The Technical Expert Group (TEG), a SkillsActive industry panel made up of academics, employers and Training Providers, have made the decision to launch a new Level 4 qualification in strength & conditioning. The decision was made in order to meet the growing demand for a higher recognition for those fitness professionals interested in developing their career within this area.
SkillsActive and the relevant industry stakeholders have been working together over the past year to produce National Occupational Standards (NOS) to reflect the requirements of working in this specialism as well as the job role required by employers. The NOS are currently being finalised and submitted for approval by Ofqual. We hope to have these ready for circulation come February 2014.
An additional Level 4 category is to be created on the REPs Framework. Unlike existing Level 4 categories which have a medical bias there will be not prerequisite of a Level 3 Exercise Referral qualification, but will be required to hold the Level 3 Personal Training qualification.
There will be two routes for Training Providers to get their training industry recognised:
1) Via an Awarding Organisation (AO)
Contact your AO to find out if they are looking to create a Level 4 Strength and Conditioning qualification for you to deliver to fitness professionals.
2) Via SkillsActive
Those Endorsed Training Providers who wish to gain industry recognition for the courses that are already endorsed under Continuing Professional Development (CPD) can apply to have the course approved at Level 4. However, this would mean a new full submission given that you must fully map to the Level 4 NOS which you would have not done previously.
Visit the SkillsActive website for additional information, further updates will be released soon.
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