Vocational Education and Training (VET): your pathway to a career in fitness

31 August 2020 FIAFitnation
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When the end to your school days draw ever closer, the range of work and employment choices can seem overwhelming.

Many people with the best of intentions may inadvertently put pressure on you to make the decision they feel is right for you. Those who can pursue Higher Education (HE) will be strongly encouraged to do so, and degree programs are often touted as the best path to success in a chosen career – but what if there is another way?

Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses in health and fitness can set you up for an incredible career and for success in both work and further study. The entrance requirements are a lot more supportive and costs are lower too! There’s so much to love about VET and the pathways it can provide to career in fitness.

We’ve put together our top five reasons to start with VET to help you make the choice that’s best for you.

1. Work ready – fast

It isn’t a race, but getting some experience in the industry you want to pursue a career in can be invaluable in shaping your decisions regarding ongoing education. VET qualifications in health and fitness are much shorter than degrees allowing you to start working sooner. While there is the obvious advantage of earning, it can also provide insight into what the industry is like and what opportunities you can pursue as your career in fitness progresses.

2. Dip your toe in

Enjoying playing sport is no guarantee that working in the health and fitness industry is for you. VET qualifications are shorter and cheaper than HE, requiring less of a commitment of both time and money. In addition, VET study will likely give you a range of transferable skills as these courses are specifically designed to get you work ready. Plus, if you decide you want to undertake a degree program afterward, your chances of gaining a place in a relevant degree program increase when you have a VET qualification under your belt – it may even be possible to get credit for work you’ve already done!

3. Hands on

VET qualifications are designed to prepare you for a specific workplace and job role. They therefore place a focus on the specific skills you need for that workplace. Students who may have struggled with the heady side of schoolwork often find VET courses are a breath of fresh air. Study can be enjoyable when the subject matter really interests you! Our interactions with employers in health and fitness reveal that practical skills and the ability to relate to people are of great importance when it comes to getting your foot in the door (and staying inside once you’ve got there!). These soft skill areas are a key focus point of VET qualifications.

4. Broaden your horizons

Picture this. Year 12 is over. You had been considering a three-year degree in Sport and Exercise Science, but instead decided to complete Certificate III and IV in Fitness. You’ve completed both courses in nine months and land a job you love working as a Personal Trainer at your local gym. Over the next year or so, you get a wide range of experiences and exposure to all the different parts of the health and fitness industry. At this point you’ve got a real understanding of what the industry is like and the career opportunities it provides. Armed with this knowledge and experience, you can now make an informed decision about your next step. A VET pathway has not only provided you lived insight, its’s also given you the chance to earn an income. Add to that ‘real life’ situations to apply your future learning to, and potentially some recognition of prior learning for future study reducing both time and costs.

5. VET qualifications are well recognised in the fitness industry

Take a quick look at job ads for Personal Trainers in your area. There is a very high chance the majority of these job ads list VET qualifications as the requirement to be considered suitable for these positions. Whilst HE qualifications are of a higher level; this does not necessarily translate to being better equipped to do the job. SIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness is the industry standard to work as a Personal Trainer.

The health and fitness industry hinges on lifelong learning as humanity gains new insight into how to support the human body. All roads might lead to Rome but some may prove more supportive than others along the way. If you would like further information about our VET qualifications call us on 1300 136 632 or submit a course enquiry.



When you study with FIAFitnation, you know that you’re receiving the highest quality of fitness education to maximise your career opportunities. From a gym or floor instructor at our Certificate III entry level to a Specialised Exercise Trainer at a diploma level, FIAFitnation can assist your learning outcomes and career objectives by providing exceptional educational pathways to maximise your impact within the fitness industry.

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