About the course

About the course

Looking for a career in fitness where you can be your own boss, choose your hours and get paid to have fun on the job? The fitness industry is growing rapidly and needs more qualified personal trainers (PT). Our Certificate III in Fitness course will prepare you for entry into the Certificate IV in Fitness.

You will learn the latest training techniques from industry leaders. Plus, develop your fitness skills and knowledge through practical hands on experience in our on campus gym.

Our course incorporates both fitness and business units and prepares you to work in a gym, in fitness administration or as a fitness or group instructor. You may also deliver exercise programs at community venues, work with clients with special needs or help medical professionals with patient rehabilitation.

You will study theory in the classroom and practice in the gym. You’ll also gain industry experience via practical placement. If you’re prepared to work hard and perform well during placement, you may find you’re offered employment once you complete your course.

Partial completion of this course is the entry requirement for Certificate IV in Fitness. You will complete 9 units from the Certificate III before progressing into the SIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness.

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Intake Dates & Course Length

February, April and October

Completion of the 9 units studied as part of the Certificate III in Fitness will prepare you for enrolment into the SIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness in April and July.

Full time: 3 months

For information regarding dates such as enrolment, orientation and study breaks please visit the Academic Calendars page

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Career Outcomes

After successful completion of Certificate III & IV in Fitness, you may wish to apply for employment opportunities as a personal trainer in the fitness industry. Additionally you will be eligible to apply for registration with key industry bodies including Physical Activity Australia and Fitness Australia.

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Entry Requirements

You must be at least 18 years of age. Ideally you should have a reasonable level of fitness. If you have any concerns with this please discuss with one of our fitness course experts.


To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs, Box Hill Institute will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.


VTAC and direct entry

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

Pathways & Accreditation

Successful completion of 9 specific units will enable you to apply for the Certificate IV in Fitness, which may lead to the Diploma level options. Our diploma course gives you the foundation to apply for a range of degree courses in the areas of sport science or human movement.

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 3

Fees & Finance Options

This training is provided to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Fee
Gov. Subsidised - Standard $3,641.00
Gov. Subsidised - Concession $728.00
Full Tuition Fee $5,015.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities*$155.00
Core Skills Support**$75.00
Annual Material Fees$91.60
Retain Course Items***$100.00
* Does not apply to VETDSS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETDSS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.

***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).

Annual student tuition & material fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are for 2019 and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.
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