Clinical Exercise & Rehabilitation (VUCER) placements

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


The primary purpose of the Victoria University Clinical Exercise & Rehabilitation (VUCER) placements is to equip students with the skills and knowledge of an entry level practitioner and to gain membership and/or accreditation with Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) as an Exercise Scientist and/or Exercise Physiologist (AEP).

All internal and external placements completed within the VUCER placement program must be:

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

Please note: accreditation with ESSA is not automatic, students are required to successfully complete their academic studies and also achieve 500 practicum hours to be eligible for accreditation with ESSA.

In 'Clinical Exercise & Rehabilitation (VUCER) placements':

Guidelines of clinical placement

To maximise learning, students undertake hands-on training to help them understand the roles exercise can play in managing the health of clients; including those with injuries and/or chronic disease. All training is under the supervision of ESSA approved supervisors.

Undergraduate clinical placement: Apparently healthy populations

Undergraduate students commence with ‘apparently healthy’ clientele. These clients have no known injury or illness, but may wish to improve their health and fitness, or use exercise as a preventative health management strategy.

This clinical placement will enable you to develop knowledge, skills and confidence in exercise delivery for this population, preparing them for more complex clinical populations. You must complete a minimum of 140 hours in this area prior to beginning other clinical placement hours.

ESSA approved supervisors for apparently healthy clientele

The following ESSA approved supervisors are eligible to supervise and sign off the 140 hours with apparently healthy clientele:

  • An accredited exercise physiologist (AEP).
  • An ESSA exercise science member (ES).
  • A degree qualified exercise and sports science professional.
  • A personal trainer with a SIS40210 - Certificate IV in Fitness, with a minimum of 10 years industry experience.
  • A degree qualified physical education teacher.
  • A bachelor degree qualified trained allied health professional with experience in exercise delivery (e.g. physiotherapist).
  • A state, national or international level sports coach.
  • An Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA) level 2 or 3 coach.

For further information please refer to the ESSA guidelines.

Postgraduate clinical placement: Clinical populations

As a postgraduate student, you can begin placements in the areas of clinical exercise science and exercise rehabilitation once:

  • you have completed 140 hours with "apparently healthy" clientele
  • you pass the readiness exam
  • you have completed and returned the required placement documentation.

You must complete a total of 360 hours of placements in the following categories:

  1. cardio / metabolic / musculoskeletal clientele (minimum 200 hours)
  2. neurological / renal / respiratory / cancer / mental health clientele (minimum 100 hours) plus
  3. a minimum of 60 approved 'other hours'.

Approved supervisors for clinical clientele

The following ESSA approved supervisors are eligible to supervise and sign off the 360 hours of clinical clientele:

  • An accredited exercise physiologist (AEP) (minimum 200hrs).
  • A degree qualified exercise physiologist.
  • An ESSA-approved health professional.

Clinical placement information & opportunities

Clinical placement information and upcoming clinical placement opportunities are broadcast via student email. Details about each particular placement and any required pre-requisites will be included.

You will be required to complete a three-step process before you can commence Clinical Exercise & Rehabilitation (VUCER) placements.

  1. Mandatory submission of four documents:
    • Victoria police check
    • Working with Children check
    • CPR certificate
    • First Aid Level 2.
  2. Application
  3. Clinical Work Placement Readiness Assessment Procedure (CWPR)

Find out more about the three step process.

Placement opportunities are advertised on an ongoing basis.

    Location of placements

    VUCER has a dedicated, purpose-built gym and clinic for internal placements.

    The VUCER clinic is located at:

    Footscray Park Campus
    Building L, Level 3

    See the Footscray Park campus map.

    Students are required to pay for any travel costs that may incur as a result of placement. Arrangements cannot be made to fit clinical placement hours around part-time/full-time work.

    Clinic Days (Master Program)

    Mon: 9am-12pm
    Wed: 9am- 12pm
    Fri: 9am-12pm

    Timing & rosters

    Placements can take place throughout the year, including, weekends, public holidays, semester breaks, SWOTVAC and exam periods.

    Internal placements are available throughout the year at the VUCER clinic. Opening hours differ from semester to semester and it is closed during the summer break.

    Timing and rostering of external placements are dependent upon the needs of the host placement organisations.

    You are expected to alter your paid employment to accommodate clinical placement roster

    You need a valid reason to miss your allocated placement. Where appropriate, a medical certificate must be submitted to the Clinical Placement Coordinator and/ or Clinical Practice Administrator within one week of absence or a signed statutory declaration.

    Clinical uniforms

    Unless you have specific instructions from host organisations, you must wear the prescribed clinical uniforms which can be ordered through the University Co-op bookshop.

    The VUCER uniform

    • Black College of Sport and Exercise Science polo top with "Clinical Exercise" written in red on the right side of the polo top.
    • Black pants. Unacceptable items for clothing are jeans, cargo pants, overalls, dungarees, miniskirts, and hot pants. We want to present an image of professionalism.
    • Black socks. If engaged in exercise instruction, sports socks may be worn.
    • Black closed toe shoes. Boots, loafers, court shoes are all acceptable.
    • Stethoscope. Stethoscopes have become part of the uniform requirement (in order to practise good infection control). Students are free to buy any brand stethoscope of their choice. Students who do not bring in their own stethoscopes when attending internal placements will be denied access.
    • Student  ID badge.

    Career & Professional Development Placement contract (CPD)

    The contract system formally recognises the student's involvement in a clinical placement contract for both internal and external placements. It provides for public liability insurance cover for students undertaking course work at Victoria University and at host placement organisation/ industry partners.

    All students attending placements are required to apply for a CPD contract prior to their allocated placement commencing using the 'Career & Professional Development Placement Contract'. This contract must be approved and signed by all relevant parties prior to the start of the clinical placement.

    VUCER contacts

    AMEP Course Coordinator

    Dr Michael Butson
    Course: Master of Clinical Exercise Science & Rehabilitation (AMEP)
    Phone +61 3 9919 5552
    Email: michael.butson@vu.edu.au

    Postgraduate Clinical Coordinator

    Thomas Kimmet
    Phone: +61 3 9919 4250 
    Email: thomas.kimmet@vu.edu.au

    Undergraduate Clinical Coordinator

    Sarah Holmes
    Phone: +61 3 9919 4664
    Email: sarah.holmes@vu.edu.au

    Clinic Duty Supervisor (VUCER Clinic)

    VUCER Clinic
    Phone: +61 3 9919 4737

    Clinic Practice & Administration Coordinator

    Lili Hodnik
    Phone: +61 3 9919 4054
    Fax: +61 3 9919 5532
    Email: lili.hodnik@vu.edu.au.