Tips, Tools & Career Opportunities you need to know after completing Certificate 4 Fitness Course.
Congratulations on passing the cert 4 (IV) fitness course! You’ve earned yourself a top qualification that allows you to work as an independent personal and/or group fitness trainer anywhere in the world.
So, where to from here? Read on to learn about how to get started in the fitness industry as a qualified personal trainer.
What You’ve Learnt in Certificate 4 Course
So to recap, after completing Certificate 4 (IV) in Fitness online with Fit Education, you’ll be equipped with a broad range of skills and knowledge on how to help someone get fit!
Building on what you learnt in Certificate 3 (III) in Fitness, you ‘d have a thorough understanding of how to:
- Evaluate the starting fitness level and progress of clients
- Develop, instruct and review systematic long-term fitness plans with a wide range of clients
- Work in a variety of fitness settings including commercial gyms, community programs and outdoor fitness programs
- Demonstrate safe exercise movements, patterns and correct poor technique
- Explain a range of exercise science, anatomy and physiology principles
- Provide advice on proper nutrition to a range of clients with differing nutritional needs
- Conduct strength and conditioning training with sports teams
- Design and instruct fitness programs for teenagers
- Start and run your own business as a personal trainer and/or group fitness instructor
- Effectively promote and sell your services as a personal trainer
- Complete administrative tasks involved in the running of a fitness centre or your own business
- Perform first aid if, and when required.
Fit Education’s Certificate 4 (IV) in Fitness qualifies you for the following careers:
- Group Fitness Instructor – With a Certificate 4 in fitness, you’ll be able to develop and run group fitness training sessions with a wide range of clients with varying ages and abilities. These sessions may be conducted in a commercial gym or in a public space. You’ll be required to demonstrate exercises and work out alongside clients to motivate and instruct the group without providing concentrated individual attention.
- Personal Trainer – You’ll work one-on-one with clients to provide personalised fitness plans, motivation and feedback that help them to achieve their health and fitness goals. Your Certificate IV qualification will allow you to do this in a commercial gym, community program, in an outdoor setting, on a cruise ship or as a self-employed fitness professional.
As a Fit Education graduate, browse our job board for current job opportunities and/or talk to your lecturer about our extensive employment network.
Options for Further Study
Although Certificate 4 (IV) in Fitness has set you up well for a satisfying and successful career in fitness, if you’re looking to become a specialist in a particular field, further study may open up additional career paths.
Our online Diploma of Sports Development is perfect for people like you, who hold a Certificate 4 in Fitness and want to specialise in the field of high performance strength and conditioning. It’s been designed to provide advanced training in the areas of personal training, sports coaching, marketing and administration of larger sports organisations. You’ll also learn more about how to develop and train athletes whilst providing specialised nutritional and performance advice to them.
A Diploma of Sports Development will further expand your job opportunities and earning potential. If you’re serious about building an incredible fitness career, talk to us today.
Legal Requirements for Australian Fitness Professionals
Passing your Certificate 4 in Fitness marks the beginning of your exciting career in health and fitness. While you’re applying for jobs or preparing to start your own business you’ll need to get these basics sorted:
- First Aid Certificate – As part of your Certificate 4 in Fitness, you’ll already hold a valid First Aid and CPR certificate. Regardless of who you’re working for, you’re legally required to maintain these certificates. An Australian First Aid Certificate is valid for 3 years while a CPR refresher must be completed every year.
- Fitness Australia Registration – Fitness Australia is the largest health and fitness association in Australia. While registering with them isn’t necessary to work in the industry, it does show potential employees and clients that you’re qualified and stay up to date with the latest health and fitness developments. As well as gaining access to a large library of further educational resources, registering with Fitness Australia automatically includes insurance for personal trainers.
- Insurance – If you haven’t registered with Fitness Australia, you’ll need to organise your own insurance. This will protect your business and personal assets from potential claims that could be made against you.
- Working with Children Check – If you’re working with young people under the age of 18, a working with children check might be required depending on which state you’re in. Click here to check the state/territory requirements.
Other Equipment and Tools to Get You Started
In addition to these basic requirements for fitness professionals, if you’re starting your own personal training business or working for a company that requires you to market your own services, these tools will be invaluable to help you to get established:
- Social Media Profile – This will help you to attract new clients and share useful information with current clients. Be sure to use a professional looking photo of yourself.
- Website - You might also benefit from setting up a simple website that details your areas of speciality, services, pricing and contact details to attract new clients. Maintaining a blog on your website with information about fitness and nutrition is another popular marketing strategy that you could consider.
- Professional Activewear Uniform – Invest in some neat, well-fitted and modest activewear so you can comfortably demonstrate movements whilst maintaining a professional appearance.
- Gym Equipment – If you’re starting a personal training business, you’ll most likely need to purchase some gym equipment for your clients to use. Most of our new graduates limit themselves to a few basic, affordable items and expand their equipment as grow their client base.
- Training Space – If you’re running personal or group fitness sessions yourself, you’ll need a physical location to operate in. Certificate 4 qualifies you to run fitness classes in public spaces but check if permits are required before heading to your local park. Your home, a community centre or warehouse space might also be suitable for running sessions indoors.
Get Started in the Fitness Industry
Here at Fit Education, we won’t just love you and leave you! If you’re in need of any advice on Cert IV Course and career path, feel free to get in touch with us.