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Diploma of Applied Fitness

A career in Applied Fitness is perfect for those enthusiastic about improving the health and fitness of others.

The Diploma of Applied Fitness will position you as a specialised fitness trainer who can deliver training programs and sessions for groups and individuals, instructing them in nutrition, weight control, lifestyle health and general wellbeing.

Includes the opportunity to become a qualified fitness instructor while studying your degree at no extra cost.

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Course snapshot

A snapshot of the Diploma of Applied Fitness

  • Course duration

    1 year full time or part time equivalent
  • Study mode

    Face to face with selected subjects available online
  • Online learning

    Selected subjects available online
    Online subjects are taught with a viable cohort of students. If the cohort is not the right size for interactive learning students may be asked to attend on campus.
  • Intakes

    29 July 2019
    2 March 2020
    27 July 2020

    FEE-HELP approved (for domestic students)
    Payment plans & direct payment available
    Tuition payment arrangements must be confirmed upon admission to the college.
  • Transfer credit

    An applicant may apply for an assessment of their prior learning at the time of applying for entry to an award course of the college.

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Course overview

An overview of the Diploma of Applied Fitness.

About the course

The Diploma of Applied Fitness is awarded after successfully undertaking the first year (when studying full time) of the Bachelor of Applied Fitness.

Classes are taught by experts who are highly experienced in their fields and who bring their own practical experience to help provide context to practical subjects. To balance the theory portion and enhance the learning experience, students attend practical classes. This will provide further opportunities for mastery of subject material and assist with development of practical application of the theory in each subject.

Career Outcomes

This qualification provides a superior gateway to such lucrative growth areas as personal training, corporate health, special needs training, fitness writing, and event presentation. It can also open doors to further study and research in fitness and health-related fields.

Course structure

The full time course structure for the Diploma of Applied Fitness.

The Diploma of Applied Fitness can be completed in one year of full-time study. The diploma program is divided into two semesters.

Semester 1

  • Understanding Health
  • Foundation of Human Biology for Fitness
  • Fitness Principles and Programming
  • Introduction to Responsible Fitness Management

Semester 2

  • Introduction to Performance and Exercise Psychology
  • Musculoskeletal Anatomy & Physiology
  • Exercise Prescription Throughout the Lifespan
  • Small Business Management – Principles for the Fitness Industry

Optional additional study for a Certificate III in Fitness (SIS30315): Approximately 30 hours of online study and a 2 day practical session with FIAFitnation.

Course outcomes

Discover where a Diploma of Applied Fitness can take you.

Diploma of Applied Fitness graduates are qualified to pursue a range of fitness and personal training careers including specialised fitness instructor or a high performance professional.

Career opportunities

  • Specialised fitness trainer
  • Fitness instructor / group trainer

Further study options

  • ACPE’s Associate Degree in Applied Fitness
  • ACPE’s Bachelor of Applied Fitness


We offer a convenient online application form for direct enrolment in to all of our degrees (Domestic students only).


1300 302 867

Monday to Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm AEDST


Prior to commencing your study with us, please ensure you understand our intake & census dates, fee schedules, entry requirements and terms & conditions of study.