Thinking about a change in career or want to take your passion to the next level? We've compiled a selection of degree-free health, fitness and wellbeing courses for you.



Courses for the aspiring fitness trainer

Growing at around 10 per cent per year, training clients one-on-one is big business. 

WHERE: The Master Trainer Course at the Australian Institute of Fitness (1300 069 901) covers the fundamentals – sports science, good nutrition and how to set goals and tailor programs for your clients.

ENTRY CRITERIA: You must be over 16 to do Certificate III in Fitness and over 17 to do Certificate IV in Fitness.

STUDY OPTIONS: Online, on-campus in custom-built gyms or both. 

INVESTMENT: Approximately $5,490, with VET fee help available.

WHAT YOU’LL GET: Certificate IV in Fitness and Certificate III in Fitness


The Group Fitness Instructor 

Group training is a growing segment in the fitness industry with many clubs setting up solely for this purpose. A course will allow you to teach both athletic and choreographic classes and you will learn everything from incorporating music and equipment into routines to dealing with a range of personalities. 

WHERE: We recommend the Fitness Instructor course at The Australian Institute of Fitness (1300 069 901), with campuses all over Australia.

ENTRY CRITERIA: Must be 16 years or over.

STUDY OPTIONS: Classes and assessments are completed on campus on weekends and may require a professional placement.

INVESTMENT: Approximately $3,000

WHAT YOU’LL GET: Certificate III in Fitness


The Yoga Teacher

Hands up who isn’t a yoga teacher. Increasing demand for yoga teaching courses has spawned a booming market in quick qualifications, but not all courses are created equal. Yoga Australia vice president and chair of the Teacher Training Committee Leanne Davis says due diligence can pay dividends when it comes to getting a job and rising to the top of the yoga teaching pack. A course that takes its duty seriously will be accredited with a governing body such as Yoga Australia, which is internationally recognised. For leads on reputable courses, ask your favourite yoga teacher where they earned their stripes.

WHERE:  Find a registered and recognised course at 

ENTRY CRITERIA: For YA accredited teacher training, a minimum of one year of personal practice and a strong commitment to further your professional development of yoga. 

STUDY OPTIONS: Some trainings are one day per week or one or two weekends per month while others include intensive units of one week to a month. In addition to contact hours, students must do at least a year of mentorship and instruction by a teacher trainer before receiving a yoga teacher Level 1 qualification.

INVESTMENT: $3,000 to $10,000

WHAT YOU’LL GET: To become a registered yoga teacher with YA, you need a teacher training certificate. To qualify as a yoga teacher takes a minimum of 350 hours and one year according to Yoga Australia. You can also study a Diploma of Yoga Teaching, which involves 1,200 hours of on-campus training over two years in addition to attending separate yoga classes and assignments. The diploma is nationally recognised and Austudy approved. Visit