Category: PLD Opportunities

Professional Learning & Development / Continuing Proffesional Development (CPD)

Physical Activity and Public Health Specialist Certificate

On demand


The field of physical activity is a critical component in public health. That’s why the Physical Activity Alliance developed, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the recommended essential competencies for staff assigned to physical activity efforts that will lead to improved public health.

These competencies have been revised and expanded, in partnership with ACSM, for the Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist (PAPHS) certificate — which you can earn by completing this course!

Exercise Prescription for Older Persons Webinar

Tuesday, 9 May 2023 12:00pm - 1:30pm AEST


Guidelines and recommendations for appropriate exercise prescription for varying demographics of the ‘senior population’ are extremely non specific and basic in nature. Over the course of 10+ years in private practice working with the older population we have developed specific goals, focus points and prescription for our populations. This webinar will discuss these interventions and how to implement these in a real work environment.

Topics covered include:
• Classification of demographics of clients- Based on age, needs, health profile, risk stratification.
• Testings, Designing and implementing specific and appropriate prescription for each demographic
• Implementation of prescription via different modalities.
• Specific private practice case studies

Presented by Tristan Hall, AES, AEP

Strength & Conditioning for Taekwondo Webinar

Thursday, 27 April 2023 4:00pm - 5:30pm AEST


Contemporary approaches to strength and conditioning are starting to take root in Taekwondo specifically as it is an Olympic Sport. This presentation looks at current practices at the elite level, the current research on training, testing and injury prevention and how this can be modified for club coaches to use at the grass roots level in a practical context.

Presented by Ben Exton, AES, AEP, ASpS1, ASCA Level 2

BASES Webinar – Ensuring fitness for physically demanding job roles: The development of Physical Employment Standards

Tuesday, 23 May 2023 12:30 - 13:30


Overview: The BASES Occupational Performance Special Interest Group (OPSIG) aims to promote evidence-based practise amongst those undertaking research and/or scientific support with occupational groups in physically demanding job-roles. This includes but is not limited to military, security, fire, rescue and first responders. It draws on a number of specialist areas including: physiology, strength and conditioning, physical training, psychology, biomechanics, injury and rehabilitation. In this first webinar delivered through the OPSIG we will introduce the concept of Physical Employment Standards (PES) which are the role-related physical fitness tests used to screen applicants, trainees and incumbents in physically demanding occupations. The development of PES follows an evidence-based process and we will describe the frameworks and methods that are available. The process typically involves conducting a Job Task Analysis (JTA) to document the physical demands of job roles, The JTA is then used to inform the design of single-person simulations of job tasks which can be implemented as fitness assessments or correlated to simple gym-based fitness tests which can be validated and then adopted by the organisations. We will show how implementing a PES can be be used to improve physical performance, mitigate injury risk and provide legal defensibility of fitness testing procedures. Examples will be provided of how PES have been developed and implemented in physically demanding occupations such as the military, emergency services and industry

HFJ March – April 2023 |Making Sense of Accreditation

March - April, 2023


ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal®: March – April 2023 | Making Sense of Accreditation, Certification, and Licensure for Careers in Exercise Science


By Dale R. Wagner, Ph.D., FACSM

This article explains the difference, yet somewhat symbiotic relationship, between accreditation, certification, and licensure with examples specific to the exercise science profession. The future of accreditation for exercise science programs is addressed, and readers were given suggestions for sifting through literally hundreds of certification options. Finally, the author provided recommendations for increasing the credibility of the fitness profession even in the absence of a unified national board examination and state licensures.

HFJ March – April 2023 |Technical Requirements for CEP

March - April, 2023


ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal®: March – April 2023 | Technical Requirements for Clinical Exercise Physiologists as Qualified Health Professionals


By Brittany Overstreet, PhD, ACSM-CEP; Christie Ward-Ritacco, PhD, FACSM, ACSM-EP; Francis Neric, MS, MBA; Clinton A. Brawner, PhD, FACSM; Benjamin Thompson, PhD, FACSM, ACSM-EP; Trent Hargens, PhD, FACSM, Walter Thompson, PhD, FACSM

Despite meeting the required technical standards, clinical exercise physiologists (CEPs) have yet to be identified as qualified health professionals (QHPs). Lack of QHP status for CEPs has resulted in limited coverage of services by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) leaving CEPs ineligible to be reimbursed for, many of the services they provide. Being acknowledged as a QHP would allow CEPs to better contribute to interprofessional healthcare teams and potentially become eligible for reimbursement for services provided by CMS and other insurance companies.

HFJ March – April 2023 |Back to Basics:

March - April, 2023


ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal®: March – April 2023 | Back to Basics: A Critical Review of the Methodology Commonly Used to Estimate Cardiorespiratory Fitness


By Meir Magal, PhD, FACSM, ACSM-CEP; Barry A. Franklin, PhD, FACSM, ACSM-EP, ACSM-PD; Gregory B. Dwyer, PhD, FACSM, ACSM-CEP, ACSM-PD, FACSM; and Deborah Riebe, PhD, FACSM, ACSM-EP

Evaluating CRF is critical in developing safe and effective exercise prescriptions. Although the direct measurement of expired ventilatory gases via open circuit spirometry is the gold standard for assessing CRF, submaximal exercise testing and field tests that utilize HR measures can serve as a reasonable alternative to estimate aerobic capacity. The exercise professional should be familiar with the caveats associated with HR measurements and the prediction of? V ?O2max to ensure optimal accuracy.

HFJ March – April 2023 |Promoting PA in Rural Communities…

April, 2023


CSM’s Health & Fitness Journal®: March – April 2023 | Promoting Physical Activity in Rural Communities During COVID-19 with Exercise is Medicine® on Campus


By Isaac Wedig, MS; Jamie Phillips, MS; Kelly Kamm, PhD; and Steven Elmer, PhD

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we leveraged Exercise is Medicine® on Campus (EIM-OC) at Michigan Technological University to provide critical physical activity resources to Michigan’s rural Upper Peninsula. A team of students, faculty, and fitness professionals: 1) promoted physical activity through a widespread media campaign (i.e., website, social media, radio, newspaper, TV, public townhall) and 2) delivered more than 260 virtual home-based workouts to community members using several platforms (i.e., Zoom, Facebook Live, YouTube, TV, DVD). Together, these efforts highlight the extent to which EIM-OC increased physical activity infrastructure (e.g., promotion and resources for engaging in physical activity) during a critical time of need for our rural and underserved community.

Exercise for People with Hip/Knee Osteoarthritis Webinar

Wednesday, 26 April 2023 3:00pm - 4:30pm AEST


Exercise and Physical Activity for People with Hip/Knee Osteoarthritis

This webinar will provide an overview of the updated ESSA Position Statement on exercise and physical activity for people with hip/knee osteoarthritis. It will overview the current evidence for exercise in people with hip/knee osteoarthritis and give guidance to practitioners about how best to implement exercise in clinical practice. 

Presented by Professor Rana Hinman & Associate Professor Michelle Hall

Biopsychosocial Ex Interventions for Low Back Pain Webinar

Monday, 17 April 2023 12:00pm - 1:30pm AEST


How do we design biopsychosocial exercise interventions for people with chronic low back pain? Webinar

Current best practice approaches for exercise interventions for chronic low back pain (CLBP) involve the addition of pain education under a biopsychosocial framework. However, in research and practice, the biopsychosocial element of the intervention is often derived from the education/adjunct cognitive modality (e.g., CBT) with exercise prescription often following a traditional, biomedical logic. This combination of exercise and education often ends up being derived from conflicting underlying philosophies with biopsychosocial pain education and biomedically-informed exercise, which has the potential to cause confusion for patients/clients. 

Contemporary research has investigated how exercise for CLBP can evolve from previous, systemised biomedical approaches to fit within a biopsychosocial approach to practice. A central theme to these findings is the prescription of exercise for the individual rather than for the condition. This conceptual paradigm shift expands the options of exercise prescription for people with CLBP, which has the potential to lead to greater outcomes on the individual level. 

An additional focus of this research has been the ability for practitioners to appropriately dose exercise to manage multimorbidity. Traditional exercise approaches for CLBP have not been sufficiently dosed to provide health-related outcomes based on physical activity guidelines and in-turn, insufficient over-time to prevent/manage co-morbidity. This is especially concerning with the understanding that people with chronic pain are 17% more likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease, which may be owing to decreased levels of physical activity.  

This webinar will explore the origins of traditional, biomedical exercise approaches to CLBP, in order to demonstrate the inconsistencies with current understandings of pain. This approach to biopsychosocial education has been shown to be effective with AEPs regarding clinical decision-making for CLBP. After highlighting inconsistencies of biomedically-informed exercise for CLBP, this webinar will explore the paradigm shift of the biopsychosocial model and the principles of person-centred exercise prescription, as opposed to condition (CLBP) centred. Finally, this webinar will culminate in a practical application section of how to approach the design (and co-design) of exercise for a person with CLBP under a biopsychosocial framework. 

Presented by Dr Mitchell Gibbs, AES