So you want to become a personal trainer?

SIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness 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. This course is your pathway to becoming a personal trainer!
Our Certificate IV in Fitness program has been customised with an exciting collaboration between SSFCC and Surf Life Saving NSW, to deliver the Aqua Trainer Specialisation.

Module A - Personal Trainer Fundamentals


 Personal Training and Exercise Programming

SISFFIT421A Plan and Deliver Personal Training
Unit Summary:This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to be able to plan, deliver monitor and adjust personal training programs for a range of clients including older clients, in both indoor and outdoor settings.
Application of the unit:This unit applies to exercise trainers who provide a range of exercise programs to diverse populations and is applicable to those employed in fitness environments such as fitness venues or those working autonomously in the fitness industry.
SISFFIT417A Undertake Long Term Exercise Planning
Unit Summary:This unit describes the performance outcomes, knowledge and skills required to design, plan and program long term exercise for fitness industry clients.
Application of the unit:This unit applies to exercise trainers who work in facilities that provide a range of exercise programs to general populations including older clients who present with no major health conditions. The unit is applicable to those employed in fitness environments such as fitness venues and those working autonomously in the fitness industry.

 Nutrition and Body Composition

SISFFIT420A Plan and Deliver Exercise Programs to Support Desired Body Composition Outcomes
Unit Summary:This unit describes the performance outcomes, knowledge and skills required to design exercise plans and programs to change body composition in clients. It requires the application of healthy eating standards and guidelines to provide accurate healthy eating information to clients and the ability to recognise and work within professional limitations.
Application of the unit:This unit applies to exercise trainers who work in facilities that provide a range of exercise programs to general populations including older clients who present with no major health conditions. The unit is applicable to those employed in fitness environments such as fitness venues and those working autonomously in the fitness industry.

 Exercise Science Principles 

SISFFIT419A Apply Exercise Science Principles to Planning Exercise
Unit Summary:This unit describes the performance outcomes, knowledge and skills required to utilise a broad knowledge of exercise science principles in fitness training.
Application of the unit:This unit applies to exercise trainers who work in facilities that provide a range of exercise programs to general populations including older clients who present with no major health conditions. The unit is applicable to those employed in fitness environments such as fitness venues and those working autonomously in the fitness industry.

Posture & Movement Appraisals

SISFFIT418A Undertake Appraisals of Functional Movement
Unit Summary:This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to undertake general postural appraisals to evaluate a client’s posture, functional range of movement and muscle strength and weakness in preparation for the development of an appropriate exercise program.
Application of the unit:This unit applies to exercise trainers who work in facilities that provide a range of exercise programs to general populations including older clients and older adolescents who present with no major health conditions. The unit is applicable to those who are employed in fitness venues or who work autonomously in the fitness industry.

Module B - Working as a Fitness Professional


Motivational Psychology 

SISFFIT416A Apply motivational psychology to provide guidance on exercise behaviour and change to meet health and fitness goals
Unit Summary:This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to analyse client behaviour and motivate clients to commence and adhere to a long term exercise plan
Application of the unit:This unit applies to those operating as exercise trainers in fitness environments such as fitness centres, gyms or autonomously in the fitness or health industry.

Professional Collaboration

SISFFIT415A Work Collaboratively with Medical and Allied Health Professionals
Unit Summary:This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to identify situations and conditions requiring guidance from medical or allied health professionals, to interpret instructions from medical or allied health professionals and implement appropriate exercise plans.
Application of the unit:This unit applies to exercise trainers who provide a range of exercise programs to diverse populations including older clients, and is applicable to those employed in fitness environments such as fitness venues and those working autonomously in the fitness or health industry.

 Becoming a Fitness Entrepreneur

BSBSMB401 Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business
Unit Summary:This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to identify and comply with the regulatory, legal, taxation and insurance requirements, and risk management needs of small business
Application of the unit:This work is undertaken by individuals who operate a small business. The unit is suitable for existing micro and small businesses or setting up a new business or a department in a larger organisation.
BSBSMB404 Undertake small business planning
Unit Summary:This unit describes the performance outcomes, knowledge and skills required to research and develop an integrated business plan for achieving business goals and objectives. Specific legal requirements apply to the management of a small business
Application of the unit:This work is undertaken by individuals who operate a small business This unit is suitable for micro and small businesses or a department in a larger organisation.
BSBSMB403 Market the small business
Unit Summary:This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to develop and implement marketing strategies, and to monitor and improve market performance.
Application of the unit:This work is undertaken by individuals who operate a small business

Module C - Personal Trainer Specialisation


Fitness for Older Populations

SISFFIT314A Plan and deliver exercise to older clients with managed conditions
Unit Summary:This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to plan and deliver exercise for clients aged 50 and over. It involves planning, demonstration, instruction, review and modification of activities and instructional techniques to meet client needs.
Application of the unit:This unit applies to exercise instructors and community fitness leadrers who work in facilities that provide a range of exercise programs to older clients who present with managed medical conditions. The unit is applicable to those employed in fitness environments such as fitness venues, community facilities and those working autonomously in the fitness and health industries.

Strength & Conditioning

SISSSTC301A Instruct Strength and Conditioning Techniques
Unit Summary:This unit describes the performance outcomes, knowledge and skills required to use drills, exercises and activities to instruct strength and conditioning techniques to individual athletes or groups of athletes according to their sport-specific needs, or those undertaking fitness programs to achieve personal fitness goals.
Application of the unit:This unit applies to coaches working with individuals or teams. It also applies to fitness instructors who provide a range of fitness programs and services to individuals or groups. The unit is applicable to those working with sporting groups, in fitness centres, gyms or autonomously in the fitness industry.

Aqua Trainer Specialisation

SISAQU202A Perform basic water rescues
Unit Summary:This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to identify and evaluate aquatic emergencies and respond appropriately with basic water rescues that incorporate cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). These situations will usually require an individual response.
Application of the unit:This unit applies to those working in indoor or outdoor aquatic facilities, such as pool lifeguards or aquatic educators teaching water familiarisation, learn-to-swim and water safety classes in swimming pools or confined natural shallow water venues. It also applies to those instructing canyoning and snorkelling activities.
SISAQU308A Instruct water familiarisation, buoyancy and mobility skills
Unit Summary:This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to instruct a broad range of clients in water familiarisation, buoyancy and mobility skills using drills, activities and games according to best practice principles of aquatic activities.
Application of the unit:This unit applies to those conducting learn-to-swim and water safety classes in swimming pools and confined natural shallow water venues.
SISFFIT422A Implement inclusive aquatic activities for specific population groups
Unit Summary:This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge to plan and deliver safe and effective aquatic sessions for independent participants and those supported by a caregiver. This unit does not cover the provision of hydrotherapy.
Application of the unit:This unit applies to those operating as a disability worker, aqua personal trainer or sports trainers, working in environments such as fitness venues, aquatic facilities or autonomously in the fitness, disability and health and wellbeing industry.
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