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 Nothing can be endorsed without it!

If you have any questions, please contact the Professional Development team on 0203 434 4384 or


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.

Keeping pole fitness safe

The Professional Development team was delighted to be asked recently to help spread the word about the work going on to safeguard those in the pole industry:


The pole dance/fitness industry is ever growing and is now as popular as any other fitness regime, with classes being held in most gyms and studios across the world. Pole fitness has positioned itself as one of the best fitness activities amongst men and women. But with the industry becoming so popular it was apparent that some form of regulation was needed.

The PoleSafe Federation was created out of the need and desire to keep the industry safe. Pole fitness is a fun way to keep fit however it takes skill and training to become an instructor.  The pole industry is now being driven by the desire to get that next trick and not by safety. With this shift in student and instructors’ wishing to move quickly through tricks, skip some ‘boring’ ones and move to the hardest as quick as possible, the industry is being damaged and safety disregarded.

The PoleSafe team felt that the entire industry needs to all work hard to keep pole safe and the risk of injuries to students and instructors to the minimum.

As an industry we do not have any regulatory body to oversee and advise Pole instructors. So with the support of SkillsActive and the Exercise Movement and Dance Partnership, The PoleSafe Federation has created a website which allows the industry to come together. No matter what type of pole you practise, PoleSafe is a resource group run by some of the most knowledgeable instructors and trainers in the industry.  As an instructor/event/studio or product you can apply to become a PoleSafe member and receive a huge amount of helpful resources on how to safely and effectively run your business within the industry.

On the 29th January the PoleSafe Federation held its first FREE open seminar where it had lectures on Accounting, Marketing, Social Media to name a few.  Over 80 individual studios and instructors from across the UK and Europe attended the full day, learning and discussing the future of the pole industry. Many conversations were had regarding the safety of the industry and the importance of education, correct insurance and being fitness trained.

This was the first step for the pole industry to really group together and progress our own future. The event was a huge success and we plan to have more in the future.

If you would like to become a PoleSafe Federation member please see our website

S&C Education leads the way

S&C education

Brendan Chaplin, CEO and Founder of Strength & Conditioning Education, has recently received approval from SkillsActive for his Level 4 Award in Strength and Conditioning:

“S&C Education has been developing coaches capable of working within elite sports since 2010 through our Mentorship programme, conferences, coaching workshops and more.

Most recently we have become the very first Endorsed Provider of the Level 4 Strength & Conditioning (S&C) Award through SkillsActive. This is a part of the industry that will continue to expand rapidly over the coming years, and we are extremely proud and excited that the wealth of experience and expertise of our team will be leading the way to develop the S&C leaders of the future.

Since obtaining our endorsement, we have received hundreds of enquiries, including many through the SkillsActive Quality Training Portal, which is an excellent indication that the industry is craving this qualification.

The endorsement process was extremely thorough which will ensure that the highest quality is maintained, meaning that successful graduates will be perfectly placed to become confident and competent S&C Coaches – capable of excelling in any environment.
The support we received from SkillsActive throughout the application process, and since the approval, has been commendable. We are absolutely delighted to be working with them to provide such a well devised qualification that will certainly raise the quality of the fitness industry within the UK and beyond.”

If you would like to  apply for endorsement for this award, visit the SkillsActive website to view the evidence checklist or call the Professional Development team on 020 343 3484 to find out more.

For more about S&C, visit their website.

Questions for the Professional Development Panel


The Professional Development Panel is made up of experts from across all our registers and meets quarterly to discuss and advise on matters around endorsement and professional development.

We welcome input from the sector so if you have a question you would like to pose to the panel at the next meeting on 21 October, which relates to training, education or endorsement in our sectors, please contact before 1 October 2015.

Intellectual property ownership for Endorsed Providers

Intellectual propertyOne of the key elements of endorsement is the protection of the learner. By taking on the quality assurance of training in our sectors, SkillsActive also takes on the responsibility for the learner’s satisfaction with the training they have undertaken. Because of this we require that any training that we endorse is the intellectual property of the Endorsed Provider and not a third party.

If you haven’t created your training yourself, you must provide a signed and dated statement transferring the intellectual property to you either when you submit for endorsement or upload new training to the Quality Training Portal under a Multiple Endorsement.

For full details of our intellectual property requirements, including third parties delivering your endorsed training, see our Complete Guide for Endorsement.

Endorsement terminology

There’s a lot of terminology to contend with when talking about endorsement, not least about what is getting endorsed – is it a course or workshop, an award or diploma, a qualification or CPD? Is it accredited or endorsed?

To provide some clarity we thought we would put together a short glossary:


A qualification is created by fully mapping the learning to a set of national occupational standards, which are the standards that determine what a person needs to know in order to do a particular job. Qualifications are accredited through an Awarding Organisation – for instance, CYQ, Cache, City & Guilds – to ensure they are fit for purpose. Accredited qualifications sit on the Qualifications & Credit Framework (QCF).

If you want to deliver qualifications, you must first become approved as a centre for one of the Awarding Organisations – talk to a few before deciding which one you want to go for.

QCF Verification

This is our endorsement product for training providers approved as a centre to deliver qualifications on behalf of a particular Awarding Organisation.  The qualifications are accredited by the AO so we are not endorsing them, but our approval shows that the provider themselves has achieve endorsement.

Continuing professional development (CPD)

CPD is training that is designed to build on the knowledge gained through a qualification. CPD does not sit on any qualification framework. Unless endorsed by SkillsActive, CPD cannot be relied upon to be fit for the industry. Endorsed CPD has gone through SkillsActive’s quality assurance process, giving piece of mind to learners. Should there be a problem with the CPD, SkillsActive fulfils the same role as an Awarding Organisation protecting learners taking their qualifications, in that the learner can come to us to act on their behalf should they have a complaint against an Endorsed Provider.

Course, Workshop, Other

For the purpose of endorsement, we endorse three categories of endorsement: Course, which must be at least 8 hours long, have a mandatory assessment, and part-map to relevant national occupational standards; Workshop, which must be at least 4 hours long, but doesn’t have to map or have an assessment; and Other, which essentially is anything that delivers professional development that isn’t a Course or a Workshop – for instance, reading material, conferences, podcasts, presentations.


These are terms that are associated with qualifications and indicate the level of knowledge and understanding learnt.


Awarding Organisations accredit qualifications, SkillsActive endorses CPD.

FIBO 2015

FIBO HallTom Bell, Head of Professional Development, and Hanna Boyce, Professional Development Manager, visited Cologne in April in order to attend FIBO – the biggest worldwide trade fair for the fitness, wellness and health sector. 

Held in Cologne’s huge Exhibition Centre, housing around 700 exhibitors and visited by over 116 visitors over four days, we visited all the various halls viewing stands and speaking to exhibitors about the education they deliver to support their products. There was a huge range on offer, from the largest functional training arenas, health technology monitoring, Electrical Muscular Stimulation (EMS) body suits to the latest choreography. It was a real feast for fitness eyes!

As well as being able to build new relationships we also had the chance to meet up with some of our existing Endorsed Providers and see them in action. There were exhibitors from across the world and although there were a few language barrier issues, we found that they recognised the importance of REPs and the quality assurance that is the foundation of our endorsement process, and we look forward to working with a number of them in the future.

FIBO 2016 takes place on 7-10 April next year – hope to see you there!

Endorsement logo update

Recently we updated all our endorsement logos – so make sure you are using the most up to date versions.

By displaying our logos you will attract the members of our professional registers who want to earn the most CPD points from their training. By showing you are endorsed by SkillsActive, potential learners know that you have been through our quality assurance process and that the training you are providing meets industry standards.

These are the only logos you should be using so if you don’t already have them contact the Professional Development team with details of the logos you require.

Firstly, have you got the right level logo?

Lead Provider 0314Endorsed Provider 0314 Compliant Provider 0314

Secondly, have you got the right sector logos for your professional register and CPD points? Don’t forget to display the SkillsActive logo too.

Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs)

REPs logo Nov 2011 REPS_BADGE_CPD 1_LOGO

Register of Playwork Professionals (RPPs)

playwork-ppc Playwork_Endorsement_CPD_2

Register of Aquatic Professionals (RAPs)


You can add our logos to your website, documentation and certificates. For information on all our other logos, including where there is no register, as well as details on how our logos have to be displayed, have a look at our Logo Guidelines.

The Professional Development team welcomes Stafford


Having recently seen the departure of Tad to the Workforce Development team, we are very pleased to welcome Stafford into the Professional Development fold!

Stafford has a strong background in sales across many different sectors and, although new to the active learning, leisure and well-being industry, he is quickly building his knowledge and understanding of our various areas of work in order to liaise effectively with not only our existing Endorsed Providers but also those of you seeking endorsement. A keen martial arts enthusiast with training in Muay Thai and Wing Chung (under Simon Lou), Stafford is already making an impact within the team and building relationships with our providers.

If you would like to have a chat with Stafford about your existing endorsed programmes, or need assistance to put together a new submission, contact him on 020 7840 1932 or at