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By Janine Cameron, Compliance Manager & Learner Support Officer
on Wednesday, 25 November 2015
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What do the Changes mean for You the Learner, Your future Client and The Fitness Industry?

 

On September 3 this year, Service Skills Australia endorsed the new Sport Fitness & Recreation Training Package. The new training package has significant changes that will be sure to impact the learner, the future client and the fitness industry as a whole.

 

The three qualifications that PT National offers under the new training package are:-

SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness

SIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness and

SIS50215 Diploma of Fitness

 

The main changes to the qualifications within the training package can be summarised below:-

 

SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness

  • Number of units required for completion has increased from 15 to 16
  • Work placement (clinic hours) hours have increased from 10 hours to 30 hours
  • Mandatory Assessment Hours and Client Contact Sessions within assessments have been introduced to specific units
  • Specific Assessments on nutrition are now required to be independently validated by Accredited Practicing Dietitians
  • This qualification is not suitable for learners under the age of 18
  • This qualification now has 9 core units which remain similar to the last training package, however, with the inclusion of Instruct Exercise to older clients
  • Completion of this qualification will enable a learner to work independently in a controlled environment such as fitness, leisure and community centres where risks are managed through pre-existing risk assessment and hazard control processes

Those that complete the electives at PT National will be able to work as a Group Exercise Instructor or a Gym Instructor. At PT National we cover elective units to cover both employment roles. It will then be up to the learner to decide the employment pathway they wish to pursue

 

SIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness

  • Number of units required for completion has increased from 15 to 20
  • Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who hold a current first aid and CPR certificate and have been recognised as competent in 8 specific units
  • Work placement (clinic hours) hours have increased from 10 hours to 40 hours
  • Mandatory Assessment Hours and Client Contact Sessions within assessments have been introduced to specific units
  • Specific Assessments on nutrition are now required to be independently validated by Accredited Practicing Dietitians
  • This qualification is not suitable for learners under the age of 18
  • This qualification now has 12 core units
  • This qualification reflects the role of personal trainers who have specialist skills to train individual clients, or groups of clients, on a one-on-one or group basis, to improve health-related components of fitness in relatively low risk situations. This may include training of older clients and children. The Trainer can work independently
  • Trainers and assessors delivering this qualification now have to have a Diploma of Fitness or higher Educational Degree in Sports or Exercise Science. This means current Trainers or Educators who do not have this qualification will not be able to teach the new course

  

SIS50215 Diploma of Fitness

  • The old Diploma of Fitness is noticeably different
  • Number of units required for completion has increased from 13 to 18
  • 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 one year post qualification fitness industry experience in the application, skill s and knowledge of the Certificate IV in Fitness
  • Work placement (clinic hours) hours have increased from 10 hours to 50 hours
  • Mandatory Assessment Hours and Client Contact Sessions within assessments have been introduced to specific units
  • Specific Assessments on nutrition are now required to be independently validated by Accredited Practicing Dietitians
  • This qualification is not suitable for learners under the age of 18
  • This qualification now has 5 core units
  • The occupational outcome of the Diploma of Fitness has changed from a 'Specialised trainer' to a 'Gym Manager', 'Personal Training Manager' or 'Fitness Services Manager'. This is due to the inclusion of 13 management electives

 

All the changes listed above, although creating significant impacts on Registered Training Organisations, are for the ultimate betterment of the Fitness Industry.

For example, the inclusion of older client instruction and professional nutrition advice from Accredited Practicing Dietitians enables our industry to provide more accurate, current and meaningful advice.

The learner, once they have completed the qualification, will be a living example of the changes and why they were implemented, they will be much more employable as their knowledge and skill will reflect a much larger clientele. Clients are going to get more wholesome advice, more specific rehabilitative and age related exercises and referrals to a professional in nutrition if required. No more ‘unsolicited’ advice!

 

At PT National we believe in working alongside our industry peers. We recognised the complexity surrounding the changes to the training package and therefore have offered them our expertise on moving forward to implement the changes which is paramount to maintain registration. Why put up barriers when you can work together for a positive outcome for all involved?

 

We embrace the changes at PT National and we encourage all who are interested in fitness and helping others with their fitness goals to contact us and investigate the best qualification to satisfy those needs.

 

In an ever changing world, we acknowledge, as do those around us, that Fitness is not a fad…. It’s here to stay!