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Broaden Your Scope with a Certificate IV in Weight Management

We’re very fortunate, in our industry, to have passionate professionals with the drive and commitment to change things for the better. Sonja Bella is one such person. Not satisfied with traditional Trainer education surrounding Weight Management, Sonja developed a course to broaden the scope for all Trainers. This course is now a Nationally Recognised Training program.

Thank you Sonja, for this guest post…

Why a Certificate IV in Weight Management?

Through my own personal journey, I discovered the damage that poor diet information can do to a person’s health. As a teenager, I lived off 1000 calories a day for nearly 10 years because of dieting advice from media, magazines and social pressure which caused me to be diagnosed with borderline osteoporosis at the age of 32!

This experience made me passionate about helping others to get off the dieting merry-go-round, one that ultimately leads to obesity and health complications for so many.

After more than a decade of practicing as a health and fitness professional, at both a national and international level, I realised that today’s approach to weight loss and weight management all too often has a bias towards each industry or profession.

Most professionals only specialise within one area of the problem; broadly speaking – nutrition, exercise or the psychological factors that contribute to weight gain – leaving clients to try and join the dots.

My vision centers around changing the face of weight management to bring a more holistic approach to weight loss and weight management. Specifically, to encourage higher levels of networking and increased use of referrals so that we can better support the needs of clients as a united front.

According to statistics, in August 2013 over 14 million Australians were considered overweight or obese with Australia being ranked as one of the fattest nations in the developed world.

For years, health professionals have been encouraging Australians to adopt a healthier lifestyle but, with obesity rates more than doubling in the last 20 years. Clearly, the message has not been heard.

It’s this thinking that led to the development of the Certificate IV in Weight Management.

This is an opportunity to enhance Personal Training careers.

Not only does a qualification like this further develop your knowledge and skills, it allows you to work under the ‘Weight Management Practitioner’s Scope of Practice.’ This means you’ll be able to write personalised meal plans for your clients, as well as use psychology and counselling principles to help identify and modify behaviours which often lead clients’ to self-sabotage.

This certificate opens exciting opportunities for our Fitness Industry.

The knowledge and expertise this course provides will help build closer ties with various medical and health professions working under the weight management umbrella. It’s an opportunity for Personal Trainers and Fitness Professionals to expand their service offerings by being able to provide a more holistic approach to their clients’ needs

The Certificate IV in Weight Management encourages a holistic and multidisciplinary approach to weight loss and weight management – It encourages networking, communication and education across the varying disciplines and professions working directly with overweight and/or obese clients. 

The Certificate IV in Weight Management has received national accreditation through the VET (Vocational Education & Training) and international accreditation with IARC (International Approval and Registration Centre) and IICT (International Institute for Complimentary Therapies).

Are you interested in providing your clients with a holistic approach to weight management – including the application of meal planning, psychology principles and behavioral techniques? Click here to download your comprehensive information and pricing package.

FITREC professionals now earn 60 points towards their FITREC rating by completing the 10576NAT Certificate IV in Weight Management.

View the Australian College of Weight Management on FITREC, including links to Sonja’s FITREC pageone of very few 300 rated professionals.

Certificate IV in Weight Management 10576NAT is delivered by the Australian College of Weight Management – Qualification issued by RTO #32107 (Online Fitness Pty Ltd)

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