This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to identify when the provision of nutritional advice is beyond the scope of practice of a personal trainer.  It requires the ability to recognise the dangers of providing nutrition advice in a fitness setting and when a client requires referral to an Accredited Practising Dietitian, Accredited Sports Dietitian or General Practitioner.


This unit covers recognition of appropriate information sources to apply to the provision of food advice, and when the provision of such advice is unethical and beyond the scope of practice.  This unit applies to personal trainers who typically work autonomously in controlled and uncontrolled fitness environments. Work is performed according to relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
Unit code:
SISFFIT025

Assessment

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: - identify at least ten client situations when referral to an Accredited Practising Dietitian, Accredited Sports Dietitian or General Practitioner is required. Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - purpose, use and limitations of the Australian Dietary Guidelines; - the role and professional boundaries of the personal trainer, medical and allied health professionals in providing nutritional advice, weight loss support and exercise prescription; - the role of the personal trainer in providing nutritional advice within appropriate guidelines of Eat for Health Program incorporating the Australian Dietary Guidelines; - situations when referral to an Accredited Practising Dietitian, Accredited Sports Dietitian or General Practitioner is required, and which professional is most appropriate for the situation, and; - risks of providing nutritional information to the following specific population clients.

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