Complete pre-exercise screening and service orientation

This unit of competency, SISFFIT032 Complete pre-exercise screening and service orientation, is part of the core requirements for the Certificate III in Fitness (SIS30321).  It describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to screen clients for participation in exercise programs and to provide general advice about programs and services suitable to clients. It requires the ability to utilise industry standard pre-exercise screening systems, questionnaires and guidelines to collect and evaluate health information, and to determine suitable levels of exercise intensity for clients. This includes risk factors and providing referrals to medical or allied health professionals for guidance.

This unit applies to group fitness instructors, gym instructors and personal trainers. It can also apply to other fitness facility staff members who screen clients and provide service information prior to clients participating in exercise activities. They practice in settings such as fitness facilities, gyms, leisure and community centres, client workplaces and homes, and outdoor locations, depending on their job role.

The elements and performance criteria include:

1 Screen clients for participation in exercise programs.
1.1 Consult with client to identify reasons for exercise participation and identify client needs and preferences. clients to confirm fitness goals, expectations and preferences
1.2 Question client to identify current and past participation in physical activities.
1.3 Explain to client purpose of pre-exercise screening processes in identifying risks for participating in exercise programs.
1.4 Assist client to complete industry standard pre-exercise screening questionnaire.
1.5 Collect and record accurate client data and basic body measurements, with informed client consent.

2 Evaluate outcomes of screening.
2.1 Identify and evaluate client health risk factors using screening system guidelines and within boundaries of fitness industry scope of practice.
2.2 Use screening system risk assessment guidelines to identify risks for client participation in exercise programs.
2.3 Discuss outcomes of screening with client and provide information about suitable levels of exercise intensity.
2.4 Determine need for guidance from medical and allied health professionals and discuss appropriate action with client.

3 Provide client referrals.
3.1 Explain referral process and confidentiality procedures to client and obtain informed client consent to share health information.
3.2 Compile relevant, accurate and concise information for inclusion in referral.
3.3 Document and provide referral information to relevant medical and allied health professionals according to client needs.

4 Provide exercise service information.
4.1 Describe available programs, services and facilities relevant to client needs and preferences.
4.2 Actively engage with client to explain the features, general benefits and health benefits of different services.
4.3 Provide advice on suitability of exercise programs for client, according to outcomes of screening.
4.4 Remind clients identified as requiring medical or allied health professional guidance of the requirement to obtain that guidance prior to participation.
4.5 Document accurate details of screening outcomes, referral details and advice provided.

Purchase the materials: (Materials updated as of 5-June-2022)

  • Supplementary Notes (30 pages);
  • Powerpoint Slides (183);
  • Learner’s Assessment Workbook (29 pages);
  • Assessor Guide / Benchmarks (41 pages);
  • RPL Kit (Assessor and Participant);
  • Third Party Report; and,
  • Assessment Matrix.



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