Exercise Professional

Exercise Professional

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Prove you have the right skills. Give your fitness career credibility and become an AUSactive Exercise Professional on the Australian Register of Exercise Professionals.

Becoming a Registered Exercise Professional

Give your fitness career the credibility and become an AUSactive Registered Exercise Professional.

What is an Exercise Professional?

The core role of a AUSactive Registered Exercise Professional is to plan and deliver safe and effective exercise programs for individuals and/or groups. A member of the public may utilise health and fitness services as a leisure or recreation activity, to complement sporting pursuits, as a means of community participation, or to help prevent or to improve health problems. As such, an AUSactive registered professional plays a significant role in enhancing the overall quality of life of individuals and communities and is a contributor to an individual’s healthcare continuum.

View the Scope of Practice for a Registered Exercise Professional.

Being a Registered Exercise Professional with AUSactive gives you:

  • A Directory Listing on the AUSactive Register of Professionals
  • Exclusive Digital Branding and Credentials
  • Private Health Fund Provider Status
  • Discounted Rates for First Aid & CPR
  • The latest industry news and updates straight to your inbox
  • Free Job Seeker profile on the AUSactive Jobs Board

Cost

12 month membership – $145
24 month membership – $250

Registered Exercise Professional Requirements

To become an AUSactive Registered Exercise Professional you must have completed a relevant qualification and hold current nationally recognised first aid and CPR certification.

Registration Categories and Role Characteristics

The qualification requirements for entry into each Registration Category include:

An AUSactive Registered Personal Trainer has completed a vocational qualification or equivalent higher education requirements and/or qualification.

This may include:

  • Certificate IV (or Diploma) in Fitness
  • Exercise Science or Human Movement degree

Personal Trainers are qualified to:

  • Work independently and support or lead other registered exercise professionals
  • Practice within a fitness facility but also in a wide variety of other environments (including unpredictable settings such as outdoor locations, client homes, community spaces, workplaces)
  • Provide individually tailored client assessments, program development, instruction and demonstration, supervised exercise sessions and client reviews.
  • Maintain consistent monitoring and support for clients (including between sessions)
  • Deliver exercise programs designed for participation by a group of clients with a mix of ages/fitness levels
  • Manage both business and client needs, e.g. promoting and selling services, as well as delivering services

AUSactive Registered Professionals commit to providing excellent client care to fulfil their professional roles in line with the AUSactive’s Code of Ethical Conduct and AUSactive’s Scope of Practice.

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An AUSactive Registered Gym Instructor has completed one of the following qualifications:

  • Certificate III in Fitness (SIS30321)
  • Certificate III in Fitness (SIS30315)
    • Must include the following elective unit SISFFIT006 – Conduct fitness appraisals
  • Exercise Science or Human Movement degree

Gym Instructors are qualified to:

  • Work within predictable settings such as a fitness facility, recreation or community facilities
  • Provide individually tailored client assessments, program development, program demonstration and client reviews
  • Provide supervision of a facility or service (i.e. observing client use of facilities, providing technique correction as needed, keeping equipment clean/tidy/well-maintained, being available for customer inquiries or assistance)
  • Not always be directly supervised during work duties

AUSactive Registered Professionals commit to providing excellent client care to fulfil their professional roles in line with the AUSactive’s Code of Ethical Conduct and AUSactive’s Scope of Practice.

Aqua Exercise Instructors can register with AUSactive in an independent registration category. Members that meet the registration requirements will have this registration category listed on the public register, AUSactive Register of Exercise Professionals.

Like all other AUSactive registration categories, the registered Aqua Exercise Instructors will hold exclusive international portability with many other countries that are members of the International Confederation of Registered Exercise Professionals.

The registration requirements include providing a transcript (record of results) of units of competencies completed, including all the following units of competency from Certificate III in Fitness (or equivalent):

  • HLTWHS001 – Participate in workplace health and safety.
  • SISCAQU002 – Perform basic water rescues
  • SISFFIT022 – Instruct aquatic sessions for specific population groups
  • SISFFIT008 – Instruct water-based fitness activities
  • SISFFIT004 – Incorporate anatomy and physiology principles into fitness programming
  • HLTAID009 – Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • HLTAID011 – Provide first aid

Or from SISSS00127 – Aqua Exercise Instruction Skills set

  • HLTWHS001 – Participate in workplace health and safety
  • SISCAQU002 – Perform basic water rescues
  • SISFFIT039 – Instruct group water-based exercise sessions
  • SISFFIT038 – Plan group water-based exercise sessions
  • SISFFIT048 – Use anatomy and physiology knowledge to support safe and effective water-based exercise
  • HLTAID011 – Provide First Aid
  • HLTAID009 – Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation

If your Certificate III in Fitness qualification with aqua electives is from many years ago, please note you must also have completed a perform basic water rescue unit (or equivalent). For clarification on eligibility, please send your formal transcripts to AUSactive, and we'll provide you with guidance.

An AUSactive Registered Group Exercise Instructor has completed one of the following qualifications:

  • Certificate III in Fitness (SIS30321)
  • Certificate III in Fitness (SIS30315)
    • Must include BOTH of the following elective units:
      • SISFFIT007 – Instruct group exercise sessions
      • SISFFIT011 – Instruct approved community fitness programs

Eligible International Qualification

Gym Instructors are qualified to:

  • Deliver exercise sessions designed for participation by a group of clients with a mix of ages/fitness levels (not tailored to individuals)
  • Deliver exercise sessions that are freestyle, pre-choreographed or circuit style
  • Instruct and demonstrate complete exercise sessions to groups with limited individual interaction
  • Practice independently
  • Conduct sessions that are part of an overall regular timetable of sessions, provided by the employer organisation
  • Instruct sessions in predictable settings such as group exercise studios within fitness facilities

An AUSactive Registered Group Exercise Leader has completed

A Group Exercise Leader (GEL) Certificate (Skill-set SISSS00128 or SISSS00113)

plus

A private certification in a pre-choreographed group exercise program that has been approved by AUSactive, such as Les Mills, Radical Fitness, Zumba, MYND Tribe Fitness or MOSSA.

Group Exercise Leaders are qualified to lead predesigned group exercise sessions in predictable settings.

CPR & First Aid Requirements

To meet AUSactive's registration requirements, you must have completed Nationally Accredited First Aid and CPR certifications issued by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

Nationally Accredited First Aid

HLTAID011 – Provide First Aid 

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide a first aid response to a casualty in line with first aid guidelines determined by the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) and other Australian national peak clinical bodies. 

The unit applies to all persons who may be required to provide a first aid response in a range of situations, including community and workplace settings. 

HLTAID011 (supersedes HLTAID003) is recognised as valid for three years from completion. 

Nationally Accredited CPR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation 

HLTAID009 – Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in line with the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) guidelines. 

This unit applies to all persons who may be required to provide CPR, in a range of situations, including community and workplace settings. 

HLTAID009 (supersedes HLTAID001) is recognised as valid for one year from completion. 

Understanding Registration Levels 

Levels

Are you registering for the first time with qualifications greater than two years old?

In the event the most recent fitness qualification you have completed is greater than two years old from the date of requested registration, you will additionally require to have accumulated the equivalence of 20 CECs in the past two years.

International Registration

Are you registering with an overseas qualification?

If you have an international qualification and you wish to register with AUSactive, you will first need to check that your qualification is eligible:

Please note that completion of an international qualification doesn’t enable direct registration. However, we do accept evidence from international registration bodies (e.g. ICREPs members, listed below).

To be eligible for registration with AUSactive, you need either of the following:

  • A current professional registration from one of the relevant ICREPs countries (listed above); or
  • A letter of portability from one of the relevant ICREPs countries (listed above), verifying that your qualification meets the registration requirements and states which registration categories you are eligible for.

If you do not have either of these, you may need to consider completing a Recognition or Prior Learning (RPL) process through a Registered Training Organisation (RTO)

Membership Cost

Exercise Professional

12 month membership – $145
24 month membership – $250

Sole Trader Pack – Add-on

Membership for an AUSactive Professional who also has an ABN or runs a business.

Upgrading with the Sole Trader Pack gives you the following additional benefits:

  • Access to the Grow your Fitness Business Toolbox
  • Business Directory Listing & Profile
  • Competitive Business Insurance
  • Voting rights at AUSactive Board Elections as a Business Member
  • Cleanlife Priority List & Discount
  • Iron Edge – Trade Pass

12 month membership – $60
24 month membership – $100

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