Become a leader

Exercise professionals can train to become licensed Joint Movement leaders. The Joint Movement is a national exercise program that has been developed through structured, evidence-based research specifically for people with arthritis and other chronic musculoskeletal conditions. The fact is that arthritis affects 1 in 5 Australians, all in need of a safe exercise program that will keep them active to reduce the inflammation and pain caused by the disease. This, in turn, will enable them to keep doing those simple, everyday activities that we all take for granted.

By empowering you, an exercise professional, with knowledge and a portfolio of specific exercises to work with, The Joint Movement aims to widen the scope of beneficiaries among the Australian arthritis community – through you. Beyond the positive impact that running this program has on the wider community, there are numerous benefits for exercise professionals, too. You will be opening the door to a whole new community of paying customers, you will be trained in new skills to qualify as a licensed Joint Movement leader, and you will be able to list your services on our locator app, giving you a free promotional tool.

How to become a leader

The process to becoming a licensed Joint Movement leader is two-fold: First, you need to complete The Joint Movement training. Then, you need to apply for your Joint Movement licence. See sections below.

Before you sign up to the training, you will need to confirm that you have the following qualifications:

  • You will need to hold a Certificate IV in Fitness qualification, or be an accredited exercise physiologist or physiotherapist.
  • It is also essential that you hold a current CPR or First Aid qualification.

If you fulfil the above criteria, the next step is your training.

The Joint Movement Leader Training Course is nationally recognised training under the Australian Qualifications Framework (10168NAT Course in management of musculoskeletal conditions). It is delivered in two parts:

  • Arthritis Essentials is an online training program. Follow the instructions to first register yourself as a student and enrol in the course. This flexible, self-paced online learning unit consists of three modules. Online quizzes test your knowledge of each module and are followed by two case studies to demonstrate your understanding of the content and its application. Completion of this training should take around 7 hours.
  • Once you have completed part one, you will be required to attend a two-day training session. This face-to-face training ensures you are practically competent, helping you utilise the knowledge you have learned in part one. If you are hoping to offer both warm water and strength training exercise classes, then the training session is extended to three days to incorporate both.
Upon successfully completing the course and gaining your certificate of competency, you will then need to apply for your licence to operate as a Joint Movement leader. This licenses you as a qualified individual to provide The Joint Movement exercise programs independent of a facility, enabling you to offer the classes at multiple facilities.

The Joint Movement offers continued support and advice to its licensed leaders. Visit the Forms and Resources page for practical tips and guidelines, including introductory letters to GPs, exercise physiologists, gyms and community centres that introduce you in your capacity as a Joint Movement licensed leader, and aim to encourage referrals to your program and facility.

More information

For more information, see The Joint Movement leader training course information sheet, visit our frequently asked questions page, or contact us.

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