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You can obtain a maxium of 5 CECs for First Aid and CPR certifications completed within the last 2 years. A First Aid/CPR certificate will give you 4 CECS, and a CPR certificate alone is worth 1 CEC.

Program assessors must hold a Certificate IV Training & Assessment (equivalent qualification & experience will be considered on a case by case basis) as well as relevant qualifications to the area they are assessing. Additionally, assessors are required to have a minimum of five (5) years’ experience relevant to the knowledge/skill area they are presenting.

Detailed, specific and accurate CVs must be submitted for all presenters. Certified copies of presenter qualifications must be included.

Note: the assessor does not have to be the same person as the presenter. If an online assessment is being provided it must be developed by an assessor that is qualified as stipulated above.

Program presenters are required to have a minimum of five (5) years’ experience relevant to the knowledge/skill area they are presenting. Their qualifications must reflect a level of education of at least the same level or higher than the level of education being delivered in the program/event.

For example, a presenter with a Certificate IV would be expected to be presenting content at the level of Gym Instructors (Certificate III) or Personal Trainers (Certificate IV). They would not normally be considered sufficiently qualified to present t content at the level of Diploma qualified Personal Trainers. Certified copies of their qualifications relevant to the CEC application must be submitted.

Detailed, specific and accurate CVs must be submitted for all presenters. Certified copies of presenter qualifications must be included.

Continuing Education Credits (CECs) no longer apply to professional practice beyond March 31st 2016.

As part of our enhancement of the Professional Registration System, feedback from across the industry indicated a need for greater depth of assessed knowledge and learning among registered professionals to ensure quality and credibility. As a result, continuing education credits now apply only to participation in education. This might include approved courses listed at the CEC directory or a range of other eligible education methods.

Currency of practice is still an important principle of exercise professional registration. As a AUSactive registered professional, you will be required to keep your Professional Practice Status up-to-date, so that it is clear which of your registration categories you are practicing in at any given time.

An Australian First Aid certificate is valid for 3 years and CPR is valid for 12 months.

Both First Aid and CPR certificates must be current at all times in order for your Professional Registration with AUSactive to remain valid. Note: Your insurance may also be invalid if your First Aid or CPR certificates expire.

If you are training clients that are aged 50+ years of age, consider the following:

The core units within Certificate III in Fitness will qualify you to work with healthy adults over the age of 50 (i.e. a participant in a group exercise class or client who requests a fitness program).

If you are working with adults over the age of 50 that have managed conditions (as identified through pre-exercise screening) or if you are providing specific services that target older adults (programs, classes or personal training services), you need to have completed the elective unit (or equivalent): SISFFIT015 Collaborate with medical and allied health professionals in a fitness context.
Within the Fitness Australia exercise professional registration system, this would mean that you are registered as a Gym Instructor, Group Exercise Instructor or Personal Trainer and also have the Older Adults delivery knowledge and skill listed on your public registration profile.

Remember that when assessing risk using the Adult Pre-Exercise Screening System, age related risk is higher for ≥ 45yrs Males or ≥ 55yrs Females. Refer to the Adult Pre-Exercise Screening tool

If you are training clients that are under 18 years of age, consider the following:
To plan and deliver fitness services to children and young people, AusREPs must be appropriately qualified and should continually update their related knowledge and skills. The following minimum education is required:
1. Certificate lll in Fitness
2. Completion of the relevant units of competency (or equivalent):
SISFFIT012 Instruct movement programs to children aged 5 to 12 years;
SISFFIT013 Instruct exercise to young people aged 13 to 17 years.
Within the Fitness Australia exercise professional registration system, this would mean that they are registered as a Gym Instructor, Group Exercise Instructor or Personal Trainer and also have the Children – Young Children &/or Adolescents delivery knowledge and skill listed on their public registration profile.
It should be noted that the AUSActive Professionals Scope of Practice allows for the provision of independent advice and/or exercise programs for children and young people who are free of health conditions or injury.
National guidelines for delivery of children’s health and fitness services can be found here:

AUSactive Registered Professionals are required to obtain a minimum of twenty (20) CECs over a two year term to renew professional registration or, If you are on a 1 year registration, a minimum of ten (10) CEC’s over the 1 year term is required to renew professional registration

You can find Approved CEC programs and events here.

Please follow this link to our CEC course directory.

Delivery knowledge and skill areas include settings, activities, population groups or client conditions you’re able to work with, based on your qualifications and continuing education.

The delivery knowledge and skills that can be displayed on a AUSactive registered professional’s public profile include:

• Activity and training activities, such as boot camp, strength and conditioning or kettlebell training
• Settings, such as aqua or outdoor
• Conditions, such as diabetes or asthma
• Population groups, such as children, older adults and women

There are more than 60 delivery knowledge and skill areas and this will grow further over time as the industry continues to adapt to the ever changing needs of Australian clients. You can find the full list here.

Continuing Education Credits (CECs) are awarded to industry education programs and events that are aligned to the Scope of Practice for AUSactive Registered Profesionals.

The number of CECs allocated to an education program or event depends on the quality of the education being delivered; the duration of the program or event and whether it includes an assessment of participant knowledge and skill gained.

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