SISFFIT051 - Establish and maintain professional practice for fitness instruction

    Unit code: SISFFIT051 | Study level: TAFE
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    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to establish the industry context for fitness instruction work, develop collaborative relationships with medical and allied health professionals, and use reflective practice and critical thinking for ongoing professional development. It requires the ability to identify and evaluate evidence-based information for use in day-to-day fitness instruction activities.This unit applies to personal trainers who work independently with clients using discretion and judgement to develop and deliver individually tailored client exercise programs, and to provide support to individual clients. They practise in settings such as fitness facilities, gyms, leisure and community centres, client workplaces and homes and outdoor locations.


    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 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:

    • source information from credible sources about the current context for fitness instruction work in Australia, and identify and evaluate key aspects of:
    • three established industry practices or standards
    • three legal or ethical requirements
    • use critical thinking processes to analyse and respond to the fitness instruction needs of two clients using evidence-based information for each client need:
    • identify and evaluate current and relevant sources of evidence-based information
    • develop and document a response to the clients needs that is supported by analysis and evidence
    • review own professional development:
    • reflect on and evaluate own fitness instruction strengths and areas for improvement
    • identify sources of industry information about professional development and continuing education and document two actions for improving own skills and knowledge
    • use industry terminology and follow protocols for professional communication with medical or allied health professionals for two clients with health issues that are ongoing, and communicate:
    • client health and fitness status
    • program progress
    • questions and concerns
    • client response to exercise
    • client goals.

    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

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