SISFFIT050 - Support exercise behaviour change

    Unit code: SISFFIT050 | Study level: TAFE
    Footscray Park


    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to establish current patterns of client exercise and support clients to make changes to optimise fitness outcomes, health and wellbeing. Support for behaviour change reflects evidence-based approaches and can be integrated into fitness assessment, program planning, instruction and evaluation.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 evidence-based information on exercise behaviour change from credible sources
    • evaluate key aspects of the above information, and identify how it can be used to provide client-centred behaviour change advice
    • support the exercise behaviour change process for three clients as part of the design of their personalised exercise * programs, and for each of the three clients:
    • collect information about:
    • client motivation for exercise behaviour change
    • client stage of readiness for change
    • barriers to client exercise participation and adherence
    • assist client to plan for exercise behaviour change according to their individual needs:
    • support client to identify ways they can overcome barriers to exercise participation
    • provide information about behaviour change techniques
    • assist client to nominate behaviour change actions
    • support client to set exercise activity goals
    • consistently use client-centred communication during all interactions
    • maintain client records that include details of information exchanged, client exercise goals, change techniques used and client progress
    • for one of the above three clients:
    • monitor client progress towards exercise behaviour change and achievement of exercise activity goals over a four week period via ongoing communications
    • use client-appropriate techniques to enhance client adherence to agreed exercise activities
    • complete a follow up assessment of client and discuss progress, achievements and changing needs.

    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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