Fitness Instructor

Job Description

Fitness Instructors work with people to support their physical wellbeing and improve their fitness. They usually instruct groups and classes. They work in fitness centres, studios, gyms, physical rehabilitation centres and often work on a casual or part time basis, servicing more than one provider and set of clients.

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There are no educational prerequisites for becoming a Fitness Instructor in Australia, however around half of workers currently in this role have qualifications in Fitness. A Fist Aid certificate is also beneficial, and a good level of fitness is required. On the job training is usually provided.

Complete a qualification in fitness. This could be a Certificate III in Fitness, which will prepare you to become a Group Exercise Instructor or Gym Instructor.

Considering completing a Certificate IV in Fitness, which will qualify you to work as a Personal Trainer, a Diploma of Fitness, or a Diploma of Sport and Recreation Management.

Hold a current First Aid Certificate.

Consider joining an industry association such as Fitness Australia or Physical Activity Australia.


  • Adventurous
  • Ambitious
  • Charismatic
  • Competitive
  • Communicator
  • Confident
  • Creative
  • Determined
  • Devoted
  • Diligent
  • Educated
  • Energetic
  • Focused
  • Perceptive
  • Persuasive

Key Skills

  • First Aid
  • Group Fitness
  • Personal Training
  • Fitness Industry Knowledge
  • Ability to guide and motivate clients
  • Education & knowledge of body systems
  • Exercise Equipment

Future Prospects

You may like to think about moving on from this career, some transferable skills can be utilised in roles such as;