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Learn the principles of sports psychology, how to instruct personal training programs, and how to manage small business operations in this practical program. TAFE Queensland has partnered with the Maroochy River Golf Club to allow you to apply skills gained from the Diploma program – including exercise science, physical training, gym instruction and sports injury rehabilitation studies – to a golfing experience. From beginners to advanced, you’ll also receive customised tuition (depending on your skill level) in the specifics of golf, physically participate in the sport, and work with state-of-the-art testing and golf analysis equipment to improve your skills.

One day per week you will undertake the following topics to gain an understanding of the fundamentals of Golf;

  • The game, shots and theory of golf
  • Course management and scoring
  • Human physics of golf
  • Psychology of golf
  • Golfing equipment.

The non-accredited Golf component of this program will provide you with the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge to further your interest in the specifics of Golf.  Course details

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Natalie Karlsson


I've always been interested in fitness training and travelling. I spoke to a former TAFE Queensland student who loved her time here and I thought, ‘it’s the place to be!’ The campus is in a really good location. If you have a long break you can go down to the beach and have a surf and a swim. I love the people and the culture here. It’s paradise and it feels like home.

Natalie Karlsson
TAFE Queensland East Coast

Study Sports and Fitness at TAFE

Make a healthy career choice

Help people lead happier and healthier lives as a specialised exercise trainer. Learn advanced skills and knowledge in physiology and anatomy; injury prevention and management; and corrective, strength, and conditioning programs.

Explore your passion while you explore Australia

Natalie, Diploma of Fitness

Natalie followed her passion for travel and fitness all the way from Sweden to the East Coast of Australia. She's already started working in the industry as a group exercise leader and is taking a learn-to-surf class as part of her studies.

Key dates

Location Workload Delivery Key Date
Mooloolaba Full Time Classroom 16/07/2018

Entry requirements

  • English Language Proficiency: Academic IELTS 5.5 (no individual band less than 5.0) or ISLPR 3+ on all skills or other - For a list of all English Language test accepted by TAFE Queensland International
  • Academic Requirements: Completion of Year 12 (or equivalent). Non school-leavers must have relevant work experience or qualification that indicates likely success of course completion. For more information on the international education achievement levels equivalent to Year 10 and 12.

Students should be a minimum of 18 years of age. Student visa applicants under the age of 18 will be accepted where they demonstrate that they will be accompanied by a parent, legal custodian or a suitable relative who is aged 21 or over. This arrangement requires the approval of the Department of Home Affairs. For more information visit Department of Home Affairs - Welfare Requirements for Student Visa Applicants under 18.


34 Lady Musgrave Drive
Mountain Creek QLD 4557

Resources required

It is recommended that students have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for students to use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

Hire of golf clubs, golf bag and start-up accessories are included in the program fees. Transport to and from the Maroochy River Golf Club is available on Fridays if required.

You are also required to have the following prior to commencement of studies;

  • TAFE polo shirt
  • Pens
  • Notepad
  • Laptop or tablet (if applicable)


Timetables may be available online or may be provided to you at your program orientation.

Your timetable may change every semester and you must be able to manage your commitments to ensure attendance at all your classes.

Timetables will be different across TAFE Queensland locations. This is an example of what a course timetable could look like -  

Monday and Tuesday 8.00am - 4.45pm and Wednesday 8.00am - 12.00pm


Wednesday and Thursday 8.00am - 4.45pm and Friday 8.00am - 12.00pm


Some qualifications require students to participate in vocational placement to successfully complete and achieve their TAFE Queensland award. If vocational placement is a course requirement it will be organised by your School/Faculty and you will be provided with all the information you need to prepare. Remember you are responsible for ensuring you have met all the requirements to participate in vocational placement.

During these placements, you may become familiar with information that is confidential to that workplace (for example financial or business affairs, personal affairs and family background of staff and clients, technical information, trade secrets, know-how, formulae, processes, ideas, and inventions). You must not divulge any confidential information that you become aware of during a placement. Breaches of confidentiality will be considered to be acts of behavioural misconduct and may result in disciplinary action.

Important Information

A Doctor's Certificate is highly recommended as this program requires students to undertake fitness related activities at a moderate intensity.

Work Experience is a part of this program. Students will be required to make their own travel arrangements to and from their work experience.

Blue Card: Commission for Children and Young People Act 2000 (Qld) contains a new law to help ensure that people seeking to work with children are suitable. This is called 'the working with children check'. Any person wanting to work in regulated employment, as a paid employee, a volunteer, or a person carrying on a regulated business, will have to fill out a Blue Card application form consenting to a criminal history check prior to his or her appointment or engagement (See ‘Relevant Documents below). Further details can be obtained at the following link for Blue Card Services or by telephone on 1800 688 275 (Free call). Students will be unable to attend Vocational Placement until they hold a valid Blue Card. Once enrolled Students need to make an appointment for the Teacher to sight their ID and sign their Blue Card application form. The teacher then arranges for the application to be lodged with Blue Card Services for processing and final approval.


To achieve this qualification you will need to complete 20 units:
Core Competencies: 11
Elective Competencies: 9

Core and Elective Units
BSBADM502B Manage meetings Core
ICAICT308A Use advanced features of computer applications Core
SISSSCO306 Provide drugs in sport information Core
SISSSCO307 Provide nutrition information to athletes Core
SISSSCO308 Support athletes to adopt principles of sports psychology Core
SISXCCS403A Determine needs of client populations Core
SISXCAI306A Facilitate groups Core
SISXIND404A Promote compliance with laws and legal principles Core
SISXIND406A Manage projects Core
SISXRSK502A Manage organisational risks Core
SISXWHS402 Implement and monitor work health and safety policies Core
SISFFIT016 Provide motivation to positively influence exercise behaviour Elective
SISFFIT017 Instruct long-term exercise programs Elective
SISFFIT018 Promote functional movement capacity Elective
SISFFIT019 Incorporate exercise science principles into fitness programming Elective
SISFFIT021 Instruct personal training programs Elective
SISFFIT025 Recognise the dangers of providing nutrition advice to clients Elective
SISFFIT026 Support healthy eating through the Eat for Health Program Elective
SISSSTC301A Instruct strength and conditioning techniques Elective
BSBSMB403A Market the small business Elective


Not all electives available at all campuses.

The course cost indicated is for students on an international student visa. If you are visiting Australia on a non-student visa, (e.g. partner visa, working holiday, employer sponsor etc.) please contact us directly for the price applicable to you.


Location Cost Duration
Mooloolaba, East Coast $20,000 1 Year

Additional costs

Uniform: Students will be required to purchase two TAFE Branded shirts ($80AUD)

Additional Golf fees may be required during this course


SIS50612 Diploma of Sport Development 081851G

Job prospects

  • Sports And Fitness Workers
  • Sports Development Officer
  • Sports Coach

University Pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas will give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities. That means cutting down the amount of time you need to complete your degree, or even enrolling straight into the second year of your university course.

Our pathway partners include:

Natalie Karlsson


I've always been interested in fitness training and travelling. I spoke to a former TAFE Queensland student who loved her time here and I thought, ‘it’s the place to be!’ The campus is in a really good location. If you have a long break you can go down to the beach and have a surf and a swim. I love the people and the culture here. It’s paradise and it feels like home.

Natalie Karlsson
TAFE Queensland East Coast

Application Process

Applying to TAFE Queensland International is easy. You can submit an application at any time, but get in early as positions are limited. Follow the steps below to apply to study at TAFE Queensland.

Before you apply

  1. Check the evidence required to apply for your visa

    Before you apply to study at TAFE Queensland, you should check what documents and evidence you will need to provide to the Department of Home Affairs (HA) to support your visa application.

    How to check what evidence you will need to provide to obtain a visa:

    • Visit the Student Visa (subclass 500) page on the HA website
    • Scroll down to the Document Checklist Tool
    • Select the country listed on your passport
    • Enter 03020E in the Education Provider CRICOS code field
    • Answer the final question: I am one of the following
    • Click the Display Evidence button
    • Read through the Documentary Evidence List to find out what you will need to submit with your visa application

  2. Review Admissions criteria and key dates

    Some courses require you to meet additional entry requirements eg. Submit a portfolio or artwork with your application. Please check individual course requirements via the Course page.

  3. Prepare your certified supporting documents

    If you are an international student applying directly to TAFE Queensland, you will need to include certified copies of the following documents to support your application:

    • Copy of passport
    • Educational certificate and academic records
    • English language test results

  4. Applying as a mature aged student

    Mature age students (at least 21years of age and with work experience/other qualifications) may be admitted into a program without meeting the formal academic requirements.
    The following documentation is required to support your application:

    • Current CV
    • References on company letterhead from current or previous employers

    Where previous study/employment was conducted in English, submit a certified letter from the educational institution/employer confirming the language of instruction/employment was English.
  5. Under 18 students

    International student visa applicants under the age of 18 will only be accepted where they demonstrate that they will be accompanied by a parent, legal custodian or a suitable relative who is aged 21 or over. For more information visit Department of Home Affairs website.

  6. Submit your application

    Submit your application and supporting documents through TAFE Queensland's online application portal or through a TAFE Queensland Registered Agent who can guide you through the enrolment process.

    Receive your Letter of Offer

    Accepting your Letter of Offer

    Note the expiry date for acceptance.

    • Meet all conditions as outlined in your Letter of Offer and Acceptance
    • Read and agree to the Terms and Conditions of your Letter of Offer and Acceptance
    • Read the International Student Refund Policy
    • Read the TAFE Queensland student rules
    • Pay the tuition fees as stated in your Letter of Offer
    • Pay for Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) as stated in your Letter of Offer, or arrange your own OSHC for the duration of your visa.

    Next Step

    Receive your Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE -required for visa lodgement). You will use this document to apply for your student visa.

    Apply for your visa

    To apply for your student visa, visit the HA website and click Apply Now. Follow the steps to create your ImmiAccount and apply for your visa.

    Travel to Queensland and attend Orientation

    Once you have received your student visa, you can travel to Queensland ready to attend the TAFE Queensland International Orientation.


At the beginning of each semester orientation events are hosted across TAFE Queensland locations.

TAFE Queensland recommends you arrive two weeks prior to your course start date to allow time to organise and settle into your accommodation and prepare for your studies.

International Orientation details are emailed to you prior to commencing your studies or they can be accessed via the Orientation Schedule.

Program specific orientations are also conducted one week prior to the start of study. This is an opportunity for you to meet your teachers and classmates, get to know your campus, and familiarise yourself with your study schedule. 

Last updated on 13 February 2018

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