Your registration as a student or Fitness Professional in one of Australian main Fitness governing bodies will mark the start of your professional career.
Registration for Students studying their group fitness and personal training certification
It is recommended to take care of your registration as a student or Fitness Professional with a governing body whilst you are studying. AusActive offers a student registration, including insurance, while you are completing your studies. The memberships also includes access to research articles and resources, along with connections to future employers. It’s free to join.
Registration for Graduates and Fitness Professionals
Once you have completed your qualification, you have options regarding registering as a fitness professional. There are four main governing bodies: AusActive, Fitrec, Physical Activity Australia and The Health & Fitness Association of Australia (HAFAA).
Registration is an essential step for those who aspire to work as a registered fitness professional. By registering, you can attain the associated insurances that will provide you with the reputability you need to practice. This process will enable you to establish yourself as a professional in the industry and gain the trust of your clients
Additionally, there are requirements from each registered body for you to maintain your registration. These usually involve expanding your knowledge and education, with continuing education courses (CEC’s). Fit Education offers a Short Course in Nutrition (2 CEC points); Online Trainer Short Course; and ASCA Level 1 Articulation (15 CEC points). Dundee Boxing and Fitness offers Level 1 and 2 Boxing for Fitness Certificates.
Are you taking your qualifications abroad? Different countries have their own criteria for registration, so it is a good idea to contact overseas employers, or the Australian registered bodies for advice.
The International Confederation of Registers for Exercise Professionals (ICREPs) is an international partnership between registration bodies around the world, that register exercise professionals. Check out their website at http://www.icreps.org/ to see where your qualification can take you.