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 -
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.
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...
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!