About the Job

Are you serious about improving human performance and potential? Do you have a degree in Exercise and Sports Science (or equivalent) or a Diploma in Fitness qualification with industry experience and passion in the human performance domain? Are you at the peak of your physical fitness?

If the answer to all these are yes then working as a Physical Training Instructor (PTI) in the Air Force may be the job for you. Being a PTI is one of the more physically demanding and rewarding roles the military has to offer.

The most suitable candidates to become an Air Force PTI are those who regularly participate in higher level strength and conditioning training, elite team or individual sports and/or high level human performance coaching for teams or individuals.

PTIs are non-commissioned military members who are the Air Force's specialists when it comes to exploiting the full human potential of its workforce. They provide capability through the design, delivery and coaching of high performance strength and conditioning in order to enable Defence members to build physical and mental resilience by raising and maintaining their level of fitness.

The physically demanding nature of duties carried out by PTIs requires the maintenance of very high levels of personal discipline and physical fitness. PTIs work in various environments and climatic conditions delivering physical strength and conditioning training and recreational activities in Australia and overseas.

Some typical tasks performed by PTIs includes the design and delivery of:

  • Strength, conditioning and coaching and functional physical training.
  • Injury prevention programs.
  • Reconditioning and return to work training as a part of a rehabilitation team.
  • Group and individual high performance strength and conditioning programs.
  • Physical wellness education.
  • Recreational and sporting activities
  • Delivery of mental wellness education.
  • Adventurous training (abseiling, climbing etc) activities.
  • Delivery of non-lethal use of force training (unarmed combat).

As a PTI in the Air Force, you will also be responsible for:

  • Conducting and reporting of military physical fitness assessments.
  • Instruction of ADF Fitness Leaders (ADFFL) courses.
  • Supervision, continued development and maintenance of technical competence of ADFFLs.
  • Administrative and management duties that support the provision of PTI services and resources.
  • Management and supervision of all physical and recreational facilities, equipment and services.

Working Conditions

Either working in Australia or during deployments, PTIs will be required to work in a variety of conditions such as:

  • Fixed indoor Gymnasium facilities
  • Outdoor environments including still and moving water, at heights or in confined spaces
  • Adverse weather conditions
  • Extended periods of standing and physical activity
  • Heavy load carriage
  • Long, irregular work hours and shift work.

Possible hazards that may be encountered include:

  • Musculoskeletal injuries sustained during the conduct of physical training or field exercises
  • Impact injuries
  • Exposure to climatic extremes
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Physical and mental fatigue.

Key Information

Preparing for Your Recruitment Process

This document provides information that will assist applicants for roles in the Navy, Army and Air Force, including details about the recruitment process, how to prepare yourself for assessment, and what to expect if you are successful in joining the Australian Defence Force.

Download

Salary & Allowances

In the Air Force you'll get paid a good salary from day one regardless of your age, experience or qualifications; and your pay increases as you progress through training.

In addition to your salary you'll receive a variety of allowances, extra pay for relevant qualifications – plus 16.4% superannuation, a far higher rate than you're likely to find in the civilian world.


For more details download our Salary Scales.


Locations

After training, you can expect a posting to the Ground Academy RAAF Base Wagga NSW.  You will be posted here for a minimum of three years to develop further skills and broaden your knowledge and experience as a PTI and junior Military Leadership. After your initial posting, PTIs have the opportunity to be posted to many locations around Australia.


Requirements

Age

Must be aged between 17 and 53 years inclusive on day of entry.

Education & Experience

It is essential that the applicant has completed Year 10 or equivalent with passes in English and Mathematics. Applicants without the minimum educational qualification may be considered if they possess relevant degree qualifications.

General Entry - Fully Trade Qualified 

For Fully Trade-Qualified it is essential that applicants hold a minimum of a relevant Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in:

  • Bachelor of Health and Movement
  • Bachelor of Health Science (Exercise)
  • Bachelor of Health Science (Fitness)
  • Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science
  • Bachelor of Health and Physical Education
  • Bachelor of Sports Coaching (Strength and Conditioning)

The degree must include (or equivalent) as a minimum:

  • Functional anatomy and exercise physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Exercise prescription and preparation

Applicants must have two years relevant industry experience within a five year period.

Applicants are to provide a Resume on application to articulate industry experience and current fitness levels. The Director of Personnel – Air Force will assess an applicant’s qualifications, experience and academic transcripts for suitability.

PTIs applicants are to be strong swimmers; a bronze medallion qualification is essential.

It is essential that all applicants hold as a minimum, a provisional Australian C Class driver’s licence. It is desirable that all applicants are free of driving infringements and/or offences that may result in future cancellation of their licence or prevent the issue of an ADF Driver’s Licence.

Medical & Fitness

Your medical fitness will be assessed by a doctor prior to enlistment. To enlist as a PTI candidate, you must be medically and physically fit for entry. This assessment will require you to complete an extensive questionnaire covering your medical history, followed by a comprehensive physical examination. It is to your advantage to have a good standard of medical and dental health when you attend that examination.

You will also be required to pass a Pre-Fitness Assessment (PFA) before enlistment. Due to the demanding physical nature of the PTI role, this PFA requires you to achieve a higher standard than the general entry fitness level for the Air Force. The standard you will be required to meet before enlistment is a PFA consisting of:

Male:

  • Push-Ups: 20
  • Sit-Ups (feet held): 30 and
  • Shuttle Run: 9.5

Female:

  • Push-Ups: 10
  • Sit-Ups (feet held): 30 and
  • Shuttle Run: 9.5

The above PFA describes the minimum standard for enlistment as a potential PTI candidate; however, a much higher level of physical fitness will be required. Additional requirements are:

General entry - Fully and Partially Trade Qualified - Must pass the PTI Specialist Physical Fitness Test upon graduating from Recruit Training in accordance with the Air Force Fitness and Testing Manual.

PTI candidates are to successfully satisfy all requirements of the ADFPTS entry test prior to basic PTI training which comprises of the following six components:

Male:

  • Vertical Rope climb 6 meters twice without touching the floor (scissor or stirrup method)
  • Push-ups 40 (1:2 cadence)
  • Sit-ups 35 (1:3 cadence)
  • Chin-ups 9 (1:3 cadence)
  • 5km run under 23 minutes
  • 400 meter Bronze Medallion swim under 12.30 minutes

Female:

  • Vertical Rope climb 6 meters once (scissor or stirrup method)
  • Push-ups 25 (1:2 cadence)
  • Sit-ups 35 (1:3 cadence)
  • Chin-ups 5 (1:3 cadence)
  • 5km run under 25 minutes
  • 400 meter Bronze Medallion swim under 12.30 minutes

The ADFPTS physical entry test is conducted sequentially, and is designed to provide a practical evaluation of an individual's capacity to undertake further training without risk of injury.

To ensure the physical standards required are maintained, all PTIs are further assessed biannually for physical fitness throughout their career.

 

Period of Service

You will be enlisted for an Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS) of six years. Subsequent periods of service may be offered subject to the requirements of the ADF and your suitability for further service.

You may request discharge at any time provided you do not have an outstanding Initial Minimum Period of Service obligation and provide a minimum of three months' notice.

Additional Requirements

Licence Requirements:

At a minimum, candidates must hold a valid Australian State or Territory provisional/probationary C Class Drivers Licence upon enlistment/appointment. Candidates with suspended or cancelled licences will not be eligible to join until the suspension or cancellation has been lifted or has expired.

Aptitude

Online Aptitude Testing (OAT) is completed as part of the application process to join the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Some jobs may also require you to complete additional testing at a later date.

OAT is used by Defence to establish suitability for ADF entry, and then identify jobs that best match your abilities.

Further information about OAT can be found in the Guide to Online Aptitude Testing for the ADF.

To get a feel for the types of questions that are used in an Online Aptitude Test and how they will look on your screen some examples can be found in the Online Aptitude Testing Example Questions.

Citizenship

To serve in the ADF you must be an Australian Citizen.

If you are a permanent resident of Australia, the ADF may consider a temporary deferral of the citizenship requirement if the position for which you are applying cannot be filled by an applicant who meets all the citizenship requirements, and then only in exceptional circumstances. You will be required to obtain Australian Citizenship as early as possible following enlistment or appointment.

Find out more in our Citizenship page or ask your local Defence Force Recruiting Centre.

Security Requirements

The Department of Defence requires ADF employees to have a security clearance appropriate to their employment.

A process of background checks, collection of relevant information and if required, interviews, enables the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA) to make an informed assessment of an applicant's suitability for a security clearance.

The minimum security clearance level required is Negative Vetting Level 1 (NV1), and current policy requires applicants to have a checkable background for the previous 10 years.

This means applicants must provide credible referees (non-family members) who are able to provide information about the applicant covering an extended period of time. Required information for an NV1 includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Residence
  • Employment
  • Education
  • Financial information
  • Travel

Some ADF jobs may require a higher level of security clearance such as Negative Vetting Level 2 (NV2) or Positive Vetting (PV). Your individual circumstances will determine the number and complexity of the questions and the supporting documents required for these levels.

Australian Citizenship is a requirement for a security clearance and a clearance will only be granted to a non-citizen in exceptional circumstances.

The security clearance is critical to an applicant's successful progression through the recruiting process. It is strongly recommended that all applicants action the Security Clearance Package (ePack) and provide the required documentation without delay to provide the best opportunity to commence training and be employed in their preferred employment category.

For more detailed information on the security vetting process and specific clearance level requirements set by AGSVA, please refer to the AGSVA website.

Support will be provided by DFR during the initial application process.

Training

Military Training

Duration: 10.6 weeks

Location: RAAF Base Wagga (NSW)

You will start your Air Force career at No 1 Recruit Training Unit (1RTU). In three intensive months, you will transition smoothly from civilian to Service life, acquiring the basic knowledge, skills and physical fitness required for your role; and learning to become an effective and productive member of the Air Force.

Employment Training

For Fully Trade-Qualified candidates, Recruit Training is followed by a period of on the job training, instruction and assessments on many subjects including:

  • Conduct military physical training
  • Military injury prevention measures
  • Military physical fitness assessments
  • Rehabilitation and management of personnel due to workplace injuries
  • Facilitation of ADF sports and recreational competitions and activities
  • Conducting-military on-lethal use of force training

Post-Graduate Training

Essential Post Graduate courses are required for advancement and will include:

  • PTI Advance/ Supervisor
  • Use of Non-Lethal Force Instructor level
  • Advance Strength and Conditioning
  • Adventure Training Leader (abseiling and top rope climbing)
  • Professional Military Education (PME)

Promotion through the ranks of non-commissioned officer is competitive and subject to vacancies. You will need to demonstrate sound trade skills, positive attitude and have successfully completed any PME, qualifying trade tests and/or promotion examinations. The opportunity exists within the mustering for promotion to the rank of Warrant Officer.


Key Information

Preparing for Your Recruitment Process

This document provides information that will assist applicants for roles in the Navy, Army and Air Force, including details about the recruitment process, how to prepare yourself for assessment, and what to expect if you are successful in joining the Australian Defence Force.

Download

Salary & Allowances

In the Air Force you'll get paid a good salary from day one regardless of your age, experience or qualifications; and your pay increases as you progress through training.

In addition to your salary you'll receive a variety of allowances, extra pay for relevant qualifications – plus 16.4% superannuation, a far higher rate than you're likely to find in the civilian world.


For more details download our Salary Scales.


Locations

After training, you can expect a posting to the Ground Academy RAAF Base Wagga NSW.  You will be posted here for a minimum of three years to develop further skills and broaden your knowledge and experience as a PTI and junior Military Leadership. After your initial posting, PTIs have the opportunity to be posted to many locations around Australia.


Requirements

Age

Must be aged between 17 and 53 years inclusive on day of entry.

Education & Experience

It is essential that the applicant has completed Year 10 or equivalent with passes in English and Mathematics. Applicants without the minimum educational qualification may be considered if they possess relevant degree qualifications.

For Partially-Qualified It is essential that applicants hold a Diploma in Fitness from a Recognised Training Organisation (RTO), and a minimum of two years industry experience within the last five years.

Applicants are to provide a Resume on application to articulate industry experience and current fitness levels. The Director of Personnel – Air Force will assess an applicant’s qualifications, experience and academic transcripts for suitability.

PTI applicants are to be strong swimmers; It is essential that candidates have the ability to meet the swimming requirements of the a Bronze Medallion qualification.

It is essential that all applicants hold as a minimum, a provisional Australian C Class driver’s licence. It is desirable that all applicants are free of driving infringements and/or offences that may result in future cancellation of their licence or prevent the issue of an ADF Driver’s Licence.

Medical & Fitness

Your medical fitness will be assessed by a doctor prior to enlistment. To enlist as a PTI candidate, you must be medically and physically fit for entry. This assessment will require you to complete an extensive questionnaire covering your medical history, followed by a comprehensive physical examination. It is to your advantage to have a good standard of medical and dental health when you attend that examination.

You will also be required to pass a Pre-Fitness Assessment (PFA) before enlistment. Due to the demanding physical nature of the PTI role, this PFA requires you to achieve a higher standard than the general entry fitness level for the Air Force. The standard you will be required to meet before enlistment is a PFA consisting of:

Male:

  • Push-Ups: 20
  • Sit-Ups (feet held): 30 and
  • Shuttle Run: 9.5

Female:

  • Push-Ups: 10
  • Sit-Ups (feet held): 30 and
  • Shuttle Run: 9.5

The above PFA describes the minimum standard for enlistment as a potential PTI candidate; however, a much higher level of physical fitness will be required. Additional requirements are:

General Entry – Fully and Partially Trade Qualified – Must pass the PTI Specialist Physical Fitness Test upon graduating from Recruit Training in accordance with the Air Force Fitness and Testing Manual

For Partially Qualified personnel you will be required to undertake the 26-week basic PTI course at HMAS Cerberus. The basic PTI course is physically very demanding. Accordingly, all candidates need to have a very high level of physical fitness before commencing training. To commence training at the Australian Defence Physical Training School (ADFPTS), students must be able to perform sit-ups (3 seconds cadence), chin-ups (2-second cadence), push-ups (2-second cadence), and bronze medallion swim (400m) and be able to run 5km according to gender.

General Entry - Partially Trade Qualified PTI candidates are to successfully satisfy all requirements of the ADFPTS Physical entry test prior to commencing basic PTI training which comprises of the following six components:

Male

  • Vertical Rope climb 6 meters twice without touching the floor (scissor or stirrup method)
  • Push-ups 40 (1:2 Sec cadence)
  • Sit-ups 35 (1:3 Sec cadence) 
  • Chin-ups 9 (1:3 Sec cadence) 
  • 5km run under 23 minutes
  • 400 meter Bronze Medallion swim under 12.30 minutes

Female

  • Vertical Rope climb 6 meters once (scissor or stirrup method)
  • Push-ups 25 (1:2 Sec cadence)
  • Sit-ups 35 (1:3 Sec cadence)
  • Chin-ups 5 (1:3 Sec cadence)
  • 5km run under 25 minutes
  • 400 meter Bronze Medallion swim under 12.30 minutes

The ADFPTS physical entry test is conducted sequentially, and is designed to provide a practical evaluation of an individual's capacity to undertake further training without risk of injury.

To ensure the physical standards required are maintained all PTIs are further assessed biannually for physical fitness throughout their career.

Period of Service

You will be enlisted for an Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS) of six years. Subsequent periods of service may be offered subject to the requirements of the ADF and your suitability for further service.

You may request discharge at any time provided you do not have an outstanding Initial Minimum Period of Service obligation and provide a minimum of three months' notice.

Additional Requirements

Licence Requirements:

At a minimum, candidates must hold a valid Australian State or Territory provisional/probationary C Class Drivers Licence upon enlistment/appointment. Candidates with suspended or cancelled licences will not be eligible to join until the suspension or cancellation has been lifted or has expired.

Aptitude

Online Aptitude Testing (OAT) is completed as part of the application process to join the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Some jobs may also require you to complete additional testing at a later date.

OAT is used by Defence to establish suitability for ADF entry, and then identify jobs that best match your abilities.

Further information about OAT can be found in the Guide to Online Aptitude Testing for the ADF.

To get a feel for the types of questions that are used in an Online Aptitude Test and how they will look on your screen some examples can be found in the Online Aptitude Testing Example Questions.

Citizenship

To serve in the ADF you must be an Australian Citizen.

If you are a permanent resident of Australia, the ADF may consider a temporary deferral of the citizenship requirement if the position for which you are applying cannot be filled by an applicant who meets all the citizenship requirements, and then only in exceptional circumstances. You will be required to obtain Australian Citizenship as early as possible following enlistment or appointment.

Find out more in our Citizenship page or ask your local Defence Force Recruiting Centre.

Security Requirements

The Department of Defence requires ADF employees to have a security clearance appropriate to their employment.

A process of background checks, collection of relevant information and if required, interviews, enables the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA) to make an informed assessment of an applicant's suitability for a security clearance.

The minimum security clearance level required is Negative Vetting Level 1 (NV1), and current policy requires applicants to have a checkable background for the previous 10 years.

This means applicants must provide credible referees (non-family members) who are able to provide information about the applicant covering an extended period of time. Required information for an NV1 includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Residence
  • Employment
  • Education
  • Financial information
  • Travel

Some ADF jobs may require a higher level of security clearance such as Negative Vetting Level 2 (NV2) or Positive Vetting (PV). Your individual circumstances will determine the number and complexity of the questions and the supporting documents required for these levels.

Australian Citizenship is a requirement for a security clearance and a clearance will only be granted to a non-citizen in exceptional circumstances.

The security clearance is critical to an applicant's successful progression through the recruiting process. It is strongly recommended that all applicants action the Security Clearance Package (ePack) and provide the required documentation without delay to provide the best opportunity to commence training and be employed in their preferred employment category.

For more detailed information on the security vetting process and specific clearance level requirements set by AGSVA, please refer to the AGSVA website.

Support will be provided by DFR during the initial application process.

Training

Military Training

Duration: 10.6 weeks

Location: RAAF Base Wagga (NSW)

You will start your Air Force career at No 1 Recruit Training Unit (1RTU). In three intensive months, you will transition smoothly from civilian to Service life, acquiring the basic knowledge, skills and physical fitness required for your role; and learning to become an effective and productive member of the Air Force.

Employment Training

Partially-Qualified Recruit training is followed by a 26 week full-time PTI course at the Australian Defence Force Physical Training School (ADFPTS), HMAS Cerberus Hastings Vic. Training and instruction is provided on many subjects including:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Exercise physiology
  • Energy systems for physical training
  • Creating physical training programs
  • Conduct military physical training
  • Injury prevention measures
  • Military physical fitness assessments
  • Nutrition, health fitness and wellbeing
  • Rehabilitation and management of personnel due to workplace injuries
  • Facilitation of ADF sports and recreational competitions and activities

Post-Graduate Training

The Basic PTI Course will be the first stage of training for advancement. Post Graduate courses will include areas such as:

  • PTI Supervisor
  • Use of Non-Lethal Force
  • Advance Strength and Conditioning
  • Adventure Training Leader
  • Professional Military Education (PME)

Promotion through the ranks of non-commissioned officer is competitive and subject to vacancies. You will need to demonstrate sound trade skills, positive attitude and have successfully completed any PME, qualifying trade tests and/or promotion examinations. The opportunity exists within the mustering for promotion to the rank of Warrant Officer.