Standards & Accreditation
Following the successful launch of the FITcert scheme and its expansion in 2022 with over 2,000 clubs across Europe already signed up, EVO Fitness is the first operator to commit to Stage 3.
EuropeActive Professional Standards Committee has set up a Technical Expert Group for the development of Strength and Conditioning Trainer Standards.
The EuropeActive Professional Standards Committee has started the process of developing educational Standards to cover the knowledge, skills and levels of responsibility required to deliver strength and conditioning training.
A second successful meeting of the Sector Skills Alliance for Fitness and Physical Activity was organised by EuropeActive on 19th April. The Sector Skills Alliance (SSA) is an advisory group formed by industry stakeholders and strategic partners from across the Fitness and Physical Activity sector, cooperating on the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles.
EuropeActive held its third live Training Provider Forum event on Thursday, 7th April during FIBO 2022 in Cologne, Germany. The event was entitled 'Accreditation post-pandemic – taking a balanced view' and was set up as an open forum for the exchange of thoughts and ideas around on-going accreditation policies.
On Friday 5th November, EuropeActive hosted virtually the 12th annual International Standards Meeting (ISM), the European flagship event for training providers, employers, practitioners and other key stakeholders involved in training and education. Under the theme ‘Transforming the fitness industry through Standards’ speakers and panelists explored how upskilling our industry's workforce and the use of digital technology can significantly impact the evolution and growth of the fitness and physical activity sector.
Based on the European standards for fitness club operation and management – EN 17229 – a certification scheme is being developed with the financial and technical support of EuropeActive. Parts 1 and 2 of EN17229 will be fully operational by the summer, and will form the basis of an independent conformity assessment process being set-up by the Dutch National Standards Organisation NEN.
EuropeActive hosted on Thursday, 8th April its online Training Provider Forum (TPF) to actively discuss the implementation of assessments by EuropeActive accredited training providers in relation to EuropeActive’s main educational standards. Speakers and panellists shared their knowledge, expertise and insights under the theme of ‘Effective Learner Assessment’ with the aim of raising the standards of training provision and exercise professionals across Europe.
On Tuesday March 9th, EuropeActive hosted a session on the importance of standards for the further development of the fitness and physical activity sector as part of Club Industry's Future of Fitness conference.
A key point raised during the debate was the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic, which disproportionally affected people with chronic lifestyle-related diseases such as obesity, has made it painfully clear how importa