We have two student placement programs in the College of Sport & Exercise Science:

  • The Career Development & Employability (CDE) program for undergraduate students within their degree.
  • Clinical Exercise & Rehabilitation placements.

Our Career Development & Employability purpose

Each year students in the College of Sport & Exercise Science complete placements with one of 350 different host organisations in the following fields:

  • sport & exercise science
  • sport management
  • sport coaching
  • recreation
  • outdoor education.

Our Career Development & Employment (CDE) learning in the College has been in place for many years, and in 2010, 2012 and 2014 was nationally recognised by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC). The program was recognised as a leader in the Australian university sector for outstanding contributions to student learning.

CDE units let students complete sport, exercise and recreation industry placements linked to embedded curriculum that teaches 21st-century skills for lifelong career management.

Career Development and Employability learning is designed to achieve the following goals:

  • improve students' clarity regarding career direction and opportunity awareness
  • include substantial course-related work experience
  • develop students' skills professionalism and capacity to effectively self-market when job-seeking beyond course completion.

Career-development units are delivered in the second and/or final year of the degree as part of core course requirements – a unique feature of our courses with a focus on graduate employability.

Career development and employability learning happens within tutorials and workshops, and is linked to compulsory career placements in the sport, exercise, coaching, clinical exercise and active recreation industries.

Career placements are focused on each student’s personal career exploration, aspiration, advancement and strategies to gain employment. Selecting, sourcing and establishing a compulsory career placement is part of the student's professional development: a 70-hour placement in second year and/or a 140-hour placement in the final year of the degree.

Documentation & guidelines

Full documentation, guidelines and information on CDE website.

Career Development and Employability units have a strong emphasis on developing workplace achievements and industry networks for each student. Students are encouraged to aim for a career that is a good fit, and that will be personally satisfying and fulfilling.

Our monthly newsletter, 'CDE Inspire', is designed to motivate students through true stories about placements, and the jobs that our graduates have found as a result of those placements. We send out three to five weekly recruitment emails from the sport, exercise and recreation industry to help students find suitable placements and part-time jobs in the industry.

The curriculum focuses on the following:

  • each student’s individual achievements
  • actions for personal career development and management
  • understanding ways to improve employability.

Employment outcomes are high, with many graduates attributing their job success to the CDE program, eg:

"I wanted to thank you for everything you taught me throughout my degree. I have now got a full-time job with Hockey Victoria and I feel everything you taught me is why I have this job now".

CDE Coordinator, Lecturer

Mary Grant

Phone: +61 3 9919 4534
Fax: +61 3 9919 5572
Email: [email protected]

CDE Engagement Coordinator

Ruth Gadsby (CDE placement contracts and employer engagement)

Phone: +61 3 9919 5539
Fax: +61 3 9919 5572
Email: [email protected]

Victoria University Clinical Exercise & Rehabilitation (VUCER) placements

Clinical Exercise & Rehabilitation placements are included in the following courses for :

Clinical placement is where practical skills-based learning, or practicum, is delivered in a practical context in the context of the working world. This is important to staff and students alike because it aims to relate that which is being taught in the classroom with current practices and needs in the field.

Completion of 500 clinical placement hours in practicum is a mandatory requirement for future professional accreditation with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA).

Students who have completed the Master of Clinical Exercise Science and Rehabilitation (AMEP) will be academically prepared to apply for a PhD pathway because an optional research component is embedded into this course.

Further information for students about the VUCER placements, including placement types, negotiation of placements, location and timing is all included on the placements page.

Placement hours and Clinical Placement Contract

All AMEP units have some embedded placement hours. These placements, both in clinical exercise and exercise leadership for apparently health clients, are required for ESSA accreditation.

All placements completed within VUCER must be:

  1. covered by a current Clinical Placement Contract AND
  2. recorded in your ESSA Clinical logbooks with accurate hours, which are approved and signed off by an ESSA–approved clinical supervisor.

Professional accreditation

NUCAP is the accreditation body for Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA).

The Master of Clinical Exercise Science and Rehabilitation (AMEP) has been strategically designed as a National University Course Accreditation Program (NUCAP) (see ESSA site) accredited course.

The Graduate Diploma of Clinical Exercise Science and Rehabilitation (AGEP) and the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Exercise Science and Rehabilitation (ATEP) are nested within the AMEP master program to provide flexible entry and exit points.

Students who have completed the Master of Clinical Exercise Science and Rehabilitation (AMEP) will be academically prepared to apply for a PhD pathway because an optional research component is embedded into this course.

Work as a clinical exercise physiologist

On successful completion of the Master of Clinical Exercise Science and Rehabilitation, graduates will be qualified to be ESSA Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs).

To gain access to a Medicare Provider number and work as a registered Allied Health professional (e.g. Clinical Exercise Physiologist) under the Australian government's Medicare health schemes, graduates must qualify for professional practitioner accreditation with ESSA.

Clinic Duty Supervisor (VUCER Clinic)

VUCER Clinic location: Footscray Park Campus, room L305
Phone: +61 3 9919 4737
Email: [email protected]

Clinic Practice & Administration Coordinator

Lili Hodnik
Phone: +61 3 9919 4054
Fax: +61 3 9919 5532
Email: [email protected]

Postgraduate Clinical Coordinator

Danilo Mangiameli, AEP
Phone: +61 3 9919 5894
Email: [email protected].