The Fitness Zone
Fitness Australia is the national health and fitness industry association, whereby fitness professionals, and fitness business can register. But what are the benefits of being a member? And is the investment really worth it? Well we caught up with Chris, Massage Coach at The Australian Institute of Fitness, to give you all of the answers.
The Fitness Australia National Registration Scheme exists because it is the only way to independently demonstrate the exercise professionals are competent and qualified to do their job, and to show that as a fitness professional, they are continuing to stay up to date with industry trends, by means of professional development. There are an endless amount of benefits to being a member, but we focus on we believe are the top three’
#1 More Employment Opportunities
Fitness Australia exercise professional registration is designed to enhance your employability, and BOY does it! With the rise in the ‘cowboy trainers,’ most fitness business, and gyms of the like, require a Personal Trainer or Fitness Instructor to be registered with Fitness Australia, BEFORE they can even apply for a position! YES, that's right, so on completion of your Personal Training qualification, the first thing you should be arranging is your registration!
#2 Professional Development
In an industry that is continuously evolving, and more and more research carried out around the human body and how we respond to physical training and nutrition, professional development is essential. The great thing about being registered with Fitness Australia is that you are required to gain 20 CEC (Continuing Education Points), to gain your bi-annual registration.
Fitness Australia know it can be easy to focus too much in your job or in your fitness business, and not take the time to step back and gain further knowledge in your field to become an expert, so by implementing the minimum 20 CEC rule, trainers are some what forced to ensure they maintain a level of professional development throughout their career.
In regards to what kind of professional development you can do, the choice is yours. On their website, a list of all recognised course is available for you to choose from. The best course to start with, would be industry trends, in addition to the courses of interest to you.
#3 Gain International Recognition
By having, and maintaining a registration with Fitness Australia as a Personal Trainer or Fitness Instructor, if you choose to one day move overseas, your registration will create a smooth transition when re-entering the fitness industry in your new country.
For more information on how to register and what qualifications you require to be a member with Fitness Australia's head over to their website, or give them a call directly to discuss what level of membership you should join on. Fitness Australia also offer a service (among others), to arrange your insurance required as a trainer. Once you have gained registration and insurance, update your resume and linkedIn profile as now you have opened up a HUGE amount of career opportunities.
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