That's right, there is no legal requirement for you to have to register with Fitness Australia (FA), or any other organisation, in order to gain insurance and work as a PT. I see a few raised eyebrows, and hear a few 'really?' out there.
It's true! Now I want to remind you that industry registration is one way of staying up-to-date with your industry, and there can be rewards in terms of advertising and industry awards, but you are not legally required to register with any body. We're not trying to sway you, rather we hope to offer a balanced source of information.
Some employers may only take on PTs who hold registration, but even here you should keep in mind that as we understand it's not legal to tell you who you 'have' to register with, it could be deemed 'anti-competitive'... could be! So, currently out there, other that FA, there is also Physical Activity Australia (PAA), who have a similar setup to FA, in so far as you are required to maintain a certain number of points, which can only be gained from approved providers. All of these companies are quality businesses.
Which insurers insure PTs direct?
Which brings us to the issue of who is approved and why?
Changes in the fitness and health industry at present, at least in some quarters, are seeing a tightening of what PTs can be trained in, and use professionally. For example, some providers don't believe that PTs should give nutrition support beyond anything within the dietary guidelines (DGs). It's worth noting that while the DGs are excellent, they are only updated every 3-5 years.
Something new on the horizon!
We have been in discussions with a health body who is interested in supporting fitness experts, they are seeking to provide registration and insurance, potentially at cost cheaper than your insurance alone. Ongoing education is not required because the reality is the level of competition in the fitness industry the business savvy PTs will by their own volution take on continuing education that addresses their needs and those of their clients.
While we have the popular Lifestyle Food and Wellness Coaching qualification, we are also launching industry accredited programs that will provide PTs with qualifications to offer an even broader range of nutrition support for clients, including:
Full membership at 50% off
As an introductory offer, the IICT is offering a special offer of 50% off their full membership package (normally $139), now $69 for the first year for Cadence Health students. To take advantage of this special offer, go to: http://www.iict.com.au/cadence and when access the payment page, enter the coupon code: IICT50%OFF
Once your membership has been approved, you can then take advantage of their special members rates on practitioner insurance with premiums starting from just $193pa.
Remember: When joining IICT, be sure to list Cadence Health in the section on the form: How did you hear about us?
If you have any questions for IICT about their professional membership services, please email their customer support team at: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.iict.com.au for more details.