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Associate Degree of Applied Fitness

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

The Associate Degree 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.

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  • Course duration
    2 years full time or part time equivalent
  • Study mode
    Face to face with selected subjects available online
  • Online learning
    Selected units available online for students enrolled in courses that are not fully online. Online units in these courses are taught with a viable cohort of students. If the cohort in these units is too small to ensure an optimal student experience, the College reserves the right to alter the delivery mode to on-campus or mixed mode.
  • Intakes
    8 March 2021
    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 Associate Degree of Applied Fitness.

About the course

The Associate Degree of Applied Fitness is awarded after successfully undertaking the first two years (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

Begin your fitness and personal training career

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 Associate Degree of Applied Fitness.

The Associate Degree of Applied Fitness can be completed in two years of full-time study. The degree program is divided into four 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

Semester 3

  • Health & Activity for Diverse Populations
  • Applied Exercise Physiology
  • Strength & Conditioning
  • Introduction to Understanding Sport and Fitness Research

Semester 4

  • Principles of Health Promotion
  • Biomechanics
  • Exercise & Social Development Through the Lifespan
  • IT in Fitness

Course outcomes

Discover where an Associate Degree of Applied Fitness can take you.

Associate Degree of Applied Fitness graduates are qualified to pursue a range of fitness and personal training careers including specialised fitness trainer, strength & conditioning coach, and high performance manager.

Career opportunities

  • Specialised fitness trainer
  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • High performance coach or manager
  • Fitness instructor / group trainer

Further study options

  • ACPE’s Bachelor of Applied Fitness
  • Postgraduate studies in Fitness
  • Fitness research
  • High Performance training / coaching


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


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