CPD for Endorsed Providers

Tutor training

Having sent out our recent customer survey asking endorsed providers what extra services we could provide, we discovered that a significant number wanted additional tutor training for existing tutors.

SkillsActive would therefore like to introduce you to ‘Inspirational Teaching’, a continuing professional development training course for tutors.  This is the first of many new courses to be exclusively offered to SkillsActive endorsed training providers in partnership with Habia.

You can find out more about the course and what you will learn here.

Training dates and venues to follow, but you can register your interest now by emailing sales@habia.org with your contact details.

 

AfN endorsed so what now?

As you will know, last year the Professional Development team decided to remove nutritional programmes from our endorsement process. This was because we felt that such a specialised topic should be dealt with by a dedicated organisation, and we have therefore been working with the Association for Nutrition (AfN) to bring this about.

After a successful pilot, the first AfN endorsed programmes are coming through. So if you have been endorsed by AfN, what now?

Well, simply put the programmes through the Quality Training Portal in the usual way if you have a Multiple Endorsement, or, if you are operating under Single Endorsements, submit it through the Single Course submission form, where you will be able to bypass the normal evidence requirements.

In both cases, you must send through your official endorsement confirmation from AfN to endorsement@skillsactive.com. Nothing can be endorsed without it!

If you have any questions, please contact the Professional Development team on 0203 434 4384 or endorsement@skillsactive.com

Provider Profile: aquaphysical

Aquaphysical is one of our newest endorsed providers and we asked them to let us know how things are going and how endorsement has helped them.aquaphysicalWhat is aquaphysical?

Aquaphysical is the company that sells the innovative aquabase® and the hugely popular floatfit® classes.

How did aquaphysical start?

After several months developing the idea, Leila Francis Coleman joined forces with Tom Whelan (fitness professional and rugby player) and aquaphysical was formed. This was when research started in earnest on the aquabase®. After discussions with experienced fitness professionals to develop the product and class, including yoga and Pilates instructors, personal trainers and physiotherapists, the aquabase® design was produced in prototype form. Product trials followed in early 2015.

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How did you make the transition from fitness professional to training provider?

Tom used the knowledge, insight and contacts that he had as a personal trainer and rugby player. Leila used her own experience as an end user as well as her sailing background. Together they were able to create the effective and enjoyable class floatfit®. There are now over 60 floatfit® Instructors working in Europe and there are an increasing number of Master Trainers being trained to meet the growing demand.

How did you find the endorsement process?

The SkillsActive and REPS team were extremely helpful and I would strongly advise anyone who has an idea to pursue it! Having our training endorsed with REPS has increased our opportunities within the fitness industry.

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What are your future plans?

There is now enormous interest worldwide about the floatfit® class and there are various developments in the pipeline. We hope that it will be internationally renowned!

What does success look like to you for aquaphysical?

To have floatfit® classes taking place in swimming pools on every continent. With Master Trainers working in each country helping the team and brand continue to grow.

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What, in your opinion, does aquaphysical bring to customers and the fitness industry?

Aquaphysical brings a completely unique and fresh way to look at swimming pool usage. Swimming pools within leisure facilities will appeal to a wider demographic of people.

Customers will appreciate the effectiveness and great benefits of the classes as well as the fact that they are enormous fun.

The aquabase® is the first and only floating exercise mat that provides gym studio workouts on the water. Providing a perfect platform for many forms of exercise. Completely unique and a fresh evolution of the way swimming pool/gym classes can now be held.

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For more information visit www.aquaphysical.com or contact Tom Whelan at tom@aquaphysical.com or Leila Francis-Coleman at leila@aquaphysical.com.

Learner feedback – what to do?

Gathering feedback from learners can prove very useful. Here we looks at the ways, means and reasons for implementing this invaluable tool.

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The term ‘feedback’ is used to describe the helpful information or criticism from an individual, communicated to another who can use that information to adjust and improve current and future actions and behaviors.

Effective feedback, both positive and negative, is very helpful. Feedback is valuable information that will be used to make important decisions. Top performing companies are top performing companies because they consistently search for ways to make their best even better. For top performing companies ‘continuous improvement’ is not just a showy catchphrase. It’s a true focus based on feedback from across the entire organisation – customers, clients, employees, and stakeholders. Top performing companies are not only good at accepting feedback, they deliberately ask for feedback. They also know that feedback is helpful when it highlights weaknesses as well as strengths.

Feedback is about effective listening. Whether done verbally or via a feedback survey, the person providing the feedback needs to know that their feedback provides some value. Do you explain why respondents’ feedback is important and how their feedback will be used? Do you respond to written feedback given on the evaluation/feedback form?

By asking for feedback, it can actually motivate employees to perform better, for tutors and assessors knowing that the student has the opportunity to give feedback may motivate them to give the best possible service.

Unfortunately sometimes feedback can be mistaken for criticism. In fact, what may be viewed as negative criticism could actually be seen as constructive criticism and this kind of feedback helps to formulate better decisions to improve and increase performance?

Things to consider when creating an evaluation/feedback tool

How should it be presented? Consider the benefits of an online or paper based format. Sending an email with a link to an online format may be more convenient for people, they can do it when they have time, they may feel less under pressure and be more honest with their feedback and it may be easier for you to compile reports; however if you ask for people to complete a paper version at the end of the course are you more likely to get a higher completion rate? Is it quality versus quantity?

A committee of the American Association of University Professors researched the effectiveness of evaluations for university teachers. They found that institutions that had adopted online evaluations reported much lower student return rates than those who stuck with paper evaluations: 20-40% versus 80% or higher.

“With such a rate of return, all pretensions to ‘validity’ are rendered dubious,” the paper says. “The comments coming in are from the students on either of the extremes: those very happy with their experience and/or their grade, and those very unhappy.” (Inside Higher Ed Colleen Flaherty June 10, 2015).

Other companies have looked at rewarding for responding, entry to a free prize draw for completing the evaluation etc, but again would this only incentivise a certain type of student, therefore again affecting the validity of the evaluations completed?

 What content should be included on the form?

Using the right key to get the most effective feedback is essential. Most evaluations use the following kind of key:

Please rate the following on a scale of 1 – 5, 1 being poor 5 being excellent.  If you do use this explain what 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 means.

1 (not at all effective), 2, 3, 4 (moderately effective), 5,  (extremely effective), try not to just put 1 – 5 as most people will tend to pick 3, and what is this really telling you, a scale of 1 -3 may be better, it was either 1 not effective 2 effective or 3 outstanding for example.

Try to keep it to one side of paper, or allow them to write feedback on the back; consider asking feedback for the pre-course administration, the course resources, facilities, staff, their action plan from this course, how do they plan to use this training? What other training do they need?

Should they give their name? Well, not putting their name may mean they feel able to give more honest feedback as you don’t know who said what, however how are you able to respond to their feedback? You may wish to follow up on a point they have raised or to let them know that you have taken onboard their feedback and made changes.

The right time

When is the right time to ask people to complete the evaluation, is it at the end of the day? Or after their assessments? How will it affect their feedback if they fail? Could this potentially compromise their objectivity?  A lot of people are keen to get off as soon as the course is finished, maybe they have trains to catch or children to pick up, so maybe last coffee break would be a better time, or when you’re giving 121 feedback to other learners.

A research at an Italian University even found the weather affected students’ feedback: when the weather was better the feedback was better, if it was raining the feedback deteriorated! Obviously you cannot control the weather and only ask for feedback on nice sunny days (this is the UK!), but maybe if you do receive negative feedback consider other factors that may have affected the students’ feedback such as them failing the course, rain or time of day the feedback was given.

So to summarise, is it essential to have a mechanism in place to allow people to give you feedback? Do we only need to ask for feedback if we are delivering a course but not for workshops?  I hope that your answer to these questions is yes! Feedback is invaluable for all types of training, so take the time to collate your feedback don’t just file it away. Look for recurring feedback and create a plan to change and improve the service you are offering, maybe advertise on your website how you have taken on board the feedback and the changes you are planning to make or have made.

 

Do you want to offer your clients more?

Endorsed provider Human Kinetics invites you to look at little closer to find out what they can do for you.

For 41 years Human Kinetics has been involved in every area of physical activity, health and fitness. Today we have over 70 REPS endorsed online fitness courses.

Working in partnership with our global brand can offer you countless benefits such as; additional revenue streams, an enhanced reputation and the ability to provide a more well-rounded service to your clients.

Our niche courses will compliment your current services, whilst helping you enhance your CPD offering into areas that were not previously viable. We can increase your reach to fitness professionals worldwide, helping your business to grow and take the next step toward your goals.

We have courses covering everything from prenatal and postpartum exercise, to dumbbell and marathon training.

Our courses help your clients expand their knowledge and gain an original and competitive edge, in a very competitive market. Enabling them to cater to the needs of their customers in more ways than ever.

The Human Kinetics range of online courses is expanding rapidly, and with new courses appearing every month it is a great time to get involved.

Call Nick for further information and see how you can be the best training provider you can be:

0113 255 5665 (203)

nickd@hkeurope.com

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Block Fit, the workout with a heart!

chicco groupBlock Fit, the creation of Chicco Slimani, is described as “The workout with a heart”. Since its launch last year at the “IFS” – The international Fitness Showcase in Blackpool – it has seen a meteoric rise with over 320 instructors trained in under 5 months and a national release across 67 Duncan Bannatyne gyms across the UK, from 2 May 2016.

Jacqui Hobbs, Professional Development Quality Manager, seated left of Chicco in the picture, talked to him about the why, when, where and what now.

How did Block Fit start?

Block Fit was inspired by my hero Bruce Lee’s concept where he took different fighting styles and created his own style of workout.  So I spent time researching what people might need and want from a class, and chose four styles that have been here since time immemorial, combined them together and Block Fit was born.

What is Block Fit?

Block Fit is a revolutionary fitness brand, and the first of its kind. It fuses 4 workouts in 1 class:  from Dance, Combat, High & Low and Yoga inspired moves and meditation, to an easy to follow block of choreography performed to upbeat motivational original music sung by yours truly.

How did you make the transition from singing to fitness? 

I just combined my two passions together, music & fitness …. because I sing on all of the Block Fit music which means it’s original and PPL free. I’ve been into fitness ever since I can remember from martial arts in my teens to natural bodybuilding in my twenties. I’ve lived my whole life helping  people to get active and  fit so I just saw it as a natural progression to take it from a hobby into a livelihood.

I also wanted Block Fit to stand on its own feet as a genuine product of quality and not just a fad by a public persona trying to jump on the fitness band wagon. So I qualified as an ETM (Exercise to Music) instructor, and did my assessor and tutor training so I can be certified to train instructors to the highest standards. This is where I met Jacqui Hobbs and the amazingly supportive team at SkillsActive who trained me, and have helped me get Block Fit endorsed and stand proud in the busy exciting CPD marketplace.

How did you find the endorsement process?

I didn’t realise just how much went into getting something endorsed, and I credit Tom, Hanna and Jacqui for helping me through it. I couldn’t have done it on my own but it has really made my idea a success.

How many calories does Block Fit burn?

According to your body type, age, and intensity, people burn between 650 to 1000 calories.

What are your future plans?

I have just returned from FIBO in Germany, where we met distributors from around the world who loved the Block Fit concept and want us to go out and showcase it across the globe from Europe, Africa and Asia to America. Judging by the reaction we are getting in the UK, my vision for it is to become a worldwide programme.

What does success look like?

Success to me is a healthy body and a healthy mind. To live life inspiring people by being the spark that fuels their fire to go higher and become a better version of themselves. Block Fit makes it possible for me to do that.

What is the Block Fit message?

Our message is very simple.

If it’s not universal we don’t teach it

And if it ain’t love we don’t preach it

Dream it-Believe it- Work for it- Achieve it 

 

To find out more about Block Fit, visit their website.

Increase your endorsed training portfolio

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SkillsActive Quality Assurers have found that instructors who have enjoyed our endorsed continuing professional development (CPD) programmes often ask ‘what other programmes do you offer?’ If you have just one CPD programme then you could be missing out.

Many learners complete CPD programmes and leave the day buzzing with new ideas and knowledge, and wanting more.

With over 450 Endorsed Providers offering only one CPD programme, there is a big opportunity for providers to build on the educational relationship they have created with their learners by adding to their CPD portfolio. Offering two or more programmes has been shown to retain customer loyalty, attract referral leads and increase revenue.

If you are currently offering only one CPD programme, SkillsActive is giving you the chance to expand your CPD programmes AND claim an extra three month endorsement period for free.

Single Endorsed Providers who successfully apply for an additional Course (£400+VAT) or Workshop (£200+VAT) endorsement before 30 July 2015 will be given a free three month extension to their new endorsement period.

To take advantage of this offer, contact Stafford Baxter on 020 7840 1932 or email him on stafford.baxter@skillsactive.com.

Temporary halt on endorsing nutrition based CPD

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There has been an increasing amount of material published relating to fitness and nutrition, which has led to an influx of CPD submission enquiries for Level 3 Personal Trainers which we have been unable to endorse.

In accordance with the REPs Occupational Descriptor, Level 3 Personal Trainers should not provide prescriptive nutritional advice or develop bespoke individualised nutrition plans for clients and so we have made a decision to look to other governing bodies to assist in the endorsement of these programmes.

For those providers who would like to have their nutritional training endorsed, watch this space for more news in early September.

For our Endorsed Providers who have a current nutrition based endorsement which comes up for renewal before the new system is in place, your renewal will be deferred until the new endorsement process is available.

For more information regarding the limitations around nutritional training for fitness professionals, visit the REPs website.

New developments in the QTP

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We’re continually looking at how we can improve the Quality Training Portal for both our Endorsed Providers and potential learners viewing the site.  We have recently completed a raft of developments designed to enhance the system:

Price on Application

Previously the only option for pricing was to stipulate a figure – difficult for those with a fluid pricing structure – so now we have a POA option too.

Please contact us for directly for training dates

We realised that the previous statement that appeared when no dates were scheduled for training – ‘There are currently no events scheduled for this course’ – wasn’t giving the right message so have replaced it with an invitation to enquire further.

Scheduling filter

We have introduced a filter system so that you can now sort your list of approved training in the ‘back-end’, with the default set to show all training that is running presently or in the future. This means that expired training is no longer mixed in with the current training.

Mandatory fields

To ensure that the content of the training on the QTP is full and relevant for potential learners, we have made mandatory the following fields: short description, content, pre-requisite, contact details.

CPD calculations

To assist you to calculate your CPD points we have added a help button next to the CPD box.

Bulk uploads

If you have a large number of training programmes to upload, you can now do this by simply filling in our bulk upload spreadsheet with all the detail that you are required to provide by going to the usual upload form on the website. The first 10 are free to upload but any part of 10 additional programmes will incur a fee of £50+VAT.

Future developments

If you have any recommendations that we can consider for further development, please do let us know.

Where will we be next?….

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The Professional Development team aims to get to as many events as possible throughout the year in order to talk to training providers across all our sectors and meet up with our existing Endorsed Providers. If you are at the following events and would to meet up to discuss any aspect of endorsement, let us know.

Look out for our CPD point logos to gain points for attending!