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

Food Matters Live 2015

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Food Matters Live returns to London’s ExCeL from 17 – 19 November 2015.

Alongside the Food Matters Live Conference, 8 dedicated seminar programmes containing 80 seminar sessions offer a unique, unrivalled learning opportunity with sessions dedicated solely to mainstreaming sports nutrition. View all seminar programmes >

Seminars feature 300 expert speakers from across health and nutrition, central and local government and the food and drink sector.  Themes include: mainstreaming sports nutrition for the active, health conscious consumer; active nutrition – exploring the latest R&D; motivating dietary behaviour change; personalised nutrition; and communicating health and well-being to consumers.

All seminar programmes are free-to-attend and CPD accredited by the British Dietetic Association and the Association for Nutrition.

Food Matters Live is free to attend including entry to the Conference, Seminars and all visitor attractions. To register visit www.foodmatterslive.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.

Nutrition in Fitness

Considering creating nutritional CPD?  Read our guidelines to ensure adherence to the REPs Occupational Descriptor.

In line with the REPs Occupational Descriptor #4 that states that Level 3 Personal Trainers should not provide prescriptive nutritional advice or develop bespoke individualised nutrition plans for clients, SkillsActive does not endorse training that enables learners to

  • Offer nutritional advice which is based on fads, trends or has celebrity endorsement.
  • Offer nutritional advice which calls for the omission of food groups or encourages restricted eating patterns.
  • Write specific, individualised nutrition programmes for their clients.

REPs has issued a statement guiding Personal Trainers in this area – visit the REPs website for more information.