Personal trainers do not have the scope to diagnose or prescribe to clients with specific conditions; therefore, there will be times that you will need to refer to allied health professionals (AHP’s) to seek advice on exercise prescription, recommendations, contraindications, medications and any other issues that may affect that client.
A professional trainer (and a smart one) will seek advice and work in partnership with relevant allied health professionals to develop an appropriate program to go along with healthy lifestyle changes, enhancing well-being and function for the individual client. You will work with a range of people in order to assist your clients to achieve their goals! From the client’s doctor guiding health, to the dietitian providing nutritional advice; each member of this team will have specific and important roles to play in order to help the client achieve their goals.
We have put together this AHP Breakdown ‘Cheat Sheet’ to help you quickly identify who would be the most appropriate allied health professional to refer your client to, based on their area of expertise and your client’s specific needs.
Disclaimer: Where Certificate III in Fitness, Cert III/Cert 3, or Fitness Coach is mentioned, it refers to SIS30321 Certificate III in Fitness. Where Certificate IV in Fitness, Cert IV/Cert 4, or Personal Trainer is mentioned, it refers to SIS40221 Certificate IV in Fitness. Where Master Trainer Program™ is mentioned, it refers to Fitness Essentials and SIS40221 Certificate IV in Fitness. Where Master Trainer Plus+ Program™ is mentioned, it refers to SIS30321 Certificate III in Fitness and SIS40221 Certificate IV in Fitness. Where Certificate IV in Massage or Cert IV/Cert 4 is mentioned, it refers to HLT42021 Certificate IV in Massage Therapy. Where Diploma of Remedial Massage is mentioned, it refers to HLT52021 Diploma of Remedial Massage.