Certificate IV in Fitness

Jobs and Skills WA: Sport and fitness courses
Start your career in personal training!

If you would love to work as a Personal Trainer, Fitness Studio Manager or Group Fitness Instructor — this is the course for you! You can become a qualified personal trainer with the Certificate IV in Fitness, which is a nationally recognised qualification.

You'll learn how to develop personalised exercise programs for clients and help them reach their fitness goals. The course begins with an introduction to human anatomy and physiology as well as the fundamentals of health science and nutrition. You’ll also learn how to carry out fitness assessments, lead group training sessions, and instruct clients on gym-based exercise and fitness equipment.

Apprenticeship or Traineeship
Existing worker traineeship
Industry: Health, Beauty and Fitness
National course code: SIS40221 | WA State ID: BHE3

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Focus on fitness, indoors, outdoors or even online

If you have a passion for health and fitness and want to help others achieve a healthier lifestyle, Personal Training is the career for you. The Certificate IV in Fitness provides you with the skills and knowledge to begin your career as a Personal Trainer. Learn how to develop safe and effective programs for a range of clients, including older adults, disabilities, teens, sports performance and general populations. You could find yourself working for independent gyms, council run recreation centres, sporting clubs, private companies, or as a self employed sole trader delivering customised one-on-one or group training. Practical training will be conducted in fully equipped gym facilities located at our Perth campus, as well as various outdoor venues.

Why choose North Metro TAFE? Many gyms employ our fitness graduates.  You will work with real clients and start building your own networks with work placement. Our highly experienced and passionate lecturers will provide you with a great start to your career in the fitness industry.


Participants will learn how to:

  • Plan, conduct and evaluate exercise training
  • Provide leadership and guidance to clients and other staff
  • Deal with unpredictable situations applying defined guidelines and procedures from the fitness industry and relevant organisation
  • Monitor and manage business activities in order to operate efficiently and profitably

This qualification provides a pathway to work in a diversity of fitness industry businesses including fitness centres, gyms, aquatic facilities, community facilities and in open spaces.

The Certificate IV in Fitness gives you the skills and knowledge you need to become a qualified personal trainer (PT) or group personal trainer. 

This rewarding career provides job versatility, and you can work as a trainer both indoors and outdoors in gyms, council run leisure and community centres, client workplaces and homes, or online. You can be employed by a gym or be self-employed owning your studio or providing one-on-one or group training, even doing personal training as a second job and setting your own hours. 

In this advanced fitness course you will learn how to run your own business and manage client relationships, and how to develop and deliver personalised exercise programs for a range of groups from teens to seniors, athletes and people with disabilities. You will be able to apply the skills of functional anatomy and strength and conditioning techniques to your training programs.

Our courses are widely respected in the fitness industry and you can build your technique in our new functional training centre at Murdoch and be trained by our expert lecturers with strong industry connections. 

Study in specialist facilities

Industry trends are changing and advancing, and to ensure our training facilities are cutting-edge, in November 2022 we opened a brand-new functional training centre for Certificate IV in Fitness students. The centre includes a multi-rig with 8 cells, barbells, weight plates, rowers, spin bikes, kettlebells, deadballs, dumbbells, plyometric boxes and benches to teach the technique of exercises such as squats, pull-ups, benchpress, deadlifts, shoulder press and more. 

Students also learn in a dedicated outdoor personal training centre space to develop skills in teens’ personal training, childrens’ programs and outdoor personal training.   

This qualification reflects the role of personal trainers who develop, instruct and evaluate personalised exercise programs for generally healthy and low risk clients, to achieve specific fitness goals.

Personal trainers work independently using highly developed fitness skills and knowledge in both routine and unpredictable situations. They use well-developed communication and collaboration skills to interact with clients and health professionals to improve client fitness outcomes.

This course provides a pathway to work as an employed or self-employed personal trainer in settings such as fitness facilities, gyms, leisure and community centres, client workplaces and homes and outdoor locations. Personal trainers may offer services to individuals and groups and may provide online training services.

During this course you will learn how to create and deliver personalised exercise programs to a wide variety of clients, apply exercise science knowledge and learn advance strength and conditioning exercises. Additionally, you will learn how to investigate business opportunities and develop a business plan to help ensure you get the most out of your personal training business. 

South Regional TAFE provides a fully equipped training gymnasium with all of the required equipment and resources. The gymnasium includes a multi-rig with two cells, barbells, weight plates, rowers, exercise bikes, kettlebells, slam balls, dumbbells, plyometric boxes and benches to teach the technique of exercises such as squats, pull-ups, bench press, deadlifts, shoulder press and more. 

The information presented on the course lists within this website is provided to the Department of Training and Workforce Development by the WA TAFE colleges and private training providers, and is offered as a guide only. It is updated regularly, however some changes to details may occur in between updates. You should always contact the TAFE or private training provider directly to confirm details and/or ask questions.