How to become a Fitness Instructor

Fitness instructors are involved in the assessment, teaching, training and supervision of a variety of people in health and fitness clubs, gymnasiums, sports centres and community recreation organisations. Fitness instructors may specialise in fields such as aerobics, aqua-fitness, personal training, exercise for specific groups (such as older people), resistance training and swimming.

Personal requirements of a Fitness Instructor

  • Good level of physical fitness
  • Enthusiastic, outgoing personality
  • Background in fitness activities may be an advantage
  • Good communication skills

Education & Training for a Fitness Instructor

To become a fitness instructor you usually have to complete a VET qualification in fitness. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become a fitness instructor through a traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For further details, visit

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

very strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 0.9%

NSW 30.8%

NT 0.9%

QLD 21.4%

SA 10.3%

TAS 3.1%

VIC 23.3%

WA 9.3%

Hours worked:




Gender split:

Male 63.6%

Female 36.4%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 13.6%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 11.4%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 40.7%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 20%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 14.3%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 48.4%

Above 35 years: 51.6%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

Additional Information
Registration by Fitness Australia or Physical Activity Australia is generally accepted as the minimum requirement to work as an instructor in the health and fitness industry. Registration requires a current Provide First Aid Certificate and a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate. The registration category depends on your qualification and level of experience. Those who have obtained a Certificate III in Fitness can register as an Exercise Instructor and are eligible to register as a Gym Instructor, Children's Instructor, Older Adults Instructor, Aqua Instructor or Yoga Teacher. Those who have obtained a Certificate IV in Fitness can register as an Exercise Trainer and are eligible to become a Personal Trainer, Children's Trainer, Older Adults Trainer or Aqua Trainer. Those who have obtained a diploma can register as a Specialised Trainer. Fitness Australia and Physical Activity Australia are responsible for all aspects of assessing and registering fitness instructors in Australia. Registration is valid nationwide.
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