say no to short-term success
it’s time for lasting behaviour change

It may be rewarding to help clients attain their fitness and health goals, but if they don’t maintain their achievements, what’s the point? It’s time for a new approach to long term success.

Australian Fitness Network has launched Australia’s first fitness Diploma of Leadership, Coaching and Mentoring (22233VIC) to offer fitness professionals the next step in their careers. By equipping them with the skills to help clients and employees change their mindsets, the diploma will enable goals to be not only achieved, but also, crucially, maintained.

With obesity, diabetes and depression on the rise, more and more health and fitness professionals are realising that a shift in mindset is necessary in order to achieve lasting behaviour change. In a time of short-term body transformation programs and highly accessible information, people are still struggling with mental and physical roadblocks which prevent them from living the lives they want.

An opportunity for growth

Having observed the paradigm shift towards coaching and mentoring as the future of leadership, Network has created an opportunity for its members and other industry professionals to grow professionally, and to help clients achieve the results they desire.

To lead people to be the best they can be, you need to understand their minds so that you can empower them with the tools and techniques to unlock lasting behaviour change across all areas of their lives. Whether being your best means happier clients, more clients, more money or leading the industry, becoming a coach and leader is the key to long-term change in your life, and the lives of others.

The diploma addresses three key areas: lasting behaviour change; career progression; and leadership.

Lasting behaviour change

You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink. Trainers from across the spectrum, from the newly qualified right through to the highly experienced, suffer the frustration of having clients who fail to achieve significant results. This has led to a greater awareness of the need to get inside clients’ minds in order to change their behaviour.

Career progression

Personal trainers often struggle to identify clear and relevant career pathways that offer not only the knowledge to train different clients (sideways progression) but also increased income and elevated status or title. Until now, short coaching courses or lengthy part-time university degrees have been the two main avenues available: Network’s diploma qualification offers a new way to formally take your career to the next level.


Australia has seen a variety of business models enter the market in the past three years, many of which rely on PTs and managers being independent, proactive and fast-moving. Great trainers are often promoted to management or leadership positions because of their training expertise and skills, only to find themselves faced with the new challenges of leading and motivating their teams – while also mentoring new PTs. This responsibility can be overwhelming for those who, despite being accomplished trainers, do not have the skills to empower others to take control of their goals.

In response to these needs, Network has partnered with FireUp Coaching to deliver the nationally and internationally accredited Diploma of Leadership, Coaching and Mentoring (22233VIC).

Developed by experts in the field, this face-to-face program, delivered in a series of workshops over an 8-month period, provides first-hand experience of coaching so you know how to apply the knowledge to your clients and are ready to ‘walk the talk’ yourself. FireUp Coaching has already delivered a version of the diploma in predominantly corporate areas, but the content has now been contextualised for the fitness industry, making it even more applicable for personal trainers and fitness business owners looking to progress their careers.

What will you learn?

In a nutshell, you gain the knowledge, tools and practical experience in leadership, coaching and mentoring to change your own behaviour and that of your clients.

  • You learn the current scientific research around thinking and human behaviours in the areas of positive psychology, neuroscience, neuro-leadership, emotional intelligence, strength-based psychology and NLP (neuro-linguistic programming)
  • You benefit from first-hand coaching experience that expands your own self-awareness and teaches you to apply the knowledge and tools to your own life while also learning to coach and mentor others
  • You train with the tools and techniques that empower you to effectively coach and mentor your clients to embed lasting behaviour change across all areas of their lives.

How will this benefit your career?

You can increase your earning potential, gain a competitive edge and progress your career in fitness and beyond by:

  • retaining and increasing the value of existing clients
  • attracting new clients who understand the benefit of coaching
  • being more attractive to industry management and those recruiting leaders
  • improving the productivity and fulfillment of your own team or employees
  • transferring your skills to new roles and industries such as corporate wellness, training and development, and workplace coaching.

Nigel Champion, Executive Director of Australian Fitness Network, is excited by the new opportunities and growth this Diploma will offer to graduates, and the broader industry: ‘Mindset and behaviour change have been widely recognised as the missing link in education for fitness professionals. Network’s Diploma of Leadership, Coaching and Mentoring addresses this, equipping our industry’s leading professionals with the skills to empower lasting change in their clients and in themselves.’

Do you have what it takes to empower lasting change?

The first round of courses will be available in Sydney and Melbourne, with the inaugural student intake commencing this spring. If you’re interested in becoming one of the very first fitness professionals in the country to obtain the Diploma of Leadership, Coaching and Mentoring (22233VIC), visit, email or call 1300 493 832.

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