Fitness courses: what to know before you enroll

If you’re thinking about a career in fitness, chances are you’ll be diligently researching the various course providers online to find the best course, for the best price. Read below for our tips that will help get you started and on your way to working as a fitness professional in Australia.

You’ll want to target an organisation that is experienced in delivering fitness based courses and confirm that they’re able to provide you with a nationally recognised qualification. Depending on your learning style, you may want to choose a blended style of delivery or mainly focus on one type of learning. Completing part of your fitness course online can be useful for those already working in the industry or have other commitments as you can fit it in around your lifestyle. For many, face to face will also be a valuable aspect of your course as you see the theory being practically applied in a fitness setting. Of course, once you head out to complete your hours as part of your workplace experience, you’ll have the chance to work with a variety of different clients in real life scenarios.  Many courses will also match you with a mentor you’ll be able to consult with throughout your course.

If you have limited or no experience in the industry, don’t despair! Everyone needs to start somewhere, and this will most likely be a at a certificate 3 level. To be a personal trainer however, you will need to hold a minimum of a certificate 4 level, which you might choose to progress towards after your complete your certificate 3.

For those who are experienced in fitness instruction already, a certification will also provide units on marketing and business. This knowledge will be essential if you are looking to set up on your own and be the head of a fitness based business. You might be eligible for some course credits in the form of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) if you can prove how your past employment demonstrates your competency in a certain area of study.

If finding the funds to complete a certification is an issue, you may be eligible for a subsidised place. VET Student Loans are commonly used so you don’t have to pay the full amount of your tuition upfront. This is a great initiative especially if you’re going into business for yourself as repaying this loan will be done incrementally, once you start earning over a certain threshold. This loan is referred to as a HELP debt. Paying it back is managed by the ATO, so you don’t even need to remember to make your compulsory repayments, it’s all done on your behalf out of your income.

After you’re qualified, it can take a while to build up clients if you have started a business on your own. So carefully consider where you will set up shop and try to target an area with high demand but low availability for certain classes. Special opening offers often work well!


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