Personal Trainers Course On-campus in Melbourne.

Certificate III & Certificate IV in Fitness.

Don’t waste another year in a job you don’t love!

Begin your new career as a personal trainer and enrol at the award-winning ACFB.

Help people achieve their personal fitness goals

The fitness industry is booming in Melbourne and there is a growing demand for personal trainers. This industry continues to grow every year, with an estimated 21,000 Personal Trainer jobs expected over the next 5 years! (source: This means there’s a growing number of potential clients looking for personal trainers. You could be that trainer!

There are many training providers offering online and on-campus Melbourne-based Personal Training courses, but can they offer accredited award-winning training with the industry’s leading professionals? ACFB can.

Why is NOW an important time to study?

There has never been a more important time to think about how you are going to strengthen your future. Whether you are looking for an additional income or a new career, the possibilities a career as a Personal Trainer can provide are endless.

ACFB’s Personal Trainers qualification is a cut above the rest, proven by our being voted a previous winner of the Victorian Small Training Provider of the Year. Our online and on-campus Melbourne training differs from the rest because we teach a well-rounded curriculum, ensuring our students learn about all aspects of fitness including Nutrition for Body Composition, Fitness Programming & Postural Screening, and Anatomy & Physiology.

Gaining a Personal Trainers qualification is a great step towards forging a new and rewarding career in the personal training industry, one that can help you make positive changes in your client’s lives.

Want to know what you will be able to provide once you graduate from your Personal Trainers course? You will be able to:

  • plan and deliver personal training (PT) sessions
  • understand and safely apply the mechanics of stretching
  • motivate your clients to get the best out of them
  • use small business marketing techniques to earn money and manage a business
  • collaborate with medical and allied health professionals to develop advanced session plans
  • implement long-term exercise programming
  • conduct appraisals of functional movement
  • apply exercise science to PT sessions
  • deliver exercise programs that will help clients transform their body and achieve desired results
  • have a fundamental understanding of personal, strength, conditioning and endurance training

What else do you get?

You also receive 3 post-graduation workshops at no additional cost following your graduation to ensure you stay up-to-date with the latest research and advances in fitness training.

Click here to learn more about our post-graduation workshops.

Why Should I Consider Becoming a Personal Trainer?

Opting for a career as a personal trainer opens up a world of rewarding opportunities. This role enables you to create an impact in people’s lives daily, driving them towards healthier lifestyles and fitness milestones. At ACFB in Melbourne, we offer a robust course, that builds you into a skilled fitness professional, ready to thrive in this burgeoning industry.

A personal trainer gets to work in a positive environment, either in a gym or in outdoor spaces, promoting a lifestyle of health and fitness while interacting with like-minded individuals. You could even become your own boss, controlling your income and having the liberty to decide the direction and expansion of your business.

The flexible nature of personal training as a profession is another appeal. You can choose to work full-time, part-time, or combine it with another health-related occupation. The growing demand for personal trainers assures job stability, allowing you to work more as needed.

Furthermore, being a personal trainer encourages you to maintain your own fitness, effectively turning your passion into a profession. With the number of personal trainer jobs expected to grow in the coming years, now is an excellent time to enrol in ACFB’s Personal Trainers Course, offering comprehensive knowledge on various aspects of fitness and training.

How Difficult Is A Personal Trainer’s Course?

Pursuing a career as a personal trainer demands dedication, but it need not be perceived as difficult. Preparation and understanding are crucial, especially when it comes to areas such as exercise science, nutrition, physiology, and more. Certification programmes, like the one offered by the award-winning ACFB, are designed to ensure you gain an all-rounded curriculum.

What makes a difference, however, is one’s attitude and approach. Adopting a strategic path, and having a genuine passion for fitness, can make the journey seem less arduous.

A key aspect is choosing the right certification programme. With ACFB’s Personal Trainers course, you’ll not only be able to plan and deliver PT sessions but also motivate clients, collaborate with medical professionals, and even apply business techniques. In the end, becoming a personal trainer is about making positive changes in your client’s lives.

Which Qualifications Lead to a Career as a Personal Trainer?

To set off on a fulfilling journey as a personal trainer, you must equip yourself with the necessary qualifications. Key among these are Certificate III & Certificate IV in Fitness. Upon completion of Certificate III in Fitness, you’re qualified to work as a gym instructor or fitness coach. However, if your career aspirations include providing personalised, one-on-one training sessions within your own venture or within an established organisation, you’ll also need to attain a Certificate IV in Fitness.

This course delves into various aspects of fitness such as nutrition for body composition, fitness programming, postural screening, and anatomy & physiology, among others. Graduates can expect to deliver personal training sessions effectively, motivate clients, understand and apply stretching mechanics, and even develop advanced session plans in collaboration with medical and allied health professionals. Additionally, you gain the skillset to commence your own PT business if you so choose.

How Much Do Personal Trainer Courses Cost?

Here at ACFB, we present a diverse range options to cater to different needs. Under the Skills First Funding scheme, the Certificate III in Fitness is reduced to $1,550 while the Certificate IV in Fitness is reduced to $1,150 for eligible students.

Should you be eligible for a Concession in conjunction with the Skills First Funding Tuition, the price for Certificate III in Fitness drops even further to $310, and Certificate IV to $230. Meanwhile, for those paying the standard Full Fee, both the Certificate III and Certificate IV in Fitness stand at $2,300 each.

If you’re keen to delve deeper into your potential eligibility for Skills First Funding, please contact us today.

ACFB also offers no deposit and interest FREE instalment payment plans. They are an easy way to pay for your course and can be as little as only $27 a week.

What Do Personal Trainers Do?

Personal trainers provide essential guidance to individuals seeking to enhance their health, wellness, and physical fitness. They leverage their experience and expertise to help clients meet goals, which can range from weight loss to muscle growth.

A personal trainer’s journey with a client starts with an in-depth fitness assessment, aimed at establishing the client’s current fitness level and identifying any limitations. This assessment informs the creation of a personalised exercise plan, typically encompassing cardio and strength training, alongside activities to increase flexibility, such as stretching. Personal trainers can also aim to help their clients nutrition goals, and interweave those into workout plans.

In a practical session, personal trainers ensure clients utilise correct exercise techniques and form for safety and maximised efficiency. ACFB graduates, for example, learn how to plan and deliver PT sessions, safely apply stretching mechanics, motivate clients, collaborate with medical and allied health professionals, conduct functional movement appraisals, and deliver exercise programs tailored for body transformation.

Why choose ACFB?

Like with all good training, it needs to be comprehensive! We don’t gloss over anything and we ensure you have detailed knowledge and skills in all aspects within your course – And this is what will set you apart in the industry!

Completing your Personal Trainers course in Melbourne or online, teaches you how to apply your fitness education and management skills to start your own PT business if you choose. You have a great team of supportive and highly skilled trainers to guide you along the way and, there are so many employment options when you complete your personal fitness training course at the award-winning ACFB.

Start your new journey as a personal trainer today. Call ACFB on 1300 002 232 to find out more and have a campus tour.

Delivery options


If you have the ability to attend classes, then On-campus study is your best option!

Enjoy nice small classes, a mixture of theory and practical in each class and be guided by a team of highly qualified and supportive trainers.

  • Next Class: October 2024 – Mondays & Wednesdays / 9:30am – 4:30pm  – Accepting Enrolments!!

Duration – 7-8 months of classes + additional time to complete your work placement



If you have a busier lifestyle, yet are motivated and good at managing your time, then our Online program will be great for you.

With this study option, you control when you study. You review the course material and detailed films, complete any theory assessments and practice at home. Once you are confident in the topic you book in for a WEB practical demonstration.

It’s flexible and self-pace, and you can start straight away!

Duration – Between 6 to 18 months (Maximum Nine months per Certificate).

View more about our online personal training course here.

With all of our delivery options or funding types, you will get 3 Post-Graduation Workshops included as part of the entire Personal Trainers Course!


The following 2 courses and 36 units are included in this course:

  • SIS30321 Certificate III in Fitness
  • SIS40221 Certificate IV in Fitness

(SIS30321 Certificate III in Fitness)

Unit Code Unit Description
SISFFIT032 Complete pre-exercise screening and service orientation
SISFFIT033 Complete client fitness assessments
SISFFIT035 Plan group exercise sessions
SISFFIT036 Instruct group exercise sessions
SISFFIT040 Develop and instruct gym based exercise programs for individual clients
SISFFIT047 Use anatomy and physiology knowledge to support safe and effective client exercise
SISFFIT052 Provide healthy eating information
SISCCRO001 Plan and conduct recreation programs for older persons
SISXFAC001 Maintain equipment for activities
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
HLTAID011 Provide first aid
BSBPEF301 Organise personal work priorities
BSBOPS304 Deliver and monitor a service to customers
BSBOPS403 Identify risk and apply risk management processes
BSBWHS332X Apply infection prevention and control procedures to own work activities


(SIS40221 Certificate IV in Fitness)

Unit Code Unit Description
SISFFIT034 Assess client movement and provide exercise advice
SISFFIT041 Develop personalised exercise programs
SISFFIT042 Instruct personalised exercise sessions
SISFFIT043 Develop and instruct personalised exercise programs for body composition
SISFFIT044 Develop and instruct personalised exercise programs for older clients
SISFFIT045 Develop and instruct personalised exercise programs for adolescent clients
SISFFIT049 Use exercise science principles in fitness instruction
SISFFIT050 Support exercise behaviour change
SISFFIT051 Establish and maintain professional practice for fitness instruction
SISFFIT053 Support healthy eating for individual fitness clients
SISXFAC001 Maintain equipment for activities
SISXCAI009 Instruct strength and conditioning techniques
BSBESB301 Investigate business opportunities
BSBESB302 Develop and present business proposals
BSBOPS403 Identify risk and apply risk management processes
BSBWHS332X Apply infection prevention and control procedures to own work activities
CHCCOM006 Establish and manage client relationships


Throughout your Personal Trainer course, you will receive professional industry mentorship from expert trainers. To help keep you on track and to interact with other students, we offer an interactive student web page that provides you with easy access to course material, detailed films, student forums and assessment submission. This gives you the flexibility to study anytime and anyplace you choose.


Nil: There are NO pre-requisites or previous qualifications needed for you to enter this combined Certificate III & IV in Fitness course.


Practical Hours

Two (2) x work placements at a gymnasium of your choice.


Recognition of prior learning (RPL) & Recognition of Current Competency (RCC)

If you have previous qualifications and/or experience that you believe cover parts of the course’s current contents, please read carefully and complete the Stage 1 RPL/RCC Form below and send it to ACFB’s Program Manager: [email protected]

SIS30321 Certificate III in Fitness – Stage 1 Cover Sheet

SIS40221 Certificate IV in Fitness – Stage 1 Cover Sheet

  • Relevant evidence must be provided to support your request for RPL.

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of the (SIS30321 & SIS40221) Certificate III & IV in Fitness course, you will have acquired the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary to qualify as a Personal Trainer. With the growing demand for personal trainers, as a graduate, you will be able to explore many employment options, including:

  • starting your own business
  • working in a gymnasium
  • coordinating recreational activities across organisations (e.g. corporate or public)
  • providing allied health assistance within sporting clubs (e.g. focusing on strength and conditioning)

What’s more, you get to inspire and motivate people who are wanting to make positive health changes in their lives while you maintain your own health and fitness!

After completing ACFB’s Personal Trainers course, you will be able to further your studies and enrol in the Diploma of Fitness and/or maintain your continuing education and professional development requirements.


ACFB is a Registered Training Organisation through the Australian Skills and Qualification Authority (ASQA). This course is Nationally Recognised as listed on

A previous recipient of the Victorian Small Training Provider of the Year by the Department of Education means studying with ACFB ensures you get the best possible training and education to start you on your personal trainer career!

Course Fees

ACFB offers very competitive prices for our award-winning training . Additionally, you may be eligible for government funding:

  • Skills First Funding – Get your Cert III and Cert IV in Fitness Government-Funded! Click here to see if you are eligible. Skills First Funding is provided by the Victorian and Commonwealth Government..
  • No deposit and Interest FREE instalment plans available – An easy way to simply put your course fees on an interest free instalment plan, starting from as little as $45 per week.



Contact ACFB on 1300 002 232 for more details

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