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Fitness Centre Manager is one of the most sought after occupations these days. Due to the sudden consciousness towards health in people's mind, several fitness programs are cropping up worldwide. Various fitness centres are required to set up in order to balance the growing needs of the general public towards fitness regime. Australia has emerged as a hot option to settle as Fitness Centre Manager.

Ideally, a Fitness Centre Manager formulates, regulates and promotes all activities, facilities and various fitness regimens offered by a fitness centre. The occupation revolves around imparting general & customized training to varied clients.

Australia is a great place to further career as Fitness Centre Manager if one is able to take high stress, and has good sense of situational handling skills.

What skills

Basic bachelors' degree is a prerequisite but ample industry experience is also required. Prior to migrating to Australia as a skilled migrant, a Fitness Centre Manager must have the skills assessed by the relevant national assessment authority. The assessment authority for his occupation is VETASSESS. Fitness Centre Manager has to provide relevant documents to the nodal assessing authority of VETASSES. There are various immigration programs one can apply for, and in many occupations, including Fitness Centre Manager, it is necessary to apply for the local license before practice.

The occupation of Fitness Centre Manager matches skill with an AQF Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma. Minimum three years of relevant experience may be the alternative to the formal qualifications mentioned above. In some cases or situations, relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 2).

The demands of the job may be high but the rewards commensurate with usually high end salaries and attractive perks.

The website of the Australian Bureau of Statistics provides appropriate details and guidelines towards migration programs of all the occupations including that of Fitness Centre Manager.

What Fitness Centre managers do?

The job involves taking active part in the running and managing the daily affairs of the fitness centres. Fitness Centre managers have to manage the day to day operations with ample amount of impromptu skills. They need to plan according to the specific clients, and formulate certain customized programs, on a regular basis. They should be able to delegate work efficiently to the trainees/subordinates who they feel fit best in the role being assigned.

Some of the day to day duties involved are

  • Supervising the overall operation of the business
  • Helping in budgets
  • Problem solving like being alert for any obsolete or unwanted programs still running that need to be curbed
  • Keeping a tab of financial matters
  • Incorporating facility upgrade
  • Representing the agency and negotiating on its behalf
  • Managing staff and delegating responsibilities, etc.

Available options for migration

Eligible candidates willing to migrate to Australia have certain options to pick up. These options are available in the form of programs that include Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS), Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS), Points Based Skilled Migration visa, Temporary Business (Long Stay).

In certain migration processes, under the skilled migration program, sometimes the applicants may have to go through skills assessment process by the concerned authority. In case of Fitness Centre managers, the assessing authority lies with the VETASSESS.


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