Fitness service providers shall recognize that professional ethics are founded upon integrity, competence, devotion to service and to the advancement of human welfare. This concept shall guide their conduct at all times. In this way, each professional’s actions will enhance the dignity and status of the profession.
Fitness service providers, through their practice, are charged with extending public understanding of the profession and should serve in public affairs when their professional knowledge may be of benefit to the public.
Fitness service providers will build their reputation on the basis of merit of the services performed or offered and shall not compete unfairly with others or compete primarily on the basis of fees without due consideration of other factors.
Fitness service providers, who have apprentice leaders under their supervision, will maintain a special obligation to demonstrate understanding, professionalism and technical expertise. Fitness service providers will conduct themselves in a manner that reflects positively in the field of active living.
Fitness service providers shall consider the client’s best interest with respect to health and safety as the first concern and shall be sensitive to their perceived position.
Fitness service providers shall undertake only work they are competent to perform by virtue of their training and experience and shall express opinions on matters relating to their scope of practice only on the basis of adequate knowledge and honest conviction. When information requested or duties assigned are beyond their realm of knowledge or skill, fitness service providers shall make every effort to refer the client or employer to an alternate source.
Fitness service providers shall sign and/or seal only programs, reports, or documents that they have prepared or that they have directly supervised and controlled throughout their preparation.
Fitness service providers shall accord all individuals a reasonable level of respect, understanding and compassion in their professional practice and shall treat members of the public and one another fairly to ensure freedom from discrimination and harassment.
Fitness service providers shall conduct themselves toward other fitness service providers, employees and all others with fairness and good faith.
Fitness service providers shall not engage in activities or accept remuneration for services rendered that may cause a conflict of interest with their clients, peers, or employers, without the knowledge and consent of their peers, clients and employers.
Fitness service providers shall respect the privacy, dignity and personal modesty of others and shall not disclose confidential information without the written consent of their clients, peers, and employers.
Fitness service providers shall not offer or accept any covert payment for the purposes of securing any work or assignments.
Fitness service providers shall represent their qualifications and competence, or advertise professional services offered, only through factual representation without exaggeration.
Fitness service providers shall advise the certifying body of any practice by a member of the Association that they believe to be contrary to this Code of Conduct.