Continuing Education Credits
What are CECs and where can I find them?
A central requirement for all Fitness Australia Registered Exercise Professionals is to maintain Professional Standards. Upon renewing registration, every registrant is required to declare ongoing compliance with the Fitness Australia Exercise Professional Code of Ethics and the minimum Continuing Education Credit (CEC) requirement of 20 CECs over the two year registration term.
CECs are the units used to measure the amount of continuing education completed during the registration term.
The underlying purpose of continuing education is to enhance the capacity to perform professional duties. It may serve to improve proficiency in an existing area or add to your professional capacity through new knowledge and skill. Fitness Australia conducts an assessment and approval process for a large number of CEC programs offered by educational institutions and professional organisations.
How to find approved CEC programs
Fitness Australia has over 800 approved CEC programs listed in the CEC Directory. The online learning directory provides full details including program description, forthcoming dates and venues for program delivery, provider contact details and the respective CEC allocation. Approved Programs are allocated 1 CEC per hour of participation or study.
Other CEC Activities
Aside from Fitness Australia approved programs, there are other programs and activities that will attract CEC allocation.
All examples listed below are to be Fitness or Exercise Science based:
- Vocational Fitness Qualification 18 CECs
- Specialisation Unit from a Vocational Fitness Qualification 7 CECs
- Higher Education Exercise Science or related subject 15 CECs
- Courses, Lectures, Seminars, Forums 1-15 CECs
- Conferences or Conventions 1-15 CECs
- Research 15 CECs
- Selected Professional Subscriptions 1 CEC (maximum 2 CECs)
- In-house Training (7 hours = 2 CECs) 1-4 CECs See guidelines
- Peer Observation (1 session = 1CEC) 1-3 CECs See guidelines
- Professional Practice (50 hours = 1 CEC, limited to 6 CECs) 1-6 CECs
Activities such as courses, lectures, seminars and forums are allocated 1 CEC for every two hours of participation or study, whereas the CEC allocation for qualifications, subjects and research are indicative of the larger amount of time required for completion.
Guidelines on how to undertake more independent activities such as peer observation and in-house training are available.
Remember, details of participation or completion of all activities must be recorded and verifiable via an appropriate transcript, completion certificate, code, receipt or statutory declaration.
Click here to view the CEC Directory.