The ethos of the North American Academy for Sport Fitness and their practice requires NAASFP certified Sport Fitness Professionals to discharge their duties and responsibilities, at all times, in a manner which professionally, ethically, and morally compromises no individual with whom they have professional contact, irrespective of that person’s position, situation, or condition in society.
The Code of Ethics is founded on honesty, veracity, confidentiality, justice, respect, and autonomy.
The Code of Ethics is intended to act as a clear guide to all NAASFP Sport Fitness Professionals in their professional practice.
This Code does not replace the principles and procedures adopted by employing bodies, relevant legislation nor do they deny other rights within society not specifically mentioned.
1. Relationships with, and Responsibilities to Clients
1.1. Confidentiality: Beyond the necessary sharing of information with professional colleagues, Sport Fitness Professionals are to safeguard confidential information relating to clients in accordance with privacy laws.
1.2. Personal Relationships: Sport Fitness Professionals shall not enter into personal relationships that damage the establishment and maintenance of professional trust.
1.3. Respecting Client’s Rights: Sport Fitness Professionals have a responsibility always to promote and protect the dignity, privacy, autonomy, and safety of all people with whom they come in contact in their professional practice. They should adhere to local procedures.
Sport Fitness Professionals have a responsibility to inform all clients of financial cost of any goods and services. Costs need to be fair and reasonable, reflecting the services provided.
2. Professional Integrity
2.1. Advertising: Sport Fitness Professionals may advertise in connection with their professional practice if the advertising is not false, not misleading or deceptive or likely to mislead or deceive, is not vulgar or sensational, and does not claim or imply superiority of the Sport Fitness Professional over any or all other Sport Fitness Professionals. The advertisement for the Sport Fitness Professional may contain a statement of the areas of expertise in practice.
2.2. Discrimination: Sport Fitness Professionals shall not discriminate in their professional practice, on the basis of ethnicity, culture, impairment, language, age, gender, sexual preference, religion, political beliefs, or status in society.
2.3. Personal Abuse of Alcohol or Other Drugs: Sport Fitness Professionals should not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs which adversely affect the performance of their professional duties.
3. Professional Relationships and Responsibilities
3.1. Loyalty: Sport Fitness Professionals shall be loyal to the practices taught by their professional organization – NAASFP – and their fellow members of the profession and shall respect and uphold their dignity.
3.2. Public Comment: Sport Fitness Professionals are to ensure that when they publish articles or comments, it is clear whether they are representing the profession or whether they are making personal comment.
3.3. Working Relationships: Sport Fitness Professionals shall respect the needs, traditions, practices, special competencies, and responsibilities of their own and other professions, as well as those of the institutions and agencies that constitute their working environment.
3.4. Professional Development: All members of the fitness profession have an individual responsibility to maintain their own level of professional competence and each of them must strive to improve and update knowledge and skills. Sport Fitness Professionals as members of the profession shall promote and maintain practice based on current knowledge and research, and develop this body of knowledge as appropriate.
The Sport Fitness Professional has a responsibility to contribute to the continuing development of the profession by critical evaluation of professional practice, research, apprenticeships, continuing education, and membership of the professional association.
3.5. Research: Sport Fitness Professionals undertaking research will seek ethical approval from relevant bodies prior to commencement. Any research undertaken has ethical requirements with which the Sport Fitness professional must comply.
4. Professional Standards
4.1. Competence: The Sport Fitness Professional must acknowledge the boundaries of their competence. They shall provide services and use interventions for which they are qualified by training and experience.
4.2. Referral of Clients: The Sport Fitness Professional shall respond to referrals in a timely manner.
4.3. Keeping Records of Clients: The Sport Fitness Professional shall keep records and reports clearly and concisely for the information of clients, professional colleagues, legal purposes, and to record fitness services.
5. NAASFP Disciplinary Process for revoking registration for Sport Fitness Professionals
5.1. A complaint may be made to the NAASFP Advisory Council regarding any person that is a registered NAASFP Sport Fitness Professional if that Professional has:
5.1.1. persistently refused or neglected to comply with a provision or provisions of the NAASFP Sport Fitness Professional Code of Ethics, (The Code) or
5.1.2. persistently and willfully acted in a manner prejudicial to the interests of the association.
5.2. On receiving such a complaint, the NAASFP Advisory Council:
5.2.1. must cause written notice of the complaint to be served on the Sport Fitness Professional concerned; and
5.2.2. must give the Sport Fitness Professional at least 14 days from the time the notice is served within which to make submissions to the Council in connection with the complaint, and
5.2.3. must take into consideration any submissions made by the Sport Fitness Professional in connection with the complaint.
5.3. The NAASFP Advisory Council may, by resolution, revoke the registration of the Sport Fitness Professional or suspend the registration of the Sport Fitness Professional, if, after considering the complaint and any submissions made in connection with the complaint, it is satisfied that the facts alleged in the complaint have been proved.
5.4. If the NAASFP Advisory Council revokes or suspends a registration, the secretary must, within 7 days after the action is taken, cause written notice to be given to the Sport Fitness Professional of the action taken, and the Sport Fitness Professional’s right of appeal.
5.5. The revocation or suspension does not take effect:
5.5.1. until the expiration of the period within which the Sport Fitness Professional is entitled to appeal against the resolution concerned, or
5.5.2. if within that period the Sport Fitness Professional exercises the right of appeal, unless and until the NAASFP Advisory Council confirms the resolution, whichever is the later.
6. Right of Appeal
6.1. A Sport Fitness Professional may appeal to the Advisory Council against a resolution of the committee within 7 days after notice of the resolution is served on the Sport Fitness Professional, by lodging with the Advisory Council a notice to that effect.
6.2. The notice may, but need not, be accompanied by a statement of the grounds on which the Sport Fitness Professional intends to rely for the purposes of the appeal.
6.3. On receipt of a notice from the Sport Fitness Profession under clause (1), the Advisory Council will convene a meeting, which is to be held within 28 days after the date on which the Advisory Council received the notice.
6.4. At the meeting of the Advisory Council convened under clause (3):
6.4.1. no business other than the question of the appeal is to be transacted, and
6.4.2. the Advisory Council and the Sport Fitness Professional must be given the opportunity to state their respective cases orally or in writing, or both, and
6.4.3. the members present are to vote on the question of whether the resolution should be confirmed or revoked.
6.5. If at the Appeal meeting the Advisory Council passes a special resolution in favour of the confirmation of the resolution, the resolution is confirmed.