Students in the Bachelor of Exercise Science and Master of Clinical Exercise Science and rehabilitation need to complete this three-step process before commencing Clinical Exercise & Rehabilitation (VUCER) placements.

The masters course has 360 embedded clinical placement hours.

To be considered for the masters, students of the bachelor course need to have completed 140 hours of 'apparently healthy' placement hours.


Step 1: Submit four documents

You are required to submit current 'certified true copies' of the following documents before you can be allocated internal and external clinical placements in the VUCER program:

  1. Victoria Police Check (must be renewed annually)
  2. Working with Children Check (valid for 5 years)
  3. CPR certificate (requires yearly update as per the Resuscitation Council of Australia guidelines)
  4. Level 2 First Aid certificate (different organisations name this certificate differently – valid for 3 years).

Step 2: Apply

You can apply for an advertised placement by sending the following documents to the Clinical Placement Coordinator by the relevant application closing date:

  • a cover letter addressing the specific placement criteria
  • an updated CV.

Check the advertisement for other requirements.

Step 3: Clinical Work Placement Readiness (CWPR) assessment procedure

If you are enrolled in VUCER courses, you need to complete assessments that ensure you are well prepared for placements, giving you the best chance of success.

  • You must pass the Clinical Work Placement Readiness Assessments Part A and B before you can undertake clinical placements.
  • You need to pass both Part B and C assessments in order to complete AHE4104 Clinical Exercise Practice.
  • If your Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is not approved before the assessment dates, you'll be required to sit both the assessments on the scheduled dates so you don't miss out if your RPL application fails.

Readiness assessments

Part A: Induction sessions

The induction sessions include two lectures and two practicals/labs.

Part B: Theory assessment

The assessment dates, times and location are announced a few weeks before semester commences.

You must achieve a result of 70% or more in the theory assessment to undertake clinical placements.

Part C: Practical assessment

You'll be given 15 minutes to prepare a case study, then take a 'student subject' through a mock session which includes:

  • pre-exercise assessments
  • exercise-testing
  • exercise prescription.

You'll be graded on your practical and interaction skills.

You need a result of at least 70% in the practical assessment to be eligible for clinical placements.

Exemptions for postgraduate students

Students who have undertaken undergraduate studies at Victoria University and have successfully completed the AHE3115 unit are not required to repeat the theory and practical assessments of the Clinical Work Placement Readiness Assessment Procedure.

If you have studied at any other tertiary institution you are required to:

  • attend Part A
  • pass the Part B & C assessments.

If you think your background exempts you from the Clinical Placement Readiness Assessments, you need to provide evidence such as your academic history or study unit outline, along with a written explanation of your experience and qualifications.