Personal Training

Unit code: SCL1001 | Study level: Undergraduate
(One credit point is usually equivalent to one hour of study per week)
Footscray Park


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. Information relevant to professionals in the industry such as accreditation and registration, professional development, professional associations and employment options will also be explored.

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. Demonstrate the appropriate application of training principles through the delivery and instruction of exercise;
  4. Articulate how the fitness and personal training industry operates in Australia including the process of professional accreditation; and,
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of business practice relevant to operating as a personal trainer.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 20%
Client pre-screening and orientation
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 30%
Design training program
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 30%
Client training
Assessment type: Poster
Grade: 20%
Business operational plan

Required reading

Selected readings will be made available via the unit VU Collaborate site.

As part of a course

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