Certificate III in Fitness (SIS30321)


For information regarding this course please check the Subject Guide.

Any further information, please call Senior Schooling on 5427 8334 or email Mrs Antonia Forstpointner on​. ​​​



Binnacle's Certificate III in Fitness 'Fitness in Schools' program is offered over two years as a senior subject where students deliver a range of fitness programs and services to clients within their school community.  Graduates will be competent in a range of essential skills – such as undertaking client health assessments, planning and delivering fitness programs, and conducting group fitness sessions in indoor and outdoor fitness settings, including with older clients.


This program also includes:

  • First Aid qualification and CPR certificate; plus coaching accreditation.
  • A range of career pathway options including direct pathway into Certificate IV in Fitness (Personal Trainer).

Entry Requirements:

Students must have a passion for and/or interest in pursuing a career in the fitness and sport industries. They must have good quality written and spoken communication skills and an enthusiasm / motivation to participate in physical activity sessions.

A Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Screening process is undertaken at the time of initial enrolment (or earlier) to ensure students have the capacity to effectively engage with the content and to identify support measures as required.


PDS Declaration:

This document is to be read in conjunction with Binnacle Training's Program Disclosure Statement (PDS). The PDS sets out the services and training products Binnacle Training as RTO provides and those services carried out by the School as Third Party (i.e. the facilitation of training and assessment services). To access Binnacle's PDS, please visit:


Course Structure:


HLTAID011           Provide First Aid

HLTWHS001        Participate in workplace health and safety

SISXEMR001        Respond to emergency situations

BSBSUS21            Participate in sustainable work practices

BSBOPS304         Deliver and monitor a service to customers

BSBPEF301          Organise personal work priorities

SISFFIT035           Plan group exercise sessions

SISFFIT036           Instruct group exercise sessions

SISFFIT032           Complete pre-exercise screening and service orientation

SISFFIT033           Complete client fitness assessments

SISFFIT052           Provide healthy eating information

SISFFIT040           Develop and instruct gym-based exercise programs for individual  ​clients

SISXIND001         Work effectively in sport, fitness and recreation environments

SISXIND002         Maintain sport, fitness and recreation industry knowledge

SISFFIT047           Use anatomy and physiology knowledge to support safe and      effective exercise


NOTE:  Units are subject to change prior to the commencement of the program.  This is to ensure alignment to current industry practices is at its optimum.


Program delivery will combine both class-based tasks and practical components in a real gym environment at the school.  This involves the delivery of a range of fitness programs to clients within the school community (students, teachers, and staff).

A range of teaching/learning strategies will be used to deliver the competencies. These include:

  • Practical tasks
  • Hands-on activities involving participants/clients
  • Group work
  • Practical experience within the school sporting programs and fitness facility
  • Log Book of practical experience

    Evidence contributing towards competency will be collected throughout the course.  This process allows a student's competency to be assessed in a holistic approach that integrates a range of competencies.

    NOTE:  This program involves a mandatory 'outside subject' weekly component as follows:
  • 60 minutes per week across a minimum of 5 consecutive weeks – delivering fitness programs and services to an adult client, undertaken at the school gym or an alternate fitness facility sourced by the school.
  • A minimum of one session (60 minutes) – delivering a gentle exercise session to an older adult client (age 50+), undertaken at the school gym or an alternate fitness facility sourced by the school.


All other practical experiences have been timetabled within class time. Students will keep a Log Book of these practical experiences (minimum 40 hours).



The Certificate III in Fitness will predominantly be used by students seeking to enter the fitness industry and/or as an alternative entry into University.  For example:

  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Teacher – Physical Education
  • Sport Scientist

    Students may also choose to continue their study by completing the Certificate IV in Fitness.

Last reviewed 06 June 2023
Last updated 06 June 2023