The Covid-19 Standards Task Force Group was established in 2020 to look at the implications of the pandemic for our current standards. As part of its work, the Task Force has introduced the lifelong learning qualification for the ‘Online Provision of Fitness Services’ to ensure that fitness professionals are given the knowledge and skills to successfully provide their services in an online environment. 
The ‘Online Provision of Fitness Services’ qualification will now be included in EuropeActive’s suite of standard disciplines, and providers will be able to fill out applications for accreditation against this important new qualification standard. To apply please contact :
The Task Force has been hard at work and has produced some updates to the current standards which will include:
  • greater reference to the need of fitness professionals to work with various digital technologies
  • the importance of being physically active for establishing a robust immune system
  • how to adapt exercise to alternative environment (e.g. outdoor, home) 
  • how to conduct an exercise session with minimal equipment
The Task Force is currently reworking the presentation format of our standards. These updates will be included in that work and will be made available towards the end of February.
Technical Expert Group
TEG Leader - Prof. Anna Szumilewicz, PhD, PSC Deputy Director – Standards, EuropeActive, Brussels, Belgium; GPUES - Gdansk University of Physical Education and Sport, Poland 
TEG participants
  • Atle Arntzen, Personal Trainer Manager, Norway
  • Anna Bogdanova, Personal Trainer, PSC Deputy Director - EREPS, EuropeActive, Denmark
  • Dr. Michael Harrison, PSC Deputy Director - Accreditation, EuropeActive, Belgium; Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland
  • Colin Huffen, Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity, SportPark Loughborough University, United Kingdom
  • David Kingsbury, Personal Trainer, United Kingdom
  • Prof. Simona Pajaujiene, PhD, Lithuanian Association of Health and Fitness Clubs (LSKA), Lithuanian Sports University, Lithuania 
  • Ben Pratt, Nordic Fitness Education, Iceland
  • Prof. Rita Santos Rocha, PhD, ESDRM-IPS - Sport Sciences School of Rio Maior - Polytechnic Institute of Santarém, Rio Maior, Portugal 
  • Dipanda Silva, Personal Training Director in VivaGym, FitnessHut, Portugal
External consultation experts:
  • Francisco Campos, Instituto Politécnico de Coimbra, Portugal
  • Marek Cervenka, MCFitness/Arete Experience Ltd., United Kingdom
  • John van Heel, EFAA/New Health Foundation, The Netherlands
  • Rick Howard, Keilir – Health Academy, Iceland
  • Graham Melstrand, American Council on Exercise, USA
  • Rosita Kastro, Athletic House, Turkey
  • Timothy Obbers, Physical Coaching Academy, Belgium
  • Małgorzata Perl, Exercise is Medicine - Poland, Poland
  • Francine Raveney, Personal Trainer, France
  • Abhinav Sharma, Fitness Trainer, India
  • Rafael Franco Soares Oliveira, Sports Science School of Rio Maior – Polytechnic Institute of Santarém, Portugal
  • Urszula Szczepanik, University School of Physical Education in Wroclaw, Poland
  • Tony Tilrem, PT gruppen, Norway
  • Joel Uzamere, Institute of Registered Exercise Professionals, Nigeria
  • Anthony J. Wall, American Council On Exercise, USA
  • João Vian, Research Center in Sports Sciences, Health Sciences and Human Development - CIDESD, University Institute of Maia – ISMAI, Portugal
Feb 4, 2021 By Ioana Marica