Qualification Description

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who perform a range of activities and functions within the fitness industry. These individuals have substantial depth of knowledge to plan, conduct and evaluate advanced exercise programs using principles of program design, and progressed anatomy and physiology knowledge to support delivery of functional, effective and safe exercise programs.

They have specialist skills to independently implement current approaches supported by evidence, and establish strategies for the prevention of recurrence of injury with guidance from medical or allied health professionals where appropriate.

The qualification does not provide the skills and knowledge for an individual to provide advice or exercise instruction to high risk clients, other than to refer the client to an appropriate medical or allied health professional.

This qualification provides a pathway to work in a diversity of fitness industry businesses including fitness centres, gyms, aquatic facilities, community facilities and in open spaces, where risk management (through risk assessment and hazard control processes) does not already exist.

Individuals who specialise in Fitness Service Coordination develop collaborative programs across various health and wellness sectors. They have knowledge of relevant local and national health networks, and the skills to build and maintain stakeholder relationships.

Individuals who specialise in Management manage and support a team of fitness professionals. This involves mentoring staff on business skills and technical skills. These individuals have skills and knowledge in marketing and sales; business analysis; time and financial management; recruiting and retaining personal trainers.

Possible job titles include:

  • advanced personal trainer
  • fitness services coordinator
  • personal training manager.

No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Entry Requirements

Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who hold a current first aid and CPR certificate:

  • Have achieved a Certificate IV in Fitness; and
  • Have at least 1 year post qualification fitness industry experience in the application of the skills and knowledge of the Certificate IV in Fitness.

LLN

RTO’s are now required to advise learners in advance of LLN requirements to ensure learners are not disadvantaged by been enrolled in courses they are not capable of undertaking. Synergy endorses this approach as we try to be a good corporate citizen, and wish to deliver beneficial products and outcomes to our clients.

For this course, a good understanding of English, as well as sound basic English reading and writing skills would be necessary along with basic mathematical skills.

Prior to your enrollment being accepted you will need to provide evidence of one of the following:

  • Prior completion of a course or undertaking which would have needed a similar or greater level of LLN. In this case, such evidence could include proof of the successful completion of a secondary school leaving certificate, or a certificate III or higher qualification, or other evidence that would demonstrate LLN to this level.
  • Providing other evidence of your LLN proficiency to this level or higher.

USI (unique student identifier)

As of 1 January 2015, all learners will need a unique student identifier (USI) to enroll or re-enrol in nationally recognised training courses.

This USI will keep your training records and results together in a single online account and will ensure that your training records are not lost.

To obtain a USI please visit www.usi.gov.au.

Further information on the USI can be found at

http://usi.gov.au/Training-Organisations/Documents/FactSheet-Student-Information-for-the-USI.pdf

Timeframes

The timeframe for the completion of this course is 12 months.

Extensions

Extensions on top of the 112-month timeframe can be granted subject to the following:

  • That such an extension is within the acceptable timeframes for the delivery of the course including teach out as determined by the national regulator, ASQA
  • Such extensions would be in monthly blocks, and would see an additional moderate fee (for details refer to current fees and charges on Synergy’s website http://synergycentral.org/pricing/  )

Outcomes

The federal government has correctly identified the need for real outcomes in nationally recognised training. As a potential Synergy learner, you will be asked to identify what outcomes you are seeking from the training in order to allow Synergy to determine if it can support you with such outcomes and meet its obligations as an NVR RTO.

The purpose of this is to ensure that learners are not coerced into training that is not beneficial to them and that targeted real training occurs for the benefit of the learner and their industry, or other relevant needs.

Examples of outcomes that might be identified and agreed to by the learner and the RTO may include:

  • For entry into a specific job or industry
  • to become more competitive in industry or in seeking employment
  • for the benefit of an existing job or to seek advancement
  • for personal interest
  • other relevant reasons
 
Practical activities

Practical activities will vary from unit to unit and will need to be undertaken in line with the requirements of the individual unit of competency.

Relevant qualified person

In some cases this will simply see a need to gather particular evidence, where in other cases you may be required to undertake particular activities under the supervision of your assessor or a relevant qualified person. A relevant qualified person is usually someone who has the skills and knowledge to be able to supervise and observe your practical performance, and then complete relevant documentation such as observation checklist, which are then returned to your assessor.

Simulation

Some practical activities will allow simulation. Simulation does not mean that you hypothetically pretend that you did something, as this would not allow you to demonstrate your skills and knowledge appropriately. In the simulation, you still need to undertake the same activities you would in the workplace, and in fact the simulation must be undertaken in conditions that are consistent with the workplace. The difference is you can use volunteers who can role-play clients or casualties, and this can be done in a simulated environment providing the conditions of the real work environment can be recreated.

A good example of this is that you can use volunteers who would role-play casualties whom you would place into a relevant vehicle, for example an SUV, and then transport them around the street as if they were a real casualty.

Simulation does not stop you doing everything, it just means you get to do it was volunteers and in a controlled environment.

To enrol or for more information contact Synergy Central:info@synergycentral.com.au