SISFFIT033 - Complete client fitness assessments

    Unit code: SISFFIT033 | Study level: TAFE
    Footscray Park


    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to assess current fitness capabilities of clients using information from industry standard pre-exercise screening as the starting point. It requires the ability to complete assessments using a range of activities and measurements and to document outcomes.
    Assessment may occur prior to clients beginning an exercise program, before changes to programs and when their health status changes. Outcomes are used by fitness instructors to plan client programs. Skills for planning are covered in complementary units.This unit applies to gym instructors and personal trainers, who work unsupervised when interacting with clients using discretion and judgement to provide individually tailored client assessments. They practise in settings such as fitness facilities, gyms, leisure and community centres, client workplaces and homes and outdoor locations, depending on their job role.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce & extend knowledge and skill competence within set & controlled parameters in accordance with each unit’s learning outcomes & 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 skills
    Evidence of the ability to complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit in the context of the job role, and:

    • complete a fitness assessment of three different clients including:
    • a female adult
    • a male adult
    • a client aged 55 years or over
    • for each of the above three clients:
    • measure heart rate at rest, during exercise and post exercise using a heart rate monitor
    • select and use client-appropriate activities to assess:
    • cardiovascular endurance
    • muscle strength
    • muscle endurance
    • flexibility
    • accurately record results in client records and prepare information to facilitate exercise program development
    • suggest two options for suitable exercise activities according to fitness assessment outcomes and client goals
    • according to actual client interactions or case studies:
    • identify two clients with risk factors that require referral to medical or allied health professionals
    • prepare accurate referral documentation for each of the two clients to obtain guidance from medical or allied health professionals for exercise participation and prescription.

    Required reading

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

    As part of a course

    This unit is not compulsory for any specific course. Depending on the course you study, this unit may be taken as an elective.

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