Personal Trainer

Job Description

Personal trainers assess their customers’ bodily strengths and weaknesses and create customised workout plans. They provide physical and mental guidance and monitor customers' progress on a regular basis. They also make sure that customers don’t get injured while training. Personal trainers can work with individuals or in small groups.

Careers Ladder


To become a Personal Trainer in Australia, you need a Certificate IV in Fitness (SIS40215). You may also work as a Personal Trainer if you have a Diploma of Fitness (SIS50215), Complete Personal Trainer qualification, or a degree in exercise science or human movement.

Complete a Certificate IV in Fitness (SIS40215). You may be able to complete the course through a combination of in class and online study.

Register for a professional membership with Fitness Australia or Physical Activity Australia – it’s not a requirement for working as a personal trainer, but registration provides you with professional indemnity, public liability and product liability insurance.


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

Key Skills

  • First Aid
  • Fitness Industry Knowledge
  • Sales
  • Ability to guide and motivate clients
  • Education & knowledge of body systems
  • Current fitness trends
  • Exercise Equipment

Future Prospects

Other career prospects within the fitness industry include;

  • Fitness Trainer
  • Nutritionist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Assistant Club Manager