For the past 2 years EuropeActive has been working with DG Employment in developing the methodology for the delivery and recognition of a sector-based European qualification for personal training and for the outdoor sector. Known as the “active leisure pathway” the detailed concept was presented to the EQF Advisory Group1 in Brussels for national experts to consider following the European Council recommendations on the EQF in May 2017.
EuropeActive’s SIQAF2 project has been selected as an example of policy reform for transparency and recognition of skills and qualifications, and how the Commission could consider the “support (of) the setting up of voluntary procedures on the levelling of international qualifications through national qualification frameworks or systems and information exchange and consultation between Member States on those procedures to ensure consistency”.
Programmes Director Cliff Collins, who gave the presentation to EQF Advisory Group, commented that “this was a remarkable achievement and recognition of the work undertaken by EuropeActive over many years. We have promoted the importance of using the instruments of the Lifelong Learning Programme and have now established a detailed system or pathway that other sectors can follow.
The process is complementary and supportive of national qualification systems, and now puts the fitness and outdoor sectors at the very cutting-edge of European qualification development and understanding. The pathway includes the defining of the sector, its occupational roles, standards, and qualification development through the strengthening of the sector skills alliance for active leisure and a new European awarding organisation.”
1 The EQF Advisory Group has been set up by the Commission to support the implementation of the recommendation of the European Parliament and Council on the establishment of the European Qualifications Framework for lifelong learning of 23 April 2008. More specifically, the EQF Advisory Group is "responsible for providing overall coherence and promote transparency of the process of relating qualifications systems to the European Qualifications Framework".
EuropeActive, formerly known as the European Health & Fitness Association (EHFA), with its origins in 1996 it continues today as operates as a non-profit organisation and the unique voice addressing key European institutions on behalf of the European health and fitness sector. Its mission is not just to turn back the tide of inactivity but to ensure that more people get more active more often as a result of an effective synergy between all the sector’s actors.
EuropeActive represents more than 25,000 fitness centres, 21 national associations, together with market-leading suppliers, education providers and individuals.
Nathalie Smeeman, Executive Director