This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to identify client fitness requirements, administer a pre-exercise health screening questionnaire and advise clients of appropriate fitness programs, services and facilities. This involves using industry endorsed risk stratification procedures when determining the provision of suitable advice regarding services and referral requirements. This unit applies to fitness instructors who work in a variety of fitness locations such as fitness, leisure and community centres. These individuals typically work independently with some level of autonomy in a controlled environment. Work is performed according to relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures.

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - use a risk stratification process for each client contact session for clients with differing needs, goals and preferences; - conduct calculations and measurements to adequately complete health screening procedures: waist circumference; waist to hip ratio; body mass index; - explain available programs, services and facilities to match each client's needs, goals and preferences; - prepare referral letters with supporting pre-exercise health screening documentation for at least two clients to a relevant medical or appropriate allied health professional when guidance and feedback is required regarding exercise participation; - prepare referral letter for at least one client to a more highly qualified fitness professional, such as a personal trainer, when either the: client requests personal training services, and; client's needs, goals and preferences are suited to the scope of practice of a fitness professional more highly qualified than a fitness instructor; - interact with all clients in a professional manner, and; - use appropriate communication strategies and organisational channels to collect and handle sensitive information. Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - legislation and regulatory requirements; - industry endorsed client pre-exercise health screening processes; - industry endorsed risk stratification procedures, exercise implications and referral requirements; - features and benefits of fitness facilities, exercise programs and services; - essential information and protocols for completion of referrals; - role of medical or allied health professionals for referral processes; - role of relevant personnel for referral processes, and; - considerations to be aware of in the following specific population client presentations.

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