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Postby kate_turner2000 » Fri May 18, 2007 12:02 pm

hey !! was just curious as to what the PT course entails?
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Postby zeedeveelgirl » Sun May 20, 2007 9:48 pm

Hey Kate

Sorry, I must have missed this in my browsing!

The PT course I did was through the Australian Institute of Fitness (http://www.aif.edu.au) and is 8 weeks full time or about 5 months part time express (2 evenings + 1 full weekend day a week).

It's basically split up into a few modules -

Fitness Essentials
This is basically human anatomy & the systems of the body. You learn basic bones, muscles and their attachment sites and about the body systems (cardiovascular system, nervous system etc etc) and it's all taught in a way that relates it back to the fitness industry and personal training.

Senior First Aid
Pretty self explanatory, they get a First Aid training organisation to come in so you can get that under your belt, it's a requirement as a PT.

THEN, depending on if you want to just teach freestyle group fitness classes or if you want to work on the gym floor writing people programs and then going into PT stuff, you choose either:

Group Exercise or Aqua or Both
Teaches you how to plan and run group exercise/aqua classes.

Gym Instructor
Teaches you how to write basic weights and cardio programs for gym members, how to conduct fitness assessments (filling out a health history, taking clients weights, measurements, body fat).

You can stop here to get a Certificate III in Fitness which means you can do either group fitness or gym instructing depending on which module you chose OR you can continue on to get your Certificate IV which qualifies you to be a PT by doing the following module...

Master Trainer
Teaches you how to write specialised programs for your clients and for different types of people (eg Older Adults, Children, Pregnant women). It focusses a lot more on how to give a great PT experience and is a lot more 'personal' than gym instructor.

The AIF charge about $5000 for their Certificate IV in Fitness, TAFE also do it but it does take a lot longer. There are a few other places that do it - AIS, FIA, Google for more and I'm sure they'll come up! You can even do it via correspondence and it's a lot cheaper.

I hope this helps, Kate! Are you thinking of getting into it!? I think you'd be brilliant!
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Postby Jisgone » Sun May 20, 2007 9:51 pm

my brother did his person training through the AIF in perth, he said it was brilliant if u can afford it :)
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Postby kate_turner2000 » Sun May 20, 2007 10:03 pm

hey emma thanks so much for the thorough analysis of it. just what i was interested in reading about. i think it would be something worthwhile doing thats for sure but at this point in time i am not looking to do any sort of studying- but its something to keep in mind :D

yeah TAFE tends to be longer. the child care diploma i know goes for 2 years and i did it through a private college - cost a hell of a lot more but it was done in a years time. (well a little over a year with the pracs etc).

thanks again em!
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Postby zeedeveelgirl » Mon May 21, 2007 8:40 pm

No problem at all, Kate! I've actually heard that the Cert IV in Fitness is cheaper interstate eg Melb, Syd, Brissie than it is here by like $1500! Not sure if that's a rumour but yeah I was shocked!! I guess cos there's more competition over there :( Grrr!

Definitely something to keep in mind! Let me know if there's anything else you want to know!
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Postby kate_turner2000 » Mon May 21, 2007 9:41 pm

wow interesting. should look into it to find out whether its true or not!


will let you know if theres anything else i wanna know!
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Postby milkyway » Mon May 21, 2007 9:51 pm

My sister and I considered doing the Cert III just for our own personal knowledge. I have no desire to work as a fitness instructor (neither does she), but I thought it might be a good way to get me motivated to become fitter. But the cost put me off - bit expensive to do it as a hobby :P
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Postby Jisgone » Mon May 21, 2007 9:53 pm

i think in perth it was 5k aswell, youde be great at it kate :)
we could open up a chain of weightloss.com gyms heh :P
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Postby kate_turner2000 » Mon May 21, 2007 9:54 pm

yeah! great idea jewles :) anyone got some spare cash laying around for us to get qualified and some money to start up these establishments?!! pllleeaassseee???! lol.
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Postby milkyway » Mon May 21, 2007 11:06 pm

Yeah, I agree - you'd be great at it, Kate. And like Em, you'd bring a whole other level of empathy and inspiration to your clients.
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Postby kate_turner2000 » Tue May 22, 2007 8:49 am

thanks sandra :oops: i know i prefer to have support from people who have been through the same thing as me. theres a different level of understanding :)
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Postby Chelle » Tue May 22, 2007 10:36 am

I was wondering to about how to become a PT. I don't think I would ever have the time to the course especially with the children around
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Postby bluebox451 » Wed May 23, 2007 2:14 pm

Sorry Kate, havent been around much lately. I did mine through Fitnation and mostly by correspondence as I was working too. I think it cost about $1600 for the whole thing - they were really good. You can do it face to face too but they are only in MElb and Bris. Correspondence can be done from anywhere of course. They do a combined Cert 3 & 4 and I think they are the cheapest (that I found anyway). Give me a yell if you want to know anything else.
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Postby kate_turner2000 » Wed May 23, 2007 6:15 pm

thanks liz. its good that you can do it corro too because sometimes it is hard to juggle things like family and work whilst studying. will give you a YELL if i need to ask anything else :)
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Postby mld » Wed Jun 13, 2007 8:53 pm

Hello,

I just enquired with Les mills - and you can do your cert 3 through AFI with them aswell as get qualified for instructing - i think its about 1000.00 all up.

it is held over 2 weekends - the les mills part - and the cert is via corro.

Good Luck
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