Mental Health Essentials Certificate

Personal Trainers with a Mental Health skillset are in demand right now. If you want to make a difference, studying this Mental Health Essentials Course will give you the hands-on skills you need to get straight to work.
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Mental Health Essentials Certificate Overview

The AOF Mental Health Essentials Course provides a clear focus on mental health essentials education while also conveying the fundamental knowledge required to gain a greater insight into your own mental health as well as the best strategies available for tuning into the emotional well-being of your clients.

The “Mental Health Essentials Course” ranks highly for its clarity, accessibility, professional appeal, and marketability within the fitness industry, making the skill sets perfect for attracting new clients or providing an additional service to existing clients seeking foundational mental health support within their fitness journey.

The AOF Mental Health Essentials Certificate course includes 3 key topics, covering 19 areas such as building resilience for mental well-being, social psychology and mental illness, psychiatric problems affecting adults and more.

Nearly one in two Australians aged between 16 and 85 will suffer from a mental health disorder in their lifetime. As a  fitness professional with this mental health skillset is in a position to be able to identify the warning signs and provide real and ongoing care to those who really need it. Not only that, you’ll gain a greater insight into your own mental health as well as unlocking the best strategies available for tuning into the emotional wellbeing of your clients and loved ones.

If you want to make a difference in your fitness career, the Mental Health Essentials Course is here to give you the hands-on skills you need to get straight to work.

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Course Curriculum

Course 1: Children & Adolescent Mental Health

  • Introduction Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Mental and Physical Health Disorders: Infancy to Adolescents
  • Lifestyle and Nutrition Children to Adolescents
  • Social and Environmental Concerns: Children and Adolescents
  • Emotional Wellbeing in Children and Adolescents
  • Psychological Health Concerns: Children and Adolescents
  • Holistic Health and Well-being: Children and Adolescents
  • An Approach to Mental Well-being and Recovery
  • Building Resilience for Mental Well-being
  • Mental Wellbeing Support Services for Children and Adolescents
  • An insight into understanding mental health (An interview with Matt Green - Mental Health Specialist)

Course 2: Mental Health in Adults

  • An Introduction to Adult Mental Health
  • Psychological Problems Affecting Adults
  • Complex Disorders and Neurological Illnesses
  • Social Psychology and Mental Illness
  • Mood Disorders and Emotional Wellbeing
  • Holistic Health and Wellness
  • Recovery - Focused Care
  • Learning Resilience in Adulthood
  • Treatment and Support in Adult Mental Health

Course 3: Celebrity Mentor Series

  • Celebrity Mentor Series: Jade Hameister - Dealing with Bullies
  • Celebrity Mentor Series: Jade Hameister - Mental Strength
  • Celebrity Mentor Series: Jade Hameister - Self Motivating
  • Celebrity Mentor Series: Wayne Schwass - Introduction to Mental Health (Own Your Story)
  • Celebrity Mentor Series: Wayne Schwass - Emotional Connection
  • Celebrity Mentor Series: Wayne Schwass - Holistic Mental Health for Families
  • Celebrity Mentor Series: Wayne Schwass - Hopes and Fears
  • Celebrity Mentor Series: Wayne Schwass - Introduction to Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Celebrity Mentor Series: Wayne Schwass - Mental Health Toolbox
  • Celebrity Mentor Series: Wayne Schwass - Practical Tips on Helping People
  • Celebrity Mentor Series: Wayne Schwass - Wellbeing Champions
  • Celebrity Mentor Series: Dr Golly - Mental Health During Pregnancy
  • Celebrity Mentor Series: Dr Golly - Post Natal Depression
  • Celebrity Mentor Series: Dr Golly - Seeking Help

Supporting you at every step through your studies

For over 2 decades we have successfully supported thousands of students through our Fitness, Nutrition & Mental Health courses. You will be supported by our skillful team of academic student support and professional education staff, who will be with you every step of your education journey. Our academic staff are not only professional educators they are working as personal trainers themselves and have extensive industry experience.

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Responsive to your needs

The Academy of Fitness is responsive to the needs of the modern world. We understand our students are busy professionals with families, careers, along with the commitments and demands of everyday life and our study and online learning options are purposely built to be fun, flexible and supportive.

Course Outcomes

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Certificate of Participation

Upon completion of the course you will receive a Certificate of Competent Completion from the Academy of Fitness

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  • Personal Trainer – Mental Health Specialists
  • Social Service Worker and Case Worker
  • Mental Health Outreach Officer
  • Life Coach (grief, rehabilitation, addictions, academic/career)
  • Mental Health Coordinator
  • Family and Marriage Therapist
  • Outreach and Community Support Officer
  • Disabilities Services Officer

Course Delivery

  • 100% online
  • Assessment are short answer and multiple choice

Payment Options

  • Interest-free payment plan.
  • Upfront payment.

Course Length

  • Self-paced study.
  • Most students complete within 50 hours.


  • No entry requirements

Study Online

The student learning portal provides:

  • all the necessary subject learning material
  • resources including study guides, videos, and more
  • a variety of engaging learning activities


Support Services

The student learning portal provides:

  • industry based learning
  • dedicated online support 
  • assessment tips and guides
  • optional one on one tutoring

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Entry Requirements

You’ll need the following in order to complete this course…

What you'll need

There are no requirements for this course

Why students choose Academy Of Fitness?

We're glad you asked!

The student is the heart and soul of our focus.
We do not only provide training for you to become a fitness professional, but we provide you with the skills and knowledge to transition from training into industry and be successful, through further education and support.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does The Academy help you get a job once you have completed your course?

The Academy has hundreds of industry partners who are constantly looking for fitness professionals to work for them! The Academy advertises positions without our jobs board and will put you in touch with different employers upon request.

The Academy by law cannot guarantee you a job however we endeavour to put our graduates in touch with employers desperate to fill their vacancies!

How much is the personal trainer course?

Course fees can vary depending on the course you choose to study and the mode of delivery. We offer a variety of payment options as well with a deposit of $99 to get you studying that day and payment plans from $17 per week.

Is becoming a personal trainer a good career?

It sure is! If you want to work as your own boss and build an active lifestyle then this industry is perfect for you. You are ultimately the decision-maker in terms of how many hours per week you want to work. The Academy of Fitness course material does provide advice on how to make as much money off one hour in a day as possible.

How do personal trainers get clients?

Great question – The Academy of Fitness mentors our students to start with friends and family while networking with businesses to build brand recognition. Our marketing content provided free of charge in our course materials shows you how to build your social media profiles from scratch to allow it to reach new clients.

How long does it take to become a Personal Trainer?

To become a personal trainer in Australia you need to hold a Certificate III and IV in Fitness. With the Academy of Fitness our courses are self-paced which means you can take up to 18 months to complete both courses. We do not penalize those who get through the content quicker however so it will come down to how much time you must smash out the course materials.

How often do the courses start at the Academy of Fitness?

The Academy of Fitness has no set intakes and you can start anytime! This is perfect for those who want to jump into studies on their own terms and not have to wait for a certain date to begin.

Are personal trainers in demand?

Research by IBIS World indicates that fitness industry revenues in Australia have been steadily growing over the past 5 years. This trend will reach an estimated $2.4 billion value by 2022/23 – a forecasted annual growth of 1.8% (IBISWorld, 2018).

What this means for you is that there is a growing demand for not only personal trainers but fitness professionals which included gym instructors and group exercise instructors.

Why should I get qualified as a Personal Trainer at the Academy of Fitness?

Passion and desire to see our students not only gain the most current knowledge and skills but to make a change in the industry. The fitness industry is screaming for good graduates and our mission is to raise the standard of fitness professionals, one student at a time.

How old do I have to be to study at the Academy of Fitness?

To study Fitness you must be 16 years of age with parental permission.