For those wishing to plan and instruct group fitness or classes for children aged 5 – 12 years, it’s important to note these units are referred to as electives in the training package which means a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) does not have to include them in the Certificate III and IV in Fitness they are offering.
To be qualified to design and deliver your own group exercise to music classes as well as teach pre-choreographed classes, look for the units of competency (UOC) SISFFIT007 – Instruct group exercise sessions and SISFFIT011 – Instruct approved community fitness in a Certificate III of Fitness package.
The SISSS00113 – Group Exercise Leader or GEL skillset combines four units of competency with a pre-choreographed program certification like MOSSA, Les Mills, Zumba or Radical Fitness to qualify instructors to deliver pre-choreographed group or community fitness programs. Instructors choosing this option are not qualified to design their own classes and are only able to teach classes developed by their training provider.
SISFFIT013 – Instruct exercise to young people aged 13 – 17 years, is a core unit and therefore included in the Certificate IV in Fitness but to qualify to teach fitness classes to younger children, you need to ensure UOC SISFFIT012 – Instruct movement programs to children aged 5 to 12 years, is included as well.
The qualification, SISFFIT023 – Instruct group personal training programs is now a core unit and compulsory inclusion of SIS40215 – Certificate IV in Fitness. This unit has been designed by the Australian Government’s Department of Education and Training (DET) to equip trainers to work in uncontrolled environments and is assessed using groups of 3 to 12 people. This unit, combined with SISRES001 – Conduct sustainable work practices in open spaces, covers the ability to deliver group personal training outdoors.
Group Training differs from Group Fitness or Exercise classes in that it is a service designed to meet the specific needs of each participant. A Personal Trainer working with a group of people maintains each client’s records and programs sessions taking into account individual goals, preferences and long-term programming requirements.
Units of competency can be obtained individually to top up a Certificate III and IV qualification that did not include them initially.
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