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Certificate IV in Fitness Instruction

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  • Objectives
    The Certificate III in Fitness Instruction and Certificate IV in Fitness Instruction will equip you with comprehensive skills and knowledge to work in the fitness industry. This course is offered as a dual qualification. Certificate III in Fitness Instruction and Certificate IV in Fitness Instruction students will be prepared for careers in physical health, fitness and rehabilitation. Career opportunities include working independently as a personal trainer for different client groups, working under the guidance set by medical or allied health professions in programs or services related to exercise rehabilitation, nutrition and exercise for fat loss and counselling for motivation and working at a fitness instructor in a health of fitness centre. You will also be prepared to work with difficult or challenging clients or client groups requiring the use of advanced technical, planning and leadership skills.
  • Entry requirements
    To apply to study Certificate III or Certificate IV in Fitness Instruction you must fill out a Direct Entry Application Form. You will be expected to have relevant language, literacy, numeracy and communication skills required to undertake the courses. You will also be required to attend an information session and complete a profile form to detail your work history and life experiences in sport and recreation.
  • Academic Title
    Certificate IV in Fitness Instruction
  • Course description
    Modules / Units of Competency
    There are a number of Modules / Units of Competency that form the Certificate IV in Fitness Instruction . The Modules / Units of Competency and hours listed below are included in the current Gordon course structure and are subject to change.
    Title     Approx. Hours
    Certificate III in Fitness
    Exercise Initiative in a Business Environment     20
    Organise Personal Work Priorities and Development     40
    Contribute to Personal Skill Development and Learning     30
    Organise Workplace Information     30
    Support Innovation and Change     40
    Maintain Environmental Procedures     30
    Contribute to Effective Workplace Relationships     40
    Design Organisational Documents Using Computing Packages     40
    Use Advanced Features of Computer Applications     40
    Provide Advanced First Aid Response     20
    Meet Client Needs and Expectations     20
    Process Client Complaints     20
    Apply Sport and Recreation Law     10
    Analyse Participation Patterns in Specific Markets of the Leisure and Recreation Industry     20
    Undertake Risk Analysis of Activities     10
    Provide Orientation to Clients Prior to Undertaking a Fitness Program     15
    Undertake Client Induction and Screening     10
    Develop Basic Fitness Programs     20
    Apply Basic Exercise Science to Exercise Instruction     15
    Use and Maintain Core Fitness Industry Equipment     10
    Provide Advice to Clients on the Application of Basic Anatomy and Physiology to Fitness Programs     50
    Provide Nutrition Advice to Clients in Accordance with Recommended Guidelines     50
    Instruct Fitness Activity Skills to a Client Using Fitness Equipment     20
    Develop and Apply an Awareness of Specific Population to Exercise Delivery     30
    Provide Leadership to Groups     18
    Instruct Water Based Fitness Classes for Low Risk Clients     65
    Plan and Instruct a Group Exercise Class     20
    Customise Gym Instruct Skills to Include Specific Areas of Expertise Current in The Fitness Industry     15
    Customise Instruction Skills to Include Specific Group Fitness Activities Current in Fitness Industry     15
    Include Special Interest Groups or People with Special Needs     15
    Teach or Develop Basic Skills of Strength and Conditioning     30
    Certificate IV in Fitness
    Develop Work Priorities     30
    Establish Business Networks     50
    Develop Teams and Individuals     30
    Analyse and Present Research Information     40
    Promote Innovation and Change     50
    Implement and Monitor Environmental Policies     40
    Lead Work Teams     50
    Address Client Needs     10
    Coordinate Client Service Activities     20
    Analyse Participation Patterns in Specific Markets of the Leisure and Recreation Industry     20
    Promote Compliance with Laws and Legal Principles     12
    Conduct Projects     15
    Implement and Monitor the Organisation’s OHS Policies, Procedures and Programs     12
    Undertake Risk Analysis of Activities     10
    Assist With Analysis and Use of Emerging Technology     7
    Undertake Relevant Exercise Planning and Programming     20
    Utilise a Broad Knowledge of Exercise Science in Exercise Planning, Programming and Instruction     30
    Undertake Postural Appraisal of Low Risk Clients     20
    Utilise a Broad Range of Fitness Equipment     20
    Provide Exercise for Fitness Industry Clients with Special Requirements     20
    Utilise an Understanding of Motivational Psychology with Fitness Clients     20
    Provide Information and Exercise Related to Nutrition and Body Composition     20
    The Certificate III and IV in Fitness Instruction can be studied full-time or part-time. The full-time course is offered intensively over 10 weeks. Classroom attendance is approximately five days a week from 9am - 3pm. Student intakes are in February. The part-time course is offered over six months. Classroom attendance is approximately six hours per week over two nights from 6-9pm. Student intakes are in February and July.

    Selection Criteria
    If more applications are received that course vacancies available selection preference will be given to applicants who have demonstrated their interest in and knowledge of the sport and recreation industry.

    Recognition of Prior Learning

    Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be given for skills and knowledge gained through previous study or other relevant experience. For further information refer to the RPL brochure that can be found under Downloads & Forms.
    Gordon Institute Support Services

    The Gordon offers a range of support services to assist prospective students with course, career or fee advice. For enrolled students, the Gordon provides general education support, counselling and careers advisors, disability support services and an Indigenous Education Unit. The Gordon also offers an on-campus Student Residence for students living away from home. If you need assistance in any of these aspects please let a Gordon staff member know so that we can arrange assistance where appropriate.

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