All registered exercise professionals are allocated a level of registration in acknowledgement of both industry experience and the industry qualification attained. The levels of registration accommodate all existing expertise in the field and help to coordinate service delivery and provide identifiable career progression opportunities for registered professionals.
The following table outlines the qualification and registration term requirements for level allocation.
The introductory level represents the beginning phase of a professional's career. Level 1 registrants are learning to execute professional skills and are simultaneously beginning to apply technical knowledge in their role. They are starting to familiarise themselves with mainstream equipment, facilities, settings and all aspects of exercise professional service delivery including screening, assessment, prescription, delivery, re-assessment and program modification. Ideally, a Level One Professional will receive periodic guidance and mentoring from a Level Three exercise professional.
At the intermediate level, the exercise professional builds on their skill and knowledge and applies it to clientele and in settings according to their role. During this stage, the professional is gaining broader experience and may typically extend their capacity and range of roles through continuing education or higher qualification.
The advanced level represents an exercise professional who has a more progressed level of knowledge and skill and has considerable experience to draw upon. It is expected that a professional at this stage of development can combine the use of competencies, experience and critical thinking skills in practice. This professional is most likely to assume a leadership and mentoring role for other exercise professionals. It is important to recognise that Level 3 is not an end point for professionals, but only a description for a higher developmental stage.