Recognise the dangers of providing nutrition advice to clients

This unit, SISFFIT025 Recognise the dangers of providing nutrition advice to clients, is a core unit of the Certificate IV in Fitness SIS40215.  It describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to identify when the provision of nutritional advice is beyond the scope of practice of a personal trainer.

It requires the ability to recognise the dangers of providing nutrition advice in a fitness setting and when a client requires referral to an Accredited Practising Dietitian, Accredited Sports Dietitian or General Practitioner.

This unit covers recognition of appropriate information sources to apply to the provision of food advice, and when the provision of such advice is unethical and beyond the scope of practice.

This unit applies to personal trainers who typically work autonomously in controlled and uncontrolled fitness environments. Work is performed according to relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures.

Elements and Performance Criteria

1. Comply with the scope of practice in provision of nutrition advice.
1.1 Identify the role of medical and allied health professionals in providing and applying nutritional information and advice to clients.
1.2 Recognise appropriate sources of information for provision of healthy eating information to clients.
1.3 Recognise clients with specific nutritional needs.
1.4 Recognise dangers of providing inappropriate nutrition advice to general and specific population clients.

2. Identify situations outside of scope of practice.
2.1 Identify need for referral and guidance from medical practitioner or appropriate allied health professional for nutrition and body composition advice.
2.2 Conduct referral in accordance with organisational policies and procedures.

Materials include:

  • Assessor Guide / Benchmarks (27 pages);
  • Learners Assessment Workbook (20 pages);
  • Powerpoint Slides (22);
  • RPL Kit (Assessor and Participant); and,
  • Assessment Matrix



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