SISFFIT032 - Complete pre-exercise screening and service orientation

    Unit code: SISFFIT032 | Study level: TAFE
    Footscray Park


    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to screen clients for participation in exercise programs and to provide general advice about programs and services suitable to clients.
    It requires the ability to utilise industry standard pre-exercise screening systems, questionnaires and guidelines to collect and evaluate health information, and to determine suitable levels of exercise intensity for clients. This includes determining risk factors and providing referrals to medical or allied health professionals for guidance.
    Screening 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 group fitness instructors, gym instructors and personal trainers. It can also apply to other fitness facility staff members who screen clients and provide service information prior to clients participating in exercise activities. 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.


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    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 required 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 pre-exercise screening and service orientation for three different clients including:
    • a female adult
    • a male adult
    • a client aged 55 years or over
    • for each of the above three clients:
    • identify exercise needs and preferences
    • determine health risk factors for exercise participation using industry standard screening questionnaire and guidelines
    • measure and record resting blood pressure
    • take and record accurate basic body measurements:
    • weight in kilograms
    • height in metres
    • waist circumference in centimetres
    • body mass index
    • explain features and benefits of available programs, services and facilities that meet the client’s needs and preferences
    • provide advice on suitability of exercise intensity and types of programs, according to the outcomes of their screening
    • accurately document details of client contact including screening outcomes and advice provided
    • according to actual client interactions or case studies:
    • identify two clients with risk factors that require referral to medical or allied health professionals
    • document informed consent to share health information for each of the two clients
    • 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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