SISFFIT006 - Conduct fitness appraisals

Unit code: SISFFIT006 | Study level: TAFE
Footscray Park


This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to plan and conduct fitness appraisals, related to the health-related components of fitness. It requires the ability to determine positive behavioural change strategies in preparation for an exercise program and use fitness appraisal equipment according to manufacturer guidelines. This occurs after the completion of an industry endorsed risk stratification process and the subsequent referral of clients where required.

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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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:

  • plan and conduct health and fitness appraisals incorporating the following assessments for each client: cardiorespiratory endurance (submaximal oxygen consumption); blood pressure; range of movement/flexibility; strength; weight; height; body mass index; waist to hip ratio; girth measurements, and;
  • use the following fitness appraisal equipment appropriately and safely: tape measure; scales; sit and reach tools; bicycle, treadmill or rowing ergometer; heart rate monitor; blood pressure equipment - sphygmomanometer; stop watch.

Required reading

The qualified trainer and assessor will provide teaching and learning materials as required in the form of workbooks produced by the Polytechnic and/or via the Polytechnic e-learning system.

As part of a course

This unit is not a compulsorily taken as part of any specific course. Depending on the course you study, this unit may be taken as an elective.

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