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Personal Trainer's Toolkit: Build an Outdoor Fitness Business

Learn how to operate a successful outdoor fitness training business as a health and fitness professional.

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  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    2 hours
  • Included in an ExpertTrack

    Course 2 of 8
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  • Accreditation

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Operate a successful outdoor fitness training business with your clients.

Over the past 10 years, outdoor training sessions have grown by almost 40%. On this two-week course, you’ll learn how to tap into the potential of outdoor fitness to expand your personal training business and expose your clients to new health and fitness programs.

You’ll identify the key elements of operating an outdoor training business as a fitness professional, and how to increase your likelihood of success.

Understand community and local fitness

You’ll gain an understanding of your local population demographics to identify the gaps in the health and fitness market in your community. You’ll also develop high-level communication and client referral skills to effectively collaborate across sectors and with your customers.

To understand your responsibilities and duty of care as a fitness professional, you’ll learn how to manage clients and identify risk management procedures in your outdoor fitness training business. You’ll also examine the planning and delivery options available to you in an outdoor setting.

Study alongside experts at CQUniversity

This course has been designed alongside the fitness industry by CQUniversity, Australia’s leading regional university.

You’ll increase your knowledge with project-based learning from specialists in the field, and build your confidence to expand your fitness business to an outdoor environment.


  • Week 1

    Get Out, Get Active and Get Healthy

    • Welcome to the Course

      Meet your course educators and explore the concepts we will cover in this course.

    • Let's Get Moving!

      Exactly how sedentary are we in general? What are the benefits of outdoor exercise and how do we ensure our training programs are appropriate for our clients?

    • Health and Wellbeing

      We look at the effects of outdoor training on the health and wellbeing.

    • Check your understanding

      Summing up this week's learning with a quick check-in quiz and some reflection.

  • Week 2

    Steps to success

    • Introduction

      Welcome video from Sonya. Let's get excited about the week.

    • Setting yourself up for success

      The first steps you must take to ensure you're fully licensed, registered and prepared to take on the fitness world

    • Check your understanding

      Week two check-in

    • Wrap up

      Summarise what we've covered within this course and submit the final test to gain your certificate.

Prove you're job ready

Highlight the new, job-relevant skills you’ve gained and supplement existing qualifications with a hard-earned, industry-specific digital certificate – plus one for every course within your ExpertTrack.

  • Learn the latest in your chosen industry or subject.
  • Complete each course and pass assessments.
  • Receive certificates validated by the educating organisation.
  • Impress employers with learning outcomes you can add to your CV.
  • Make your career dreams a reality.

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Who is this accredited by?

Fitness Australia
Fitness Australia:

This course is accredited by Fitness Australia, a global leader in best practice for fitness professionals.

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify the key elements of a successful outdoor fitness training business.
  • Reflect on the professional responsibilities and duty of care of the fitness trainer in managing clients.
  • Explain training session planning and delivery options in the outdoor setting.
  • Identify risk management procedures to consider in managing an outdoor fitness training business.
  • Develop an understanding of local population demographics.
  • Identify growing local health, fitness and community networks.
  • Develop high-level communication and client referral skills to enable collaboration across sectors

Who is the course for?

This course will benefit you if you are looking to become a fitness professional, or you’re an existing personal trainer who wants to expand your skills and start your own business.

Who will you learn with?

I have been running my own personal training business for 13 years. Experience in personal training, group training, outdoor training, group exercise and management. I now love teaching Fitness at CQU

As a career health and fitness advocate and educator, I want to share the Personal Trainer Toolkit for fitness businesses from start up to existing, and looking to grow your fitness community.

I'm an academic leading a team of learning designers involving multiple disciplines at CQUniversity in Australia. My discipline backgrounds include nursing, management, and fitness.

Who developed the course?

Central Queensland University

CQUniversity is Australia’s leading regional university.

Our courses are designed alongside industry and many include hands-on, practical learning experiences and project-based learning. Our commitment to making real-world knowledge and skills accessible to all has seen us being awarded global recognition. We are ranked among the top 2% of Universities in the world.

  • Established

  • Location

    Rockhampton, Australia
  • World ranking

    Top 500Source: QS World University Rankings 2020

About this ExpertTrack

Turn your passion for fitness into a successful and socially responsible business with specialist advice from CQUniversity.

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After your free trial you can:

  • Pay $39 per month to keep learning online
  • Have complete control over your subscription; you can cancel any time
  • Work at your own pace and set your own deadlines at every stage
  • Only pay while you’re learning; the subscription will cancel automatically when you finish
  • Complete online assessments to test your knowledge and prove your skills
  • Earn digital course certificates and a final award that you can share online, with potential employers, and your professional network
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Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

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  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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