Charles Darwin University

Certificate III in Fitness - SIS30315

Charles Darwin University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Vocational Education and Training (VET)
CRICOS: 00300K

This qualification reflects the role of instructors who perform a range of activities and functions within the fitness industry. Depending on the specialisation chosen, this qualification provides a pathway to work as an instructor providing exercise instruction for group, aqua or gym programs. They work independently with some level of autonomy in a controlled environment such as fitness, leisure, aquatic and community centres where risks are managed through pre-existing risk assessment and hazard control processes.Individuals who specialise in Aqua Exercise Instruction deliver water-based exercise sessions designed for participation by a group of clients. Sessions may be freestyle, pre-choreographed or circuit style. They also have the skills to rescue a client in distress, and an appropriate level of pool deck fitness and endurance.Individuals who specialise in Group Exercise Instruction deliver exercise sessions designed for participation by a group of clients with a mix of ages/fitness levels. Sessions may be freestyle, pre-choreographed or circuit style. These individuals instruct and demonstrate complete exercise sessions to groups with limited individual interaction. Individuals who specialise in Gym Instruction provide individually tailored client assessments, provide technique correction as needed, and develop and demonstrate programs. They also provide supervision of a facility or service, keep equipment clean, tidy and well maintained, and handle various customer inquiries.No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.


  • 16 units: 9 core
  • 7 elective


  • Instruct fitness programs
  • Instruct water familiarisation, buoyancy and mobility skills
  • Participate in workplace health and safety
  • Instruct water-based fitness activities
  • Educate user groups
  • Maintain equipment for activities
  • Incorporate anatomy and physiology principles into fitness programming
  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Instruct aquatic sessions for specific population groups
  • Recognise and apply exercise considerations for specific populations
  • Provide health screening and fitness orientation
  • Perform basic water rescues
  • Provide quality service
  • Instruct exercise to older clients
  • Instruct approved community fitness programs
  • Deliver pre-choreographed or prescribed group exercise to music
  • Identify risk and apply risk management processes
  • Coordinate client service activities
  • Conduct fitness appraisals
  • Instruct group exercise sessions
  • Deliver pre-choreographed or prescribed community fitness
  • Facilitate groups
  • Provide first aid
  • Process financial transactions
  • Facilitate inclusion for people with a disability
  • Provide healthy eating information
  • Instruct movement programs to children aged 5 to 12 years
  • Work effectively in sport, fitness and recreation environments
  • Maintain sport, fitness and recreation facilities

Further information

Applicants must possess Australian Core Skills Framework levels of at least 2 across reading, writing, learning, oral communication, and numeracy skills to successfully complete this program. Students who do not possess these skills to the level required will be enrolled in additional subjects to build the required skills.

Related courses

Browse more courses
Is the information on this page correct? Request update
Enquire about this course
You must agree before submitting.

Become a member

Already a member? LoginForgot password?

Join the conversation