This unit focuses on the practice of personal training. Students will gain skills associated with sound practices (i.e. identify client fitness requirements including pre-exercise health screening, exercise programming, exercise instruction and program and client evaluation) relevant to operating as a fitness professional. These skills will provide a basis for training design that can later be applied specific to training programs suitable to be used in a range of environments. Students will demonstrate their knowledge and skills through the delivery and instruction of exercise in individual and group training sessions. Information relevant to professionals in the industry such as accreditation and registration, professional development, professional associations and employment options will also be explored.

This unit deals with the business and practice of personal training. Students will be encouraged to gain skills associated with sound business practices (i.e. marketing and promotions, advertising, client retention, record-keeping, insurance and legal issues) relevant to operating as a personal trainer either within an existing fitness business or as a sole operator. There will also be a focus on using knowledge gained from other fitness-oriented units of study to design tailor-made programs for clients. In terms of professional issues, students will be exposed to the concept of networking, professional accreditation and registration and how to stay up-to-date with new trends, programs and services via published research, conferences, trade shows, online resources and professional associations. Finally students will be exposed to a variety of personal training employment options.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Develop and document client profiles to assist in determining a client's fitness requirements;  
  2. Apply the basic principles of training to design a variety of programs that meet the client's (individual & small groups) needs;  
  3. Demonstrating application of training principles through the delivery of instructing exercise to individual and group training sessions; and,  
  4. Articulate how the fitness and personal training industry operates in Australia including the process of professional accreditation.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Client pre-screening 20%
Assignment Design training program 30%
Presentation Instruct programs 30%
Poster Poster on registration process/ industry requirements 20%

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