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Insurance, training and a provider number for fitness professionals : 16 Feb 2010

Our industry has suffered a number of body-blows in the press recently. Many of the comments relating to a lack of faith in our product and our people (eg. www.abc.net.au/unleashed/stories/s2766840.htm). In an environment where the general public are repeatedly reminded that anyone can become a qualified Personal Trainer in just weeks, there is considerable value in being able to clearly recognise differences in experience and qualifications.

Enter Centrality.

Last November the Centrality group launched it's 'Centrality Health Consultant' (CHC) program. This is a new certification for the health and fitness industry that provides another way for you, as a practitioner, to differentiate yourself to both employers and clients. As well as setting clearly defined expectations, CHC certification includes professional indemnity insurance, one free industry accredited training day a year and the ability to work towards getting a health insurance provider number.

The CHC certification program involves an ongoing monthly fee of $29 which includes;

  • Professional Indemnity insurance
  • One full day of industry accredited training every 12 months in a session of your choice
  • Discounts on industry events
  • 24/7 email assistance.

For more information on registration, a look at their TV commercial and a full list of upcoming training sessions head to http://www.centralityhc.com/. Public Liability insurance is also available for an additional fee.

How do you become a 'Certified' CHC? You must first have a relevant industry qualification (minimum Cert IV in Fitness). You are then required to demonstrate success with at least five clients via completion of their 'Best Practice' framework booklets. Once these booklets have been signed off by an appropriately qualified professional your certification can then be approved. From a Certified CHC you have the opportunity to progress to a Senior and ultimately Master consultant, each accreditation carrying it's own minimum requirements. At Senior and Master levels you're eligible to receive a health insurance Provider Number with two major health insurers.

I think this CHC certification is a great way to provide industry professionals with the ability to differentiate themselves, ultimately leading to greater confidence in us all as an industry. A lot of work has gone into the development of this certification, in particular, securing insurance and provider numbers. I congratulate Paul Reid and his Centrality group for providing a service with real potential to make a difference.

If you're qualified as a Centrality Health Consultant, you can now indicate this in your HealthyPeople registration, making it easier for employers to recognise your additional qualifications and experience.

I welcome your views on this. Please add any comments to our blog.

IN OTHER NEWS:

  • A rare National Fitness Division Coordinator role with Genesis is now available (Melbourne based). Check the details at http://www.healthypeople.com.au/applynow_professional.aspx?Vacancy=678&StateID=6&CategoryID=28

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Administrator 10 Mar 2010 11:22:17
       

In the interests of maintaining a open discussion on things, the following link is to an article on the Australian Leisure Management site where Fitness Australia comment on some of the claims made by Centrality in their advertising (you may need to copy and paste this link into your browser): http://www.ausleisure.com.au/default.asp?PageID=2&ReleaseID=2071&Display=True

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