Choosing a Kinesiology College
Choosing a kinesiology college can be a difficult decision, you will be asked to spend something between $18K to $23K on the cost of the Diploma course. There are a few options to choose from and it can be difficult to identify which would be the best option for you. This is actually an important decision, because not all types of kinesiology are the same. Some of the parameters that you can use to help you choose a kinesiology college include:
- Number of actual face-to-face hours of kinesiology training;
- The recommended time frame to complete a qualification;
- Whether the Registered Training Organisation (RTO) a specialised kinesiology RTO;
- Whether the kinesiology taught by the RTO is an internationally recognised stream of kinesiology and still taught in the major international kinesiology institutes;
- Whether the principal trainers are the developers of the material.
- You will receive 600+ face-to-face hours, as well as course book learning which is self-paced;
- NK Institute is a Registered Training Organisation, offering a specialised kinesiology stream, Neuroenegetic Kinesiology;
- Neuroenergetic Kinesiology is an internationally recognised stream of kinesiology and is taught in all major international kinesiology institutes;
- Hugo Tobar, world-renowned kinesiologist, is our core course creator and develops all the material for NK Institute’s qualifications. He also provides most of the teaching after the completion of the Foundation courses.
Face to Face Hours
In the VET system, each qualification should have a specified ‘Volume of Learning’ according to the guidelines outlined in the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF). For a diploma qualification, it is 1 to 2 years of tuition which equates to 1,200 to 2,400 hours as defined by the AQF. Each RTO could be required to prove this at an audit by ASQA. This volume of learning is defined as “the notional duration of all activities required for the achievement of the learning outcomes specified for a particular AQF qualification type”. This would include face-to-face hours, workbooks, assessments and supervised or mentored clinic time.
The Australian Kinesiology Association (AKA) has raised the number of hours for recognition as a professional kinesiologist to 600 hours of kinesiology. These 600 hours must be made up of the face-to-face hours and two thirds of the kinesiology workbook time nominated by the RTO.
A lot of RTOs will only give you 450 to 480 face-to-face hours and make the rest up with kinesiology workbooks. At NK Institute, we feel that the more face-to-face time the better as you will learn more techniques. We have therefore decided to include 600 hours of face-to-face training in our diploma.
Qualification Time Frame
Training in kinesiology takes time, there are no shortcuts for learning kinesiology. The HLT52415 Diploma of kinesiology requires the learner to do 200 hours of supervised and/or mentored kinesiology balances (at least 50 must be supervised). The Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS) recommends that the learner should do at least 80 hours of supervised student clinic. The Australian Kinesiology Association (AKA) requires the supervised student clinic to be done on non-kinesiologists.
We have found that the supervised student clinic is a very important learning opportunity that prepares the learner to be a professional kinesiologist. We encourage the learners to see the clients outside of the student clinic and earn themselves money for kinesiology balances. We want you to graduate from our institute with a functioning and successful kinesiology business. If you have a fully booked student clinic day you can do 6 hours of supervised kinesiology balances. The reality of this is that you will need to attend at least 14 student clinics, probably more because occasionally there are cancellations.
This means that the time frame that you learn kinesiology is important, there are no shortcuts if you want to be an amazing kinesiologist. We start the student clinic after your first year of training, we feel only then have you developed the skills so you are able to fully benefit from the student clinic. After the first year you will be able to register with the AKA at their first level of a professional kinesiology practitioner. The question you need to ask yourself: Do I want to get full value from my kinesiology training? Some kinesiology institutes offer short diplomas over 12 to 18 months, what you have to ask yourself is: Can I really learn to be a professional kinesiologist in a short time frame?
Specialised Kinesiology RTO
Training in an RTO that specialises in kinesiology is very important as it means that the trainers and staff are specialised in kinesiology. The best kinesiology practitioners have been practicing kinesiology for a long time and have done a lot of kinesiology training.
Click here to see all the RTOs with the HLT52415 Diploma of Kinesiology on their scope.
At NK Institute, we not only offer the HLT52415 Diploma of Kinesiology on our scope but we have an accredited advanced diploma qualification (10125NAT Advanced Diploma of Neuroenergetic Kinesiology).
Thus, if you choose to train with NK Institute you will train with an organisation that not only does just kinesiology, but also has the most in depth modern training in kinesiology today.
Internationally Recognised Streams of Kinesiology
At the international level, there are many different recognised streams of kinesiology, many of which actually originated in Australia. Only 3 of the RTOs offering the HLT52415 Diploma of Kinesiology on scope have training based on internationally recognised systems, they are:
- Kinesiology Schools Australia (PKP developed by Bruce Dewe)
- College of Neuro Training (Neuro Training developed by Andrew Verity)
- NK Institute (Neuroenergetic Kinesiology developed by Hugo Tobar)
It is recommended that you do your research in the history of the school of kinesiology you are interested in as some colleges offer training that borrows some elements of internationally recognised streams blended with locally developed material. Whilst the techniques taught by these organisations may be perfectly effective on clients, they are often however not trialled, tested and peer-reviewed. The advantage of choosing a college which offers training in an internationally recognised stream of kinesiology is that its ideas and techniques are original, verified and demonstrated as genuinely effective. NK Institute’s material and workshops are the most widely taught and practiced kinesiology techniques in the world.
Are the NK Institute trainers the developers of the material?
Only 2 colleges offer you the opportunity to train with the developers of an internationally recognised stream of kinesiology, they are:
- NK Institute (Neuroenergetic Kinesiology developed Hugo Tobar)
- College of Neuro Training (Neuro Training developed by Andrew Verity)
These institutes offer you a unique opportunity to train with the people who developed the material; this gives you an extra opportunity to get close to the source of where the latest innovations come from.