Below is a list of some of our most frequently asked questions. If at all you need any extra information about any of these questions, or you have a different Question, please contact us and we’ll make sure we get back to you within 24hrs.
1. How long do I have to complete IFI fitness courses?
Students enrolling in the Elite PT course have 24 months to meet all course requirements.
2. How does the IFI model differ from the traditional Certificate IV in Fitness?
The Certificate IV in Fitness is a vocational education product delivered by registered training organisations (RTO’s). Time frames to complete the course vary from 6 weeks to 12 months depending on the provider & mode of study. The content in the Certificate IV prepares graduates for a number of different career options including:
- personal trainer
- aqua trainer
- program coordinator
- children’s trainer
- older client trainer.
IFI’s Fitness Coach qualification provides you with the skills & knowledge to excel as a PT. Many students choose to upgrade to a Certificate IV in Fitness (RTO code 41171). This allows them to ‘earn while they learn.’
In fact a recent Service Sills Australia discussion paper (2013 Sport, Fitness & Recreation Environmental Scan) highlighted that “some stakeholders indicated that training would be better delivered through an appropriate apprenticeship or traineeship.”
3. Will I be employable at the end of my fitness course studies?
Absolutely! IFI has a number of fitness industry partners (link to Fitness Careers page of site) who are always looking for high-quality graduates. In addition, graduates may wish to pursue a career as a strength & conditioning coach. Keep an eye on the Australian Strength & Conditioning Association’s positions vacant page for opportunities.
4. How do I find a course ‘facilitator?’
The Level 1 strength & conditioning coach course requires you to complete 10 hours of practical coaching under the supervision of a qualified strength & conditioning coach. The Australian Strength & Conditioning Association has a database of accredited coaches in every state of Australia & overseas. Go to the database.
In addition facilitators can be sourced from the following international organisations:
- National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) – USA – http://www.nsca-lift.org/Home/
- UK Strength & Conditioning Association (UKSCA) – Great Britain – http://www.uksca.org.uk/uksca/
- Sport New Zealand (Sport NZ) – New Zealand – http://www.sportnz.org.nz/.
5. How do I know that the skills and knowledge gained are ‘real world’ and applicable?
The IFI’s Fitness Coach course has been developed by fitness industry experts who have over 24 years experience. As a result, the content & assessment are designed to provide you with the skills & knowledge that industry demand. This is why the industry skills section of the course focuses on the essential content areas of anatomy & physiology, client screening & assessment, exercise programming, nutrition & business skills.
The content & context of these industry skills will continue to evolve in response to emerging trends & ongoing industry consultation.
6. Are there affordable payment options?
IFI can develop a personalised plan where you can make a number of smaller payments over time. For more information on payment options, see each program’s cost information section via the programs page.
7. How do I obtain insurance once I have completed my studies?
Upon completing the Level 1 strength & conditioning coach course, students are able to obtain affordable, quality public liability & professional indemnity cover through World Wide Sports Insurance (WWSI) or AON.