We have recently received notification from Skills IQ that there is a training package change proposed for the SIS Fitness courses offered across Australia, which will directly affect the courses offered at PT National. This will included changes to the SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness, SIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness, and proposal for the removal of the SIS50215 Diploma of Fitness altogether.
Skills IQ is a national not-for-profit organisation, which works with the Industry Reference Committee (IRC), and industry representatives to develop and roll out revised training packages. Working with the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), the learning outcomes and assessment requirement frameworks are developed and delivered to Registered Training Organisations (RTO) around the county, to be implemented in Certificate and Diploma level courses.
Draft 2 of the proposed changes to the training packages for both courses have been released on 9th February 2021 to the public for review. This will then be taken for a final review over the next few weeks, where the resulting draft will be submitted to our RTO governing body ASQA, by the end of July 2021. From this point ASQA will review the submission and determine a course of action for all training providers of these two certificates. We expect ASQA to make a final judgement in 1-3 months from this date.
Once a final decision has been made about the changes to the training packages, all RTO’s and other training entities nationwide will be required to make the appropriate updates and modifications to their courses and assessments. We expect this ‘roll-over’ grace period to be completed within 6 months of ASQA’s announcement, and if we are lucky this may extend up to 12 months to implement.
It is important to understand that when a change such as this is implemented, the new proposed changes are not considered equivalent to the current training packages being currently taught. This means that if an individual is only part the way through their studies, then they will be left without a recognised qualification after this cut-off date. What will be applicable is to gain a transcript of results or a statement of attainment for any units completed prior to this ‘cut-off’ date.
With this in mind we will likely see the next era of Fitness in Australia, as there are once again major changes to the course structure and assessments, which will make up the new Fitness courses. With more emphasis on Group based classes for the Certificate III in Fitness and additional one on one unit information and training in the Certificate IV in Fitness.
We endorse the draft training package, as we believe these changes will greatly benefit learners and people who are new to the Fitness industry. It just goes to show that when it comes to health and fitness, Australians take their safety and the quality of their fitness professionals seriously, and these new changes will reflect these values.
As we are still essentially unsure of what is soon to come, you can be sure that PT National will keep you up-to-date and explain exactly what this means for our current learners, as well as future learners of the College.
Learner Support Coordinator | Trainer and Assessor