Australian Institute of Fitness

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Australian Institute of Fitness
Other name
The Institute
Former name
ACHPER Fitness Leader; Australian Fitness Network; Institute for Fitness Professionals; National College of Fitness; the Australian Institute of Fitness
TypeRegistered Training Organisation
FounderGreg Hurst and Nigel Champion
Chief ExecutiveSteve Pettit

The Australian Institute of Fitness is a privately owned, registered training organisation, and the largest fitness training organisation in Australia.[1] Beginning operations as the Health Studio Attendants course in Perth in 1979, the Institute became Australia's first national fitness training provider in 2000, with the merger of five state-based fitness training programs.[2]


In 1979, sports educator and author Nigel Champion began running a Health Studio Attendants course in Perth, the first of its kind in Australia. In 1981, Champion partnered with Australian academic Dr Garry Egger to establish the ACHPER Fitness Leader group of courses in Sydney; before joining, in 1986, with fitness entrepreneur Greg Hurst to establish the Australian Fitness Network.[3] In 2000, Hurst & Champion together with Russell Creagh, Monty Dortkamp, Dr Grant Pavia and Kerry McEvoy, merged five existing fitness training programs – ACHPER Fitness Leader; Australian Fitness Network; Institute for Fitness Professionals; National College of Fitness; and the Australian Institute of Fitness – to create the national Australian Institute of Fitness.[2]

Russell Creagh served as the first CEO of the consolidated Institute, from 2001 to 2006, followed by Greg Hurst (2006 – 2011) and Dyanne Ward (2011 – 2016). In December 2016, Steve Pettit, the Institute's CEO Queensland, was appointed as its National Chief Executive on the retirement of Dyanne Ward.[4]

Since inception, the founding entities provided a variety of fitness industry-specific certification and training courses. Following the Federal Government's 1996 training reform agenda, these courses were incorporated into the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). Since 1996, the Institute has delivered nationally recognised qualifications in fitness, massage and business, in compliance with the regulatory standards of the AQF.[5]

Company overview[edit]

Board of Directors[edit]

  • Nigel Champion – Director [2001 – present]
  • Russell Creagh – Director [2001 – present]
  • Annette Chatterton – Director [2009 – present]
  • Greg Hurst – Director and Chairman [2005 – present]
  • Kym Weir – Chairman [2006-2016]
  • Steve Pettit – Chief Executive Officer [2016 – present]



Australian Capital Territory

  • Canberra

New South Wales

  • Parramatta
  • St Leonards


  • Brisbane

South Australia

  • Adelaide

Western Australia

  • Perth


  • Melbourne

Satellite campuses[edit]

New South Wales

  • Newcastle

Northern Territory

  • Darwin

Courses and subjects[edit]

The Institute is an Australian Registered Training Organisation (RTO) delivering vocational education and training (VET) courses at Certificate III, Certificate IV and Diploma level. Auditing and registration of Australian RTOs is managed by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), as such the Institute's programs must meet guidelines set out by State and Federal Governments and associated training bodies.[5]

Registered training organisation[edit]

Australian Institute of Fitness (RTO ID 121508) is approved to deliver the following qualifications under the Australian Qualifications Framework:

  • Certificate III in Fitness (SIS30315)
  • Certificate IV in Fitness (SIS40215)
  • Certificate IV in Massage Therapy (HLT42015)
  • Diploma of Remedial Massage (HLT52015)

Programs and Courses offered[edit]

  • Master Trainer Program (Certificate IV in Fitness SIS40215)
  • Fitness Instructor (Certificate III in Fitness SIS30315)
  • Remedial Massage Therapist (Diploma of Remedial Massage HLT52015)
  • Massage Therapist (Certificate IV in Massage Therapy HLT42015)
  • Nutrition Coach
  • Fitness Business Essentials

Monty Dortkamp Scholarships[edit]

The Monty Dortkamp Scholarship Program awards four scholarships annually covering tuition costs of a Master Trainer certification. The scholarship was established by The Institute in memory of Monty Dortkamp, to assist people from disadvantaged backgrounds and communities.[6][7]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Notable students and graduates[edit]

Industry Awards[edit]

Finalist 2015 NSW Training Awards – Large Training Provider of the Year[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Australian Institute of Fitness". MySkills Training provider Details. Department of Education and Training. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  2. ^ a b "The Institute - Who we are". Australian Institute of Fitness. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Nigel Champion Profile". Fitness Research. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Australian Institute of Fitness names new Chief Executive". Australasian Leisure Management. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Industry Accreditation". Australian Institute of Fitness. AIF. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Monty Dortkamp Scholarship". Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Fitness industry + those in need: a Fit for Good". Australian Fitness Network. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Good News Story - Australian Institute of Fitness". ACPET. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  9. ^ a b Ellsworth, Sophie. "How to get fit on a budget". Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  10. ^ "Liesel Jones". Australian Olympic Committee. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  11. ^ "Australian Institute of Fitness Named a Finalist in 2015 NSW Training Awards". Australasian Leisure Management. Retrieved 20 August 2017.

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