Certificate III in Fitness

CRICOS Course Code | 108724M

Course Overview

The Certificate III in Fitness is your first step into the fitness industry. This national qualification allows you to be a ‘fitness instructor’. You will learn to assess, train and supervise clients in fitness centres and gyms.


Why study a Certificate III in Fitness with ALG?

Highly Qualified Trainers

A training team built around knowledge, attitude and passion that strives to provide students with a memorable experience and the skills to be successful in the real world.

All our trainers are active in the industry and can provide valuable insights on how to obtain and retain the knowledge and skills to be successful in the industry.

Fitness Facilities

Students will have the opportunity to benefit from ALG’s partnership with the Fitness and Lifestyle Group, one of Australia’s largest health and fitness businesses. The partnership allows ALG students to learn and apply practical skills in quality leading commercial fitness facilities including but not limited to Fitness First and Goodlife Health Clubs.

Redesigned Learning Materials

ALG has developed new learning resources, ensuring the most current learning content is available for our students. A blend of written material, videos, interactive online learning and PowerPoint steered activities to engage all types of learners.

Quick Facts


Certificate III in Fitness

CRICOS Course Code



52 weeks
Full-time Training and Assessment
4 Terms X 10 weeks and 12 weeks of holidays


Classroom, Structured Study (Online) & Self-directed Learning


Fitness Instructor
Group Instructor


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Course Outcomes

The program outcomes for this course are:

  • Workers qualified at a Certificate III level are primarily employed as gym or group instructors in a fitness or leisure facility.
  • A study pathway to the Certificate IV in Fitness.

Additional outcomes include the attainment of a First Aid Certificate


    Client Screening and Nutrition Advice

    A focus on the importance of client screening, planning group exercise sessions and providing nutrition advice.

    Exercise Delivery and Instruction

    Apply anatomy and physiology knowledge to develop and instruct quality exercise programs and sessions.

    Maximise Workplace Priorities

    Understand Work Health & Safety,  managing work priorities, and how to provide a quality service to customers in an individual/team setting.

    Business Best Practice and Risk Management

    Beginning with First aid, continuing to develop understanding on how to support workplace relationships, participate in sustainable work practices and apply business risk management processes.

    Units of Competency within the Course

    Click here to see the Units of Competency for this course.

    Entry Requirements

    The learner group for this qualification are people wishing to gain a qualification in order to work as an instructor providing exercise instruction for groups 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.

    This is an entry level course and no previous fitness skills or experience are necessary.

    International students must:

    A prospective student does not need to provide evidence of an English test score with their application if one of the following applies:

    • Prospective student is a citizen and holds a passport from UK, USA, Canada, NZ or Republic of Ireland.
    • Prospective student has completed at least 5 years’ study in English in one or more of the following countries: Australia, UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, or the Republic of Ireland.
    • Completed at least 6 months of a Certificate IV level course in an Australian RTO.

    Please also note that if you are applying for more than one course with us, you will only need to complete the LLN online test once. Students returning to studies at ALG after a significant gap may be required to complete the LLN online test at the discretion of ALG.

    Study Mode

    This course is timetabled for 52 weeks, including 40 weeks of training and assessment spread over 4 terms of 10 weeks each and 12 weeks of holidays.

    This time includes both face-to-face and self-paced training and assessment.

    Students are required to attend 14 hours of classroom training per week and complete structured self-study of 6 hours per week. This is a mandatory component of a student’s study and student’s attendance, and participation will be monitored. 

    Homework is expected to be approximately 10 hours a week.

    Training and Assessment

    Your class room learning will take place in both theory classrooms and working gyms. This means your classroom will have similar equipment, educational and physical resources to those you will find in gym or fitness centre.

    In your classes you can expect to take the role of client and instructor, engage in roleplays, create programs and simulate learning activities that you will then put into practice in the workplace. You will learn and develop your knowledge to plan for your clients’ care.

    In addition, you will be required to undertake self-paced learning and submit written assessments. A number of practical and skills based assessments will be undertaken in class.
    A first aid course is also part of this qualification.

    Assessment Methods

    Assessment will occur through a variety of methods, including projects incorporating role-plays, case studies, observations, and short answer questions. Assessment conditions will ensure a simulated workplace environment for classroom-based assessment.

    Practical Classes

    You will undertake some of your timetabled study program in a working gym. In this practical you will be learning and practicing the skills you will be able to use in your own workplace. In order to successfully complete this component of your study, you will have to successfully complete a range of tasks including a log book and practical assessment.

    Training Locations

    Your training will occur on campus and within a gym. Please refer to course timetable for the campus locations.

    Student Support

    The primary learning support comes from our Student Experience Team and from our Trainers and Assessors.

    Student Experience Advisors offer support throughout a learner’s studies and can help with the following information:

    • Support services
    • LLN services (in collaboration with the Training and Assessment team)
    • Legal services
    • Emergency and health services
    • Facilities and resources;
    • Complaints and appeals processes

    Additional sources of student services information available includes:

    • Student Services Booklet
    • ALG Student Handbook
    • Online Student Centres – found on our websites
    • Plus a variety of individual factsheets, flyers or electronic messages
    Course Requirements
    • All students attending practical classes at a gym must wear appropriate gym clothes and shoes and bring a towel to all practical classes.
    • Some practical classes may be conducted outdoors so students should also carry appropriate sun protection and clothing to all classes in event class is conducted outdoors.
    • A water bottle is also highly recommended for students to carry in every class. 
    • All students will be required to have access to a laptop or desktop with Microsoft office to complete assessments
    • It is advised for a streamlined assessment experience, to bring laptops or tablet devices to class
    Click here to download the Timetable for this course.

    Last reviewed: 10 October 2023

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