Practical Placement is an incredibly valued and key component of our Fast Track PT Course, as well as the Certificate III and Certificate IV in Fitness qualifications.
It is a structured program designed to give students a true ‘hands-on’ experience and allow them to put the knowledge and skills they have learnt throughout their studies into practice prior to entering the fitness industry.
The in-depth program takes you from a shadowing role to a training role over a relatively short period of time, giving you the confidence to enter the fitness industry as well as improving your employment opportunities through obtaining valuable on the job practical experience.
Many facilities Australia wide are happy to take on AFA students for Practical Placement because it offers them the opportunity to ‘check you out’ as a potential employee upon graduation.
We encourage students to approach Work Experience in a professional manner and to use the time they have with their supervisor as effectively as possible. We provide all of our students with an AFA branded 2XU uniform to ensure you look the part!
We find that most students have an existing connection or relationship with a potential Work Experience Supervisor through their local gym or fitness facility, however we are more than happy to assist our students to find a suitable facility and mentor with one of our industry partners.
The Work Experience requirements are:
- Fast Track PT Course – 53 hours of Practical Placement
- Certificate III – 32 hours of Practical Placement
- Certificate IV – 30 hours of Practical Placement & 50 hours Professional Practice Logbook
- Certificate III & IV – 52 hours of Practical Placement & 50 hours Professional Practice Logbook
Become an AFA Mentor
If you’re a fitness professional currently working in the industry with a passion to support emerging Fitness Instructors and Personal Trainers, we invite you to participate in the Australian Fitness Academy’s Mentorship Program.
Share your experience, skills and knowledge as you guide AFA’s Certificate III and IV in Fitness students through the Practical Work Experience hours of their course in a supervising role at your current workplace.
What are the benefits of being a mentor?
- Professional Development (gain CEC’s towards your re-registration with AUSactive*)
- Referral Rewards of $100 per person
- Access to FREE courses through AFA
- Recruitment (access and hand-pick the best candidates to build your business)
- Business exposure (reach a wider fitness audience)
*Eligibility criteria applies
FREE Professional/Business Profile on HealthyPeople
Are you a student looking for Work Experience opportunities? Or a Fitness Business looking for potential employees?
For students, you’ll be able to create a free profile, allowing local fitness employers to find you via the online database and reach out to connect. This is a great tool that will help you build vital connections and get a foot in the door in the fitness industry.
For employers, you’ll also be able to create a free business profile that will allow you to search the database of AFA students in your area and offer Work Experience and/or ongoing employment at your fitness facility. This is a great tool to find potential employees and help fill staff shortages.
Want more information on the Practical Placement requirements within your course? Want to know more about becoming a mentor with the Australian Fitness Academy?
Please contact our Student Support team on
1300 232 348 or email [email protected].
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