roster staff