Lungs in Action full instructor training package

Event Details

Health Professional Conferences & Training, Training

  • Single training: $434.50 (including GST)

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Please note this training is currently being updated and a new enhanced version will be available in March 2022.

The Lungs in Action Full Instructor Training provides exercise professionals with the knowledge and skills required to deliver the Lungs in Action program in the community. Instructors are trained to provide safe, exercise maintenance classes in local facilities such as community halls, fitness studios, gyms and university clinics. This training option combines the Lungs in Action Theory Online Training with The Lungs in Action Practical Training.

Learning objectives

By the end of this training participants will be able to:

  • Describe the pathophysiology of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), heart failure and other lung diseases
  • Describe and distinguish key components of exercise programming for those with chronic lung diseases and heart failure
  • Create and modify exercise programming to suit individual needs of class participants
  • Implement appropriate safety precautions and risk management protocols for exercising a person with chronic lung conditions and/or heart failure
  • Demonstrate vital practical skills in managing a breathless client
  • Utilise achieved skills and knowledge to competently instruct a Lungs in Action class.

Training content

Online component

The pulmonary modules include:
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation
  • The respiratory system
  • COPD
  • Other respiratory and chronic conditions
  • COPD and breathlessness
  • Breathlessness and exercise
  • Exercises
  • Your Lungs in Action class
  • Other considerations
  • Frequently asked questions and other considerations 2
  • The Toolbox
The heart failure training modules include:

Part 1:

  • Definition of heart failure
  • Basic heart anatomy
  • Symptoms of heart failure
  • Causes of heart failure
  • Classifications of heart failure

Part 2:

  • Key steps for management of heart failure
  • Exercise and heart failure
  • Safety conditions
  • Medication effects
  • Case study
  • Program design considerations

Practical component

As part of the practical component, a suitable mentor , in addition to support from the local pulmonary and heart failure rehabilitation programs must be arranged before this training. This relationship facilitates clinical support, increased community credibility as a provider of Lungs in Action, and initiates referrals from their pulmonary rehabilitation program.
The practical requirements include:

  • Attend 2 x pulmonary rehabilitation classes as well as 2 x Heart Failure classes.
  • If you are attending a combined pulmonary rehabilitation/heart failure class a minimum of 3 combination classes must be attended
  • Core competency sign off: 1 x pulmonary rehabilitation core competency checklist and 1 x heart failure rehabilitation core competency checklist
  • Written assignment: Develop a class based on a sample list of participants
  • Practical assessment: Implement a Lungs in Action class


Prior to purchasing this course there are a number of eligibility criteria and operational perquisites that need to be met. Upon meeting the criteria you will be provided with a password to purchase the training via our shop.

Please note: Lung Foundation Australia do not take any responsibility for covering the cots of these operational requirements.

The criteria which must be met includes:

  • Obtain a mentor from the local rehabilitation program – our Lungs in Action program manager can assist in connecting you with the local program. If you are unable to maintain support and uphold eligibility throughout the training process you may not be able to complete the training. Policies and procedures differ between locations, it your responsibility to ensure you meet the requirements of the specific hospital and health service you will be attending prior to enrolment. This may include immunisation status and criminal history checks.
  • Physiotherapists and accredited exercise physiologists are eligible for Lungs in Action Full Instructor Training
  • Non accredited exercise physiologists or exercise scientists must have at least 1 year’s exercise experience
  • Personal Trainers and Fitness Instructors must hold a Certificate IV with a minimum of 2 years exercise experience with older adult competency
  • Allied health assistants, nurses, occupational therapists and other health professionals who are interested in the Lungs in Action are encouraged to contact our Program Manager to determine eligibility via freecall 1800 654 301.
  • All applicants must hold their own professional indemnity insurance.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL may be available for Physiotherapists and Exercise physiologists who display experience in working within Pulmonary and Heart Failure Rehabilitation programs. Successful RPL covers the practical component only.

Continuing Professional Development

The Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) Professional Development Committee certifies that this Professional Development offering meets the criteria for 21 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Points.

Fitness Australia have approved the educational content delivered throughout this course.