Victoria University Clinical Exercise & Rehabilitation (VUCER) placements are included in the following courses:

VUCER placements are designed to equip you with skills and knowledge of an entry-level practitioner.

You may also gain membership and/or accreditation with Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) as an Exercise Scientist and/or Exercise Physiologist (AEP).

Please note: accreditation with ESSA is not automatic. Students need to successfully complete their academic studies and also achieve the required practicum hours for their course to be eligible for accreditation with ESSA. Students can then apply to ESSA for their membership and accreditation.

As of 2020, you may incur a placement fee if you don’t comply with minimum standards for external placements.

Clinical placements

As part of your exercise science study, you'll undertake hands-on training to help you understand the role exercise can play in managing the health of clients.

Training is under the supervision of ESSA approved supervisors, and is offered in two programs, according to your study level:

  • Apparently healthy populations: clinical placement for our undergraduate students, working with clients with no known injury or illness
  • Clinical populations: clinical placement for our masters students, working with clients with injuries and/or chronic disease.

Undergraduate students undertake their clinical placements working with ‘apparently healthy’ clients.

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 allow you to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to assess, prescribe and deliver exercise to this population.

You must complete at least 140 hours in this area before beginning other clinical placement hours related to further study in exercise physiology.

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:

80 hours (minimum) of supervision must be by one or more of the following:  

  • an accredited exercise scientist
  • an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP)
  • an accredited sports scientist
  • an individual with a bachelor level degree or higher in exercise and sports science
  • an individual with an ASCA level 3 qualification where the placement is in a strength and conditioning context
  • a bachelor level or higher qualified physical education teacher with a major in physical education (in this instance, the practicum must be completed in a school setting).

60 hours (maximum) of supervision may include the following:

  • a qualified and experienced professional who holds a qualification (recognised or endorsed by a regulating authority such as a national association or AHPRA) for the activity they are supervising.

Students must list these hours under the 60 hours regardless of whether they are completing exercise assessment, prescription or delivery activities unless there is a co-supervision arrangement in place.

Examples for supervisors included under the 60 hours may include:

  • a qualified physiotherapist registered with AHPRA or APA
  • Certificate IV qualified personal trainer registered with Fitness Australia
  • a professional sporting coach with a coaching qualification and registration (e.g. level 3 cricket coach) from national sporting body (e.g. Cricket Australia)

All supervisors must have experience in the specific activity they are supervising.

For further information please refer to the ESSA guidelines.

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

  • 140 hours with 'apparently healthy' clientele
  • readiness exam
  • required placement documentation.

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

  • at least 200 hours across cardio/metabolic/musculoskeletal clientele
  • at least 100 hours across neurological/renal/respiratory/cancer/mental health clientele
  • 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 200 hours)
  • a degree-qualified exercise physiologist
  • an ESSA-approved health professional.

Clinical placement information & opportunities

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

Placement opportunities are advertised on an ongoing basis.

Prior to commencing placement you will need to:

  • complete the required placement preparation unit
  • provide all mandatory documents
  • sign a clinical placement contract
  • buy a clinical uniform
  • make work arrangements that fit in with your placements
  • pay for your own travel.

You'll need to complete a three-step process before you can commence Clinical Exercise & Rehabilitation (VUCER) placements.

  1. Mandatory submission of four documents:
    • police check (a Victorian police check is mandatory for all students, international police checks are require if applicable)
    • Working with Children check
    • CPR certificate
    • First Aid Level 2.
  2. CPD application.
  3. Completion of placement preparation unit.

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. This includes the completion of the ESSA record of student engagement.

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

You're expected to change any paid-employment hours to fit in with your clinical placement roster.

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

Internal placements

Internal placements are available throughout the year at the VUCER clinic. Opening hours differ from semester to semester during the summer break (see below).

External placements

Timing and rostering of external placements depend on the needs of the host placement organisation.

Unless otherwise instructed by your host organisation, you will wear our clinical uniform, which can be ordered through the University Co-op bookshop. Name badges are ordered through a separate company.

The VUCER uniform is:

  • top: black College of Sport and Exercise Science polo top with 'Clinical Exercise' written on the right side.
  • pants: black, professional-looking trousers (please don't wear jeans, cargo pants, overalls, dungarees, miniskirts or hot pants).
  • socks: black; if you're placed with an exercise instruction, you can wear sports socks.
  • shoes: black enclosed-toe boots, loafers or court shoes.
  • stethoscope: a personal stethoscope of any brand is required. Make sure you bring your stethoscope to internal placements at the VUCER clinic, or you won't be able to take part.
  • student ID badge.

All students attending placements are required to apply for a Career & Professional Development (CPD) placement contract, prior to their allocated placement.

The contract system formally recognises your 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 organisations and industry partners.

This contract must be approved and signed by all relevant parties prior to the start of the clinical placement.

You are required to pay for any travel costs to get to your placements.

Arrangements can't be made to fit clinical placement hours around part-time or full-time work.

VUCER clinic location & hours

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

VUCER contacts

AMEP Course Coordinator

Dr Matt Clarkson, AEP
Course Chair, Master of Clinical Exercise Science & Rehabilitation (AMEP)
Email: [email protected]

Postgraduate Clinical Coordinator

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

Undergraduate Clinical Coordinator

Kirk Looby, AEP
Phone: +61 3 9919 5162
Email: [email protected]

Clinic Duty Supervisor (VUCER Clinic)

VUCER Clinic
Phone: +61 3 9919 4737