SIS40221 Certificate IV in Fitness

Course summary

The SIS40221 Certificate IV in Fitness (Release 1) will build on your existing knowledge and skills to become a personal trainer. You’ll be able to train individual clients in a one-on-one situation or instruct group fitness classes.

The course is designed for domestic students, studying in Australia.

If you dream of a starting your own personal training business, studying the Certificate IV in Fitness will give you the skills and knowledge to further your career in the fitness industry in just 5 months. You’ll graduate with a nationally recognised qualification and will be able to use this qualification to enter the UOW College Diploma of Medical and Health Sciences Fast Track.

How you’ll Learn

We offer flexible study options - choose from either on campus (UOW main campus in Wollongong) or distance delivery.

On campus:

  • face to face 2.5 days a week between Monday to Friday
  • 40 hours of work placement


  • online workshops: Monday 6-8pm; Tuesday 7-8pm
  • practical workshop: 8 practical workshops: conducted on Saturdays at UOW Wollongong campus, 8.30am - 3.30pm (see schedule below)
  • minimum of 8 hours of self-directed study weekly
  • 40 hours of work placement

You’ll get over 200 hundred hours of direct teaching from experts in Strength and Conditioning, Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, Fitness Business Creation and Strategy, Customer Service and Communication. You will also be able to enjoy specialised tutorials and workshops from local industry experts in the field of Sport and Exercise Science as well use the high-performance training facilities located at the University of Wollongong Sports Hub.

Course structure

The duration of this course is 5 months full-time, or part-time equivalent.

Course Requirements

Students are required to study 17 units throughout the duration of this course and 40 hours of work placement.

Codes Subject Name
CHCCOM006 Establish and manage client relationships
SISFFIT051 Establish and maintain professional practice for fitness instructions
SISFFIT041 Develop personalised exercise programs
SISFFIT042 Instruct personalised exercise sessions
SISFFIT043 Develop and instruct personalised exercise programs for body composition goals
SISFFIT049 Use exercise science principles in fitness instruction
SISFFIT044 Develop and instruct personalised exercise programs for older clients
SISFFIT045 Develop and instruct personalised exercise programs for adolescent clients
SISFFIT053 Support healthy eating for individual fitness clients
SISFFIT050 Support exercise behaviour changes
BSBESB301 Investigate business opportunities
SISXCAI009 Instruct strength and conditioning techniques
SISXCAI010 Develop strength and conditioning programs
BSBESB302 Develop and present business proposals
BSBESB401 Research and develop business plans
BSBLDR414 Lead team effectiveness
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people

*Electives subject to change at UOW College discretion in accordance with training package rules and industry requirements.

This course is delivered by UOW College (CRICOS: 02723D; RTO: 91159). UOW College is a registered business name of UOWC Ltd (ABN: 14 105 312 329).

Course information

Study area

Fitness, UOW College Vocational Pathways


UOW College Wollongong

Course Code



1 session over 5 months


Distance, On Campus


UAC Code


Admission, Key dates, and Fees

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures, and the UOW College Admissions Policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.


This course is only available to domestic students. 

There are a range of entry requirements to ensure you are suitable for the course. These include:

  • Aged 16 and over; AND
  • Complete a UOW College literacy and numeracy online assessment with results of level two or higher; AND
  • Current First Aid certificate and CPR certificate; AND
  • Hold the following units of competency or units that have been superseded by these units:
    • HLTAID011 Provide First Aid (or a unit that supersedes this unit)
    • HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
    • SISFFIT032 Complete pre-exercise screening and service orientation
    • SISFFIT033 Complete client fitness assessments
    • SISFFIT035 Plan group exercise sessions
    • SISFFIT036 Instruct group exercise sessions
    • SISFFIT040 Develop and instruct gym-based exercise programs for individual clients
    • SISFFIT047 Use anatomy and physiology knowledge to support safe and effective exercise
    • SISFFIT052 Provide healthy eating information

*Students who continue from the SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness course will possess the required Units of Competency to be granted entry into the Certificate IV in Fitness course.


UOW College fees, payment options, scholarships and government loans and subsidies (as applicable) are outlined on the Domestic student fees & payment options page and International student fees & scholarships page.


* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.


Entry to this course is not available to international students.


* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. The fees outlined in your Letter of Offer of Admission to the University are correct at the point of offer, but are indicative and subject to change without notice. The indicative total course tuition fee is an estimate, based on normal course length and progression and current course fees.

Admission Profile



This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW College for this course. It provides data on students that commenced the program, and continued study beyond the census date at UOW College in 2023.

Applicant background

2023 intake

2023 intake (%)

Higher education study Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.



Vocational education & training study Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.



Work & life experience Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.



Recent secondary education

ATAR Only Students admitted only on the basis of ATAR including any applied adjustment factors.



ATAR plus additional criteria Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).



Other criteria only (non-ATAR) These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission).



International students All other students.



All students



< 5: Number of students is less than 5
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)


This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with other factors.

ATAR profile of ATAR-based offers in 2023

ATAR The unadjusted, raw ATARs for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. Selection Rank The ATARs of the same student group, including the impact of adjustment factors.
Highest rank to receive an offer



Median rank to receive an offer



Lowest rank to receive an offer



< 5: Less than 5 ATAR-based offers made
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

For more information about UOW College admission pathways, see UOW College Admission Information.

Key Dates




2024 UOW College VET February Session

UOW College Wollongong

Key dates for UOW College courses are available on the UOW College website.

2024 UOW College VET July Session

UOW College Wollongong

Key dates for UOW College courses are available on the UOW College website.

Course Structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Handbook

Why choose this course

Career Prospects

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, where risk management (through risk assessment and hazard control processes) does not already exist. 

Industry Accreditation

Successful graduates from this course may gain accreditation with Fitness Australia as a registered Level 1 Fitness Professional with specialisations in:

  • Personal Trainer

Progression to further study

Upon successful completion of this course, you may progress into the following UOW College course:

  • Diploma of Medical and Health Science Fast Track.

After you have successfully completed this Diploma program, you will receive guaranteed* entry into the second year of a Bachelor of Exercise Science, Bachelor of Nutrition Science or Bachelor of Medical and Health Sciences.

*Guarantee is subject to meeting UOW entry requirements.

All courses offered by UOW College require a minimum number of students enrolments to proceed. Where the minimum quota is not met, enrolled students will be notified prior to the scheduled course commencement to discuss alternative course options.