Fitness Australia’s Scope of Practice is one place where fitness industry standards and guidelines can be found

Fitness Australia’s Scope of Practice is one place where fitness industry standards and guidelines can be found. The Scope of Practice is a national position statement that aims to define the scope of practice for Registered Exercise Professionals in Australia.

Scope of Practice

 

Registered Exercise Professionals include personal trainers, gym instructors, group exercise instructors and group exercise leaders. The Scope of Practice provides information detailing the minimum vocational and educational requirements of each, and states what is expected as part of professional obligations. Prominent amongst these is safety and risk management and assessment. Other professional obligations of Registered Exercise Professionals include:

  • Pre-exercise health screening for clients.
  • Application of first aid to clients where required.
  • Fitness assessment and analysis in accordance with knowledge and skill obtained through qualification and/or continuing education.
  • Development of safe, effective and appropriate exercise programs tailored to client or group needs.
  • Exercise delivery inclusive of demonstrating, instructing, monitoring, reviewing and modifying program content including technique, method and progression.
  • Working within professional limitations to provide basic healthy eating information and advice through the application of nationally endorsed nutritional standards and guidelines.
  • Provision of general nationally endorsed public health information that will educate and support positive client health outcomes.
The Fitness Australia Scope of Practice can be found at: https://fitnessaustralia.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/uploaded_file/file/224/Scope-of-Practice-for-Registered-Exercise-Professionals.pdf

Registered Exercise Professionals must also agree to abide by the Fitness Australia Code of Ethics which can be found at http://fitness.org.au/articles/policies-guidelines/fitness-australia-code-of-ethics/4/73/20