Vocational training is a great way to learn, and the fitness industry is one of many that uses this pathway to provide people with their qualifications.
Completing a Certificate III in Fitness will allow you to register with Fitness Australia as a gym instructor.
You can then build on that qualification afterwards by completing Certificate IV in Fitness to become a qualified personal trainer.
These can be completed over periods of nine weeks each, and if you enrol in one after the other for the upcoming semester, along with having up-to-date senior first aid and CPR certificates, you’ll be a PT before the year ends.
The time you need to invest in this pathway each week is only mild too. Many people fit these courses in around their other work or school commitments.
CIT comes to Goulburn
We had a chat with Sid Burgess, head of the Sport and Fitness department at the Canberra Institute of Technology.
“We already run the Diploma of Sport Development in Goulburn” Sid says. You may have read about this being launched at the beginning of the year.
It was through their local connections at Workspace2580 that CIT proposed offering face-to-face vocational courses in Goulburn as well.
Kicking off in semester 2 this year, you can do the nine week Certificate III in Fitness by attending one daytime class, one night class, and one support tutorial each week.
Gaining entry is as easy as enrolling. If you need a little help with literacy and numeracy Sid says they will go through that with you at the start.
He also points out that the courses are designed to make you job-ready, so the assessments involve the same things you will need to do at work.
That means physically demonstrating competence and writing suitable fitness programs for instance.
As for the teaching style, “We assess what they already know and fill the gaps,” Sid says, and “there’s a lot of practical application.”
You learn how to do fitness screening of clients, and CIT’s Certificate III in Fitness will cover the subject of nutrition as well.
“It is designed for people looking to get in and work on the gym floor” Sid says.
“It’s great for people looking for a career pathway or maybe a change of career. We also get senior high school students doing these courses.”
CIT’s enrolment sessions for Certificate III in Fitness will take place from 3.30 to 6.30pm on June 21 at Workspace2580 on Clinton Street.
If that’s not convenient then you can also go online to enrol if you wish, or just call 02 6207 4303.