Diabetes & Exercise Course | Diabetes Qualified

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Who is it for?

Exercise professionals


11 points ESSA, 10 Fitness Australia CEC’s


12 hours


$295 AUD

Diabetes and Exercise Online Course

  • $295 AUD

Online Course

12 months access

Training groups of 10 or more people? We offer volume pricing

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About the Diabetes and Exercise Course

This online course for exercise professionals or any health professional interested in learning more about diabetes and exercise is accredited for 11 CPD points from ESSA and 10 Fitness Australia CEC’s.

The overall goal of the online course is to provide exercise professionals with basic understanding of the management of diabetes, and extensive knowledge on exercise guidelines and precautions for people living with diabetes.

Diabetes is Australia’s fastest growing chronic condition with 1 in 4 Australians living with either diabetes or pre diabetes. People living with diabetes are encouraged to see an exercise professional to help them exercise, therefore by completing this course you will have the skills to be able to prescribe exercise to your clients.

The Diabetes and Exercise interactive CPD course provides exercise professionals with extensive knowledge of how to ensure exercise prescription is safe and effective for people living with diabetes and other lifestyle-related chronic conditions.

This course has been created by Exercise Physiologists and Credentialed Diabetes Educators who work closely with people living with diabetes every week. It is based on current best practice guidelines.

Who would benefit from the Diabetes and Exercise course?

  • Exercise physiologists
  • Exercise scientists
  • Certificate IV Personal Trainers
  • Physiotherapists
  • Any other health professional wanting to increase their diabetes knowledge and learn about exercise guidelines for people living with diabetes

If you are an exercise professional and would like to become a registered Beat It Trainer please enrol in the Beat It Trainer Program.

Learning Outcomes from the Diabetes and Exercise Course:

  • Increased knowledge and understanding about diabetes, diabetes management and Diabetes and exercise.
  • Tools to create a safe and effective exercise plan for people living with diabetes
  • Improved ability to support the person living with diabetes and have a more helpful conversation using health literacy principles
  • Knowledge on how to ask the right questions, and when to refer to other health professionals for more individualised advice
  • Tools and resources to implement what you’ve learnt in your workplace, improving health outcomes for your patients

Course Reviews

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" This course was the best online professional development course I have ever completed. It was really beneficial. The course is exceptionally well set out, with regular knowledge checks (which helped with accountability) and the specific case study examples made it far easier to apply to client interactions, not just theory based."

Erin, Exercise Physiologist
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"It was a fantastic refresher for working with clients living with diabetes, as well as other lifestyle related diseases. The exercise guidelines were great for a wide range of conditions, not just diabetes. I learned the significance of our language and communication with clients, and rephrasing sentences to be more empathetic and not just treat them based on their condition."

Leah, Exercise Physiologist
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"I enjoyed the Interactive learning with questions along the way and practical examples.  The course provided a clear outline of the different types of diabetes and the complications - appropriate exercise considerations for diabetes and complications to ensure client safety with an important focus on how to communicate with clients positively."

Matt, Exercise Physiologist

CPD Course Outline

The Diabetes and Exercise course has 13 modules, with scenarios and knowledge checks throughout. There are also 4 multiple choice assessments that need to be passed in order to receive a certificate of completion.

eLearning Modules

  1. Introduction

    Importance of diabetes education and diabetes figures to outline how diabetes is a significant health problem in Australia.

  2. Exercise Guidelines

    Physical activity recommendations relating to aerobic activity, resistance training and weight loss.

  3. Risk factors for diabetes

    Risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes and action to take to delay the onset.

  4. Understanding Diabetes

    Prevalence, cause, prevention, presentation and management of type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes.

  5. Living with diabetes

    Diabetes management, Monitoring, Healthy eating, Medications, Mental Health, Screening for complications.

  6. Diabetes and Exercise

    Blood glucose levels & different types of physical activity, exercise-related safety precautions.

  7. Acute complications and exercise

    Hypoglycaemia and hyperglycaemia, strategies and action plans, emergency plans.

  8. Hypertension, dyslipidaemia and exercise

    Hypertension and exercise, Dyslipidaemia and exercise.

  9. Microvascular complications and exercise

    Chronic microvascular complications for diabetes, Retinopathy, Nephropathy, Peripheral neuropathy, Autonomic neuropathy.

  10. Macrovascular complications and exercise

    Cardiovascular disease, Coronary artery disease, Stroke, Peripheral vascular disease.

  11. Musculoskeletal conditions and exercise

    Arthritis, Hand, Feet, Shoulder, Spine.

  12. Talking the talk

    Language used to engage and support people living with diabetes.

  13. Putting it into practice

    Have a supportive conversation with a person living with or at risk of diabetes (and other complications) and create a safe and effective Exercise Plan with that person.


To successfully complete this eLearning course you need to pass the four Knowledge Assessments. The goal of the assessments is to check your understanding of the content of all modules. These are multiple choice. You have 3 attempts to pass each assessment.

Delivery Mode

Students have the flexibility to study in their own time and location. The course can be accessed through the Diabetes Qualified Learning Management System. We recommend using a desktop computer or laptop with the Chrome website browser. Course completion requires approximately 12 hours of eLearning.


On completion of the course and by passing the assessments. You will instantly receive a certificate in the learning management system for 12 hours of eLearning accredited for 11 CPD points from ESSA and 10 Fitness Australia CEC’s.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many ESSA and Fitness Australia CPD points do i get from this course?

This Diabetes course for Exercise Professionals has been accredited for 11 CPD points from ESSA and 10 Fitness Australia CEC’s.  It is endorsed by ESSA and Fitness Australia as Continuing Professional Development according to approved quality standards criteria. It is important to remember that it is your responsibility to maintain and register CPD with your professional body. YOu will receive a certificate of completion once you have completed the course and passed the assessments.

How do i become a Beat It Trainer?

If you are an exercise professional and would like to become a registered Beat It Trainer please enrol in the  Beat It Trainer Program. The Diabetes and Exercise online course is Part 1 of the training program, and you are required to complete Part 2: Beat It Trainer Face to Face training. Please contact us on email@diabetesqualified.com.au if you have already complete the online part and want to enrol in the face to face training to become a trainer.

Are the Assessments multiple choice and how many attempts do I get?

Yes, the 4 assessments are multiple choice, with either one or multiple correct answers.  You get 3 attempts to pass with a score of 80% of more. If for some reason you need more attempts please email us.

How do I get my CPD certificate of completion?

Once you have completed this online CPD course and passed the  multiple choice assessments, a ‘certificate of completion’ becomes available for download from the learning management system. This will only show once you have completed the course evaluation survey.

How long do I have access to the course?

12 Months. The time is calculated from when a student is enrolled into the online program. Friendly email reminders will be sent to students to ensure the course is completed within the time period. If you need an extension due to exceptional circumstances please email us.

Enrol in Course

Diabetes and Exercise Online Course

$295 AUD

Online Course
12 months access

Course Learning Objectives document

Read the summary of the learning objectives for each module.

It is a COMPLUSORY PRE-REQUISITE that you have completed the initial face to face program before completing this Refresher program, otherwise you are not eligible to become a BEAT IT Trainer. BEAT IT Trainer Refresher includes six modules which have been developed by Accredited Exercise Physiologists, Accredited Practising Dietitians and Credentialled Diabetes Educators. The content covers chronic disease in Australia, the physical activity guidelines, diabetes, acute & chronic complications, exercise considerations and recommendations, and nutrition for physical activity.

In addition to refreshing BEAT IT Trainers with how to run a successful BEAT IT program, with the program now includes the added bonuses of advertising and ongoing support. A mark of greater than 80% in required in order to successfully complete the program requirements.

Prior to registering into the online course, it is your responsibly to ensure you have a current CPR certificate and have completed the BEAT IT Trainer face to face program.