Domain 4 - Professional Role and Responsibility
We’ve talked previously about your Exam Content Outline and how to utilize it during your studies. Today we’re going to talk about Domain 4 on your exam content outline which encompasses your roles and responsibilities as a fitness professional. Each of our professional certifications has a Domain 4 in their Exam Content Outline – even though the wording and tasks may vary slightly from manual/certification to certification. In the grand scheme of your Exam Content Outline, Domain 4 is a relatively small domain – worth 7% - 15% based on which exam you are taking. But that small size doesn’t diminish the importance of Domain 4 for you as a professional.
Most of the information covered by Domain 4 can be found in the last section of your manual:
Group Fitness Instructor Manual, 3rd edition: Chapters 10 and 11, Appendix A
Personal Trainer 4th edition: Chapters 15 – 18, Appendix A
Lifestyle and Weight Management Coach: Chapters 19, Appendix A
Advanced Health and Fitness Specialist: Chapters 1 – 5, Appendix A
The listed chapters primarily cover emergency procedures, legal guidelines and professional responsibilities. Emergency procedures include scene assessment, CPR response, illness and injury. But don’t panic! These are all things that are also covered in a basic Adult CPR/AED + First Aid class. You will need to have your Adult CPR/AED certificate prior to sitting for your exam, so your training class should provide an additional review of this material.
Legal guidelines and responsibilities covers a wide variety of topics, including discussing risk management through the use of waivers and informed consent documents, types of negligence and your response, and types of insurance fitness professionals may want to be aware of.
Professional areas that a fitness professional are responsible for – such as facilities, equipment, personnel supervision and instruction - are briefly reviewed. Finally, although all manuals cover information about employment status – independent contractor versus employee – the 4th edition Personal Trainer manual goes more in depth on these topics with a chapter devoted to personal training business fundamentals.
Appendix A in all of the certification manuals is the ACE Code of Ethics - very important information to know if you are going to be working as an ACE fitness professional. You may want to check out the recent blog post on the ACE Code of Ethics for a quick review. Code of ethics and scope of practice are important in the idea of referring on to other health professionals such as nutritionists, massage therapists, etc. All certification candidates should be familiar with these topics, and LWMC exam candidates may want to take a little extra time to make sure they are very aware of their scope of practice in relation to nutritional guidance.
Although the Professional Role and Responsibility domain seems small in terms of exam importance, it is huge in terms of influence. When you reach this part of your studies you may be on the edges of burnout, but don’t forget to give these chapters a solid reading and review.
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**Changes were made on Nov 29, 2011 to reflect the chapter changes in new Group Fitness Instructor Manual and in title of Lifestyle and Weight Management Coach (said "Consultant" in original post).