About CEC Approval
As an Approved Program Provider, you can offer continuing education to the fitness industry and provide CEC's to any registered exercise professional who participates in the program. Once your program has received approval, it will be listed in the CEC Directory on our website. To assist in promoting your program you will receive CEC branding that may be used on your website, certificates and other marketing material.
Registered exercise professionals who have completed an Approved Program and have obtained their Guild Professional Indemnity and Public Liability Insurance, will be covered for extending their scope of practice. This coverage does not extend knowledge obtained through attendance at a CEC Event.
How CEC Approved Programs work
1. Delivery Options
Fitness Australia Approved Programs and CEC Events are delivered through a variety of learning modes so that registered exercise professionals around Australia can gain access to continuing education:
- Face-to-face programs are the 'traditional' education delivery method. This may include seminars, workshops, conferences, conventions etc.
- Distance and online programs are delivered without a presenter but may employ a number of different methods of delivering the information. These methods can include online learning tools, correspondence programs, DVD's, magazine exams etc.
2. Specialisation Areas
Click here to view the variety of specialisation areas covered by our Fitness Australia Approved Programs or CEC Events.
3. Allocation of CECs
Continuing Education Credits (CECs) are awarded based on the content of the program. The program is assessed and allocated credits according to the educational value of the program content. The value is expressed in units of time. Therefore, one CEC represents one hour of education. If the program does not include an assessment of competence (e.g. examination) then the program will only qualify for 1 CEC per 2 hours of tuition. There is a maximum of 15 CECs that can be awarded to a program.
The final decision concerning the number of CECs allocated to any program lies with the Fitness Australia assessor.
4. Certificates of Completion
Approved program providers must issue Certificates of Completion to program participants who have met all program requirements including assessments where appropriate. The certificates must include the following information:
- Provider name
- Participant's full name
- Program/Event name
- Delivery/completion date
- CEC Code
- Number of CECs
- Fitness Australia CECs icon
Certificates that do not display this information may not be accepted by Fitness Australia when used for renewal purposes.
Note: Exercise Professionals not registered with Fitness Australia are not entitled to be issued with a certificate bearing the Fitness Australia logo or CECs.
5. Fitness Australia Assessors
Fitness Australia assessors are selected from a range of Exercise Professionals, Medical and Allied Health Professionals, Educators, Business Professionals and Experts in specialty fields.
All Fitness Australia assessors are appropriately qualified and registered in their respective professions having attained considerable experience in their fields of expertise and hold a Certificate IV Training and Assessment certification (or the Certificate IV Workplace Training and Assessment). Fitness Australia assessors are required to sign a confidentiality agreement to ensure that the intellectual property of the program providers is protected. Fitness Australia nominates the most appropriate assessor for each individual program based on the program content and the experience of the assessor.
The anonymity of the assessor is a cornerstone of the assessment process ensuring fairness of the evaluation. Under no circumstances will the assessor details be disclosed to the program provider.
6. Appeals Process
In the event a program is not approved by a Fitness Australia assessor, the provider may ask for a second opinion by a Senior Assessor. If the Senior Assessor agrees with the first assessor, the program will remain non-approved.
Should the Senior Assessor disagree with the original assessor, the program will be approved. A provider electing to access the appeals process will be charged an additional fee for this service.
7. Program Audits
As part of the ongoing quality control process, Fitness Australia conducts random audits of programs that have been approved for delivery. It is a condition of the application for approval that the provider allows access, free of charge to a Fitness Australia nominated person for the purpose of conducting the audit.
This nominated person should not be identified to the presenter assessor or other participants of the program. Finally, the nominated person must be given the same documentation including a Certificate of Completion, as other program participants.
In the event that Fitness Australia receives a substantiated, valid complaint from a course participant, Fitness Australia will conduct an audit.