Certificate III & IV in Fitness now recognised as Fee-Free TAFE and VET courses in NSW and NT

AUSactive’s continuous advocacy work across Australia has paved the way for Certificate III and IV in Fitness now being recognised as Fee-Free TAFE courses in New South Wales and the Northern Territory for the 2023 intake year.

AUSactive CEO Barrie Elvish said the inclusion of these courses in the Fee-Free TAFE program was a huge win for the industry and metro, regional and rural areas in assisting greater portions of the population get into a career in fitness.

“The inclusion of the Certificate III and Certificate IV in Fitness in the Fee-Free TAFE program is a huge win for our industry. As we continue to rebuild post-pandemic, these initiatives are vital steps in helping more people get into a career in fitness while also assisting businesses and facilities, particularly in regional and rural areas, find more exercise professionals and personal trainers,” My Elvish said.

“AUSactive has been working closely with state and federal governments to see more funding allocated to support our industry and this is a fantastic step forward in NSW and the NT. We will continue to work with other states to negotiate similar concessions for our industry.”

Fee-free TAFE is a joint initiative of the Australian, Northern Territory and New South Wales Governments, providing tuition-free training places for people wanting to train, retrain or upskill.

Fee-free TAFE is available for eligible people who enrol after 1 December 2022 and commence their course between 1 January 2023 and 31 December 2023.

The NT Government will offer 1,500 places across their Fee-Free courses while TAFE NSW will provide more than 300 qualifications from certificates to diplomas that align to the state’s priority industry growth sectors, free of tuition fees for eligible students.

The two fitness courses offered as part of the Fee-Free TAFE program in NSW and NT include:

  • SIS40221 – Certificate IV in Fitness: This course qualifies participants to be personal trainers who will develop, instruct and evaluate personalised exercise programs for generally healthy and low risk clients, to achieve specific fitness goals.
  • SIS30321 – Certificate III in Fitness: This course qualifies participants to be a group and gym fitness instructor. Fitness instructors may plan and deliver group exercise sessions and develop gym-based programs for individuals.

Mr Elvish said with strong industry demand, now was the ideal time for anyone considering a career in fitness to check their eligibility and enrol.

“Many people consider their career options or a career change at the start of the year and this is a great reason to jump online and check out the options available for a career in the fitness industry,” Mr Elvish said.

For more information about Fee-Free TAFE and the courses offered in NSW and the NT click the relevant links below:

NSW –  https://www.tafensw.edu.au/fee-free-short-courses

NT –  https://www.cdu.edu.au/study/fee-free-tafe


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Barrie Elvish, AUSactive CEO 

0403 466 629 | barrie.elvish@ausactive.org.au