Your initial qualification is your first step towards an exciting, challenging career in the fitness industry. Taking the next step – registering as a fitness professional – signifies your commitment to ongoing professional development to maintain your currency and competency within the industry.

Professional development is essential for you, your career and your clients. You can choose to expand and update your current skills or embrace the challenge of learning new ones.

Whichever path you choose, we have an extensive range of courses you can choose from. Courses and programs can be based around a particular training environment, such as aquatics, or it may specialise in working with a specific demographic, such as children or older adults.

Each course is worth a certain number of professional development points (PDPs). It is a Physical Activity Australia requirement that you achieve six PDPs as proof of professional development in each two-year registration period. Of these six points, at least one must be a health and fitness program or course.

All courses featured on our website have been accredited by Physical Activity Australia, however you can undertake other courses. Some courses may offer continuing education credits (CECs) instead of PDPs.

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Converting CECs to PDPs

Some courses offer continuing education credits (CECs) instead of PDPs. The following are approximate conversions. For more information on the conversion rates, please contact our Registration team.

How do I accrue PDPs?

When looking for professional development opportunities, there are a wide range of pathways to choose from.

Evidence of employment is the easiest way to demonstrate you are actively using your skills and knowledge. You can obtain 1 PDP if you are in part-time employment (up to 20 hours a week, for a minimum of 12 months).

Full-time employment (more than 20 hours a week, for a minimum of six months) is worth two PDPs.

PDPs may also be accrued through completion of:

  • Face-to-face courses
  • Online courses
  • Attendance at fitness-related conferences and events
  • Higher education or VET fitness-related study
  • Organisation / association journal subscriptions (approval for PDPs to be granted in this category is at the discretion of Physical Activity Australia)
  • Lecturing or presenting in recognised fitness-related training courses
  • Research projects relevant to the health and fitness industry