Exercise Therapist

Course Overview

Course Name
Exercise Therapist
Qualification Outcome
Diploma of Fitness (SIS50213)
Study Mode

The Diploma of Fitness course enables Personal Trainers to provide tailored exercise plans to clients with a range of medical conditions and work alongside Allied Health Professionals.

Exercise Therapists can work in a broad range of settings including: exercise therapy clinics, medical and rehabilitation clinics, hospitals, health care centres, corporate health environments, plus health clubs and gyms.

The Australian Government loan scheme, VET FEE-HELP is available for those students needing assistance with their fees for this course.

Who Should Attend?
  • Those looking for the extra knowledge and skills to work with clients that have a chronic condition or injury
  • Those wanting to help make a positive change to patients suffering from known and identified chronic conditions
  • Those who have a keen interest in working alongside Allied Health Professionals (GPs, Physiotherapists, Exercise Physiologists)
Why Should I Do The Course?

With statistics suggesting that 60% of the Australian population is overweight or obese, with many suffering from lifestyle diseases, there is a real need for Personal Trainers to be upskilled on a wider range of conditions, so they can work with clients of moderate risk that have stable conditions.

Upon completion the Institute’s graduates will have many opportunities to enjoy a long and successful career in this area, with potential options including: working in an exercise therapy clinic, or at health care centres, medical clinics and hospitals, as well as rehabilitation clinics.

Your Coaches

The Institute’s Exercise Therapist course has been developed by Australia’s leading team of academics (mainly PhDs), and other highly qualified and respected health and fitness experts. 

Our passionate team of authors all have extensive knowledge and experience in managing health conditions through exercise, with all holding degrees in Health and Exercise Science, and many teaching at reputable academic institutions including the University of the Sunshine Coast and Southern Cross University.

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John Field

"There is very little else that is as satisfying as helping your clients achieve their goals."

John Field

Institute graduate and owner of Fields Gold Personal Training

Exercise Therapist

Course Information

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course, students must hold a Certificate III in Fitness and a Certificate IV in Fitness or equivalent with supporting evidence, have previous experience of at least 1-2 years working in the fitness industry, have a computer and internet access, and meet the Institute’s acceptance criteria.

Training and Assessment

We encourage students to liaise with Allied Health Professionals, who could act as professional mentors during the course. It is a course requirement to complete two Logbooks (250 hours in total) and numerous practical tasks, which are to be signed off by a supervisor. Course components include eChecks, written tasks, and practical tasks.

  • Evidence for exercise as therapy
  • Client needs and consultation
  • Injury prevention (prehabilitation)
  • Exercise therapy for musculoskeletal conditions
  • Exercise therapy for cardiorespiratory conditions
  • Exercise therapy for metabolic conditions
  • Exercise therapy for neurological conditions or disabilities
  • Exercise therapy for older adults with chronic conditions
  • Exercise therapy for children and adolescents with chronic conditions
  • Exercise therapy in action

Units of Competency

Diploma of Fitness

Print Table
Competency Code Competency Title Training Package
Core (9 units of competency)
HLTAID006 Apply advanced first aid Fitness
SISFFIT523A Deliver prescribed exercise to clients with cardiorespiratory conditions Fitness
SISFFIT524A Deliver prescribed exercise to clients with metabolic conditions Fitness
SISFFIT525A Advise on injury prevention and management Fitness
SISFFIT526A Deliver prescribed exercise to clients with musculoskeletal conditions Fitness
SISFFIT527A Undertake health promotion activities to decrease risk factors and prevent chronic disease Fitness
SISFFIT528A Apply research findings to exercise management strategies Fitness
SISXCCS404A Address client needs Fitness
SISXIND405A Conduct projects Fitness
Electives (4 units of competency)
SISFFIT529A Deliver prescribed exercise to clients with a disability or neurological impairment Fitness
SISFFIT530A Deliver prescribed exercise to children and young adolescents with specific chronic conditions Fitness
SISFFIT531A Deliver prescribed exercise to older clients with chronic conditions Fitness
SISXIND406A Manage projects Fitness

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Career Opportunities

  • Exercise Therapist
  • Exercise Therapy Clinic Owner
  • Personal Trainer specialising in medical and chronic conditions
  • Exercise Scientist
Orli Blecher

"It’s so important that graduates keep learning and multi-skilling as changes are occurring so rapidly."

Orli Blecher

Public Relations at Preggi Bellies

Ready for the challenge?

Take the first step towards your fitness career today.

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