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Personal Trainer's Toolkit: Workplace Health and Safety in a Fitness Setting

Look after your employees and environment by applying best practice occupation health and safety procedures for gyms and trainers.

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  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    2 hours
  • Included in an ExpertTrack

    Course 7 of 8
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  • Accreditation

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Deliver best practices for workplace risk minimisation in your fitness business.

Work-related injuries, illnesses and deaths impose costs on employers, workers and the community. With this course you will explore practical strategies for safeguarding yourself and your clients whilst working as a fitness trainer.

You’ll identify the key elements of legislation for your location, as well as insurance and best practice procedures.

Understand your obligations

You’ll gain an understanding of the skills you will need in order to operate at the highest level of safety and security. You’ll also develop high-level strategies for responding to and mitigating the lasting impact of safety hazards or incidents.

To understand your responsibilities and duty of care as a fitness professional, we will explore how to identify risk management procedures, and also examine the planning and delivery options available to you in different settings.

Study alongside experts at CQUniversity

This course has been designed alongside the fitness industry by CQUniversity, Australia’s leading regional university.

You’ll increase your knowledge with project-based learning from specialists in the field, and build your confidence to expand your fitness business to an outdoor environment.


  • Week 1

    Workplace Health and Safety in a Fitness Environment

    • Introduction to Workplace Health and Safety in a Fitness Setting

      Learn about creating a safe fitness environment for staff and members

    • Identify Hazards

      What are the current work-related costs and what is the national action plan.

    • Minimise Risk

      Learn how to minimise risk

    • Check Your Understanding

      Summing up this week's learning with a quick check-in quiz and some reflection.

  • Week 2

    Participate in Workplace Health and Safety

    • Workplace Health and Safety Procedures

      Having staff and management aware of workplace health and safety procedures ensures a safe and effective working environment.

    • Participation in Workplace Health and Safety

      Participation in Workplace Health and Safety

    • Check Your Understanding

      Week two check-in.

    • Wrap up

      Summarise what we've covered within this course and submit the final test to gain your certificate.

Prove you're job ready

Highlight the new, job-relevant skills you’ve gained and supplement existing qualifications with a hard-earned, industry-specific digital certificate – plus one for every course within your ExpertTrack.

  • Learn the latest in your chosen industry or subject.
  • Complete each course and pass assessments.
  • Receive certificates validated by the educating organisation.
  • Impress employers with learning outcomes you can add to your CV.
  • Make your career dreams a reality.

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Who is this accredited by?

Fitness Australia
Fitness Australia:

This course is accredited by Fitness Australia, a global leader in best practice for fitness professionals.

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify strategies to implement workplace health and safety procedures and work instructions
  • Identify ways to maintain the currency of safe work practices regarding workplace systems, equipment, and processes in own work area
  • Reflect on strategies to manage your own levels of stress and fatigue according to workplace procedures
  • Explain the workplace health and safety requirements to ensure safe work practices.

Who is the course for?

Fitness professionals who require an understanding of workplace health and safety requirements in a fitness setting.

Who will you learn with?

As a career health and fitness advocate and educator, I want to share the Personal Trainer Toolkit for fitness businesses from start up to existing, and looking to grow your fitness community.

I have been running my own personal training business for 13 years. Experience in personal training, group training, outdoor training, group exercise and management. I now love teaching Fitness at CQU

Who developed the course?

Central Queensland University

CQUniversity is Australia’s leading regional university.

Our courses are designed alongside industry and many include hands-on, practical learning experiences and project-based learning. Our commitment to making real-world knowledge and skills accessible to all has seen us being awarded global recognition. We are ranked among the top 2% of Universities in the world.

  • Established

  • Location

    Rockhampton, Australia
  • World ranking

    Top 500Source: QS World University Rankings 2020

About this ExpertTrack

Turn your passion for fitness into a successful and socially responsible business with specialist advice from CQUniversity.

Start learning today - free 7-day trial

After your free trial you can:

  • Pay $39 per month to keep learning online
  • Have complete control over your subscription; you can cancel any time
  • Work at your own pace and set your own deadlines at every stage
  • Only pay while you’re learning; the subscription will cancel automatically when you finish
  • Complete online assessments to test your knowledge and prove your skills
  • Earn digital course certificates and a final award that you can share online, with potential employers, and your professional network
  • Keep access to the content of courses you complete even after your subscription ends

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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