PTs aren't required to hold registration
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.
In fact some colleges who offer courses in Certificate 3 and 4 in fitness now have packages for insurance without registration; you can go direct from training, to being insured and getting into the workforce all in one go!
Government approved programs, for example those offer by Registered Training Organisations (RTO), offer you portability, you can use units from a program for exemptions in other vocational education training courses (VET). Cadence Health enjoys the latitude of industry accreditation, this gives us the scope to create new and novel courses with content that, we as education experts with industry experience, believe is best for your learning. We are excited about our increasing stable of industry and internationally accredited programs.
Special offer for Personal Trainers, Fitness and Gym Instructors and Nutritional Professionals
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.
So, stay tuned folks, freedom of choice opens a whole lot of new doors to you.
We all have a role to play in community health, the only question is how do we play this role? Through intelligent, evidence-based inquiry we can understand how to health coach to support others in taking on positive behaviour change.