Fitness Education Logo

Fitness Registration Bodies in Australia

February 8, 2023
4 minute read

Talking about Fitness Registration Bodies Australia be a little tricky because technically, you don’t HAVE to register with a body (unless you live in the ACT, where there it is a requirement). 

In saying that though, most Fitness Professionals choose to register with a fitness registration body as there are several advantages.

Some of these advantages include

  • Recognition: By registering with a recognized fitness registration body, you can demonstrate to your clients and employers that you have met the required standards and are qualified to work in the fitness industry. This can help you to stand out in a competitive job market and build credibility and trust with your clients.
  • Support: All fitness registration bodies offer some form of support to their members. Whether it be phone, email, social media – if you’re a member of a body and have a question about the industry, they will be able to help you
  • Professional development: Many fitness registration bodies offer ongoing professional development opportunities, such as workshops, seminars, and conferences, to help you stay up-to-date with the latest research and best practices in the industry. This can help you to improve your skills and knowledge, and stay at the top of your game.
  • Networking opportunities: By registering with a fitness registration body, you can connect with other fitness professionals and access a range of networking opportunities. This can help you to build relationships and collaborate with others in the industry, which can be beneficial for your career development.

In Australia, there are several different organizations that offer fitness registration for fitness professionals. Some of the main organizations include:

  • AUSactive: AUSactive (formerly known as Fitness Australia) is the peak Health and Exercise Industry Association with the largest register of exercise professionals & facilities across Australia. AUSactive currently has over 11,000 registered Fitness Professionals.
  • Physical Activity Australia (PAA): PAA (formerly known as VicFit and then Kinect Australia) has been around since 1982 and was the first ever fitness registration body in Australia. When Fitness Registration was first introduced to Australia, each state had their own registration body. PAA (or VicFit) was the official body of Victoria. All the other states registration bodies merged to become Fitness Australia (now AUSactive) except for PAA which continued on it’s own. For this reason most of PAA’s members are based in Victoria. Physical Activity Australia currently has over 4,000 registered Fitness Professionals.
  • FITREC: FITREC was launched by Dennis Hosking and his team in 2015 (the same team that created, built and run HealthyPeople). FITREC was created as an alternate registration body to AUSactive and Physical Activity Australia.
  • Health and Fitness Association Australia (HAFAA): HFAA was formed in 2018 and focuses exclusively on individual registrations, not businesses, ensuring advocacy, policy representation, and union support. Members benefits include industry perks and access to masterclasses.

Other Related Registration Bodies

  • ESSA: Founded in 1991 Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA), formerly known as the Australian Association for Exercise and Sports Science (AAESS), is a professional organisation which is committed to establishing, promoting and defending the career paths of tertiary trained exercise and sports science practitioners. Members include Exercise Scientists, Sports Scientists and Exercise Physiologists. ESSA currently has over 10,000 members.
  • ASCA: ASCA is the accrediting body for strength and conditioning coaches in Australia as recognised by the Australian Sports Commission and its high performance division, the Australian Institute of Sport. As a not-for-profit association and the peak industry body, the ASCA aims to ensure and enhance quality-assured strength and conditioning coaches.
  • Recomp: Recomp is the peak body for the body recomposition industry. Fitness registration & insurance does not usually allow personal trainers to coach bodybuilding, powerlifting or serious weight training. Recomp personal trainer registration and insurance does.
  • Sports Medicine Australia (SMA): SMA is a peak national multidisciplinary member organisation that provides leadership in the areas of sports exercise and medicine, sports injury, physical activity, sports exercise and science, and the healthy performance and participation of Australians in physical activity and sport. SMA is widely acknowledged internationally as a leading multidisciplinary sports medicine body. SMA currently has over 2,000 members.


If you’re a Fitness Professional (Personal Trainer, Gym Instructor, Group Fitness Instructor etc) with either a Certificate III in Fitness or Certificate IV in Fitness, you’ll want to register with either AUSactive, Physical Activity Australia, FITREC or HFAA. 

If you’re an Exercise Professional (Exercise Scientist, Sport Scientist, Exercise Physiologist etc) you’ll want to register with ESSA. 

If you’re a Strength and Conditioning Coach, you’ll want to register with ASCA.

If you’re a Bodybuilding or Powerlifting coach, you’ll want to register with Recomp.

If you’re a Sports Trainer, you’ll want to register with SMA.

You may also want to register with multiple organisations e.g. if you’re a Personal Trainer and Exercise Physiologist you may choose to register with AUSactive AND ESSA. Or if you’re a S&C Coach AND an Exercise Physiologist you may choose to register with ASCA AND ESSA.

PS: At Fitness Education Online, we have one of the largest Facebook Groups in the world for Personal Trainers and Fitness Professionals. Everyone in there is super supportive and we all share tips and ideas. We would love to invite you into the Group - click here to join.

Connect with Fitness Education Online on Social Media 

Click here to join our Facebook Group

Click here to follow us on Instagram

Click here to listen to our Podcast on Apple 

Click here to listen to our Podcast on Spotify

Click here to subscribe to our YouTube Channel 

share this article
related posts
Blue Side BG

Fitness Education Online are one of the leading providers in the world when it comes to the professional development of Personal Trainers. We have over 30 registered AUSactive CEC courses.  Click here to check them out!


About The Author: April Allyson Barcebal
Follow & Connect

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recent Post
Can I Deliver Outdoor Fitness with Certificate III in Australia?
How to Become a Group Fitness Instructor in Australia
Does an Exercise Science Degree Qualify you as a Personal Trainer in Australia
Best Personal Trainer Insurance Options in Australia (2024 Version)
5 ways to support weight loss and maintain muscle mass
Ep 317: Fat Loss During Menopause with Benjamin Siong
Ep 316: Calories in vs Calories out - fact or fiction with Benjamin Siong
What is SIS30321? Exploring the New Standard in Fitness Certification
Ep 315: Fat Loss Myths with Benjamin Siong
What is a Gym Instructor?
Ep 314: Nutrition Fundamentals for Lifters with Eric Helms
Ep 313: Perth Fitness Business Conference with Dan Williams
Ep 312: How to use technology to help clients with behaviour change with Josh Buss
Ep 311: Saskia Jordan - Winner of the New Zealand Up and Coming PT of the Year
How much does a Personal Trainer earn in Australia?
Ep 310: Running a seniors fitness business with Meg Stickl
Ep 309: How to add a Kids Fitness component to your fitness business with Manny Laris
Ep 308: How to get into Corporate Wellness with Debbie Bellinger
Ep 307: Debate: Free vs Paid Marketing - which is better? with Jono vs Susan Baxter
Ep 306: How to run a kids fitness program with Emma McCann
How difficult is a Personal Trainer Course?
Ep 305: Training Women – Anatomy and Biomechanical Differences with Kayla from AWPT
Ep 304: How to generate more referrals with Dr. Suzan Baxter
Ep 303: How Jacob went from a struggling PT to being one of Australia’s top online coaches with Jacob Sutton
Ep 302: How to train young athletes with Trent Pirihi
Ep 301: How to scale to 6 figures online with a done for you program with Steve Papps
Ep 300: How to become a kids yoga instructor with Loraine Rushton from Zenergy Yoga
Ep 299: How To Avoid Client Injuries with Physiotherapist Chris Bryceson
Ep 298: How Personal Trainers can make more money by working less by Matt Dart
Everything Cortisol
Everything Oestrogen: Essential Knowledge for Fitness Professionals
Ep 287: How to protect your voice as a fitness professional with Noelle Nocciolo and Ashley FitzSimmons-Olsen
Supporting Clients with Endometriosis: Insights and Strategies for Fitness Professionals
The Fitness Pro's Guide to Embracing Period Dysfunction: Why It's a Game Changer
The Hidden Key to Optimising Your Client's Fitness: Tracking the Menstrual Cycle
The PCOS Advantage: A Game-Changing Guide for Fitness
What is the difference between Cert 3 and 4 in Fitness
Osteoporosis: How Diet, Exercise And Lifestyle Can Help Fight Osteoporosis
ANZAC Day Workout
Do you need a Cert III in Fitness before a Cert IV?
How Much Do Personal Trainers Make
How to become a Personal Trainer in Australia
Fitness Expo 2023
Personal Trainer Cancellation Policy
Adult Exercise Pre Screening Tool
How long does a Cert 3 in Fitness take?
Boxing Bag Workout: The “10, 2, 2”
12 Days of Christmas Workout
Functional Training Circuit for Small Group Training and Bootcamp
Fitness Games for Bootcamp: The “1, 2, 3” Game
Boxing Partner Workout
Boxing Drills using a Resistance Band
Boxing Workout for Bootcamp – “The EMOM”
Is exercise alone enough to lose a significant amount of weight without changing other lifestyle factors?
Boxing Workout for Bootcamp: The “Power / Speed” Drill
Personal Trainer Success Story: Karla on Online learning
Personal Trainer Success Story: Terry “Go for it regardless of your age"
Boxing Drills for Bootcamp: The “4 Combo’s: 4 uppercuts”
Personal Trainer Success Story: Jane Juggling a career and family life
Kickboxing Drills for Bootcamp: “3 Body Rips, 3 Roundhouse Kicks”
Boxing Circuit Workout Ideas: The Agility Ladder Interval Drill
Kickboxing for Bootcamp and Group Fitness: Should I use “Thai Pads” or a “Kick Shield”
Bariatrics 101
What Does Cert 3 In Fitness Allow You To Do ?
How to raise your rates as Personal Trainer
Mastering your day to maximize your efficiency as a Rent Based PT in 2022
Supporting the Bigger Client
Boxing Workout for Bootcamp 15, 30, 45, 60
Boxing Workout Ideas for Bootcamp: “The 2-10’s”
How To Structure a Boxing Workout for Bootcamp
“Exercise Considerations for the Bigger Client”… Health and fitness at any size
Should Women Stop Lifting Heavy Weights During Menopause?
Boxing Circuit Workout Ideas: The “Punch, Run, Bodyweight”
Boxing Courses for Personal Trainers: Should you do one?
How to Become a Highly Profitable Rent based Personal Trainer in 2022!
One Arm Kettlebell Row: 5 of The Best Variations Available
To weigh or not to weigh? Should Trainers Ditch The Scales Once and For All?
5 Questions every Fitness Professional should be asking their female clients... (especially when aged 37+)
How to Run a 30-Day Plank Challenge… Sub30 Style!
How to Help Female Clients Work With Their Hormones
10 Steps To Launch Your Fitness Coaching Business Online
Does a Certificate III in Fitness Qualify You to Train Kids?
1 2 3 103

Want to hear about our latest post, podcast, and bootcamp idea?

Fitness Education Logo White
HomeAbout UsCoursesVIP MembershipBlogPodcastContact UsLogin
Copyright 2022 Fitness Education Online All Rights Reserved
Google Rating
Based on 306 reviews