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Helping others to reach their fitness & health goals!
The Fitness industry is all about people striving for better health and improved quality of life. You will find fitness services provided through commercial sport and recreation centres, commercial health and fitness centres (e.g. gyms), government & corporate sector fitness programs, holiday resorts, hotels and cruise ships, educational institutions, retirement villages and by personal trainers.

Jobs are focused on services and programs that are designed to help people get fitter and healthier through physical activity and exercise. This may include client health assessment, gym programs, group exercise and water-based fitness. Fitness professionals are often very passionate and can choose to work in a variety of settings such as fitness studios and gyms or community and outdoor venues.

For more information on occupations, related job tasks and work environment characteristics visit the sites below:

Job Role

  • Exercise Instructor
  • Personal Trainer
  • Specialised Exercise Trainer
  • Fitness Centre Manager


  • Certificate III in Fitness
  • Certificate IV in Fitness
  • Diploma of Fitness

Training Options

All qualifications in the Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package are suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship pathway. A Sport, Fitness or Recreation traineeship (also called an Australian Apprenticeship) offers you employment and formal training at the same time. You can seek traineeships through advertised jobs or by approaching an organisation and asking to be employed as a trainee. Your chances will be increased if you have a history of participation or volunteering for that group. You can also contact an Australian Apprenticeship Centre or speak with your school career counsellor. For more information visit

To see a list of SA Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) who are approved to deliver sport, recreation and fitness qualifications click HERE.
Please visit each of the RTOs websites to find out what qualifications they deliver and if they have an office in South Australia.

If you are still at school you can start your retail career through VET in SACE. For more information on what subjects are available check out the VET Recognition register

Personal Characteristics & Skills 

  • Active
  • Outgoing personality
  • Good communication skills
  • Satisfaction from helping others succeed
  • Organisational skills
  • Time management and planning skills
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Motivational skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Good presentation

Entry into the Industry 

There are two fitness industry registration bodies in Australia. To be recognised by either Fitness Australia or Kinetic Australia you need a minimum of the Certificate III in Fitness. Registration as an exercise professional ensures you are covered by liability insurance.


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