SkillsActive helps the fitness and leisure sector cater for the growing number of fitness clubs and leisure centres by developing recognised qualifications frameworks that meet the needs of employers – helping individuals find jobs in the fitness and leisure industries.
The Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) , which is part of SkillsActive, provides recognition those with jobs in the fitness industry as competent professionals.
SkillsActive’s endorsement process makes it easy to identify approved training providers offering quality courses and qualifications relevant to those in the fitness and leisure industry. SkillsActive can also support employers with finding cost-effective ways to train staff in common roles and increase the number of people with jobs in the fitness industry.
SAFE is a strategic group made up of leading sport and fitness employers, managed in partnership with the Fitness Industry Association (FIA). It exists to provide leadership and direction in policy areas concerned with workforce development across this sector, and specifically to:
There is employer representation from the Trust (SPORTA), Contractor (LMCA), Local Authority (CLOA) and Private Operator (FIA) sectors. National Governing Bodies of sport are also represented. SAFE meets 4 times a year, and the management of the group is undertaken jointly by SkillsActive and the Fitness Industry Association.
The exercise and fitness technical expert group provides SkillsActive with specialist advice in the following areas:
Membership comprises of representatives from the exercise and fitness sector with recognised technical skills, expertise, knowledge and industry experience. Membership includes employers, education sector representatives (FE/HE), training providers, respected individuals and aims to be broadly representative of the sector.
In the fitness sector we have two key groups:
As part of SkillsActive strategy to access appropriate funding on behalf of the sector, a success application was submitted to Department for Business, Innovation and Skills Growth and Innovation fund in June 2011. Specifically, SkillsActive applied to the Joint Investment Programme strand of the fund, which matches government funding with that from employers in England to deliver skills in sectors with real business productivity and growth ambitions. The programme provided access to funded training for employers in the playwork and fitness sectors.
While training is currently ongoing for individuals who have been accepted onto the programme, the JIP is now closed for new learners. SkillsActive is working with its partners in the sector to bring new funded training opportunities to individuals and employers and we will post information about these opportunities on this site when available.
As an issuing authority, SkillsActive also works closely with Habia, the government appointed standards setting body for the hair and beauty industry.
SkillsActive works on behalf of the sector to create and deliver the qualifications employers need and want.
We make sure employers can access the right qualifications, based on national standards designed by employers, so the workforce is properly trained and qualified.
Read more about the Qualifications and Credit Framework
SkillsActive works with employers to ensure Apprenticeships across our sector deliver the knowledge and skills their business needs.
For a category 1C submission to be considered for endorsement it must map to the relevant units from the national occupational standards (NOS) in playwork at the appropriate level.
The training provider is required to map the whole of their course to the relevant performance criteria and knowledge requirements within the selected units of the NOS.
Each unit of the standards is divided into two main parts:
Performance Criteria - these describe what the participant should be able to do on successful completion of the training.
Knowledge Requirements - these show what knowledge the participant needs in order to meet the performance criteria.
When completing the mapping toolkit, you must direct the reviewer to where they can find the knowledge or performance criteria within the course that is being submitted. This could relate to a page number in a participant’s information pack or trainer information pack, slides, and parts of the assessment, case studies, or home study. The reference must specifically be to a page or slide number to help guide the reviewer.
Download the relevant NOS:
The approval process for Higher Education Endorsement for Fitness consists of two stages.
This will then be evaluated and feedback will be given. Once stage 1 approval is achieved, the application will proceed to the second stage of the approval process.
Following this, a written report will be produced outlining what, if any, actions are required. Once approval is confirmed, formal notification of Endorsed status will be issued.
Apply for Higher Education Endorsement now to highlight the value of your course to potential students!
Download the submission documents for the Higher Education Endorsement scheme for Fitness.