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Diabetes Qualified

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Diabetes and Exercise


11 CPD points


12 Hours


$295 AUD

This CPD accredited and interactive online course provides exercise professionals with extensive knowledge of safe and effective exercise programs for people living with diabetes.

About the Course

Diabetes & Exercise is a comprehensive online course for exercise professionals or any allied health professional wanting to increase their knowledge and confidence in exercise guidelines for people living with diabetes.

The course has been accredited for 11 CPD points from ESSA and 10 AUSactive (formally Fitness Australia) CECs.

Diabetes & Exercise is developed by leading Exercise Physiologists and Credentialled Diabetes Educators who work closely with people living with diabetes. This means that you will learn the latest, best-practice guidelines and knowledge to prescribe exercise that is safe and effective for your clients.

How does this course work?

  • Once you enrol online you will automatically gain access to your course in our e-Learning platform. Everything you need to complete the course is available online, with 24/7 accessibility.
  • Diabetes & Exercise consists of 13 modules, which approximately 12 hours to complete. It is self-paced eLearning.
  • You will have 12-months access to the course from your enrolment date. This enables you to learn on-demand, at your own pace, and at time that suits you.
  • There are 4 multiple choice assessments with results shown immediately.
  • Once you have completed all the modules and passed all 4 assessments you will be able to download your ‘Certificate of Completion’.

The key learning objectives for Diabetes & Exercise are outlined below.


Module 1: Introduction

  • Recognise the importance of diabetes education and why diabetes is a significant health problem in Australia.
  • Understand the link between diabetes and physical activity as a modifiable risk factor and a tool to manage diabetes.

Module 2: Exercise guidelines

  • Identify and describe the physiological effects and benefits that exercise has on chronic disease management, control and prevention.
  • Describe physical activity recommendations relating to aerobic activity, resistance training and weight loss.
  • Describe the Australian Guidelines for Physical Activity.

Module 3: Risk factors for diabetes

  • Name the modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes and how to delay the onset.
  • Recall how to identify people at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
  • Describe the AUSDRISK tool and how to use it.
  • Understand the key components of successful lifestyle modification programs in preventing diabetes.

Module 4: Understanding diabetes

  • Describe the three types of diabetes and the key signs and symptoms.
  • Describe normal glucose metabolism.
  • Discuss the prevalence, cause, prevention, presentation and management of type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes.

Module 5: Living with diabetes

  • Describe the ways in which diabetes can be managed.
  • Recall how physical activity can prevent/delay type 2 diabetes as well as diabetes-related complications.
  • Describe the benefits of blood glucose monitoring for people living with diabetes.
  • Recall what target blood glucose levels are for type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
  • Describe hypoglycaemia and hyperglycaemia.
  • Discuss key factors that affect blood glucose levels, useful times to test blood glucose levels and what an HbA1c test is used for.
  • Describe the recommendations by the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating, including the plate model.
  • Describe the glycemic index (GI) and give examples of low and high GI foods.
  • Recall the impact alcohol has on diabetes management and weight management, and what the NHMRC low risk drinking guidelines are.
  • Recognise why a person would need medication to manage their diabetes and describe the difference between insulin and other diabetes medications.
  • Recognise why a person with or at risk of diabetes may be at risk of mental health problems such as diabetes distress (or burnout), anxiety or depression.
  • Describe the ways diabetes-related complications can be prevented.
  • Describe the tests and reviews involved in the Annual Cycle of Care.

Module 6: Diabetes and Exercise

  • Understand the benefits of aerobic, resistance and other types of physical activity for the person with diabetes.
  • Explain the relationship between blood glucose levels & different types of physical activity, specifically aerobic, resistance and High intensity interval training (HIIT).
  • List common variables affecting the blood glucose response to exercise and identify safe blood glucose ranges for exercise and detail the risks of commencing exercise outside of these ranges.
  • Outline the extra precautions that need to be considered during a pre-screening assessment for the person with diabetes.

Module 7: Acute complications and exercise

  • Describe hypoglycaemia and hyperglycaemia, who’s at risk, and signs and symptoms.
  • Describe the strategies and action and emergency plans for mild, moderate and severe hypo and hyperglycaemia.

Module 8: Hypertension, dyslipidaemia and exercise

  • Describe how hypertension and dyslipidaemia can contribute to the development of diabetes-related
  • Describe the exercise guidelines, benefits, considerations and precautions for a person with dyslipidaemia and/or
    mild, moderate or severe hypertension.

Module 9: Microvascular complications and exercise

  • Describe chronic microvascular complications for diabetes including retinopathy, nephropathy, peripheral neuropathy and autonomic neuropathy.
  • Discuss exercise guidelines, precautions and considerations for each of these chronic microvascular complications.

Module 10: Macrovascular complications and exercise

  • Describe the chronic macrovascular complications of diabetes, including; cardiovascular disease, coronary artery disease, stroke, peripheral vascular disease.
  • Discuss exercise guidelines, precautions and considerations for each of these chronic macrovascular complications.

Module 11: Musculoskeletal conditions and exercise

  • Identify the differences between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Describe exercise guidelines and considerations for people with the following conditions to do with the hands, feet, shoulder and spine, including; diabetes cheiroarthropathy, Dupuytren’s contracture, flexor tenosynovitis, carpal tunnel syndrom, Charcot’s foot, adhesive capsulitis and diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH).

Module 12: Talking the talk

  • Describe the type of language used to engage and support people living with diabetes and how the use of positive words can foster patient-client relationships.

Module 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.


What you will learn

Diabetes & Exercise is endorsed by Exercise & Sports Science Australia and AUSactive (formally Fitness Australia) for 11 ESSA points and 10 CECs, respectively. The online course consists of 13 modules, including:

  • Understanding the importance of physical activity for people with diabetes, including describing the physiological effects and benefits of exercise on chronic disease management and prevention.
  • How to use the AUSDRISK tool to assess diabetes risk and how to identify people at risk of type 2 diabetes.
  • Describing the three main types of diabetes with reference to symptoms, prevalence, key features, cause and management for all three types.
  • How to describe key blood glucose targets for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes and the benefits of blood glucose monitoring, including optimal testing times, the purpose of an HbA1c test and recommended target ranges.
  • Understanding the impact weight loss has on insulin resistance in overweight people and how to describe healthy, balanced eating with reference to recommendations by the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating and the plate model.
  • How carbohydrates impact blood glucose levels and the role of the glycaemic index.
  • Describing the effects of alcohol on diabetes and weight management with reference to the NHMRC low-risk drinking guidelines.
  • How common variables affect blood glucose levels in response to different types of exercise (i.e. aerobic, resistance and high-intensity interval training (HIIT).
  • Summarising the exercise-related safety precautions for people with diabetes as well as any additional precautions that should be considered during a pre-screening assessment.
  • Describing hypoglycaemia and hyperglycaemia, signs and symptoms and strategies to prevent either condition before/during/after exercise and the action plan for mild, moderate and server hypoglycaemia and hyperglycaemia.
  • How exercise benefits people with hypertension and dyslipidaemia with reference to exercise guidelines, considerations and precautions.
  • Describing exercise guidelines, considerations and precautions that should be considered for someone with microvascular and/or macrovascular complications.
  • Understanding how some musculoskeletal conditions are related to diabetes and the impact on considerations and precautions for exercise with reference to exercise guidelines.
  • How to have a supportive conversation using positive language and communication to build rapport and trust that will create a safe Exercise Plan for people living with diabetes.

What are the benefits of doing the Diabetes & Exercise course?

Once you have completed the Diabetes & Exercise course, you will have:

  • Best-practice knowledge to create safe and effective exercise plans to help reduce the risk and long-term complications of diabetes for your client.
  • A CPD Certificate endorsed by ESSA and AUSactive, which will increase your credibility for future job opportunities and showcase your commitment to your professional development.
  • Developed best-practice communication strategies that will help you build trust and rapport with your clients, and improve your ability to facilitate behaviour change strategies.
  • The confidence to ask the right questions and know when to refer your clients to other health professionals for more individualised advice.
  • Completed the Beat It Trainer program’s foundation course (Part 1). If you are an exercise professional and interested in becoming a Beat It Trainer, you will need to complete Part 2: a one-day face-to-face training session. Please contact us on support@diabetesqualified.com.au to find out more about Beat It Trainer.


Modules & Assessments

The Diabetes and Exercise online course has 13 modules and 4 multiple choice assessments. You can complete the course at your own pace, for example complete one module at a time. Your progress is saved, so each time you login you can pick up where you left off.


Online Delivery

Students have the flexibility to study in their own time online in 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 be able to download your certificate  of completion, the course is accredited for 11 CPD points from ESSA and 10 AUSactive (formally Fitness Australia) CEC’s.

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  • How many ESSA and AUSactive CPD points do I get from completing this course?

    This Diabetes course for Exercise Professionals has been accredited for 11 CPD points from ESSA and 10 AUSactive CECs.  It is endorsed by ESSA and AUSactive 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 support@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 in this course 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 the Diabetes & Exercise online 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.

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Reviews from our students


‘It was the most informative online course I have completed. Thorough, and very interactive and easy to navigate.’

Kelly, Exercise Physiologist

‘I enjoyed the clear and concise way the information was presented. The case study style was a good way to humanise the content as well.’

Nicholas, Exercise Physiologist

‘Thank you for this course! One of the very few which gives detailed information that one can actually use. I can definitely recommend it to anyone working with people with diabetes.

Alexandra, Personal Trainer